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).
I couldn't recommend anywhere better to conduct your online study, than with Breathe Education. They were professional and knowledgeable in the their course knowledge and as practicing Pilates Instructors, were able to equip us with the skills to feel confident in the industry.- Claire
Loved every part of this course. The course is broken down into realistic timeframes and parts to make everything feel manageable and not overwhelming. The teachers are all so supportive and always there to help when needed.
You can really feel how much these teachers care about our experience. Breathe makes you feel very comfortable and leaves room for mistakes and gives great encouragement. Would recommend to almost anyone!
Breathe Education surpassed my expectations. I have been doing Pilates on/off for 20+ years. I do love all the benefits of doing Pilates and the impact it has on my body. I decided to do Breathe Education’s certification course for Mat and Reformer to gain more knowledge of Pilates, to get fit, and to gain more confidence in public speaking and teaching. Not only did I gain all of those things, but I also gained knowledge on what to expect when working in a studio and also solid advice on what it takes to run your own studio. I also gained new colleagues/friends within this industry.All of the Breathe instructors are awesome, and each one brought a different approach to teaching the curriculum. They all really know what they are talking about and are well seasoned within this industry. Phoebe, in particular, really was great and super knowledgeable and inspiring to help me feel comfortable and confident in being in front of people. I loved this certification course and would recommend to anyone who is interested in this industry.
I absolutely loved my time completing the Certificate in Pilates. This was completely outside of my comfort zone and I felt supported the whole time. I feel confident to go ahead and teach classes now!
From the very beginning I felt very supported by the team at Breathe Education. Everyone is so warm, welcoming and most importantly encouraging. I always felt like I could ask questions no matter how big or small, I always felt acknowledged from my instructors and peers when I had achieved something new and I never once felt like I was left in the dark about any assessments. The course is structured very well and delivers a wealth of knowledge , skills and community that I will value for the rest of my life.Thank you Breathe Education and every Lecturer, peer and student that gave me their unconditional support and love throughout the last 6 months.Lilly Fisher
If you’re thinking of doing a Pilates course this is absolutely the company to go through! For me, the best thing about this course was I got to travel to the UK and Italy to visit my family and managed to qualify as a confident Pilates instructor, all whilst being a busy mum! I’ve even already found work in a studio! It’s all online based making it super manageable with a busy schedule!! So so glad I went with breathe education, the instructors are all super lovely! ( especially Pheobe ) xx
It is indicative there has been a considerable amount of research on structuring this course to make it suitable for all levels of learning abilities. I appreciated the content focus being on the student building knowledge and confidence in a nurturing environment.
I first found Breathe Education through a Google search. I was looking for a Pilates certification program that would be able to teach me the fundamentals. What I received from Breathe was so much more! After reading some reviews and asking a bunch of questions I decided to take the plunge.It was a longer program, set up over 21 weeks, with live tutorials that were mandatory to attend. I didn't realize just how comprehensive this course was going to be. It felt like I was back in school, which I loved. You have coursework, there's so much information (which at first feels a little overwhelming, but is so valuable), you have to meet outside of tutorials with your peers and practice teach, there's a logbook to track your personal practice, and there are assignments due throughout the course (but nothing you aren't prepared for, don't worry there's no essay due). Because of this highly organized setup, you actually LEARN the material. I can't imagine trying to learn all that I have in a weekend where you spend 8 hours a day cramming information and later have to take a test on it. I can say with certainty that I know the ins and outs of Pilates and teaching Pilates.But there's more. I didn't realize that you not only learn Pilates and how to teach it through the Breathe Education course, but you also gain the confidence needed to teach well. I can see the drastic change in my confidence in teaching, which I didn't expect to learn, I thought that would be something that came with years of actual teaching. Breathe Education gives you the tools and the space to be able to gain that confidence.Everyone that I've met and interacted with because of Breathe Education, whether that be my peers, trainers or support staff, have all been so lovely! I always felt supported and valued as a student and as a teacher. I left with new friends who I can stay in touch with for years to come!All in all, I enjoyed this program immensely, and if you're willing to put in the work you will come away with skills that will translate to so many aspects of life, not just teaching Pilates. Highly worth it!Thank you Breathe!(I suppose this was my essay portion, ha!)
This course was very flexible and convenient for me to schedule all my classes and complete my weekly coursework. I also appreciated the positive reinforcement that all staff gave me when I was feeling any sort of discouragement. I loved the flexibility of picking times for teaching and I highly recommend Breathe Education for anyone who is interested in becoming a pilates instructor!
Wow !! What a journey ! I have just completed the 20 week reformer pilates instructor course. The support you receive from your trainers, otherstudents & the support team is amazing! The structure of the course is such that you can’t go wrong !
I had such a great experience learning and growing throughout the entire certification at Breathe.My main teacher Phoebe was incredible at her job, she had the perfect balance of a kind and empathetic teacher with excellent observational skills and always knew the right thing to say to get that little bit more out of me!Thank you for the perfect journey 🙏🏻
Such a fantastic course! Straight after finishing the course I had all the tools and knowledge to confidently open my own Pilates studio teaching a wide range of clients of all abilities. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to start a career in Pilates
Really such a great course! So amazing that it can all be done online, it allows for so much freedom and the amount and quality resources you are given are incredible. Everyone involved is so kind and helpful and everything is really clear and easy to follow
If you're passionate about Pilates and wish to transition into a confident and qualified instructor I couldn't recommend Breathe Education enough, not only are you provided with highly knowledgable educators that are there to support and inspire you through your journey, you are also linked up with an incredible encouraging community of other students sharing the same passion. The structure of the course was incredibly easy to incorporate into my busy working life beginning to end.Naomi my educator through out was a breath of fresh air, not only was she absolutely phenomenal in her field she was as equally kind, fun, and so accomodating.I sit here now having completed the course reflecting knowing I achieved all intentions I set myself in the beginning. I have new found confidence, the ability to teach a practice that I love so much and relationships within my new field of work that will last a lifetime. The only regret you will have is not signing up to this course.
I had a lovely experience with Breathe Education. I learned so much in 20 weeks. I feel confident in being a successful Pilates instructor. I thoroughly enjoyed the process and getting to know the community. I finished the course with knowledge and insight on myself and the Pilates community. Thank you Breathe!
I first became aware of Breathe Education in lock down and listening to Pilates Elephants pod casts became compulsory! A lot of things made complete sense and I began to change my thinking to a more clear, logical way of looking at the human body, (as opposed to what I had been told and what I had taken for granted).As a soft tissue therapist and a mat based Pilates teacher, my understanding of movement and how the body works has been greatly expanded!The visualised anatomy course I have recently joined, gives a fresh dimension to learning about the body with clear lecture slides and explanations.
Currently taking the Diploma in Clinical Pilates Course and I more than highly recommend. Each week brings new, exciting and science- based tools that help me delve deeper within, unlocking suppressed questions and appeasing my appetite for personal growth and professional progression. Finally an online course brimming with anatomy, structured for success with a delivery clear, concise and second to none. You will not be disappointed if your search stops here! This is my first course with Breathe Education and I can easily say the first of many...
I just finished my certificate and I am not just walking away with evidence based knowledge, I'm also walking away with confidence of not being an imposter any more and be able to fearlessly work with my clients. The Diploma in Clinical is broken down into 3 parts and each part is fully packed with anatomy, pathologies and patient care education. It is a full packed high level degree course all done in 1 year time. And I highly recommend if you want to take your Pilates career to next level.
I was recommended to do my certificate with Breathe education by the owner of the Pilates studio I go to. I must admit I was a bit worried about the course being all online but I had no reason to worry.The course far outdid my expectations. The trainers were amazing and were so supportive and helpful. The support team answered and helped with any questions within 24 hours.I met a beautiful group of people who were also taking the course. We encouraged and supported each other and will all keep in touch.The actual course opened my mind up to a whole new way of thinking. It was fantastic and would thoroughly recommend without any hesitation.
Breathe Education is more than learning how to program for Pilates sessions, it's learning about how our bodies function and using that knowledge to help various conditions in which people need help to manage...to feel better and live longer!
To say that my experience with Breathe Education has been transformative would be an understatement. I first discovered Breathe through their excellent podcast, Pilates Elephants. I learned more about anatomy and pilates from listening to their podcast than I ever had in any of my previous training experiences over the last six years of my pilates career. I am currently enrolled in their 6-week anatomy and movement course as well as their pilates mat and reformer certification and have loved every minute of all of it. Hands down, the team at Breathe has figured out how to deliver the the most engaging, effective, and high quality pilates education that I'm aware of. I never thought I would like or even be successful at remote learning, but Breathe has totally proven me wrong. I am so grateful and proud to be a part of their growing community.
My love for Pilates lead me to Breathe. I couldn’t be happier with my choice. The course is so impressively structured, delivered, easy to follow with so much online support from start to finish. You won’t be disappointed.
I have just completed my Cert IV with Breathe Education and I can’t recommend this training provider any higher. The trainers are incredibly supportive and educated especially Phoebe, she is an absolute angel.I really loved how all the course work is up to date with the latest scientific research too.
I am currently enrolled in the Diploma of Clinical Pilates. This course has transformed the way I teach, I am far more confident. My clients appreciate the knowledge and variety I am bringing to my classes and private training sessions. I am so grateful I signed up and I'm excited for what's to come.
I just finished my week 20 tutorial!! Breathe Education has a wonderful well thought out program. Although 20 weeks may seem like a lot it goes by quick. I can honestly say I feel very well prepared to start teaching thanks to all the amazing team members at Breathe Education!! Adam is one of my favorites, he goes well into detail and keeps it light and fun!! Naomi and Phoebe were also excellent I attended most of their tutorials and received incredible feedback and information from them. I could not have asked for a better program to get my Pilates Certification from!
My experience at Breathe has really empowered me in my journey as a pilates teacher. The online structure is very well set up, all of the educators are next level. They make you think critically and the course has really pushed me out of my comfort zone. My confidence has improved so much and I highly recommend Breathe to anyone considering pilates education.
Breathe Education was a great experience. There was a lot of flexibility with class times and its fully online. The community of students and trainers were very supportive, you get lots of practice and feedback. Highly recommend them.
This program absolutely gives you the tools and education to be the best pilates teacher. Such a supportive group that push you to take it to the next level! Another beautiful plus with this program is all of the information available on their elephant podcasts that include so much valuable information on how to open a studio, increase revenue, build your clientele and breaking down all aspects of how to have a successful Pilates studio.
I am a Pilates Instructor! I finally did something for ME.Choosing Breathe Education was definitely the right choice. I needed a sound program that would fit into my schedule. Boy, do they have it figured out. The team works tirelessly to keep you supported and they have designed a program for success. I could not be happier!While this program has some fast-paced sections, Breathe has laid it out for you to succeed and they make it a point to make sure that you do. The Team responds quickly to a variety of questions and are always patient and kind.The wealth of information and training materials that we have access to is a gift. I really appreciate the evidence-based curriculum. The Masterclasses alone are amazing, but they go even further. The trainers are brilliant and helpful.You will feel confident and have the tools you need to start your career. Thank you Breathe for coming into my life at just the right time.
When I was looking to get certified in Pilates, I found one of my greatest challenges would be to find something that was affordable and geographically accessible. I found that based on my location, becoming certified was virtually impossible... unless I did it virtually! Which is how I came across Breathe! I love that they offer a well rounded and in depth program, where you don't have to spend thousands of extra dollars for "specialties", like prenatal and injuries--they are already a part of the program. I appreciate how they set you up to succeed. They incorporate practical assessments throughout the course, instead of having one big test at the end; I personally do not test well, even when I fully understand a concept, so this was incredibly helpful. Additionally, the community of people I met here were all fantastic, and I look forward to seeing what they do with their careers. They are evidence based, encouraging, and darn great instructors. I truly cannot say enough good about Breathe Education. Thank you Raph, for your vision!!
Breathe Education really breaks down the info so it is easy to manage, I took this course with two kids under 2.5 and it was still manageable. I learn so much about rehabilitation, i feel so confident to rehab my clients and feel like a better instructor all around. Thank you :)
What an amazing course! Loved it! I gained so much knowledge, confidence and made some really amazing life long friends. We happen to all be from different areas of New Zealand so plan to meet in person and attend each other's classes which is awesome 🤍🤍Thank you Breathe Education for giving me everything I needed to get out there and teach what I love!!! 🤍 special mention to Naomi also. Such a fun and lovely trainer. I will so miss our Wednesday night tutes!!! X
Choosing to start my pilates cert through Breathe was one of the scariest decisions I had to make. But let me tell you, the risk is so worth the reward. You will not regret taking the courageous jump to get your cert through Breathe. The trainers are incredible, and always available. The program is fail-proof. The people you meet are so encouraging. If you are on the fence, I highly recommend this program!
My love for pilates led me to train and complete my certification, Breathe has been an incredible program to learn all round Mat and reformer PilatesI’ve met the most wonderful inspiring people and I feel confident to teach and change peoples lives in the process
This Pilates Course is very well organized and planned out for you. If you follow the way they lay it out, you're most likely going to be successful. I enjoyed it and loved getting to meet so many cool people from all around the World!
My experience with Breathe Education was fabulous! I was very skeptical to work on a 5 month course that was solely virtual, but the trainers and materials provided made it SO nice and manageable. It is definitely a lot of work to complete, but the course is set up in a way that is motivating, and there is so much support from trainers, which I found really important. I was very surprised to meet such amazing people/students and gained so much experience and knowledge! I am so excited to continue my journey as a pilates instructor, and Breathe made that possible for me.
Loved , loved , loved... Best online course to date , I have learned so much to date. If you are thinking to become Pilates instructor or simply want to learn about Pilates this is the place. Thank you so much Breathe Education for amazing journey and for introducing me to the world of Pilates. I have learned so much. Thank you
Breathe has provided an amazing experience while getting my certification in mat and reformer pilates. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the instructors the last 21 weeks. If you are considering getting certified and need a self-paced, flexible program, this is the one for you!
I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I signed up with Breathe Education. All I knew is that I love pilates and want to teach it. I am so happy with my decision. It was a lot of work and time consuming, it was worth it. I made new friends from all over the world and the program met all of my goals. If you want to get certified to teach pilates. definitely sign up with Breathe!
I fell in love with pilates and decided to become a teacher so I could help people feel as good as I felt when I attended pilates classes. I researched online different types of courses and Breathe stood out to me after reading their reviews. I initially enrolled to start the course in November, however due to some work commitments I had to reschedule my start date to March. When I started the course I felt a little uneasy as I was working full time and wasn't sure if I could commit to the course work. I raised my concerns with Breathe staff and they assured me I was not alone. Many others were in my position and were able to achieve success working full time and studying.I was never a confident person which I thought might be something that held me back from completing this course. I can confidently say that this course proved me wrong with all the doubts I had. This course taught me how to build confidence over time and how to achieve success.I am now able to write programs, explain exercises with ease and get quite creative with my programming.Throughout the course you are able to speak to other students using Slack which was so hopefull to discuss many aspects of the course and raise any issues you might have.All the staff at Breathe were absolutely fantastic and were always supportive and I always felt welcomed.If you want to start a career in Pilates I strongly suggest enrolling into this course. You will graduate with complete confidence.
Breathe Education go above and beyond to help students like myself to become awesome Pilates Instructors. They have created a supportive online environment starting from their leader, Raph Bender, to their amazing Tutors, Masterclass Instructors and BE Support Staff. Their up to date knowledge of the industry and all the added free extras like the weekly podcast, Pilates Elephants, live community sessions and free-ebooks are amazing. It is a testament of their passion to see their students succeed in the Pilates world. These are just some of the reasons why I highly recommend completing your Pilates qualifications with Breathe Education.
Fantastic experience with Breath Education. The trainers are amazing, they cheer you up and set you to success. I felt empowered since Day 1.The online format is perfect for busy schedules. I would recommend this program!
So beyond happy I finally took the leap and decided to do this 20 week course. I've come out of it knowing more then i expected and super eager to get started. without even completing my 20 weeks i was offered a job at my local studio. i am so excited to start this journey. i cannot thank the team at Breathe enough. Natalie was such an incredible tutor and so helpful on many occasions. the team are so welcoming and don't judge your silly questions. overall i would highly recommend this course to anyone that is interested in becoming a Pilates instructor! YIPPIEEE I LOVE TEACHING PILATES :)
This cert has been amazing! My confidence has grown and I have made life long friends during the course. I have had lots of fun overcome many challengers but the team here at breathe are awesome and are here to help!! I am about to go into my diploma and I am so excited for what is to come <3
AND THAT'S A WRAP! Thank you to Breathe Education and the entire team for providing me with so much valuable knowledge and skills to be able to complete my Certificate IV and Diploma with absolute confidence. It has been pure joy training under the guidance of instructors I respect and admire. From the first enquiry phone call in 2018, the Student Success team have kept me on track with kind and gentle messages of encouragement - thank you for all of your assistance.A special mention to Hailey for delivering engaging presentations with such grace and enthusiasm week in and week out. The way you generated team discussions was creative and purposeful. Thank you for always taking the time to provide genuine thought and consideration in your feedback. You recognised the unique potential in all of us and continuously pushed us to achieve greatness beyond our own belief. Paramount to all of this, the biggest of thank you's for always keeping the mood high with your smile and infectious laugh.XX
Hi my name is Michelle Salden, I joined BE to complete my Cert IV in Mat & Reformer Pilates in July 2022.I'm now 58 years old, come from Gumbaynggirr Country on mid north coast NSW, and can happily let you know that doing this training was the best decision I've ever made!I'm a retired Steiner School Teacher, however I also have a background in Natural Therapies, and am trained in 23 healing modalities from Aromatherapy to Zen Shiatsu, added to this I am also a dance & movement facilitator through my studies in Biodanza.So I basically like to help people fully express themselves to live their best and most healthy life.I believe in innate human potential, and very much see sedentary lifestyles as hindering & sabotaging our ability to live our best life.Unfortunately, sedentary lifestyles cause a number of health issues including: poor circulation, brain fog, body armour, lack of vitality, poor sleep, increasing problems with balance & mobility issues, stress and overall lack of physical and vitality well awareness.I very much see Pilates, and this particular BE Cert IV Course as a deep acknowledgement to amend all these conditions and ailments and can heartily testify that it did so for me.Pilates Mat & Reformer exercises through this course have helped me to reclaim my:PhysicalVitalMentalEmotionalSpiritualhealth & living.The course is inclusive, supportive & can assist you to live your best life ever, and then show you how to help others do the same simply by sticking with it, and showing up!Is it really for anyone? I believe it is.About me:I was 57 when I did the courseUnemployedHad no IT skillsHave dyslexiaHave PTSD..and just between you and I wasn't particularly fit either.To top it all off though, my life partner had just finished telling me that he was no longer engaged in our relationship and wanted me to move out of his house.... and guess what? I did, then did the course and am living proof, that if I can do it, so can you!So, if after reading my testimony now, you're still asking yourself: Why? I just ask you to add not, and change that thought to:Why not?You really have nothing to lose, and everything to gain!I believe in you and your ability to live your best life ever, and very much wish, however I also very much know that life won't change for the better until you move to change it.Warmest wishes from me to you, and maybe one day either you'll come to my Pilates class, or I'll come to yours!Love Michelle Saldenxxx
I can't speak highly enough of the amazing trainers from Breathe Education. They are passionate, caring and genuinely there for your success. The course is built in a way that shows consideration for students busy lives as well maximizing the way that people learn. It was a truly enjoyable experience.I've absolutely loved my time with Breathe as well as meeting some incredible people. Thank you!
As a recent graduate, I have no hesitation in recommending Breathe Education to anyone interested in gaining certification in Reformer and Mat Pilates. From my first conversation to my last tutorial, I felt seen, encouraged, and supported.The online learning portal is very user friendly, and should you require any assistance, Breathe Education is contactable via Slack 24/7. The team are very prompt in responding to requests and answering any questions.I absolutely loved the content of the course. The lectures and tutorials are information rich but not overwhelming so, and the assignments are great for cementing your knowledge and focus. The tutorials are definitely a highlight – amazing tutors and fellow students and a safe space in your learning journey.Initially, the scariest part was the thought of teaching in the PT sessions, but this turned out to be one of the best resources. Teaching and talking with students from all over the world who were feeling the same way I was (excited but nervous, keen but terrified!) and we worked through the modules together, becoming each other’s biggest supporters if someone was feeling overwhelmed.Everything Breathe Education teaches is backed by the best, and latest, evidence-based knowledge but that’s not to say the material is dry or that you can’t be yourself. Instead, Breathe Education will assist you to build such a strong foundation, your authentic self will blossom because of the confidence you’ll gain by completing this certification.Do yourself a favour and sign up today, you won’t regret it. I hope you enjoy every moment of the course and I wish you success as a Breathe Education qualified Reformer and Mat Pilates Instructor.
I completed the 21 week certification course and learnt so much, with informative and knowledgable trainers, a structure which keeps you accountable over the 21 weeks, and overall it was so much fun! Love the evidenced based nature of the course and the way we have been empowered to create our own style and way of teaching.
I can't recommend Breathe Education highly enough. I completed my Cert IV two years ago and have started my Diploma which I am absolutely loving. After completing multiple courses through other providers, no other course comes close to the confidence and knowledge I have gained as an instructor through Breathe. The quality is so exceptional that I have recommended and seen 5 others complete their Certs, and as a studio owner I will not take anyone else that hasn't done the course because of the incredible quality of the Breathe instructors. Thank you Breathe for all of the amazing work you are doing for the Pilates industry!
I'm not easily impressed. Ask my family and friends. Especially after my dealings with some other International Pilates Education providers in the past. But so far, I've only got good things to say about Breathe Education and their team.Before enrolling for the Breathe Clinical Pilates Diploma, I dived into the many free and valuable resources (Podcast, Community Sessions, Raph's IG account). This gave me a good feel for what to expect. Real talk. Healthy debate. Regularly refreshed course content to reflect current research and best practice. They seem committed to Pilates practitioners flourishing whether employed or self-employed profitable businesses which I LOVE!A quick call with Kylie helped me to ascertain whether the Diploma or the Certificate was best suited to me. The onboarding process was easy too.So far, I'm impressed by the bonus 1-1 Business Planning Session I had with Raph, the promptness with which the Breathe team reply to any queries by email or on Slack, and the layout of the course content and communication across smart tech platforms that don't lag. I can't wait to get into the Visualized Anatomy Course which is waiting patiently for me on the platform.The course itself is great. It's meeting my goals and I am recommending it to all my movement-teaching people.
I absolutely loved my time with Breathe Education. Not only did I have the chance to meet amazing instructors but also other students from all around. The course being online gave me the opportunity to go ahead and study whenever as well as having numerous tutorials times made it incredibly easy to fit into my schedule.Thankyou to the amazing team at Breathe Education
I would HIGHLY recommend Breathe Education. They create such a positive environment, and encourage individualism. They have taught me so much, and turned me into a confidant pilates teacher. The layout of the course was great, I loved that we could work at our own pace, and that they gave us only so much material at a time so I never felt overwhelmed but always eager! I was not sure how it being all online would go, but it still felt very personal, I got to meet people from all around the world, and I feel ready to teach both in person or online! I am excited to continue my pilates journey.
I am thankful that I made a great decision to choose Breathe Education for Certificate IV pilates course. I have zero pilates matwork and minimal reformer experience before I start the course course. I was really struggling in the beginning as I know not much of any movement or exercises. I need to remember the movement and teach at the same time which is challenging. But trainers in Breathe and peers in course are really supportive, their feedbacks and constructive comments had made me improve throughout the journey. Now I can confidently teach pilates. I would love if Breathe can have physical class for cert/diploma students.
Learning pilates instruction through Breath Education was most enjoyable.The process's Breathe has in place for learning the coursework & practical is well supported with the on line education layout & slack Group chat as well as group rooms.
I absolutely loved my experience getting my pilates certification through Breathe Education. Having only 1 (one!) pilates class under my belt, Breathe Education did a great job creating a healthy and empowering learning environment. The formatting offered just enough flexibility so that I could manage my professional and personal life while taking on further education and it also offered enough structure to facilitate progression and accountability. Initially I was worried at how effective an online platform could be to learn how to instruct pilates, but Breathe has mastered this! I felt very connected to my Breathe Community- both the instructors and fellow students. I also felt a strong sense of empowerment in being able to ask clarifying questions and seek further assistance. Tho it was all a virtual experience, there were enough opportunities and requirements to practice teach in the "real world" so that I feel ready and confident to bring my teaching to my community. I can not speak highly enough about my experience with Breathe Education!
WOW... what an amazing journey this course has been, from beginning to end there was support from the Breathe team. I have completed this course feeling super confident and ready to hit the ground running.Breathe was recommended to me by the pilates studio I practiced at, they said it was one of the most progressive and up to date courses on the market in the world, which after completing I can absolutely agree with.I loved Breathe as it gave me the flexibility to do all my learning online, which meant I could maintain my full-time job too. The coursework was presented clearly and for the most part there wasn't that annoying filler information that lots of courses do. My only criticism is that the average 9hrs of time required to do the work each week is not true, I and the people in my PT sessions said it was much more like 15hrs a week, which did make for some huge days when working full time with family commitments.Natalie my trainer was absolutely brilliant, our weekly tutes were always so much fun and inspiring, and she was there to answer any questions we had along the way too. I loved connecting with others doing the program and have made some lifelong friends for sure.100% recommend this course to anyone wanting to become a Pilates teacher. THANK YOU!
From the first conversation to the last session my experience with Breathe Education was wonderful. The teachers were all very knowledgeable and professional. The course work and road to completion for success was easily mapped out and resources were always available every step of the way. If you're looking for a top notch Pilates training certification that will give you confidence as a trainer this is where you need to be.
This course has been life changing. After the pandemic, I needed something to re-start my business as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. In the past I looked at various Pilates instructor programs, but it did not resonate. Then I listened to an elephant podcast, and I was hooked.When I looked into the training, I loved it was all online, except for one weekly tutorial. This training kicked my butt, and it helped my own flexibility and movement skills. And very important, the course was exciting and motivating! The way the course is set up is very organized so you do succeed, but you have to show up and do the work every single week.At the end, the learning and skills, experiences with other students, and confidence as a teacher really make me excited for the next chapter as a Pilates teacher. And it improves my personal training skills too. "Thank you" to Breathe, you all are truly setting me up for success in NYC and CT - and online too.Rika KeckNY Integrated Health LLC
Great course, great instructors. As a positive side on Breathe methods of teaching, not only providing knowledge on original repertoire but focus on teaching us how to teach, paying attention on the client, injuries, pregnancy and empowering us on how to modifyExercises when need and the other tools we might need in this journey. Definitely feeling more confident in every PT session, loved how they encourage you to find your voice and be yourself as you teach.On a down side I wish had more availability of times for tutorials