Smart, forward-thinking doctors, therapists, trainers and health club owners know that Pilates is the leading edge in rehabilitation and fitness practice.
The Polestar Pilates curriculum, designed by Physiotherapist and Orthopedic Certified Specialist Brent Anderson, is based on a scientific foundation, as opposed to an anecdotal one. Drawing on his extensive background in rehabilitation and movement science, Brent Anderson has expanded on Pilates’ principles by adding manual skills, advanced body awareness, and principles from motor control theory. The Polestar Pilates method draws on the sciences of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and motor control, and integrates scientific research findings in the areas of orthopedics, sports medicine and movement science.
People also know that Polestar Pilates:
- Is taught and supported by experienced professionals in the main urban centers throughout Asia, America, Europe and Australia.
- Is a highly respected and internationally recognized qualification.
- Has the best coaching support in the industry for students to achieve the required level of competency.
- Is built on scientific principles familiar to rehabilitation and fitness professionals.
- Is centered on comprehensive problem-solving skills, encouraging adaptation and creativity.
- Competency-based instruction measures student’s ability to justify exercise selections or treatment plans.
- Offers on-going Continuing Education programmes so vital for Pilates professionals to continue developing their knowledge base and teaching skills.
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Interactive versus authoritative
Polestar’s teaching method is interactive, as opposed to authoritative. The educational approach incorporates discussion facilitation, labs (doing, observing, teaching), problem solving (using case studies and deductive reasoning), teaching practicals (group dynamics and individuals), analysis skills, and the principles of neuro-linguistic programming (modeling, sequencing and structuring information, and maintaining appropriate learning states). The Polestar Pilates method recognizes the whole person – physically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually.
Deductive versus prescriptive
Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation Series instructs students in the use of a Nagi-evolved classification system of disability. The Nagi model includes four classifications that aid in determining the severity of disability, and identifies the best path of care. The classifications include pathology, impairment, functional limitation, and disability. The use of this model improves the holistic implementation of Pilates to meet the individual needs of patients in an evidence based structure.
Competency versus time & money
Certification by Polestar Pilates is competency-based, as opposed to time and money based. Polestar accepts that some students achieve competency faster than others, and does not require that students practice with Polestar practitioners exclusively. The certification examination comprises multiple choice questions, case studies and practical demonstrations.
Flexible versus fixed
Polestar’s curriculum is flexible, as opposed to fixed. Each series (Mat, Studio, Allegro and Rehabilitation) comprises four modules that can be undertaken as the student’s timetable and location permits.
Principles versus repertoire
The Polestar curriculum is based on Pilates principles – not exercise repertoire alone. This enables Polestar practitioners to create exercise programs to address the needs of special populations (golfers, tennis players, dancers, etc.).
Integrated versus isolated
Polestar’s Studio and Rehabilitation curriculum is taught within the total Pilates environment (incorporating the Reformer, Trapeze Table, Combo Chair, Ladder Barrel, Mat and small apparatus), as opposed to offering courses teaching students to use each piece of equipment in isolation. Students therefore develop an integrated and flexible approach to exercise prescription within the total environment.
International versus local
Polestar’s curriculum is currently available in numerous countries in Europe, North and South America and Australasia. As the Program is modular; the training program may be started in one location and completed in another if necessary. Polestar’s international presence also gives students access to a worldwide community of Pilates colleagues, and means that Polestar Certification is known and well accepted around the globe.
The Mentorship Program available at most host sites in Asia , offers course participants, the valuable opportunity to acquire the practical skills and experience (in addition to the extensive knowledge contained in the course material covered) needed to become a competent Pilates Instructor. The program offered at minimum cost, has been designed with maximum flexibility in mind and the participant may enroll for as much or as little of activities on offer as they wish. Learn more about the Hong Kong Mentorship Programme here.
Annual International Conference
Polestar holds an Annual International Conference in Miami, Florida each year. Pilates practitioners from around the world convene to participate in courses, workshops, master classes and a wide variety of movement classes taught by Polestar Pilates Educators and guest presenters. Topics have included Advanced Mat Work, Allegro, Classic Mat, Feldenkrais, Gyrokenesis, Nia, Tai Chi, Yoga and Yogilates.
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