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Pilates for the Pelvic Floor - Chicago, IL - October 17-18, 2020

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Price: $475 (Early Registrant Price $450)
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 14

This two-day continuing education course instructs on the application of the Pilates method for special populations in women's health, including pelvic floor dysfunction (with a focus on incontinence), the pre-natal client (focus on appropriate exercises during each trimester), the post-natal client (focus on diastasis recti) and the menopausal client (with a focus on osteoporosis).

Pilates is a system and philosophy of exercises based on the work of Joseph Pilates (1883-1967) that focuses on precision and optimal alignment. This approach requires the client to focus her mind on the exercise in order to increase motor control. Women are attracted to the Pilates method because of its gentle but effective nature. Offering Pilates as part of your therapeutic offerings is a great marketing tool to physicians and to the community as well as an effective method for instructing specific muscle re-training.

This course includes practical labs with a heavy emphasis on exercise. Participants in this course will be able to utilize all instructed techniques immediately following the course. 



This continuing education seminar is targeted to physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapist assistants, registered nurses, nurse midwives, and other rehabilitation professionals. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner's license or regulation. Physical therapy continuing education courses should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated, except, as they are involved in a specific plan of care.





Suggested Pre-Readings (not required):

A Pilates' Primer: The Millennium Edition: Return to Life through Contrology and Your Health


What to bring:

Yoga Mat

Day One:
7:30 Registration
8:00 Introduction: Instructor, history of pilates, philosophy of pilates, pilates equipment and props, information regarding pilates certifications (important if you are referring patients to local pilates instructors.)
9:00 Lecture: Theory of muscle stabilization, local muscles versus global muscles, motor control theory, anatomical review with focus on bony architecture, muscular, ligamentous and fascial support of pelvis and lumbar spine.
10:00 Lecture: Pilates fundamentals: breathing, postural alignment, lumbo-pelvic positions for stabilization, cueing and sequencing of exercises.
11:00 Lab:  Practice basic Pilates exercises illustrating and reinforcing the Pilates fundamentals.  Demonstration of proper form and common errors of these exercises, self practice to feel the exercises and also practice teaching each other the exercises.
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Lecture:  Discussion and review of symptoms, treatment ideas for the incompetent pelvic floor (urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse), hyperactive pelvic floor dysfunction and chronic pelvic pain.
2:00 Lab:  Perform exercises to increase strength of intrinsic and extrinsic synergists of the pelvic floor for the incompetent pelvic floor.
3:30 Break
3:45 Lab:  Continuation of exercise instruction with focus on down training the hyperactive pelvic floor client.
5:00 Adjourn

Day Two:
8:00 Questions from previous day
8:15 Lecture:  Review of changes in the pregnant client during each trimester and the modifications that are recommended secondary to these changes.
9:30 Lab:  Demonstration of Pilates exercises and necessary modifications as pregnancy progresses.  Self practice and practice teaching each other the exercises.
10:30 Break
10:45 Lab:  Continuation of pre-natal exercises 
11:15 Lecture:  Review of post-natal issues (diastasis recti, pubic symphysis dysfunction and low back Pain). When to start exercising, issues if exercise is started to early.  Common areas of muscular weakness.  Orthopedic issues if these weaknesses are not corrected.
12:15 Lunch
1:15 Lab:  Demonstration of Pilates exercises for common issues gone over in lecture with the post-natal client.  Self practice and practice teaching each other the exercises.
2:15 Lecture: Focus on who is at risk, exercise modification to reduce the risk of developing a spinal compression fracture.  Discussion on how to address the resistant client.
3:15 Lab:  Demonstration of modified Pilates exercises to decrease the risk of development of spinal compression fracture.  Self practice and practice teaching.
4:00 Adjourn

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Describe how the bones, ligaments, muscles and fascial networks support the lumbo-pelvic region

2. Describe the history of Pilates

3. Demonstrate pilates fundamental concepts and basic exercises

4. Apply Pilates exercises in the treatment of urinary incontinence

5. List precautions and contraindications for exercise in the pre-natal patient

6. Apply Pilates exercises to the pre-natal patient

7. List precautions and contraindications for exercise in the post-natal patient

8. List precautions and contraindications for exercise with the patient with thinning bones

9. Modify Pilates for the bone thinning patient

 NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
Course Location

Swedish Covenant Hospital

5157 N. Francisco Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
Recommended Lodging

Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O'Hare
(440) 871-3100

5550 N River Rd
Rosemont, IL, 60018
Nearest Airport

O'Hare International Airport
Airport Code: ORD

10000 W O'Hare Ave
Chicago, IL 60666


Directions from Recommended Lodging to Course Location: (click here if no map appears below)

Martina Hauptmann PT, PMA-CPI


Martina Hauptmann is a physical therapist, Pilates instructor, inventor and entrepreneur.

Her interest in the human body began at an early age. Martina was a competitive gymnast from the age of seven until eighteen. During that time she began to also coach gymnastics and saw that skill development required the appropriate flexibility, strength, timing and then of course practice, practice, practice.
These years of gymnastics training lead her to becoming a massage therapist (Michigan Institute of Myomassology, 1992), physical therapist (Wayne State University: Detroit, MI 1995), manual lymph drainage therapist (Vodder Institute, 1997) and Pilates instructor/ instructor trainer (STOTT PILATES, 2005/2007).

Martina's practice in physical therapy has been in inpatient acute, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation. She has worked as a staff physical therapist in the Henry Ford Health System, senior physical therapist in the Detroit Medical Center System, Pilates instructor and instructor trainer at Equilibrium Pilates Studio, instructor trainer for STOTT PILATES Denver Training Center, physical therapist and Pilates instructor at North Boulder Physical Therapy and Pilates.

These varied settings have given Martina an insight that no matter what your level of health or fitness it is necessary to move. With her extensive training in Pilates she discovered that precise movements carried out with intention and purpose brings much quicker results. Pilates is sometimes viewed as an elite form of exercise but Pilates exercises can be as simple or as complex as the client can handle.

With a desire to bring the benefits of Pilates to more people, Martina has invented the patented Hooked on Pilates MINIMAX and the Hooked on Pilates HANDIBAND. With these two pieces of equipment, an individual is able to mimic three different pieces of Pilates equipment which are typically found in a Pilates studio. When you are done working out you can hang the Hooked on Pilates equipment on a hook! Martina frequently blogs on health and fitness issues on her website www.hookedonpilates.com and also on Herman & Wallace's website.

Attention: We are unable to offer "retro-active" discounts (i.e. applying a discount to a transaction after the transaction takes place), so if you are interested in exploring discount options and you are unsure if your transactions is eligible for a discount, please contact us to inquire.

Multi-Course Discount

This 10% discount is available for a single registrant who wishes to enroll in 3 or more courses, and pay in one transaction. Registrants wishing to enroll in 5 or more courses should contact us for a customized quote. We can also apply this discount if 2 therapists from a single clinic/hospital enroll in 3 or more courses (ie Registrant A enrolls in Course X and Course Y, Registrant B enrolls in Course X, and Registrants A and B both work at Clinic Z). This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts. Registration and payment must be received at the same time in one credit card payment, one check or one envelop with multiple checks. This type of registration cannot be completed online, if you are wishing to receive the Multi-Course discount please call or email us directly for assistance.

Group Discount

This discount is available for a group of three or more registrants, who all work at the same clinic/hospital, enroll in a single course, and pay in a single transaction or mail in multiple checks in a single envelope. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.

Groups of 3-5 receive a 10% discount off the combined price of their group's registrations.
Groups of 6 or more should call or Contact Us so that we can properly create an invoice for your registration.

Student Discount

This 10% discount is available to current students who have yet to earn a license to practice at the time of course registration. This discount is not available to those therapists who have previously held a license, and are currently enrolled in a doctoral, or other post-graduate, program. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.


To get this discount when checking out online, use the code 2020Student. (Note, this code is only valid for non-licensed students. The H&W admin team will verify that registrants signed up with this code are, indeed, current students prior to their attendance of the course).

First-Time Registrant Discount

This $50.00 discount is available to any therapist who has never before taken a Herman & Wallace course (no previous registrations) and can be used towards the registrant's first Herman & Wallace course (not applicable to Pelvic Floor Level 1/2A/2B or Capstone).

To apply this discount, please use the code FirstTimer2020 during check out. (H&W will check records to verify past attendance.)

Referral Credit/Discount

Any therapist who has already taken a Herman & Wallace course will earn a $50.00 "referral credit" if:

1. A therapist who has never taken a Herman & Wallace course successfully registers for his or her first course(s); AND
2. In the registration process, the first-time registrant gives the name and clinic/hospital of the therapist who referred them to Herman & Wallace.

A therapist who has earned a $50.00 "referral credit" may use this credit toward any course that is eligible for a "referral discount".

Guest Blogger Credit/Discount

Any therapist who completes a qualifying guest blog post on the Herman & Wallace blog will earn a $50.00 "guest blogger credit". This credit may be applied toward any course eligible for a "guest blogger discount".