FRIDAY JUNE 16TH  2023 – 10AM to 6pm


We as Pilates instructors are always faced with clients with special needs. It is about getting them moving and keeping them healthy. This workshop by Master Instructor and Schroth certified physical therapist, Sonjé Mayo, will provide a deeper perspective and comprehension of the spine and the condition of adult scoliosis.

Pilates teachers need to be made aware of their limitations in dealing with scoliosis. This course will give teachers the knowledge and insight to make informed decisions about clients with scoliosis.

This course does not qualify a Pilates teacher to diagnose scoliosis.


This mini workshop will address the precision and attention to detail that Joe Pilates demanded on the reformer.

Although Joe did not adhere to an order, he was adamant about how to get on and off the reformer correctly, applying economy of movement, and performing each exercise with the utmost concentration and intensity. The beautiful transitions were created by Romana and other elders.

This workshop will help teachers understand progression, provide good imagery cues and help develop the teacher’s critical eye.


The initial body scan gives a teacher a lot of information, particularly the position of the pelvis.

The Tower/Cadillac workout has developed as an invaluable method of strengthening, lengthening and focusing the client on their particular needs.

The correct neural connection can then be applied to the Mat and Reformer, which will facilitate the flow.

Transferring the Reformer order to the Tower is challenging. The same exercises are done with a different relationship to gravity.  Some exercises can be preparatory and serve as a stepping stone to the end product on the Reformer. Other exercises are more difficult on the Tower and address the weak link when doing them on the Reformer.

SATURDAY 17TH 2023 – 10AM to 6pm


This workshop will take an in depth look at the relationship between the neck and shoulder girdle and how pathology, habitual bad posture and injury affect these joints.

The PowerPoint will address:

  • The anatomy of the neck and shoulder girdle
  • Movements of the neck, scapula and shoulder joints
  • Common conditions such as:
  • ‘Text neck’, with consequent postural changes
  • Increased thoracic kyphosis
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome

The practical component of the workshop will focus on the value of Pilates in preventing and working towards rectifying the common conditions listed above. Students will learn which Pilates apparatus and props will best serve these clients.


This 2 hour workshop will cover the causes and consequences of the ’silent disease’, known as osteoporosis.

Not all exercise is appropriate for people with osteoporosis due to the fragility of their vertebrae.

Learn about the optimal exercises and life changes that are required to live with osteoporosis.


Pregnant ladies today are much more mobile and exercise conscious than even 30 years previously. The medical fraternity encourages exercising during pregnancy if the mother is having a normal pregnancy.

Pilates is an ideal method of exercise during pregnancy as it is designed to strengthen the deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles.  There are a few criteria that the Pilates teacher needs to follow before teaching pre-and postnatal Pilates.

This workshop will teach students to understand the contra-indications of certain Pilates exercises and how to modify the positions for women at all stages of pregnancy.

The question we get asked regularly is if doing Pilates during pregnancy helps with the actual birth. The Pilates breathing, the increased body awareness and the strength are all positive attributes that one can take into the delivery room. And although there is no set path as every birth is different, having a strong and mobile body will always be a good thing. From having taught many pregnant and post-natal women, we can tell that exercising during pregnancy facilitates the post-partum recovery, so it’s well worth the effort.