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, 2020
Module 1: Pilates Concepts Review, Mat and Foam Roller - 5 week module
Module 2: Reformer - 5 week module
Module 3: Springboard - 3 week module
Module 4: Chair - 4 week module
Module 5: Cadillac, Barrel/Arc and Course Wrap Up - 5 week module
Practical Testing: – TBD in September 2020
Written Testing: – TBD in November 2020
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.
Pay by Module: $900 / module
Testing per module: $200 per module test (includes certificate of completion)
Pay in full: $4,200
Full Testing: $350 (includes certificate of completion)
Class manuals: $30 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.
- Blandine Calais-Germain, Anatomy of Movement, Eastland Press, Seattle, updated version.
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, or an anatomy app in 3D (these can be viewed at the studio if interested prior to purchase).