Pilates for Injuries & Pathologies

by Samantha Wood

We all know that the success of Pilates is partially due to the positive effect we make on individuals who come to us seeking improvement of minor aches/pains/injuries. Sometimes we are able to determine their problems are postural or due to poor alignment. However, it is a fact that Pilates Studios are seeing more and more cases of a rehabilitative nature. It can be intimidating if we are working with a client who has an injury or disease that we, as Pilates Instructors, do not understand. We need the tools to be able to create a strategy of what to do, as well as understand what not to do, to avoid exacerbating their condition.   The ultimate goal is that our client will learn to move better, function free of pain, and enjoy efficiency of movement.   This 3-day Course is designed to equip the Pilates instructor with the information and understanding needed to achieve this. BASI is committed to preparing teachers of the highest caliber who are able to perpetuate and preserve the gift of Pilates.


This course is the product of my 17 years’ experience as a physical therapist and my study of Pilates with my mentor, Rael Isacowitz. I have witnessed, both first-hand and through research, that Pilates, when used appropriately, can be a highly effective tool for therapeutic purposes. Pilates exercises and principles can help patients recover from injuries and surgery, as well as optimize function in those suffering from chronic conditions.SamSIDEplank

Many Pilates professionals have expressed to me over the years that they do not have a medical background and often lack a clear understanding of injuries and pathologies. They long for practical explanations and exercise suggestions regarding work with injured clients. My course strives to provide just that.

The course covers commonly encountered injuries and pathologies in each region of the body (lumbar spine, cervical spine, shoulder complex, hip, knee, ankle & foot). For example, in the lumbar spine section I cover disc pathologies, osteoarthritis, stenosis, spondylolisthesis, sacroiliac joint dysfunction and postural syndrome. In the knee section- osteoarthritis, total knee replacement, ACL tear/replacement, meniscal injuries, patellofemoral pain syndrome, patellar tendinopathies and iliotibial band syndrome. We discuss the definitions, causes, contributing factors and symptoms of each condition; however the focus is on how we as Pilates professionals, can contribute to our clients’ wellbeing by correctly selecting exercises and at times avoiding exercises and ranges of motion.Samantha-proximo-curso.(01)


Besides earning 18 PMA CECs (which exceeds theequirement for certification renewal), after attending this course Pilates instructors will be more comfortable working with a wide variety of clients. From a young athlete who underwent ACL replacement surgery, to middle aged woman with osteoporosis, to even a 90 year old with a hip replacement secondary to osteoarthritis. Instructors will know exactly which exercises to choose for these conditions, and why. If you have ever wanted to work with doctors, physical therapists or chiropractors in a rehab environment, this course will give you the background to be able to do so.




I started teaching the course at BASI HQ in Costa Mesa in 2010. Since then I have presented in Denver, Santa Cruz (Aptos), Virginia, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Montreal, Athens, Florence, Australia, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, South Africa, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Munich, Spain, London and Italy. I am excited to get to return to Australia this November, and to teach it for the first time in Bali, Honolulu and Toronto next year!

While it is certainly not my intention to convert Pilates instructors into Physical Therapists or encourage them in any way to function outside their scope of practice, there are common conditions that a Pilates teacher will inevitably encounter – and it is necessary to understand them, and if appropriate, know how to deal with them. You need to know what you can do to help the client, and very importantly what not to do to avoid exacerbating the condition. It can be intimidating to be faced with a client who has an injury or disease that you as a Pilates instructor do not understand. My goal is that after you complete this course, you will no longer feel intimidated working with this client population. You will have all the tools and confidence you need to help your clients feel better every time they leave your studio!

“I look forward to seeing you for a challenging & informative weekend!”

– Samantha Wood



  • October 23 – 25, 2015: Costa Mesa, CA   CLICK HERE
  • November 13 – 15, 2015: South Yarra, Australia CLICK HERE
  • February 13 – 15, 2016: British Columbia, Canada CLICK HERE
  • April 22 – 24, 2016: Honolulu, HI CLICK HERE
  • June 2 – 4, 2016: Florence, Italy CLICK HERE
  • June 10 – 12, 2016: Toronto, Canada CLICK HERE
  • September 26 – 28, 2016: Bali, Indonesia CLICK HERE

One Response to “Pilates for Injuries & Pathologies”

  1. Donna Clem says:

    would you ever consider giving this workshop in Charlotte, NC if we provided a place to host it?

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