Polestar Pilates Workshop CRITICAL REASONING


This two-day course is designed for skilled Pilates teachers interested in post-rehabilitation as well as rehabilitation professionals who want to learn to better assess and design effective Pilates programs for their clients and patients.



This two-day, 16-hour, course is designed to aid the licensed rehabilitation professional better diagnose, design, and prescribe Pilates for their patients, and experienced the Pilates teacher to assess and choose the most appropriate exercises and build more effective exercise plans. By using the Polestar Principles of Movement, integrated with the Polestar Assessment Tool (PAT) and the World Health Organizations (WHO) latest classification system, the International Classification of Function (ICF) model, the practitioner will be able to identify movement limitations much more effectively. This course will emphasize the use of the ICF model to design the path in which the patient is most likely to succeed in returning to their desired level of participation in life.

What you will learn:

 Participants will be able to:

  1. Understand and use the Polestar Principles of Movement to understand and diagnose movement limitation.
  2. Utilize a critical reasoning model within the Polestar Principles of Movement to identify a priority within the treatment design.
  3. Learn and become proficient in functional movement assessment using the Polestar Assessment Tool (PAT).
  4. Become familiar with staging rehabilitation and prognosis outcomes through the Polestar Critical Reasoning model.
  5. Know and use the ICF model to include the many factors that influence our clients and patients’ lives and wellbeing. Understand that often a multi-discipline team is needed to fully meet the needs of our clients.
  6. Understand Porterfield and DeRosa’s Stages of Rehabilitation
  7. Understand the Scope of Practice of the Pilates teacher including how to assess clients, design and implement an exercise plan and reassess and make changes based on the findings.
  8. Design optimal interventions within the Pilates environment utilizing the Polestar Critical Reasoning model. Create clear outcome measures that can measure the efficacy of treatment/exercise intervention. Be able to revisit the critical reasoning model when outcome is lacking to rework the treatment plan.
  9. Incorporate the patient or client into all assessment, intervention, and outcomes with a clear understanding of their role in their own health. Incorporate wellness and health promotion through facilitating all the lifestyle essentials taught within the Pilates philosophy of health and wellbeing.


Lecture I             Principles of Movement

Lab I                    Problem Solving with Principles of Movement and Demonstration  Polestar Assessment Tool (PAT)

Lab II                   Practice the PAT

Lab III                  Assess live volunteers using the PAT

Lecture II            Evolution from NAGI to ICF Model

Lab IV                  Interviewing Skills

Lecture III           Stages of Rehabilitation

Lab V                   Case Studies

Lecture IV           Design Treatment using POM, PAT, Stages of Rehab and ICF

Lab VI                  Design Intervention with live volunteers and Competency Case Study Presentation



  • 16 hours Total of theory, practical labs and lectures


Completion of a comprehensive Pilates teacher program from a Pilates Method Alliance approved school (such as Polestar Polestar Comprehensive Studio/Rehabilitation course).

15 PDPs (16 hours) with the PAA

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