Mark your calendars for August 2018! Learn how to work successfully with clients with neurological impairment with Mariska Breland, MS patient and specialist in neurological rehab training.

Pilates for Neurological Conditions is an advanced teacher training program for exercise professionals and physical therapists overviewing exercise for MS, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurological conditions. The course covers the disease process in depth, as well as how to work with its most common symptoms, including balance difficulties, weakness, muscle spasticity, bladder problems, gait abnormalities, as well as the principles and applications of neuromuscular rehabilitation and neuroplasticity in exercise.

Since the course covers so many problems common to the average student, teachers will benefit with tools to work with students of nearly every population, especially the aging, and those with neurological conditions or muscle imbalances. Pilates for Neurological Conditions is recognized with 16 CECs (continuing education credits) from the Pilates Method Alliance. It is also credit towards the Women’s Health Pilates Specialist Certificate™ through the Center for Women’s Fitness.

A companion 300+ page reference textbook with hundreds of exercises is included in the course fee (retail value of $269). Participants earn the certificate of “Specialist in Pilates-Based Exercise for Neurological Conditions.”

$750 covers the course and training materials. The course is appropriate for exercise instructors and physical therapists, and includes substantial mat work and small equipment exercise options.

Register up to 1 month in advance with discount code SAVEME75 for 10% off of the registration fee.

To register online, go to and click the Workshops tab.

3 Day Intensive Includes:

  • The basics of working with clients with multiple sclerosis, stroke, and Parkinson’s disease
  • Working with muscle imbalances
  • Gait training
  • Exercise for spasticity and rigidity, including how, when, and why to stretch for best results
  • Balance exercises, including proprioception and vestibular training

  • Neuroplasticity and the science of how to change the brain
  • Exercise applications for other neurological impairments and even the healthy population
  • 300+ page reference book with hundreds of exercises and detailed information on the topics above
  • 16 PMA CECs
  • Questions? Email us at: for more info.

About Mariska Breland

Mariska Breland – the content creator – is a comprehensively certified Pilates instructor (BASI training, certified through the PMA), with dual mentorships with Master teachers Julian Littleford and Jennifer Kries. She has additional training in movement strategies for amputees and traumatic brain injury; Pilates for injuries and pathologies; pre- and postnatal Pilates; as well as training protocols for athletes and for men. On top of Pilates, Mariska was a student of medical neuroscience through Duke University’s School of Medicine, has a holistic health counseling certi6ication through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (then part of Columbia University’s continuing ed curriculum), and is a frequent guest writer – all over the internet. She is a visiting instructor on Pilates Anytime. Learn more at

Arcus for Hip & Knee Replacement is a one day course, where you will gain knowledge, problem solving skills, and exercises for helping your clients move with greater confidence.

  • How to assess and establish a timeline for clients that are planning for and recovering from hip and knee replacements
  • Contraindications at various stages of recovery
  • 25+ exercises to address specific movement problems at prehab and post rehab

Date & Time: June 9, 2017. 1pm-7pm PST

Pre-requisite: All levels welcome, basic understanding of anatomy and pilates recommended

Duration: 1 Day (6 hours) and CEC’s: 6

Contact Person: Darya Bronston 805-967-7770

to register:

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Growing old does not have to mean giving up on an active lifestyle. Whether it’s continuing to play tennis or golf or simply playing with grandchildren, today’s elders do not easily relinquish the activities that have sustained them throughout their long lives. Pilates can keep the mature population active, but the instructors who deal with them need to understand the limitations of their elderly clients.

This workshop deals with the musculoskeletal issues, diseases and other physical changes that are common in the older population. You will learn modifications and variations to the original BASI repertoire and discuss the specific needs of this age group. By applying the correct tools, variations and precautions, you will be able to take your clients safely through a session that will assist them in maintaining an active quality of life.

By the end of this workshop you will have both the knowledge and the confidence to work with this wonderful population!

Single day training takes place Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 9am to 4pm. Space is limited.

Earn 8 PMA CECS.

Tuition: $250

To register, contact BASI Pilates (949) 574-1343 or go online to

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