Dr. Rebecca Lewthwaite received her PhD in kinesiology (what in Australia we call exercise science or human movement) from UCLA. She is Director of Research and Education in Physical Therapy and Director of Rehabilitation Outcomes Management at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Los Angeles, and an adjunct faculty member in biokinesiology and physical therapy at the University of Southern California (USC).
Dr. Lewthwaite’s research focuses on the role of confidence and autonomy support in motor performance and learning, in a variety of individuals, from those undergoing physical rehabilitation to developing and high-performing athletes. Recent work includes the facilitation of confidence building in individuals recovering from stroke. As an investigator in the recent ICARE clinical trial in stroke rehabilitation, Dr. Lewthwaite co-designed with Carolee Winstein the investigational Accelerated Skill Acquisition Program (ASAP) around skill acquisition principles common to OPTIMAL theory. She was an intercollegiate athlete in two sports and a coach on a national championship softball team at UCLA. She and Gaby Wulf co-authored the OPTIMAL theory of motor performance and learning.
Dr. Gabriele Wulf is a sport scientist with PhDs from the German Sports University in Cologne and the University of Munich. She is a UNLV Distinguished Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).
Dr. Wulf has conducted research in motor learning for more than 30 years. She studies factors that influence the learning of motor skills, including attentional focus and motivational variables. She has published approximately 200 journal articles and book chapters, as well as two books, both of which I have read, and they are both excellent!
Dr. Wulf has received various awards for her research, including UNLV’s Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award. She was elected Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology and given the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity’s (NASPSPA) Distinguished Scholar Award. She has served as President of NASPSPA and the Founding Editor of two journals in the movement sciences. Dr. Wulf has given keynote addresses to national and international societies in movement science and physical therapy. She and Rebecca Lewthwaite co-authored the OPTIMAL theory of motor performance and learning.
Antony Lo is a Sydney based physiotherapist who specialises in female athletes, and in particular female Crossfit athletes.
Having successfully grown 2 private practices, Antony sold these to concentrate on his Specialisation Training Program and developing educational courses for health professionals and the general public. He still consults at 2 locations in Sydney seeing everyone from children to the elderly, as well as his sports-specific patients. He also travels around Australia to deliver seminar information for his course The Female Athlete, and to provide consultations for those interested in his approach.
I have been friends with Antony since 2006 when we worked together. Every time I talk with Antony I learn something valuable, he is one of the practitioners I admire the most, and who I have learned the most from.
In this conversation we talk about pelvic health, urinary incontinence, low back pain, making quick changes and Antony’s approach to evidence-based practice.
Kjartan Vibe Fersum is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bergen, Norway, and was the lead author on the original CFT paper in 2012, with co-authors Peter O’Sullivan, Skouen, Smith, & Kvåle.
In addition to his teaching and research at the University of Bergen, he works in clinical practice as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in Bergen, and a contributor to the Pain-Ed project, where his mission is to inform both the public and health care practitioners about the latest pain research, and to dispel common myths about pain and provide hope for change.
Kjartan is incredibly well-read, but his true genius seems to lie in combining his rich and nuanced understanding of the research with a flexible, person-centred worldview.
This interview has too many gems and insights to list – you must listen to it if you work with people in pain.
Synnott et al., (2015) Physiotherapists may stigmatise or feel unprepared to treat people with low back pain and psychosocial factors that influence recovery: a systematic review
Greg Lehman http://www.greglehman.ca/ is a Canadian physiotherapist, chiropractor and strength and conditioning specialist treating musculoskeletal disorders within a biopsychosocial model. He is incredibly well-read, a highly skilled educator. And he’s funny.
Before his clinical career, Greg received a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council MSc graduate scholarship and became one of only two students each year to train with Professor Stuart McGill in his Occupational Biomechanics Laboratory, subsequently published more than 20 peer-reviewed papers in the manual therapy and exercise biomechanics field. He was an assistant professor at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College teaching a graduate-level course in Spine Biomechanics and Instrumentation as well conducting more than 20 research experiments while supervising more than 50 students.
Greg has lectured on a number of topics on reconciling treatment biomechanics with pain science, running injuries, golf biomechanics, occupational low back injuries and therapeutic neuroscience. His courses Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science and Running Resiliency have been taught more than 60 times in more than 40 locations worldwide.
In this conversation, Greg and I talk about how the biomechanics research invalidates the idea of ‘dysfunction’ as a cause of pain or disability, why scapular dyskinesis (aka poor scapular positioning and movement) is not a thing, knee valgus during a squat is nothing to worry about and several other interesting topics.
Greg shares his approach of movement optimism, and his basic framework for working within a biopsychosocial model.
I was inspired to write this by Jenna Zaffino’s story in episode 52 of Pilates Unfiltered – I don’t want to put words in Jenna’s mouth so you should listen to the episode after reading this if you’re interested to understand her point of view.
As movement teachers – Pilates professionals, exercise physiologists, physiotherapists – for years we have operated on the assumption that understanding anatomy, physiology and biomechanics are foundational to being an effective practitioner and teacher.
I think this assumption is wrong. You don’t need to know anything about anatomy, physiology OR biomechanics to effectively teach Pilates or help people rehabilitate.
Yep. Anatomy is not important when teaching Pilates. In fact, I think it gets in the way of good teaching.
I will even go so far as to say, you don’t need to know ANY anatomy, physiology or biomechanics in order to be a great teacher and practitioner. The less the better.
Lars Avemarie is one of the most well-read, clear-thinking people I have come across in the fields of pain science and rehabilitation. Born in Denmark, he currently works in Sweden. He is a physiotherapist and personal trainer, and a prolific blogger, educator and public figure on social media.
In this conversation, Lars shares his experiences going back to university at the age of 39 to study physiotherapy, his advice on learning to think critically and challenge your own beliefs, and how to develop your confidence to effectively apply the biopsychosocial approach to pain rehabilitation.
During my masters, I did my clinical placement with Brendan Mouatt and his business partner Luke Postlethwaite at their clinic The Biomechanics in Footscray, Melbourne Australia.
Like me, Brendan is a clinical exercise physiologist, and we enjoy talking about evidence-based practice and pain science in particular.
This is a free-ranging conversation where we think about whether we should provide clients with the treatment they expect, and how to navigate professional relationships with people who are not up to date with current best practice.
Brendan also has a thoughtful blog on all things rehabilitation.
Nick Hannah is a Canadian physiotherapist who has been taking social media by storm with his funny, poignant and scientifically sound memes advocating a biopsychosocial or whole-person approach to rehabilitation.
Nick’s Facebook page Hannah Moves has over 6,500 likes a the time of recording this interview, and his posts are shared by leading researchers and clinicians around the globe.
Nick’s Instagram page is also a source of much wisdom.
Nick talks frankly about his education, his approach to clinical assessment and treatment and his goals with the meme thing.
Ben Cormack’s business Cor-Kinetic delivers evidence-based rehabilitation courses based on cutting-edge neuroscience, pain science and exercise science. Ben regularly travels the world, delivering courses to health professionals in Europe, North America and Asia each year.
He has presented at the San Diego Pain Summit, guested on many PT podcasts and is a prolific blogger on all things exercise, rehabilitation and pain science.
Ben shares his thoughts on the current best practice in rehabilitation, how to interpret evidence, and how to navigate the tricky relationships with colleagues or bosses who are still working within a biomedical framework.
Since the early 2000’s the notion of cueing pre-engagement of transversus abdominis (TrA) and lumbar multifidus has been widely accepted as standard practice in the physiotherapy, exercise and Pilates worlds.
Sadly it is not an evidence-based practice.
In this video, Raphael Bender from Breathe Education reviews the evidence on ‘motor control’ training (retraining of TrA and lumbar multifidus).
BE have chosen to purposely discriminate and isolate marginalised groups within the Pilates community. The views and actions of the CEO are harmful and no longer represent those of their alumni. I would consider speaking with Pilates professionals and the BE alumni before enrolling in any of their programs.
02:28 13 Aug 22
PLEASE TALK TO PEOPLE WITHIN THE PILATES INDUSTRY AND COMMUNITY BEFORE YOU COMMIT TO DOING A PILATES CERTIFICATION WITH BREATHE!
09:58 11 Aug 22
DYOR and be sure to ask previous BE alumini about their experience before you choose to study and spend your money here.
06:50 09 Jul 22
I loved every week learning with breathe education. I feel that I have not only been given the highest level of knowledge, but they have supported me every step of the way. They have given me the confidence that I need to succeed and believed in me when I didn't. I could not recommend breathe enough.
04:13 09 Jul 22
Really great course! Definitely recommend!Well taken care of and fun
04:13 09 Jul 22
I would highly recommend the Breathe Education course. I have learnt how to be the type of pilates instructor that helps clients achieve success in their bodies, whether this is a beginner, advanced client, prenatal client or injured client.
The Pilates Experience & Physiotherapy Studio
21:16 22 Jun 22
I just completed the 2 part Diastasis recordings (couldn't attend the live webinar) and I have to say that I really clicked with Raphael. His background, knowledge and delivery is excellent in helping me to retain his prepared and taught information. My background is a BSc., Hons. in Biology, I have worked 3 decades in Medical/Dental Device sales and surgical support and I now run my Pilates studio full time after a Covid related downsizing. The way that Raphael shows people how to learn and retain information is exactly how I have always done it, visualize the muscle insertions etc. and you will remember it. We all learn a little by vision and a little by auditory, there is no one specific way to learn but a combination of a few strategies. The content in this 2 part webinar is very useful and I will be able to implement it into my Pilates classes as well as my Physiotherapy Program. Many of Raphael's strategies are commonly used in Sales (eg. SMART), and I have used these in medical sales during my career and continue to use them in daily life (you know what I mean if you have kids, lol), and also with my clients. The fact that he includes the links to the clinical studies gives him the credibility needed to teach this course but also gives me peace of mind knowing that the evidence exists and where I can find it should I want to read it. I have always been the type of person that you have to show it and prove it before I believe it, and having clinical evidence to support his views goes a long way. Raphael's quick wit and humour keeps it entertaining as well. His analogy of the airline crew not panicking during turbulence keeping the passengers calm is an example of Practitioner beliefs influences client beliefs, very funny but gets the point across. It is my hope that I will be able to do more of his courses in the future as I do see a benefit, after 4 lockdowns in Ontario Canada we are slowly trying to rebound so I am very appreciative of this course at no charge as well as his IG posts. We can always learn something new and if it helps me to get my business back on track, even better. Thank you Raphael.
07:45 17 Jun 22
Great course, well designed to set the student up for success! Best decision to study with breathe. Thank you so much Hailey and the Breathe team.
00:41 17 Jun 22
Wow what an experience!!!! I have recently completed my Certificate IV with Breathe Education and can not recommend them enough. Such an AMAZING community to be a part of, trainers are so supportive and invested in your success. My knowledge, love and passion for Pilates has grown even more thanks to Breathe Education.
02:12 16 Jun 22
I couldn’t be happier with my amazing experience with Breathe and my spectacular instructor, Emily. The learning methodology to increase motor learning through building confidence, giving choice, and external cues will set me apart from other instructors and will allow me to teach with confidence and knowledge. I highly recommend this Pilates Instructor course through Breathe Education if you want to be a confident, knowledgeable, fearless movement instructor!
23:34 15 Jun 22
Breathe has been the best qualification I have done, the layout of the course, the tutors, the other students - all absolutely AMAZING! Made to feel safe and included from day one, the knowledge the team holds is unmatched, 110% would recommend to ANYONE and EVERYONE wanting to study pilates. Seriously the best of the best!
10:35 15 Jun 22
Definitely recommend. Key learning goals were met and trainers were super invested in our success and our career paths taking off! Anyone looking around at different Pilates certificates can stop their search because this one is top notch.
06:28 14 Jun 22
I have just recently completed the 20 week certificate IV in Pilates.I know it has been said over and over again but this truly has been a life changing experience for me. Firstly I have never owned or operated a laptop before and had never been on Zoom. So as you can imagine I was extremely hesitant about proceeding with a course that is completely online. Secondly, I was very nervous about being the oldest in my group and would I have anything to offer or would I make any connections. The thing about Breathe is that all of these worries end up not even being a thing. The support team are outstanding and can guide you through any technical problems and the course is designed in such a perfect way that you never feel too overwhelmed because of the way it is distributed over 5 modules.It really doesn't even matter if you are a beginner to the pilates world, you are so supported by the amazing lecturers and they truly want you to succeed , as Raph would say "shout out to Hailey Hawkins".Lastly the connections! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine being in week 20 and so emotional. I have met some of the nicest kindest and supportive people ever and that has by far been the best part.Not sure what I am going to do next Tuesday now?
03:15 11 Jun 22
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23:48 04 May 22
I can not thank you enough Breathe Education - the course, the resources, the people... it is honestly the best Pilates teacher training! And not only that, it is also a beautiful community who continually inspire, encourage & respect one another.
23:35 04 May 22
Such a great experience. Highly recommend to anyone looking to get a valuable pilates instructor training course. These people know their stuff and do everything to facilitate the best learning outcomes for each and everyone of their students. I just finished and I am confident in my teaching abilities for a very successful career as a pilates instructor! THANK YOU BREATHE!!
08:39 30 Apr 22
I completed my Cert IV of Matwork and Reformer Pilates with Breathe Education. I cannot recommend Breathe highly enough. I felt so supported throughout the entire course by both Breathe trainers and the whole BE community. I feel incredibly well prepared (and excited!) to start teaching Pilates. The whole online learning structure was set up for our success and understanding and each instructor really has such a breadth of knowledge. I loved this course so much that I've signed up for the Diploma and am very happy to keep expanding my own knowledge with Breathe!
04:27 30 Apr 22
Breathe Education offers a fantastic qualification for aspiring pilates instructors. You won't regret enrolling and becoming part of the Breathe community!
04:27 30 Apr 22
Such an amazing experience! Loved every single minute of it. All of the trainers were so welcoming and encouraging and there wasn't one thing that was unclear to me. The course structure itself is very easy to follow and there is choice for times etc. Well done to all November 2021 students, you will kill it out there!!
09:55 16 Mar 22
Had such a blast completing this course. The trainers are amazing, delivering the content in such a fun way! The online nature makes it easy to balance with everyday life, whilst gaining skills and the confidence to teach Pilates in the real world. Loved every minute of it!
06:34 15 Mar 22
After speaking to countless pilates schools I could not be happier that I signed up with Breathe Education!!!The course content is second to none using only the most recent research which leaves you mind blown. The deep dive into the traditional Joseph Pilates repertoire challenged me to move in ways I had only dreamed of in my own personal practice #fearlessmovement! The structure is so manageable, even with a busy life you find yourself 'doing the thing' and stand back one day thinking 'wow I am industry ready' in what feels like a blink of the eye!The online delivery is incredible... it allowed me to move countries half way through my course and still stay connected with the Breathe Community and on track to finish my qualification on time.Lastly, the trainers and the support team... wow wow wow!! You will not find a more supportive and motivating team out there. They truely want you to succeed and leave no one behind!Thank you Breathe... bring on the diploma in the future!
Fitness For Fun with Sarah
04:02 15 Mar 22
Such an incredible well rounded, evidence based course with a beautiful and supportive community!
04:05 10 Feb 22
I loved the breathe course and was able to grow my confidence not only with teaching but with talking to groups of people in general. All the instructors/teachers were amazing and knew their stuff! I feel confident to go into the workforce to teach and encourage others. Definitely will be recommending!
04:03 10 Feb 22
Thank you so much for not only building up my confidence in teaching pilates but building up my confidence in every day life and motivating me to be the best version of myself! I have enjoyed every moment of this course and feel so prepared to go out and teach :) Thank you xx
01:12 10 Feb 22
studying with breath education has been a life changing experience for me. not just in regards to having world class Pilates education and training, but training in other areas to help me communicate effectively with my students for their best results and knowing i have the confidence in evidence based movement to keep my training and teaching up to date at all times, ensuring my students are receiving the best possible care and functional movement that i can provide them with. going forward i have no hesitation or doubt in my capabilities or capacity as a Pilates teacher, and i can credit that to the way the course was delivered and developed.
03:16 09 Feb 22
Breathe Education was recommended to me by a friend and I am so thankful that she did! I would have never thought that an online course could feel this personal, encouraging and motivating! I loved every bit of it!I have done my accredited Certificate IV in Pilates - Matwork & Reformer. When I started the course I only had a couple of months experience in Pilates. I was worried that there would be much more experienced people than me and that I would be already behind from the very start but it was nothing like it ! This course is for experienced professionals and Pilates "newbies" alike. It is so much more than "just" learning the original exercises. The evidence based approach and extremely well structured course has transform me into a confident Pilates instructor who is not afraid to take on her first job and just smash it and get people moving :) Fearless , Inclusive, Up-to-date and soo much fun!Can´t wait to do my Diploma in Clinical Pilates with Breathe Education!
02:51 09 Feb 22
I've absolutely loved my experience with Breathe! The course is structured to address so many important and sometimes difficult topics, though in the most supportive and inclusive way. I've loved learning online with all of the incredibly kind and knowledgeable instructors and was blown away by the friends I made with course mates. I'll be looking into getting my Diploma, as I loved the experience and would love to do it again and dive even deeper! Thank you again to the team at Breathe, you've all made this a very memorable and enjoyable experience <3
11:15 08 Feb 22
Breathe education not only boosted my confidence personally but also professionally. The layered learning about all things repertoire, cueing, programming, working with prenatal & injured clients and finding your own voice was AMAZING. All the modules were evened out perfectly to make it easy to understand & the teachers had so much knowledge and drove us all to success. Thank you so much for being the start of my journey and a huge shout out to Belinda for being the superstar that you are and believing in us all 💕
09:23 08 Feb 22
I am so grateful that I decided to complete my Pilates Certification with Breathe Education. The course encompasses content that is evidence based and best practice, with instructors who are approachable, encouraging and embody inclusivity. I also found that the course structure allows you to absorb and get a good grasp of the learning material which helps build confidence. The best learning experience I have had to date!
03:47 07 Feb 22
The structure of the course is done so well, I have absolutely loved everything about it. I have made some great friends from this journey and really enjoyed the connection I made with my teachers, I fault like they really wanted to help you succeed in becoming a Pilates teacher. Just get out there and do the thing! Ash
01:41 07 Feb 22
Highly recommended! The educators at Breathe are passionate, knowledgeable and fun. Love Pilates elephants and all the Pilates myths being properly explained. Thoroughly enjoyed learning online with such a fab crew and have felt supported the entire way through my course. I know that my career as a Pilates instructor is backed by excellent education and training. Thank you Breathe!
00:22 07 Feb 22
BEST COURSE EVER!I’ve just completed my 20 week course with Breathe Education and it’s honestly the best money I’ve ever spent. It’s easy to understand, educational, the instructions are helpful and so incredibly good at what they do. In previous Pilates courses I’ve done its usually made out to be this serious, daunting thing that is super hard to do well at but Breathe made me relax about it a lot 😂 I highly recommend for anyone that is wanting to upskill or learn the amazing world that is Pilates. Thank you so much
23:28 06 Feb 22
I couldn’t recommend Breathe Education more if I tried! I’ve recently wrapped up my Cert IV and I’m genuinely sad that it’s ending.I have made some awesome friends in my fellow students - who are some of the most friendly and welcoming people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Breathe have truly created such a nurturing and supportive environment, not just with fellow students, but the trainers too.I was lucky enough to have Hailey as my main trainer throughout the course. Her passion for pilates, and her dedication to teaching shone through every single tutorial. I felt so supported, confident and really seen - which is so important in a course, but especially so in an online course. It’s so easy to be lost in the background of a Zoom call, but Hailey made sure we all received the attention, advice and knowledge that we needed to be able to succeed as instructors. Hailey truly set us up for success at the start of every tutorial, so that when it came to assessments I think I can speak for all of my fellow students when I say that we felt ready and confident - knowing that Hailey had our back and prepared us so well.In saying that, every teacher at Breathe is incredibly special in their own way - Sharrman and Belinda were amazing for our lectures, and all the trainers who I joined for masterclasses live or online (special mention to Emily’s external cues and unreal programming!!).I’d rate Breathe 10 stars out of 5 if I could. Thank you thank you thank you!
yvonne van der veek
04:41 05 Feb 22
Just finished my 6 month Pilates instructor course with Breathe education and what a ride it has been. The training is all online but so comprehensive and easy to follow. I love that it is evidence based and they keep up to date with all the latest research. The trainers are amazing, each and every one of them, they share their passion and are so supportive. And having fellow students to share this journey with, even online, has been such a pleasure. If you want to become an instructor, this is the place to do it!
04:38 05 Feb 22
This course (Cert IV) was filled with evidence-based practice and a passion for fearless movement. It has empowered me and the rest of my cohort to contribute to our community in meaningful, authentic ways. Highly recommend!
04:37 05 Feb 22
Breathe education has been an Amazing learning experience and they have always supported and cheered everyone on to be the best pilates teacher possible. Breathe has made me confident and helped me gain the skill set to go out in the pilates world of teaching. :)
04:52 27 Dec 21
Raphael's book "Strengthen the person, not just the body part" is bloody fabulous. As a new grad and even a client, we are slammed with so many outdated concepts, nocebo approaches and even systems and technical models that are just so disconnected from each other, which is rough! However, the book is a simple approach to learn the fundamentals of not just movement principles, but also how to care for people by building and maintaining a strong clinical rapport. Not all of what we do is fancy exercises, equipment and knowledge of conditions; it's also to be able to hold space for others, listen, care, communicate and get people to believe in themselves!Thanks for filling the healthcare space with a brilliant tool that advocates for simplicity, connection, care and meaningful coaching!
03:28 16 Dec 21
I loved learning through Breathe Education, they provided a flexible course that I could complete when it suited me whilst still feeling very supported with all their incredible resources. The teachers were extremely knowledgeable and helpful, providing constructive criticism in a nurturing way. I would highly recommend anyone considering doing their Pilates course to choose Breathe Education.
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01:14 16 Dec 21
I just finished my certificate and this course is awesome. They encouraged me and built my confident. Even my English isn't good, they are tried to find out how to help me out and I can't believe how much I improved!
01:08 16 Dec 21
I was drawn to Breathe over another provider and im glad I listened to my gut. It's been one hell of a ride....all good of course. The support of the Tutorial teachers is next level. I felt safe and secure in my tutorials to ask questions and learn. Compassion was given by my tute teacher Emily when constructive criticism was given after assessments...to help lift all of us up as we learn to become our authentic selves as instructors with so much new info. My peers were very beautiful vibes girls and I've walked away with new friendships.
10:28 15 Dec 21
Love it and very proud to be part of BE.
09:07 14 Dec 21
The best course for anyone that coaches movement!!
00:52 14 Dec 21
04:12 13 Dec 21
Such a great course! Being online didn't inhibit the learning at all- if anything I feel it made it better, as we were embedding learnings over a longer period. I thoroughly enjoyed completing my cert IV with Breathe and have learnt so much. I loved how practical and tangible the learning modules were.
03:35 13 Dec 21
This is a very comprehensive course which is flexible so you can study at times that are convenient to you. Everyone is so helpful and positive. I would highly recommend this course for people wanting to become a Pilates Instructor.
02:17 13 Dec 21
Consistent communication to ensure we were travelling through the course well kept me motivated! Really bright happy bunch of staff. Absolutely loved it
03:41 12 Dec 21
I could not fault Breathe Education. The learning platform is second to none and the trainers are exceptional, not only in their course delivery but in their care. I made so many like minded friends along the way. I would highly recommend Breathe Education to any one wanting to be a pilates teacher. I loved the science based curriculum.