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PPO Module – Polestar Principles Online

Experience and apply the theories of movement that lay the foundation for Polestar Pilates in this prerequisite for all other Polestar courses. Using evidence-based research, you will discover the passage ways for movement throughout the body and develop the tools to provide either assistance for or challenge your clients in helping them achieve their goals.

Polestar Principles will bring to life your ability to assess, problem-solve, design and modify exercise programs to meet specific needs and abilities.

This is a 10-hour online course with 8 segments. Each segment will be available after the completion of the previous one. Quizzes, resources, and discussions qualify your learning as you go through the course.

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Deepen your knowledge in current evidence-based research pertaining to movement science, motor learning, bioenergetics and communication;
  • Understand the Polestar Principles of Movement;
  • Demonstrate ability to correctly execute and teach over 130 exercises and their variations;
  • Be able to use the ICF Model or the Polestar Screening™, specifically designed for the movement professional, which includes postural evaluation and functional testing to determine your clients’ strengths, weaknesses and goals.

RF1 Module

Reformer Level 1

The Pilates Reformer is ideal for small group classes and for private sessions, for fitness and conditioning.  You will learn to accurately demonstrate and teach 14 Polestar Pilates Reformer exercises. You will learn to conduct Reformer class sequences which develop core control, strength, flexibility, alignment, coordination and balance. The Pilates exercises progress from lying supine to bridging, hands and knees, sitting, kneeling and standing. You will also learn the theory behind Polestar Pilates Program Design and Sequencing to help you to create fun and effective Pilates classes or private sessions. Dynamics of group training in this unique conditioning program will also be covered.

Tuition: Two days, 16 hours

RF2 Module

Reformer Level 2

In this module 14 new exercises are introduced to expand your repertoire for group and private session teaching. This course will allow you to advance your students and clients with more challenging variations and new exercises for core control, balance, coordination, flexibility and extremity strength.
An experiential lab and lecture on tactile and Imagery cueing will enhance your accuracy, quality of movement and teaching skills..

Tuition: Two days, 16 hours

RF3 Module

Reformer Level 3

In this module 17 new exercises are introduced to expand your repertoire for group and private session teaching. This course will allow you to advance your students and clients with more challenging variations and new exercises for core control, balance, coordination, flexibility and extremity strength.
An experiential lab and lecture on special populations which will enable you to design sports or population-specific classes/private sessions

Tuition: Two days, 16 hours

Gateway Module

Gateway Pilates is an online+weekend introductory course to the Pilates Method and the Polestar approach.  It can be taken stand-alone or as an integral part of the mat course.  See here for more information.

PPO Module – Polestar Principles Online

Experience and apply the theories of movement that lay the foundation for Polestar Pilates in this prerequisite for all other Polestar courses. Using evidence-based research, you will discover the passage ways for movement throughout the body and develop the tools to provide either assistance for or challenge your clients in helping them achieve their goals.

Polestar Principles will bring to life your ability to assess, problem-solve, design and modify exercise programs to meet specific needs and abilities.

This is a 10-hour online course with 8 segments. Each segment will be available after the completion of the previous one. Quizzes, resources, and discussions qualify your learning as you go through the course.

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Deepen your knowledge in current evidence-based research pertaining to movement science, motor learning, bioenergetics and communication;
  • Understand the Polestar Principles of Movement;
  • Demonstrate ability to correctly execute and teach over 130 exercises and their variations;
  • Be able to use the ICF Model or the Polestar Screening™, specifically designed for the movement professional, which includes postural evaluation and functional testing to determine your clients’ strengths, weaknesses and goals.

M1 Module

Mat Level 1

This 2-day course teaches 9 preparatory (or pre-Pilates) mat exercises and 16 Pilates mat exercises for beginning and intermediate levels. The six basic Polestar Pilates Principles are incorporated into the learning process, to provide a clear understanding of the underlying fundamentals of each mat exercise. Programme design and exercise sequencing are addressed for a variety of group exercise and personal training settings. Verbal, tactile and imagery cues are used to facilitate motor learning.

Tuition: Two days, 16 hours

M2 Module

Mat Level 2

19 Pilates-evolved mat exercises are presented for intermediate and advanced levels. This course focuses on practical teaching experience that emphasises group dynamics. Polestar Pilates Principles are applied to verbal, tactile and combined cueing. Programme design and exercise sequencing are discussed for a variety of clients and class settings. To enhance teaching outcomes, Polestar instructors provide analysis and critique of instructional styles.

Tuition: Two days, 16 hours

M3 Module

Mat Level 3

This course incorporates a unique blend of Pilates mat exercises with small props (foam roller, rotating discs, balance board, gym ball, Flex Ring Toner®, and springs) to enhance and challenge your Pilates mat repertoire. Focus will also continue on exercise modification for populations with special needs.

In this course, practical sessions will incorporate exercise transitions and choreography to enhance the quality of your Pilates mat programming. These small props add a unique proprioceptive challenge to the original exercises as well as providing support and assistance to the more challenging Pilates repertoire. Principles of exercise modification are discussed. Emphasis is placed on increasing and decreasing the challenge of the Pilates mat exercises.

Tuition: Two days, 16 hours

PPO Module – Polestar Principles Online

Experience and apply the theories of movement that lay the foundation for Polestar Pilates in this prerequisite for all other Polestar courses. Using evidence-based research, you will discover the passage ways for movement throughout the body and develop the tools to provide either assistance for or challenge your clients in helping them achieve their goals.

Polestar Principles will bring to life your ability to assess, problem-solve, design and modify exercise programs to meet specific needs and abilities.

This is a 10-hour online course with 8 segments. Each segment will be available after the completion of the previous one. Quizzes, resources, and discussions qualify your learning as you go through the course.

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Deepen your knowledge in current evidence-based research pertaining to movement science, motor learning, bioenergetics and communication;
  • Understand the Polestar Principles of Movement;
  • Demonstrate ability to correctly execute and teach over 130 exercises and their variations;
  • Be able to use the ICF Model or the Polestar Screening™, specifically designed for the movement professional, which includes postural evaluation and functional testing to determine your clients’ strengths, weaknesses and goals.

SR1 Module

This module teaches the practical skills needed to become proficient with the assessment techniques, movement sequences, and selection and principles of movement learned in PPO. The movement selections focus on early intervention and beginning exercises on all equipment.

Experiential lecture and lab will address Basic Postural Assessment. A special lab will address adjustment of equipment for patient safety and instructor efficiency. Exercise lab themes include basic hip disassociation, basic core stabilization, thoracic spine mobility and lower extremity alignment.

Case studies will be reviewed and you will design an exercise or treatment plan based on the information in the case study. You will learn 8 pre-Pilates mat exercises and 9 exercises and their variations for Pilates equipment.

Upon completion, you will be able to teach these exercises to patients and clients.

Duration: 2 days

 

SR2 Module

This module teaches the practical skills needed to become proficient with the assessment techniques, movement sequences, and selection and principles of movement learned in PPO and SR1.

The movement selections focus on beginning and early intermediate exercises on all equipment. Experiential lecture and lab will address Polestar Pilates Program Design and Sequencing. Exercise labs address basic shoulder organization, spine mobility in flexion and side-bending, core strength, spine extension strength and lower extremity stretching.

Case studies will be reviewed and you will design an exercise plan based on the information in the case study. You will learn 24 Pilates exercises and their variations for the mat and Pilates equipment.

Upon completion, you will be able to teach these exercises to patients and clients.

Duration: 2 days

 

SR3 Module

This module teaches the practical skills needed to become proficient with the assessment techniques, movement sequences and selection and principles of movement learned in PPO and SR1-2.

The movement selections focus on intermediate exercises on all equipment. Experiential lecture and lab will address use of imagery in teaching Pilates. Exercise labs address functional upper extremity strengthening and weight bearing, basic standing alignment and balance, intermediate core stabilization, coordination in spine mobility, and intermediate movement integration.

Case studies will be reviewed and you will design an exercise plan based on the information in the case study. You will learn 24 Pilates exercises and their variations for the mat and Pilates equipment.

Upon completion, you will be able to teach these exercises to patients and clients.

Duration: 2 days

 

SR4 Module

This module teaches the practical skills needed to become proficient with the assessment techniques, movement sequences, and selection and principles of movement learned in PPO and SR1-3.

The movement selections focus on intermediate and early advanced exercises on all equipment. Experiential lecture and lab will address use of touch and tactile cueing in teaching Pilates. Exercise labs address advanced upper extremity weight bearing, advanced core work in flexion, intermediate standing work, lower extremity strengthening and alignment, and intermediate spine extension work.

Case studies will be reviewed and you will design an exercise plan based on the information in the case study. You will learn 25 Pilates exercises and their variations for the mat and Pilates equipment.

Upon completion, you will be able to teach these exercises to patients and clients.

Duration: 2 days

 

SR5 Module

This module teaches the practical skills needed to become proficient with the assessment techniques, movement sequences and selection and principles of movement learned in PPO and SR4.

The movement selections focus on advanced exercises on all equipment. Experiential lecture and lab will address communication skills in teaching Pilates. Exercise labs address advanced core work in flexion, advanced upper and lower extremity weight bearing, advanced lateral flexion work, advanced standing and balance work, and advanced movement integration.

Case studies will be reviewed and you will design an exercise plan based on the information in the case study. You will learn 24 Pilates exercises and their variations for the mat and Pilates equipment.

Upon completion, you will be able to teach these exercises to patients and clients.

Duration: 2 days

SR6 Module

This module teaches the practical skills needed to become proficient with the assessment techniques, movement sequences and selection and principles of movement learned in PPO and SR5.

The movement selections focus on advanced exercises on all equipment. Experiential lecture and lab will address Energy Medicine and its relevance to movement and healing. Exercise labs address advanced movement integration work in all planes of movement and all positions.

Case studies will be reviewed and you will design an exercise plan based on the information in the case study. You will learn 21 Pilates exercises and their variations for the mat and Pilates equipment.

Upon completion, you will be able to teach these exercises to patients and clients.

Duration: 2 days

Course Useful Information

The course cost includes the attendance of all modules (four for mat, six for comprehensive, three for reformer) plus all of your manuals and log books as well as the online learning that you receive upon booking.

In terms of extras, we recommend that during the course that students spend 2-3 hours per week practising what you have learnt in the modules.  We offer the opportunity for students to practise at our studios in London for a cost of either £10 per hour or £50 per month for up to 10 hours.

We also recommend you attend our Friday Club classes and repertoire reviews at least once a month.  We allocate each student a number of vouchers to attend these classes when they start the course, 9 for comprehensive, 5 for mat and 4 for reformer.  Further classes can be purchased from just £20.

Seeing one of the education team once a month is also recommended.  These sessions, which can be shared with a fellow student, cost from £65.

Once you have completed the course and are preparing for your exam, we offer regular two-hour revision sessions with our education team which cost from £32.50.

We run exams twice per year which you can book whenever you are ready.  Mat and reformer exams cost £195 and studio exams £345.

The instructor classes are an excellent way for students to explore the concepts and principles learnt on the course.  They are practical classes so an excellent way for you to complete your self-practise hours in a supervised setting and to help consolidate your learning.
The repertoire review sessions are helpful for students to review the technique of what is involved in each exercise.  They are theory based classes and again an excellent way of consolidating your knowledge and completing your logbook.
We usually run one practical instructor class followed by one theory review class on Friday afternoons and so work well if students do them in succession.
On joining the course we allocate a number of vouchers to each student to attend these classes.  Further classes can be purchased from just £20.

Once you have started the course We suggest you spend 2-3 hours a week practising what you have learnt. Some of this can be done at home on a mat or by reading your books and some in the studio on the equipment either on your own or with fellow students.We recommend you have a 1-1 at least once a month.

Please review our cancellation policies here.

Polestar Pilates offers a wide range of Pilates courses, seminars and workshops nationally and internationally in its continuing education program. All of them are available in the website.

No there is no requirement to be mat qualified so long as you satisfy the specified criteria.

There is an excellent app now available for the iPad, see Muscle & Bone Anatomy 3D By Real Bodywork. Real Bodywork also have a number of related smartphone apps and quizzes.

We also offer the YMCA/CYQ eLearning course for £75 – click here to order CYQ Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology Course.

Alternatively we run regular Anatomy & Physiology workshops – see our Continuing Education page.

We also recommend ‘Anatomy of Movement’ (Blandine Calais Germain – author) from our reading list.

We recommend you book as soon as you have decided to take one of our courses because numbers a re strictly limited and places are offered on a first-come, first served basis. See Course Dates & Costs page here for early booking discounts.

These hours can be completed either by observing a Polestar teacher working with a client on a 1:1 basis or by attending classes yourself with a Polestar instructor.  We are mindful that for students living far away that finding a Polestar teacher for observation is not always easy which is why we do allow some of these hours to be with a non-Polestar instructor.
However the point of observation is to hear the teacher giving appropriate cueing which will not necessarily be the same with non-Polestar teachers.  We therefore also recommend that you watch Pilates Anytime videos which feature Polestar educators.

We also suggest students attend our Friday Club classes and use these classes as either self-practise or observation hours.

Self-mastery hours are exactly that.  They are hours that you spend mastering the exercises you have learnt on your course.  So hours that you spend practising either on your own or with your fellow students, can be noted in your log book without verification.
However in order to ensure you are on the right track, we do recommend that you book a 1-1 session with an educator or mentor at least once a month.  You can share these sessions with a fellow student and split the cost between you.  These hours are also classed as self-mastery in your log book.
On Friday afternoons we run classes for students in mat, studio and reformer. We recommend students attend at least once or twice a month if possible.   See the website continuing education page at polestarlife.com for details and booking. At Moss Pilates we also run reformer and studio club classes throughout the week and these are all taught by Polestar instructors. Any classes you attend can be entered in your log book as self-mastery.
You can also go to classes elsewhere that are taught by a Polestar qualified graduate.   Alternatively you can also watch videos on Pilates Anytime featuring a Polestar educator and use these hours towards your self mastery as well.

Apprentice teaching hours are usually started at the end of the course once you have the knowledge of all the exercises. We suggest that you work on a 1-1 basis with family and friends.

It is possible in the UK to get student insurance once you complete your course so that you are insured to teach them. We do not verify these hours but trust the student to complete and record them in their log books accurately.

These hours are usually started at the end of the course once you have the knowledge of all the exercises.  We suggest that you work on a 1:1 basis with family and friends.
It is possible to get student insurance once you complete your course so that are insured to teach them.  We recommend Balens
who offer student cover at a very reasonable price. We do not verify these hours but trust the student to complete and record them in their log books accurately.
As with self mastery hours we suggest you have a 1:1 regularly with an educator or mentor to ensure you are on the right track.  We also offer revision sessions on a Friday evening with one of our educators to assist you with these hours.

 

You as the student take responsibility for signing-off the demonstration and teaching sections in your course log book.  When you feel you have mastered the individual exercises, please sign in the appropriate column.

To help you with this we run regular Friday Club classes for students and repertoire reviews which you can book at www.polestar.life.

We also strongly recommend that you have a regular 1-1 session with a member of the education team.  How often you have these sessions is up to you but we would suggest at least once a month.  You can share this session with a fellow student.

The mentor or educator you are seeing is responsible for signing-off the final column in your log book for check-offs.  They will not sign the exercises individually, but rather sign each page.  By having regular 1-1 sessions this process will happen organically. They might also make some comments in your log book about specific things you need to focus on for either teaching or demonstration.

With regard to the rest of your log book, again you are responsible for completing this.  When you are ready to sit your exam and your log book is complete, please ask your educator to sign the final page of your log book.

We do not recommend or endorse any particular company but the following links have been provided by former students who have done their own research:

 

FitPro insurance has been specifically designed for fitness instructors with an accepted qualification and also students on recognised courses to protect them against liability claims that may be made by a member of the public, including their PT clients. The insurance is specifically designed for fitness industry professionals and provides essential insurance cover for instructors who require flexible insurance whether operating locally or worldwide, in a gym, studio, leisure facility, client’s home or outdoors. The FitPro insurance scheme is underwritten by Aviva, the UK’s largest insurer who are authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

For further details, please visit  www.FitPro.com/insurance,  email [email protected] or call 020 8586 8635

Balens offers coverage to Students for up to a 12 month period to teach the paying public exercises that you have learnt to date in your course so long as the client is aware of the training status as stated, ”Students can be covered for all work prior to qualification, subject to adequate supervision and safeguards.”  Visit: www.balens.co.uk for further information

Yes, you will need to sign a studio hire agreement and provide your insurance certificate. We suggest that you ask your client to pay you at least enough to cover the studio hire fee.

Certainly it’s true that without investing in extra sessions it would be difficult for anyone to achieve the highest standard and complete the course having a full understanding of all the exercises.

Students should regard extra sessions as ‘personal development’. We know that it is possible to “scrape through” the exam without much extra help but it really depends upon whether the person wants to be an average instructor, a good instructor, or a great instructor. For those wanting to be great instructor, the learning journey never stops. As much as you earn on one hand seems to be taken by the other for more tuition, be it courses, workshops, or just sessions with other instructors. None of the Polestar team have ever stopped!

We don’t think there is a training course anywhere that would provide unlimited training sessions to meet all of a student’s demands for a limited price. In fact, being mindful of the significant investment our course entails, we try to provide additional support at minimal cost. We actively encourage you to work with fellow students; we offer free observation at the London studio and we provide access for practise there for up to 10 hours a month for a nominal monthly fee of £50.00. Polestar Practise studios usually offer similar arrangements.

Educators/mentors can be booked by the hour for individual sessions or shared with another, subject to space availability. Other workshops will be organised by us separately.

Documentation & Renewal

We recommend you book as soon as you have decided to take one of our courses because numbers a re strictly limited and places are offered on a first-come, first served basis. See Course Dates & Costs page here for early booking discounts.

It is important that we maintain high standards in the Pilates industry. Polestar Pilates Education continues to improve and develop its curriculum and examination process. Like most high-quality education programs, re-qualification is an essential part of maintaining skills and quality of care. Polestar’s certifications/qualifications are valid for two years, after which time re-qualification is required.

Please see full details on the re-certification page here.

Replacement certificates for workshops and/or courses can be provided to attendees upon payment of a £10.00 administration charge, to include postage within UK. An additional £5.00 is levied for airmail postage.

Replacement manuals (for either SR1-3 or SR4-6) can be purchased for £60.00 each. Principles manual is £25.00. UK postage is included, please ask if you wish them to be sent overseas.

Exams

Yes, exams are held twice yearly, usually in March and September. Please keep an eye on our website for scheduled dates.

There are no hard and fast rules. We accept that everyone learns at a different pace. However, most students take between 6 months and a year between finishing their course and taking the exam.

Facilities

Firstly, we offer all students access to our studio to practice for up to three hours a week for a nominal charge of £50.00 per month, by prior arrangement. Additionally, we permit free access for one hour’s observation per session, again, by prior arrangement. Maximum two students observing at any one time.  Secondly, we encourage students to get together to practice.

International Travel

Yes, of course you may. Please submit full details along with an indication of the areas which will cover. Please also advise the date/place you qualified.

Of course you may, subject to places being available. We charge a pro-rated course fee with an additional £50.00 per module administration charge. You should seek a refund of unattended modules from the Polestar Centre you enrolled with.

Mat Course

The Polestar Mat curriculum and certification is more specialised than REPs Level 3 and as such does not fall within the SkillsActive/REPs recognition.

It depends, we consider each person’s situation on its merits. Contact us to discuss.

PMA - Pilates Method Alliance

Polestar are a Corporate Sponsor of the PMA, and we do encourage our graduates to join and take the PMA Pilates Certification Exam.

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