Pilates teacher training and continuing education from rehabilitation to post-rehab, to integrated functional training.

Heather King-Smith

Heather King-Smith

Heather has been teaching Pilates since 2000, teaching post-rehab Pilates since 2006,
and training Pilates teachers since 2009.

Heather King-Smith has been teaching Pilates since 2000. As a student in the Master of Public Health at Emory University, Heather turned to Pilates for stress relief and to balance the sedentary lifestyle she acquired while writing her thesis. Heather loved Pilates and valued the balance it provided to her academic life, and after a few years of practicing Pilates, she decided to embark on a teacher training program.

Heather designed her Pilates Continuum Programme for a variety of rehabilitation professionals in mind.
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Originally trained by the Pilates Guild, and having studied with and passing her final practical exam with Pilates Elder Romana Kryzanowska, Heather comes from a background rooted firmly in Classical Pilates. After teaching strictly the Classical method for three years, Heather became interested in learning more about the adaptation of Pilates to the different bodies, injuries, conditions, and levels of ability she was seeing in her teaching practice, but she was unable to find the continuing education she desired through Classical Pilates schools.

Through her membership with the Pilates Method Alliance, Heather was found and hired by One-on-One Physical Therapy in 2006, and discovered that she loved the challenge of working in post-rehabilitation Pilates. She felt it was important to branch out and explore other Pilates schools, and sought continuing education with Katy Roelle of Reformation Pilates, Brent Anderson of Polestar Pilates, and Nora St. John and Balanced Body.  In 2009, Heather joined the faculty of Balanced Body and began leading teacher training and continuing education course for Pilates teachers.

Heather’s areas of expertise lie in training physiotherapists and other rehabilitation professionals to teach Pilates

Restoring The Core UK London course.

While Heather feels passionately about the material she teaches, she manages to stay fun and approachable. Discussing posture with participants in
during the “Restoring the Core” course.
Witney, UK in April 2016.

Heather practiced Pilates throughout both of her pregnancies and found Pilates to be an excellent way to maintain fitness during the changes a woman’s body undergoes during the childbearing years.  In Heather’s own Pilates studio and practice she specializes in working with pregnancy and post pregnancy issues and is recognized in her region as being the specialist in working with clients to help with regain normal Pelvic floor Function and to address issues such as Diastasis Recti. Heather also specializes in working with women and men diagnosed with pelvic floor dysfunction and diastasis recti, in addition to her work with prenatal and postnatal women.

Heather has served as adjunct faculty at Emory University’s School of Medicine, Doctorate of Physical Therapy program since 2012.  She and a physiotherapist colleague teach an elective course to the third-year students entitled, “Pilates for the Rehabilitation Professional,” which instructs students on the Pilates Mat exercises and how to integrate Pilates into their clinical practice.  The students have been a source of inspiration and continue to challenge Heather in her methods of helping new teachers hone their cueing skills. In this work she has also gained a deeper understanding of specific injuries, health conditions, and special populations’ needs for Pilates instruction.

thumbnail-hks“I found this course extremely informative and beneficial for the development of my personal practice and ability to teach. I thought the time spent practicing teaching and performing the different exercises with a partner was extremely useful. “
—Aged Care Senior Rehabilitation Consultant

After having trained a cohort of newly hired physiotherapists at One on One in 2012 based on Balanced Body’s curriculum, Heather realized there is a need for Pilates teacher training customized for the needs of physiotherapists and began developing a curriculum specifically to meet this need.  The Pilates 4 Rehab curriculum is based on Heather’s experience working closely with physiotherapists in a rehabilitation setting, and learning from their feedback and experience in using Pilates as a therapist with their patients.

Heather is excited to share her knowledge of working for over 10 years in post-rehab Pilates and women’s health with experienced teachers who are seeking to work with more post-rehabilitation clients. She feels that the information she shares will help teachers gain more confidence in working with clients recovering from injuries toward the road to fitness.

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These courses can be tailored to suit your needs at the clinic where you practice—please inquire about custom packages! Optional services include consultation for outfitting your clinic with Pilates apparatus.

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