Pilates Certification

For Physical Therapists & Rehab Professionals

REACH A NEW LEVEL IN 2022

earn a certificate of attendance or a full certification on Mat work, Reformer, and the other Pilates equipment to use in your rehabilitation practice

Laura Winner, DPT & Certified Pilates Teacher
I was so impressed with Zeina’s clarity and detail in how she presents the exercises-from exactly the way to perform the exercise, to the progressions as well as modifications for nearly any injury-this course will provide anyone the skill set to be an excellent Pilates instructor.

Allegra Gibson – Certified Pilates Teacher
The opportunity to study with Zeina, was an honor. Her training program was very thorough from practice to anatomy to the history of Pilates. Zeina was very generous of time, spirit and knowledge for the zillions of questions that I asked regarding any part of the curriculum.

Zeina Grifoni, Physical Therapist

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

All courses are taught by Zeina A. Grifoni, a licensed physical therapist, Pilates instructor, and movement and rehab specialist. She is the owner of Synergy+ Physical Therapy & Pilates Studio in San Rafael, CA and in Locarno, Switzerland.

Zeina’s main focus is Pilates-based orthopedic care including sports rehab, chronic pain, pre and post-natal rehabilitation, cancer rehabilitation, pre and post-op care, and overall health and wellness.

She has been teaching continuing education instruction courses to physical therapists, Pilates instructors, personal trainers, and the general public since 2005.

Marliese S. – Physical Therapist
Zeina has a nice way about her. The way she explains the exercises, anatomy, contra-indication, and everything else is done in such a great way. I’m so glad to have found her on the Internet. I’ve learned so much. I whish I was working in her Studio.

Deborah H. – Client
My session with Zeina was exceptional. Her hands on therapy, and alignment adjustments, the work out with the equipment and suggestions for home exercise were exactly what I needed to feel better immediately and to motivate me to do more on my own.

  Matwork Certification

Synergy+ Mat Pilates instructor training course is designed by physical therapists for those in the field of rehabilitation. We teach a carefully selected set of exercises from the Pilates repertoire that best address faulty movement patterns, postural inequalities, and common orthopedic issues and present them in a way that can be applied and individualized to each client.  We challenge each course participant to consider the reasoning for the use of each exercise in order to provide the most value possible with each session, while also emphasizing contraindications for specific dysfunctions and modifications for special populations.

Requirements of attendance

✅ You have a medical degree or are a Physical Therapist, an Occupational Therapist, a chiropractor, an acupuncturist, or have other rehabilitative equivalent degrees.

✅ You have a working knowledge of the Anatomy of the bones, joints, muscles, and soft tissues of the human body OR opt-in to take our functional anatomy class

✅ You are physically fit and able to demonstrate and try a majority of the exercises presented

Course Description

The Matwork course is an 8-hour Livestream interactive lectures and exercise demonstration program on Zoom that includes the following sessions:

✅ The intro to Pilates.

✅ The Pilates principles and fundamentals.

✅ The full repertoire of exercises with emphasis on contraindications and best exercises for most common pain syndromes.

We will cover the following topics:

✅ Best exercises and exercise routines for the common lumbar spine, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, and foot conditions.

✅ Contraindicated exercises for those with common syndromes as well as osteoporosis.

This course may be taken as a certificate-of-completion program or as a Pilates Instructor certification program

To obtain the Mat Certificate of Completion

✅ You must attend or view the recordings of all Livestream lecture demonstrations

✅ You must pass a written quiz on applications for rehabilitation and contraindications for common pain syndromes or orthopedic dysfunctions

Cost
🔹 $490 🔹

It includes the Matwork Manual in the PDF version. If combined with other certificates (Reformer, Cadillac, Tower/Springboard, Chair, and Arc & Barrel) discounts apply.

🔹 All Sessions are video recorded and the recording will be made available as part of the program

The next session starts in May 2022

To obtain the Matwork Instructor Certification

✅ You must attend or view recordings of all Livestream lecture demonstrations

✅ You must attend 1 Livestream group session per week where you will be taught to perform each Mat exercise (time of sessions to be determined based on students’ availability)

✅ You must be able to teach successfully all exercises in the Mat repertoire

✅ You must have a minimum of 100 hours of self-practice and teaching practice overall based on the main uses of the Mat exercises in the clinic

✅ You must pass both a practical and written test (within 2 years of the start of the program)

Cost
🔹 $1030 🔹

It includes the Matwork Manual in the PDF version. If combined with other Instructor certifications (Reformer, Cadillac, Tower/Springboard, Chair, and Arc & Barrel) discounts apply.

🔹 All Sessions are video recorded and the recording will be made available as part of the program

The next session starts in May 2022

  Reformer Certification

Synergy+ Pilates Reformer instructor training course is designed by physical therapists for those in the field of rehabilitation. We teach a carefully selected set of exercises from the Pilates repertoire that best address faulty movement patterns, postural inequalities, and common orthopedic issues and present them in a way that can be applied and individualized to each client.  We challenge each course participant to consider the reasoning for the use of each exercise in order to provide the most value possible with each session, while also emphasizing contraindications for specific dysfunctions and modifications for special populations.

Requirements of attendance

✅ You have a medical degree or are a Physical Therapist, an Occupational Therapist, a chiropractor, an acupuncturist, or have other rehabilitative equivalent degrees.

✅ You have a working knowledge of the Anatomy of the bones, joints, muscles, and soft tissues of the human body OR opt-in to take our functional anatomy class

✅ You are physically fit and able to demonstrate and try a majority of the exercises presented

Course Description

The Reformer course is a 6-hour Livestream interactive lectures and exercise demonstration program on Zoom. You will learn a modified repertoire of Reformer exercises that focus on best practices in rehabilitation for each area of the body

We will cover the following topics:

✅ Best exercises and exercise routines for the common lumbar spine, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, and foot conditions.

✅ Contraindicated exercises for those with common syndromes as well as osteoporosis.

This course may be taken as a certificate-of-completion program or as a Pilates Instructor certification program

To obtain the Reformer Certificate of Completion

✅ You must attend or view the recordings of all Livestream lecture demonstrations

✅ You must pass a written quiz on applications for rehabilitation and contraindications for common pain syndromes or orthopedic dysfunctions

Cost
🔹 $490 🔹

It includes the Reformer Manual in the PDF version. If combined with other certificates (Mat, Cadillac, Tower/Springboard, Chair, and Arc & Barrel) discounts apply.

🔹 All Sessions are video recorded and the recording will be made available as part of the program

The next session starts in June 2022

To obtain the Reformer Instructor Certification

✅ You must attend or view recordings of all Livestream lecture demonstrations

✅ You must attend 1 Livestream group session per week where you will be taught to perform each Reformer exercise (time of sessions to be determined based on students’ availability)

✅ You must be able to teach successfully all exercises in the Reformer repertoire

✅ You must have a minimum of 100 hours of self-practice and teaching practice overall based on the main uses of the Reformer exercises in the clinic

✅ You must pass both a practical and written test (within 2 years of the start of the program)

Cost
🔹 $1030 🔹

It includes the Reformer Manual in the PDF version. If combined with other Instructor certifications (Mat, Cadillac, Tower/Springboard, Chair, and Arc & Barrel) discounts apply.

🔹 All Sessions are video recorded and the recording will be made available as part of the program

The next session starts in June 2022

  Cadillac Certification

Synergy+ Pilates Cadillac instructor training course is designed by physical therapists for those in the field of rehabilitation. We teach a carefully selected set of exercises from the Pilates repertoire that best address faulty movement patterns, postural inequalities, and common orthopedic issues and present them in a way that can be applied and individualized to each client.  We challenge each course participant to consider the reasoning for the use of each exercise in order to provide the most value possible with each session, while also emphasizing contraindications for specific dysfunctions and modifications for special populations.

Requirements of attendance

✅ You have a medical degree or are a Physical Therapist, an Occupational Therapist, a chiropractor, an acupuncturist, or have other rehabilitative equivalent degrees.

✅ You have a working knowledge of the Anatomy of the bones, joints, muscles, and soft tissues of the human body OR opt-in to take our functional anatomy class

✅ You are physically fit and able to demonstrate and try a majority of the exercises presented

Course Description

The Cadillac course is a 3-hour Livestream interactive lectures and exercise demonstration program on Zoom. You will learn the modified repertoire of the Cadillac exercises that focus on best practices in rehabilitation for each area of the body.

We will cover the following topics:

✅ Best exercises and exercise routines for the common lumbar spine, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, and foot conditions.

✅ Contraindicated exercises for those with common syndromes as well as osteoporosis.

This course may be taken as a certificate-of-completion program or as a Pilates Instructor certification program

To obtain the Cadillac Certificate of Completion

✅ You must attend or view the recordings of all Livestream lecture demonstrations

✅ You must pass a written quiz on applications for rehabilitation and contraindications for common pain syndromes or orthopedic dysfunctions

Cost
🔹 $340 🔹

It includes the Cadillac Manual in the PDF version. If combined with other certificates (Mat, Reformer, Tower/Springboard, Chair, and Arc & Barrel) discounts apply.

🔹 All Sessions are video recorded and the recording will be made available as part of the program

The next session starts in July 2022

To obtain the Cadillac Instructor Certification

✅ You must attend or view recordings of all Livestream lecture demonstrations

✅ You must attend 1 Livestream group session per week where you will be taught to perform each Cadillac exercise (time of sessions to be determined based on students’ availability)

✅ You must be able to teach successfully all exercises in the Cadillac repertoire

✅ You must have a minimum of 25 hours of self-practice and teaching practice overall based on the main uses of the Cadillac exercises in the clinic

✅ You must pass both a practical and written test (within 2 years of the start of the program)

Cost
🔹 $740 🔹

It includes the Cadillac Manual in the PDF version. If combined with other Instructor certifications (Mat, Reformer, Tower/Springboard, Chair, and Arc & Barrel) discounts apply.

🔹 All Sessions are video recorded and the recording will be made available as part of the program

The next session starts in July 2022

  Tower/Springboard Certification

Synergy+ Pilates Tower/Springboard instructor training course is designed by physical therapists for those in the field of rehabilitation. We teach a carefully selected set of exercises from the Pilates repertoire that best address faulty movement patterns, postural inequalities, and common orthopedic issues and present them in a way that can be applied and individualized to each client.  We challenge each course participant to consider the reasoning for the use of each exercise in order to provide the most value possible with each session, while also emphasizing contraindications for specific dysfunctions and modifications for special populations.

Requirements of attendance

✅ You have a medical degree or are a Physical Therapist, an Occupational Therapist, a chiropractor, an acupuncturist, or have other rehabilitative equivalent degrees.

✅ You have a working knowledge of the Anatomy of the bones, joints, muscles, and soft tissues of the human body OR opt-in to take our functional anatomy class

✅ You are physically fit and able to demonstrate and try a majority of the exercises presented

Course Description

The Tower/Springboard course is a 3-hour Livestream interactive lectures and exercise demonstration program on Zoom. You will learn a modified repertoire of Tower/Springboard exercises that focus on best practices in rehabilitation for each area of the body

We will cover the following topics:

✅ Best exercises and exercise routines for the common lumbar spine, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, and foot conditions.

✅ Contraindicated exercises for those with common syndromes as well as osteoporosis.

This course may be taken as a certificate-of-completion program or as a Pilates Instructor certification program

To obtain the Tower/Springboard Certificate of Completion

✅ You must attend or view the recordings of all Livestream lecture demonstrations

✅ You must pass a written quiz on applications for rehabilitation and contraindications for common pain syndromes or orthopedic dysfunctions

Cost
🔹 $340 🔹

It includes the Tower/Springboard Manual in the PDF version. If combined with other certificates (Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, and Arc & Barrel) discounts apply.

🔹 All Sessions are video recorded and the recording will be made available as part of the program

The next session starts in July 2022

To obtain the Tower/Springboard Instructor Certification

✅ You must attend or view recordings of all Livestream lecture demonstrations

✅ You must attend 1 Livestream group session per week where you will be taught to perform each Tower/Springboard exercise (time of sessions to be determined based on students’ availability)

✅ You must be able to teach successfully all exercises in the Tower/Springboard repertoire

✅ You must have a minimum of 50 hours of self-practice and teaching practice overall based on the main uses of the Tower/Springboard exercises in the clinic

✅ You must pass both a practical and written test (within 2 years of the start of the program)

Cost
🔹 $740 🔹

It includes the Tower/Springboard Manual in the PDF version. If combined with other Instructor certifications (Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, and Arc & Barrel) discounts apply.

🔹 All Sessions are video recorded and the recording will be made available as part of the program

The next session starts in July 2022

  Chair Certification

Synergy+ Pilates Chair instructor training course is designed by physical therapists for those in the field of rehabilitation. We teach a carefully selected set of exercises from the Pilates repertoire that best address faulty movement patterns, postural inequalities, and common orthopedic issues and present them in a way that can be applied and individualized to each client.  We challenge each course participant to consider the reasoning for the use of each exercise in order to provide the most value possible with each session, while also emphasizing contraindications for specific dysfunctions and modifications for special populations.

Requirements of attendance

✅ You have a medical degree or are a Physical Therapist, an Occupational Therapist, a chiropractor, an acupuncturist, or have other rehabilitative equivalent degrees.

✅ You have a working knowledge of the Anatomy of the bones, joints, muscles, and soft tissues of the human body OR opt-in to take our functional anatomy class

✅ You are physically fit and able to demonstrate and try a majority of the exercises presented

Course Description

The Chair course is a 4-hour Livestream interactive lectures and exercise demonstration program on Zoom. You will learn the modified repertoire of the Chair exercises that focus on best practices in rehabilitation for each area of the body.

We will cover the following topics:

✅ Best exercises and exercise routines for the common lumbar spine, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, and foot conditions.

✅ Contraindicated exercises for those with common syndromes as well as osteoporosis.

This course may be taken as a certificate-of-completion program or as a Pilates Instructor certification program

To obtain the Chair Certificate of Completion

✅ You must attend or view the recordings of all Livestream lecture demonstrations

✅ You must pass a written quiz on applications for rehabilitation and contraindications for common pain syndromes or orthopedic dysfunctions

Cost
🔹 $390 🔹

It includes the Chair Manual in the PDF version. If combined with other certificates (Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Tower/Springboard, and Arc & Barrel) discounts apply.

🔹 All Sessions are video recorded and the recording will be made available as part of the program

The next session starts in August 2022

To obtain the Chair Instructor Certification

✅ You must attend or view recordings of all Livestream lecture demonstrations

✅ You must attend 1 Livestream group session per week where you will be taught to perform each Chair exercise (time of sessions to be determined based on students’ availability)

✅ You must be able to teach successfully all exercises in the Chair repertoire

✅ You must have a minimum of 25 hours of self-practice and teaching practice overall based on the main uses of the Chair exercises in the clinic

✅ You must pass both a practical and written test (within 2 years of the start of the program)

Cost
🔹 $790 🔹

It includes the Chair Manual in the PDF version. If combined with other Instructor certifications (Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Tower/Springboard, and Arc & Barrel) discounts apply.

🔹 All Sessions are video recorded and the recording will be made available as part of the program

The next session starts in August 2022

  Arc/Barrel & Arc on Reformer

Synergy+ Pilates Arc/Barrel & Arc on Reformer instructor training course is designed by physical therapists for those in the field of rehabilitation. We teach a carefully selected set of exercises from the Pilates repertoire that best address faulty movement patterns, postural inequalities, and common orthopedic issues and present them in a way that can be applied and individualized to each client.  We challenge each course participant to consider the reasoning for the use of each exercise in order to provide the most value possible with each session, while also emphasizing contraindications for specific dysfunctions and modifications for special populations.

Requirements of attendance

✅ You have a medical degree or are a Physical Therapist, an Occupational Therapist, a chiropractor, an acupuncturist, or have other rehabilitative equivalent degrees.

✅ You have a working knowledge of the Anatomy of the bones, joints, muscles, and soft tissues of the human body OR opt-in to take our functional anatomy class

✅ You are physically fit and able to demonstrate and try a majority of the exercises presented

Course Description

The Arc/Barrel & Arc on Reformer course is a 4-hour Livestream interactive lectures and exercise demonstration program on Zoom. You will learn a modified repertoire of Arc/Barrel & Arc on Reformer exercises that focus on best practices in rehabilitation for each area of the body

We will cover the following topics:

✅ Best exercises and exercise routines for the common lumbar spine, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, and foot conditions.

✅ Contraindicated exercises for those with common syndromes as well as osteoporosis.

This course may be taken as a certificate-of-completion program or as a Pilates Instructor certification program

To obtain the Arc/Barrel & Arc on Reformer Certificate of Completion

✅ You must attend or view the recordings of all Livestream lecture demonstrations

✅ You must pass a written quiz on applications for rehabilitation and contraindications for common pain syndromes or orthopedic dysfunctions

Cost
🔹 $390 🔹

It includes the Arc/Barrel & Arc on Reformer Manual in the PDF version. If combined with other certificates (Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, and Tower/SPringboard) discounts apply.

🔹 All Sessions are video recorded and the recording will be made available as part of the program

The next session starts in September 2022

To obtain the Arc/Barrel & Arc on Reformer Instructor Certification

✅ You must attend or view recordings of all Livestream lecture demonstrations

✅ You must attend 1 Livestream group session per week where you will be taught to perform each Arc/Barrel & Arc on Reformer exercise (time of sessions to be determined based on students’ availability)

✅ You must be able to teach successfully all exercises in the Arc/Barrel & Arc on Reformer repertoire

✅ You must have a minimum of 25 hours of self-practice and teaching practice overall based on the main uses of the Arc/Barrel & Arc on Reformer exercises in the clinic

✅ You must pass both a practical and written test (within 2 years of the start of the program)

Cost
🔹 $790 🔹

It includes the Tower/Springboard Manual in the PDF version. If combined with other Instructor certifications (Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, and Tower/Springboard) discounts apply.

🔹 All Sessions are video recorded and the recording will be made available as part of the program

The next session starts in September 2022

  Comprehensive Certification

Synergy+ Pilates Comprehensive instructor training course is designed by physical therapists for those in the field of rehabilitation. We teach a carefully selected set of exercises from the Pilates repertoire that includes the Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Tower/Springboard, Chair, and Arc/Barrel & Arc on Refomer, that best address faulty movement patterns, postural inequalities, and common orthopedic issues and present them in a way that can be applied and individualized to each client.  We challenge each course participant to consider the reasoning for the use of each exercise in order to provide the most value possible with each session, while also emphasizing contraindications for specific dysfunctions and modifications for special populations.

Requirements of attendance

✅ You have a medical degree or are a Physical Therapist, an Occupational Therapist, a chiropractor, an acupuncturist, or have other rehabilitative equivalent degrees.

✅ You have a working knowledge of the Anatomy of the bones, joints, muscles, and soft tissues of the human body OR opt-in to take our functional anatomy class

✅ You are physically fit and able to demonstrate and try a majority of the exercises presented

Course Description

The Comprehensive Certification course consists of a total of 28 hours of Livestream interactive lectures and exercise demonstrations on Zoom. In this phase of the program you will learn the modified repertoire of the Mat and of all the apparatus exercises that focus on best practices in rehabilitation for each area of the body.

The Livestream course includes the following sessions:

✅ Matwork: 8-hour lecture & exercise demonstrations.

✅ Reformer: 8-hour lecture & exercise demonstrations.

✅ Cadillac: 3-hour lecture & exercise demonstrations.

✅ Tower/Springboard: 3-hour lecture & exercise demonstrations.

✅ Chair: 4-hour lecture & exercise demonstrations.

✅ Arc/Barrel & Arc on Reformer: 4-hour lecture & exercise demonstrations.

All sessions will cover:

✅ Best exercises and exercise routines for the common lumbar spine, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, and foot conditions.

✅ Contraindicated exercises for those with common syndromes as well as osteoporosis.

This course may be taken as a certificate-of-completion program or as a Pilates Instructor certification program

To obtain the Comprehensive Certificate of Completion

✅ You must attend or view the recordings of all Livestream lecture demonstrations

✅ After each session you must pass a written quiz on applications for rehabilitation and contraindications for common pain syndromes or orthopedic dysfunctions

Cost
🔹 $2200 🔹

It includes all the manuals in the PDF version. It also includes the applied functional anatomy course.

🔹 All Sessions are video recorded and the recording will be made available as part of the program

The next session starts in May 2022

To obtain the Comprehensive Instructor Certification

✅ You must attend or view recordings of all Livestream lecture demonstrations

✅ You must attend 1 Livestream group session per week where you will be taught to perform  each exercise (time of sessions to be determined based on students’ availability)

✅ You must be able to teach successfully all exercises in each session (Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Tower/Springboard, Chair, and Arc/Barrel & Arc on Reformer)

✅ You must have a minimum of 325 hours of self-practice and teaching practice overall

  • 100 hours on Matwork
  • 100 hours on Reformer
  • 25 hours on the Cadillac
  • 50 hours on the Tower/Springboard
  • 25 hours on the Chair
  • 25 hours on the Arc/Barrell & Arc on Reformer

✅ You must pass both a practical and written test (within 2 years of the start of the program)

Cost
🔹 $4800 🔹

It includes all the manuals in the PDF version. It also includes the applied functional anatomy course.

🔹 All Sessions are video recorded and the recording will be made available as part of the program

The next session starts in May 2022

  Functional Anatomy

Fundamentally, teaching Pilates is about movement, and movement is about the human body. A good understanding of anatomy is therefore key to the practice of Pilates. The functional anatomy course is not required as part of the program. It is made available as a video course to those who would like to review the anatomy applied to the Pilates exercises. This module covers:

 

🔹 Planes of movement and anatomy basics
🔹 Lumbar Spine and SI joint
🔹 Cervical and Thoracic Spine
🔹 Hip and Knee
🔹 Ankle and Foot
🔹 Shoulder
🔹 Elbow/Wrist/Hand