Origin,1960s: named after German physical fitness specialist
Joseph Pilates (1880–1967), who devised the system.
Polestar is an international authority in Pilates education, focused on whole body wellness, healing through movement modalities and mind-body-spirit connectivity. Our mission is to shape world health by making whole body fitness available to everyone, with science-based techniques, intelligent movement and the uniform development of muscles, resulting in complete mastery of body and mind.
Founded in 1992, Polestar today is comprised of an international community of highly-trained Pilates professionals who seek to impact world health. Polestar has Pilates instructor representation in over 50 countries, and education centers located in nearly 40 countries. As Pilates grows as a method, we provide excellent and thorough education of all Polestar Pilates instructors, producing the finest Pilates professionals in the world.
In the U.S. Polestar supports the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and partners with reputable Pilates schools assuring the quality and integrity of the Pilates instructor certification (PMA®-CPT). Polestar has been an active supporter of the PMA since its inception in 2001. Not only does the PMA certification provide peace of mind to clients and studio owners about the level of an instructor's experience and understanding, but it provides the instructor with a supportive community to continue to grow and excel in their practice.
The Polestar curriculum provides instructors with science-based techniques to thoughtfully assess the whole person and assist them in accomplishing their goals.
Polestar also offers continuing education programs to help instructors successfully have long and fulfilling careers as Polestar Pilates practitioners.
Polestar invites everyone to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle; addressing health and fitness issues associated with sedentary habits, and enhancing elite athlete performance.
Driven by its science and evidence-based curriculum, professional leadership and a variety of specialties, Polestar applies Pilates exercises in helping people either restore, achieve or excel in physical movement. Polestar Pilates can help relieve back pain, muscle pain, neck pain, shoulder impingement and other conditions impending physical fitness. Polestar offers not only a road to recovery, but a way of wellness that can only be realized once pain is stabilized and alleviated.
Polestar Pilates can also aid in the treatment of post-surgical conditions, for those recovering from knee, hip, back or other surgeries. A Polestar practitioner can help to increase range of motion and diminish habits of guarding and over-recruitment of muscles to restore healthy movement patterns. (learn more)
At the helm of Polestar is Brent Anderson, PhD, PT, OCS. Brent is a licensed physical therapist and orthopedic certified specialist with more than 22 years of experience.
Based on his extensive background in rehabilitation and movement science, Brent elaborates Joseph Pilates’ mind-body work through the Polestar curriculum by developing tools for critical-reasoning and applying supportive scientific research. He also infuses the integral role of psychology and energy systems on motor control and motor learning.
Brent is an influencer in performing arts medicine for his approach to rehabilitation in drawing from Pilates techniques. He is an active consultant for hospitals, universities, and wellness organizations throughout the world as well as an avid public speaker invited to lecture at health conferences and forums.
Brent received his degree in Physical Therapy at University of California, San Francisco in 1989 and his PhD. in Physical Therapy at the University of Miami in 2005. His doctoral thesis explored the impact of Pilates rehabilitation on chronic low back pain using psycho-emotional wellness and quality of life measures. He is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Miami, Division of Physical Therapy.