A one-day course which aims to give you an understanding of how to use Pilates exercises in a small group class to aid patients who have injuries or movement dysfunctions, with the aims to help them developing strength dynamically or assist in the management of chronic problems. You will learn safe and effective ways to introduce patients to Pilates-based exercises in a small group class. We will explore precautions and contraindications with graded step by step progression, modifications and adaptions along with clinical reasoning to justify each exercise. We will also look at relevant research and evidence in spinal and pelvic management. NICE recommends Pilates for the management of back pain and sciatica. Other applications will also be explored. 

Summary of Osteopathic Practice Standards (updated) covered in this course

A Communication and patient partnership - A2, A5

B Knowledge, skills and performance - B1, B2

C Safety and quality in practice -C6

Important information

Delegates must have completed the Clinical Mat-based Pilates Foundation Course prior to starting this course. The foundation course can be taken on 6th and 7th July 2019, and we are currently offering a 10% discount for delegates who choose to book the Foundation Course and Small Group Fundamentals course together. To book both courses and take advantage of the discount please book via the Foundation Course. The tickets listed here are for the Small Group Fundamentals course only.

- Delegates with a previous Pilates certification may be considered subject to space. Contact cpd@uco.ac.uk for details.

- Spaces on this course are limited to ensure a good learning environment for delegates.

- Please note this course has practical components which will be on a floor based mat.

- Delegates are advised to wear appropriate clothing.

- For insurance reasons this course is for qualified practitioners only. We regret we are not able to offer places to students.

Key teaching areas

- Introduction to Pilates as a group class rehabilitation tool 

- Review of movement impairments and motor control

- Key exercises, with easily digestible evidence for delegates to share with their patients

- Introduction to the fundamental principles of the Pilates method group classes

- Learn how to plan an effective safe small group programme

- Hints and tips to support client self-management 

- Common barriers to exercise adherence

- Marketing and development

Learning outcomes

- Learn the essential key exercises to support your patients in specialist small group class

- Leave with a handbook of the key Pilates exercises to support your patients in specialist small group class

Who is teaching the course?

Sandie Ennis

Sandie Ennis qualified as an osteopath in 2009, followed by extensive postgraduate studies including cranial and classical osteopathy, SCCO pathway, women’s health and training in paediatrics at the foundation for paediatric osteopathy in London. She currently divides her time between private osteopathic practice, clinical tutoring, teaching individual and small group pilates, devising and delivering specialist education; lecturing, training and CPD workshops.

She completed her UK Pilates training and certification with Body Control Pilates (BCP) in 2000. BCP is one of the leading education providers for Pilates teacher training and the largest professional Pilates organisation outside the USA. She undertook advanced classical Pilates studies at Kane School of Core Integration in New York under the tutelage and mentorship of Kelly Kane, one of the most highly regarded and experienced Pilates educators and physical therapists in the USA.  More recently she completed somatic movement education training, which she now incorporates into functional and rehabilitation programmes.

Previously she was a school teacher and arts university lecturer with extensive experience in creating and delivering a broad range of education and training. Since 2000 this has been Pilates training, health education, and rehabilitation.  

Cancellation policy

The UCO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found.  The UCO cannot guarantee that any course will run.  In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.