Mission and Goals
Our MissionThe Pilates Network’s mission is to carry on the work of Joseph Pilates, to transmit his repertoire of original exercises, updated with the current scientific research which has allowed further develop through a postural and proprioceptive approach. Focusing on precise execution and correct technique, the Pilates Network’s students learn how to modify the original repertoire to adapt it to the clients’ various body types.
- Emphasize the importance of historical notions regarding the biography of Joseph Pilates and teach the original repertoire as it was passed down through the elders (Pilates Network follows the order as taught by Lolita San Miguel for apparatus and “Return to Life” for Matwork).
- Teach modifications of the original matwork and apparatus repertoire that will allow instructors to teach the body in front of them in a safe and effective manner.
- Emphasize didactic skills (verbal and tactile cueing) and a basic knowledge of anatomy.
- Teach the basics of postural analysis through a visual assessment of the body both in a static and kinetic manner.
- Emphasize safety concerns while utilizing the Pilates apparatus.
- Encourage teacher trainees to further their studies by offering workshops and courses with professionals of the Pilates community.
The Training SchoolPilates Network is proud of our international team of collaborating instructors. Under the guidance of Jolita Trahan, the curriculum begins with the complete matwork program which includes both the original work of Joseph Pilates, as well as modifications for various levels. Particulare attention is given to clients with special needs (pregnanacy and seniors). Furthermore, the program is enriched with the use of small equipment: magic circle, elastic band, foam roller, fitball, and Triadball. The complete diploma entails 450 hours of study, thus satisfying the educational guidelines of Pilates Method Alliance.Upon completion of the matwork program, the comprehensive study continues with large apparatus and specialized workshops (for example, Pilates for hip replacement, 3D-Anatomy, Treating Scoliosis).
Pilates School Approval Program (PSAP)The Pilates Method Alliance is an association created in 2001 for the Pilates community. Their mission is to create a professional organization which connects instructors, training schools, Pilates studios, and other entities dedicated to the preservation and enrichment of the Joseph Pilates heritage and his exercise method by promoting professional standards of quality. In 2017, the Pilates School Approval Program (PSAP) was created. This program was develop by the PMA to verify educational standards of Pilates training schools. Pilates Network was one of the first schools to successfully complete the rigid evaluation process which examines teaching methodology, repertoire content, theory and practical exams, and administrative procedures. Some of the requirements include:
- The school must use the term “diploma” or “certificate of competency” to describe the completion of study rather than the term “certification” which indicates objective third-party testing (such as the PMA Certification Exam).
- The school must offer a 450-hour comprehensive program of study (these hours cannot be completed on-line).
- The curriculum must include a practical exam which verifies both the teaching abilities and the movement quality of candidates.
- The School Director must be PMA Certified.
- The school must adhere to the PMA Code of Ethics.
Complete DiplomaThe Complete Diploma fulfills the guidelines of the PMA Pilates School Approval Program (PSAP) requiring 450 hours of study. Upon completion, the candidate may request a letter of recommendation from Jolita Trahan to access the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) examination. Studies to achieve the Complete Diploma begin with the Matwork training, which consists of 120 hours of study. During and after the Matwork training respectively, Pilates Network will conduct the Small Equipment workshop and One-to-One course in preparation for the Studio training, where the complete repertoire on large apparatus is studied. The Studio training consists of 280 hours of study. Specialized workshops (50 hours) can be completed at any time. The small apparatus workshop (which includes the magic circle) is required for diploma completion. Other workshop topics may vary, for example: Tri-Dimensional Anatomy, Scoliosis, Stability of the shoulder girdle, Pilates for Hip Replacement, Mio-fascial lines, and more. Upon satisfactory completion of all academic and skill requirements, and when all financial obligations to the school have been met, the school will award a “Certificate of Competency”. NOTE: completion of the 450-hour program does not guarantee emission of the PMA certification nor a contract of employment.
Matwork Program (115 hours + 10 hours self-practice)
1. The History and Beginner Level Repertoire
2. Teaching methodology and Lesson structure
3. Anatomy and physiology exam and practice teaching verification
4. Modifications for Special Clients
5. Intermediate Level Repertoire
6. Original Repertoire
Final Test Out with presentation of video lesson
Studio Apparatus Training (265 hours + 10 hours of self-practice)
1. One to One
2. Reformer Beginner Repertoire
3. Reformer Intermediate Repertoire
4. Reformer Advanced Repertoire
6. Spine Corrector / Ladder Barrel
7. Wunda Chair
Final Test Out (conduct a session for a client using all apparatus)
Specialized Workshops (50 hours)
The topics may vary and might include: 3D Anatomy, Matwork with small equipment, Pilates to Treat Scoliosis, Pilates for Hip Replacement, Miofascial Lines, and more.
Complete Comprehensive Diploma
Matwork ProgramPilates Network education for aspiring teachers begins with the Matwork program, which prepares candidates to teach a group class setting of various skill levels. The curriculum includes the original exercises, as well as modifications for beginner and intermediate clients. The special needs of pregnancy and older adults will be addressed. The course is broken down into three sections outlined below:
- The History of the Pilates Method
- The Basic Principles of the Method
- Working with Neutral Pelvis in various anatomical positions
- A Basic Repertoire of 15 exercises modified for a beginner level group class
- Considerations for Warm-up and class structure
- Practice teaching hours
- Theory for Special Population clients (pregnancy / elderly)
- Exercise Modifications for Older clients and Pregnancy
- The Intermediate Repertoire of 25 exercises modified for a mixed level group
- Basic Anatomy and Physiology (100 question multiple-choice exam)
- Modifications using small props (magic circle, roller, bands, etc)
- The original 34 exercises as presented in Contrology (plus extras)
- Practical teaching exam
- Presentation of self-practice documentation
- Presentation of teaching video
Studio Apparatus TrainingThe Studio Apparatus Training builds on the framework of the matwork fundamentals and covers postural analysis, program design and practical applications of all apparatus.This phase of the program consists of 275 hours of study including 150 hours of teacher contact, 100 hours of supervised practice teaching and 25 hours of self-practice (assigned lessons). The self-practice hours must be prearranged with the studio. The course is broken down into four sections outlined below:
- Technique of Postural Analysis
- Designing Personal Programs
- Barrel Repertoire
- Basic Reformer
- Basic Cadillac repertoire
- Intermediate Reformer
- Complete Cadillac repertoire
- Advanced Reformer
- Wunda Chair
Speciality TrainingThe remaining 50 hours of the program are fulfilled by attending approved specialty workshops and/or courses (ex. Arcus training, in-depth anatomy, special populations, post-rehab, etc).
Admission PolicyBefore making the payment to register for our courses, it is necessary to send a curriculum vitae via e-mail to receive confirmation of acceptance. The applicants who are not in possession of a degree in Physical Education and devoid of experience in the field of motor learning will have an interview with the Director Jolita Trahan to determine their suitability for training and their intrinsic motivation.
Protection of Personal Discrimination, Harassment and Bullyng (Article 3.1 of the Code)Pilates Network and all recipients respect the personal dignity, privacy and human rights of any individual, and condemn any activity which could result in the violation of these rights, thus pledging to prevent and condemn all forms of discrimination (in particular, those relating to age, gender and sexual orientation, race, state of health, nationality, political opinion or religion). For the maintenance of the aforementioned commitment, Pilates Network is based on the respect and promotion of human rights that considers inalienable and fundamental prerogatives for the construction of a society based on respect for the principles of freedom of expression, equality, solidarity and the protection of civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights. In addition, Pilates Network recognizes the primary importance of the protection of minors and it represses all forms of exploitation and condemns child labor.s
Procedures for RegistrationIt is not allowed to begin the Matwork training after the scholastic year has already started. To access the Studio apparatus training, it is required to have completed the Matwork course. Moreover, the small equipment workshop and the One-to-One training are both recommended prior to enrollment in the Studio apparatus training. To attend our Matwork course the applicant must:
- send a resume or give an interview.
- sign the contract (see annex).
- pay the deposit by the due date.