Spine Dysfunction

Heather King-Smith tutoring in London 2015


Spine Dysfunction                   

“Common Dysfunctions of the Spine and How to Address them through Pilates Exercises”

“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.”

Joseph Pilates was passionate about the spine—it was central to his writings and teaching. Clients with spinal disorders often come to Pilates looking for relief and improvement, and low back pain is a leading cause of disability. Learn about the anatomy of the spine, the relationship of the spine to the ribs, pelvis, and shoulders, and common dysfunctions that affect the spine. Finish this course with a newfound confidence in helping clients with issues surrounding the spine.



  • Demonstrate knowledge of the anatomy of the spine—from the vertebrae to the ligaments, muscles, fascia, and other structures surrounding it
  • Understand the relationship between the spine, ribs, pelvis, and shoulders.
  • Describe common spine dysfunctions, including their etiologies and movement restrictions
  • Create a plan of Pilates sessions for a client with these dysfunctions
  • Recommend home exercises to clients to continue their path to optimum function
Spine Dysfunction


Prerequisites: Pilates Mat or comprehensive training, personal training certification, physiotherapist


Duration: 7 hours    

Further Details

Pending PMA credits— the PMA is recognised by REPS for retrospective CPD points.               

There will be a short written, multiple answer comprehension test towards the end of the course to ensure that key information from this course has been understood prior to leaving the workshop.  

?Common Dysfunctions of the Spine and How to Address them through Pilates Exercises?