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We are excited to open the DNS Exercise Course - Pilates: Part 2. 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 Schools international website.

Dates: February 15-16 2020, 8am – 5pm
(2 day course: 16 contact hours + 2 hours pre-study material)

Prerequisite:  DNS Exercise 1 Course Completion

Instructors: Martina Jezkova, Chris Lavelle

Location: Sydney, Australia. Exact location TBC

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


  • Review of developmental kinesiology and DNS principles, in the context of optimal adult posture and Pilates technique and instruction.

  • Define and analyse global movement patterns in DNS and Pilates systems 

  • Detailed analysis of muscle co-activation in differentiated movement patterns (contralateral and ipsilateral) as they occur in DNS and Pilates exercises

  • Demonstrate and practice DNS exercises in higher developmental positions – oblique sit, tripod, differentiated bear, differentiated squat, lunge, step up, and appropriate modifications. 

  • Detailed analysis and practice of ipsilateral and contralateral patterns in all movement planes in the Pilates exercise system. 

  • Understand the importance and practice of training body awareness in developmental positions and Pilates exercises.

  • Clearly define dynamic stabilisation and joint centration goals within Pilates exercises and transitions

  • Practice and instruct joint centration throughout the entire kinetic chain and complete range of motion, in DNS and Pilates exercises

  • Analyse and practice how the base of support changes on the floor (mat) and apparatus and throughout an exercise/movement

  • Discuss the importance of incorporating sagittal stabilisation and adequate proportions of ipsilateral and contralateral patterns into Pilates exercise programs.

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