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Pilates − A Teachers’ Manual

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Pilates − A Teachers’ Manual
This “manual” for physiotherapists, physical education teachers, and trainers is the first textbook of its kind, and provides an ideal foundation and guide to accompany certification in modern Pilates. We have brought together the documents and descriptions that form the traditional basis of the Pilates method as well as modern concepts in sports science and movement studies.

From daily practice to daily activity – clearly explained and easy to apply – the fundamental methodology of training, analysis, and didactics is linked to the exercises themselves.
The most important mat exercises are clearly presented, together with their theoretical background and implementation on the Pilates equipment.


1. Introduction.
1.1. Why Pilates as Preventative Exercise?
1.2. Why Use Pilates in the Therapeutic Field?.

2. History.
2.1. Who Was Joseph Pilates?.
2.2. How Was Pilates Integrated into Therapy?.
2.3. Where Is Pilates Today – In Europe and Worldwide?.

3. The Pilates Concept.
3.1. The Philosophy.
3.2. The Traditional Movement Principles
3.3. The Traditional Series of Exercises.
3.4. The Traditional Didactics and Methodology.

4. Pilates as Preventative Exercise: Foundations.
4.1. Methodological Definition.
4.2. Parameters for Progression and Regression.
4.3. Assessment Techniques.
4.4. Sources of Error.
4.5. Use of Small Apparatus.

5. The Exercises.
5.1. Pre-Pilates Exercises.
5.2. Pilates Exercises: Program for Progression.
5.3. Transitions and Stretches.

6. Class Formats.
6.1. Pilates Mat Program: Beginner.
6.2. Pilates Mat Program: Intermediate.
6.3. Pilates Mat Program: Advanced.
6.4. Exercise Sequence: Pilates Using the Foam Roller.
6.5. Pilates Mat Program For a Strong Back.
6.6. Pilates Mat Program For Men.
6.7. Prenatal Pilates Mat Program.
6.8. Pilates Mat Program for Osteoporosis.
6.9. Pilates Exercises and Functional Groups.

7. Therapeutic Pilates: Fundamental Principles.
7.1. ICF Classification and Therapeutic Pilates.
7.2. The Phases of Rehabilitation.
7.3. Strength and Pilates Training.
7.4. Flexibility and Pilates Training.
7.5. Neutral Zone and Dynamic Stability.

8. Therapeutic Pilates: Applications.
8.1. The Pilates Equipment.
8.2. Exercises Using the Pilates Equipment.
8.3. Therapeutic Exercises on the Mat.
8.4. Aspects of Training.

9. Therapeutic Pilates: Clinical Conditions/Patient Examples.
9.1. Orthopedic (Chronic/Acute).
9.2. Neurology (Peripheral/Central).
9.3. Other Medical Conditions.
9.4. Surgery.
9.5. Summary.
9.6. Low-Risk High-Risk Model and “Novice to Expert”.

10. Pilates and Motor Learning
10.1. Motor Learning and Prevention.
10.2. Motor Learning in Rehabilitation.

11. General and Specialized Instruction.
11.1. General Instruction.
11.2. Specialized Instruction.

12. Formal Basis for the Implementation of Pilates Training.
12.1. Preventive Pilates.
12.2. Documentation and Evidence of Efficacy.
Description of Anatomical Positions and Directions.
Research Literature.
Useful Contacts and Addresses.
References and Further Reading

Title: Pilates − A Teachers’ Manual
Author: V. Geweniger, A. Bohlander
Language: English


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