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Restoring the Core: Healing Diastasis Recti and Improving Pelvic Floor Function with Pilates Exercise

03/10/2017 @ 9:00 am - 03/11/2017 @ 5:00 pm

While commonly regarded as separate issues, pelvic floor dysfunction and diastasis recti are closely related and share common treatments. Pilates exercise inherently is suited to address these issues–with some modifications, additions to standard programming, and increased focus on breathing and progressions. Learn about pelvic floor and abdominal wall anatomy and myofascial connections, take an in-depth view of different pelvic floor dysfunctions, and examine how breathing and posture can contribute to the development of these conditions as well as their healing.

This course provides a close look at evidence-based practice in working with clients with DRA and pelvic floor dysfunctions, following researchers such as Diane Lee, Paul Hodges, Ruth Sapsford, and Julie Wiebe. You will learn what you need to know as a movement teacher to help clients with these issues, when to refer to a medical professional, and appropriate exercise programming for clients with these issues.

• Describe the anatomy of the pelvic floor and abdominal wall and explain the myofascial connections between these areas
• Recognize function and dysfunctions of the pelvic floor and abdominal wall
• Identify clients with diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA)
• Understand treatment options for pelvic floor dysfunctions and DRA
• Select appropriate exercises and avoid contraindicated exercises—within the Pilates repertoire and beyond—for these conditions
• Develop an exercise program for clients with either or both of these conditions that will help them heal and return to function.

Prerequisites: Pilates Mat or comprehensive training, personal training certification, physiotherapist
Duration: 14 hours