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We are excited to open the DNS Exercise Course - Pilates: Part 1. This course has been specifically created for Pilates instructors and integrates the concepts and exercises of DNS into the complete Pilates System of exercise.

The course was developed through the unique partnership of Prague School physiotherapist and educator, Martina Jezkova and 2nd generation Pilates instructor, Chris Lavelle (see bios under "Our Instructors"). Together, Martina and Chris bring fresh insight to the Pilates professional education field, giving instructors new tools to interpret and improve movement in every client.

Certification with the esteemed Prague School of Rehabilitation, can be attained by attending all three parts of the course (1,2 & 3) and completing a practical assessment. Each part is 18 hours and includes 16 hours face to face and 2hrs home study. Training in total is 54 hours.

At the completion of these requirements, students will be awarded the DNS Exercise Trainer certification (Pilates) from the Prague School and will be listed as a certified DNS Exercise Trainer, on the Prague School international website.

What you will learn:

 - How to get the most from the Pilates Method by facilitating motor learning in your cueing, program design and progression/regressions.

- How development in the first year of life influences the movement system in adulthood, including common postural and breathing dysfunctions.

- Core stability is neuromuscular and cannot be established by simply strengthening abdominals, glutes, or any other musculature.

- How to assess and correct dysfunctional breathing and stabilisation, thereby improving posture and core function.

- Simple cues to facilitate ideal spine and joint alignment, promoting dynamic stability in all movement.

- How to maximise the unique influence of Pilates apparatus and repertoire in retraining your client’s movement, including the unique possibility of semiclosed and semi-open chain exercises.

AND much more... see the full list of course objectives below~

Dates: February 13-14 2020, 8am – 5pm
(2 day course: 16 contact hours + 2 hours pre-study material)

Prerequisite: Pilates Instructors, clinicians with Pilates experience

Instructors: Martina Jezkova MPT, Chris Lavelle

Location: Sydney, Australia. Exact location TBC

Organizer: Chris Lavelle  +61 (0)412 652 409

Note: Course 2 is running on the 15th and 16th February 2020. Discount available if attending both courses.


  1. Introduction to DNS principles and Developmental Kinesiology (DK) - relevance for Pilates instructors.

  2. Summary of philosophies of Joseph Pilates and similarities to DK e.g. upright spine, physiological breathing, “core” stabilisation. 

  3. Understand relationship between development during the first year of life and dysfunction of the movement system in adulthood, including common postural and breathing dysfunctions.

  4. Discuss and demonstrate the basis of human movement: support, stepping forward, biomechanics of motor function, the verticalisation process & functional joint centration in postural development.

  5. Evaluate and correct poor respiratory patterns and instruct correct respiration in isolated and integrated DNS and Pilates exercises.

  6. Understand sagittal stabilisation and assess the integrated stabilising system of the spine (ISSS), visually and utilising DNS functional tests. 

  7. Integrate DNS tests into pre-Pilates exercises and instruction. 

  8. Integrate corrective exercises based on developmental positions into corresponding Pilates exercises in global movement patterns (supine, prone, low kneeling, quadruped, bear and squat positions). 

  9. Explore basic support function in undifferentiated (homologous) and differentiated (ipsilateral, contralateral) movement patterns.  

  10. Discuss similarities between developmental positions/progressions and Pilates exercises and progressions.

  11. Understand and practice the importance of maintaining joint centration through the entire kinetic chain and with the addition of resistance, support and instability, from Pilates apparatus.

  12. Understand the influence of Pilates apparatus on kinetic chains – including the possibility of semi closed and semi open chain exercise. 

  13. Review Pilates instruction (verbal and tactile cues) from a DNS perspective 

  14. Apply basic neuro-physiological principles to Pilates program design and progression 

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