The Assessment Skills series helps movement teachers develop and apply necessary intake, assessment and critical-thinking skills to maximize program outcomes. Alignment is a guiding principle in Pilates. As such, it is essential for Pilates teachers to develop a keen eye and a profound understanding of postural alignment and variances to assess how intervention, if any, can help to achieve goals. This is a 2 part series.
The Polestar Function Movement Outcome Measure (FMOM) allows students to develop skills in static and dynamic postural assessment. This elaborate screening tool highlights key anatomical landmarks to assessing symmetries and asymmetries. The course will specifically examine how Pilates exercises can influence asymmetries of the head, neck, trunk and pelvis.
Students will refine their interpretation skills in order to design safe and effective exercise programs or refer clients to the appropriate care provider.
This course will also cover the legal and professional requirements for a teacher to secure before initiating a program with a new client in a studio or a gym. Students will learn the most effective techniques for interviewing clients to gather medical, health and fitness information.
This course will enhance effective skills in static and dynamic postural assessment with a focus on structural alignment in functional activities, such as squatting, walking, rolling, and reaching. Students will implement Polestar's Postural Assessment to identify key anatomical landmarks, assess symmetries and asymmetries, and examine how Pilates exercises can be of influence.
This course will also facilitate the practitioner's discovery of what really makes a Pilates teacher unique. Pilates principles provide a unique way to measure quality of movement. Applying qualitative assessment skills and video observation will allow the student to gain an enhanced eye for assessing not only Pilates movement but all movement. Developing critical thinking enables teachers to maximize the benefit to their clients.