Synergy+ has been teaching Pilates Instructor courses since 2005. These are full mat and equipment courses. The course is taught by Zeina Grifoni, founder and owner of Synergy+. Zeina is a licensed physical therapist, a Pilates instructor, and a movement specialist. She uses Pilates for rehab and fitness instruction.
The course's goal is to develop thoughtful and successful Pilates instructor who can:
1- Sequence exercise movements to create flow, and
2- Modify the exercises to work with all clients, from the injured person to the competitive athlete.
This course is unique because it teaches:
1- A modern Pilates repertoire based on the classical Pilates
2- A Pilates that incorporates knowledge of body, bio mechanics, and
3- The dos and don'ts learned in the past 16 years working with clients in a rehab setting
4- A systematic approach based on the practice of physical therapy
5- A modular and progressive course. This allows each student to build on her/his current level and education.
PREREQUISITES & REQUIREMENTS
CERTIFICATION OF COMPLETION
CERTIFICATION COURSE HIGHLIGHTS
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.
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.
Course modules and dates
Course starts January, 2021
Module 1: Pilates Concepts Review, Mat and Foam Roller - 10 hour module
Module 2: Reformer - 10 hour module
Module 3: Springboard - 6 hour module
Module 4: Chair - 8 hour module
Module 5: Cadillac - 4 hour module
Module 6: Barrel/Arc and Course Wrap Up - 4 hour module
Practical Testing: – TBD in September 2021
Written Testing: – TBD in November 2021
Please note that any date may be subject to change.
The full course is made up by the five sequential modules. Students can also sign to for single modules.
Course cost & options
Pay by Module: $900 / module
Testing per module: Included in the module cost (includes certificate of completion). All lectures, demos, practice, and testing will be done remotely. The students need to have access to all Pilates equipment (Mat, foam roller, Reformer, Cadillac, Springboard, (tower is also acceptable in place of Springboard), chair (combo chair is recommended), Arc (foam arc is necessary for the work on the Reformer), and large ladder barrel.
Pay in full:
Option 1: All virtual - $4,200
All lectures, demos, practice, and testing will be done remotely. The students need to have access to all Pilates equipment (Mat, foam roller, Reformer, Cadillac, Springboard, (tower is also acceptable in place of Springboard), chair (combo chair is recommended), Arc (foam arc is necessary for the work on the Reformer), and large ladder barrel.
Option 2: Virtual + in Studio - $4,800
All lectures and demos will be done remotely. The practice will be done in studio in our San Rafael location, once a week following the curriculum of the modules. A certified Pilates instructor will be present at the studio to assist with the movements for hands on correction while the instruction is done virtually.
Option 3: Virtual + in Studio - $4,800
All lectures and demos will be done remotely. In June, 2021 there will be a 5-day intensive to practice all movements either in San Rafael, CA or in Locarno, Switzerland. This in-studio intensive is only available if we reach a minimum class size of 5. Travel must be allowed.
Option 4: Intensive in Studio - $4,800
This is a 10-day intensive course with all live instruction on all Pilates equipment. The fee does not include travel expenses for the instructor (based on decided destination). Dates and times will be decided as a group. This option requires a minimum of 4 students, who must be in good physical shape to be able to sustain doing Pilates intensively for 10 days in a row. Testing for the certification will take place at a later date, either virtually or in person depending on the location.
Testing and certificate of completion are included in the prices above.
Class manuals: $40 per module
Requirements for Completion
In order to complete the certification, the Student will need to perform the repertoire from pre-Pilates to the advanced repertoire as well as pass a written and practical exam that will include anatomy, exercise names, posture, and exercise modifications
Self Practice Hours Requirement
Each student is required to complete the following self -practice hours in addition to course work:
Mat – 60 Hrs
Reformer – 60 Hrs
Springboard – 30 Hrs
Cadillac – 15 Hrs
Chair – 30 Hrs
Barrel – 15 Hrs
Student Teaching Hours Requirement
Each student is required to complete the following teaching hours in order to receive a certificate:
Mat – 100 Hrs
Reformer – 100 Hrs
Springboard – 50 Hrs
Cadillac – 25 Hrs
Chair – 25 Hrs
Barrel – 25 Hrs
Assistant Teaching Requirements
Within the self-practice and student teaching hours, the Student needs to have 10 hours of assistant teaching for group classes (either at Synergy+’s place of business or other facility), and 20 hours of observation of private sessions.
Each student will be required to pass both a written exam and a practical exam in order to receive his/her certification.
Additional cost/expenses: Each student will be responsible for the purchase of his/her own manuals in addition to the course material that is distributed during class. These can be purchased through Synergy+ or independently.
Required Reference Material
- Pilates, Joseph H., Return to Life Through Contrology, Pilates Method Alliance, INC, Miami, 2003. ISBN 0-9768232-0-9
- Kendall, McCreary, Provance; Muscles Testing and function, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, current version.
- 3D for Medical Complete Anatomy App. (https://3d4medical.com/)
Recommended Reference Material
- PMA certification manual. (This can be attained on the PMA web site)
- Anatomy atlas: such as Netter and/or Trail Guide to the Body.