Critical Reasoning

for Rehabilitation and Post-Rehabilitation

This two-day course is designed for skilled Pilates teachers interested in post-rehabilitation as well as rehabilitation professionals who want to learn to better assess and design effective Pilates programs for their clients and patients.

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2 Days
NCPC (PMA) Credits
16 Credits
Brent Anderson
Next Date
March 15-16
New York City

Assess and Design effective Pilates programs for clients and patients

This two-day, 16-hour course is designed to aid the licensed rehabilitation professional better diagnose, design, and prescribe Pilates for their patients, and experienced the Pilates teacher to assess and choose the most appropriate exercises and build more effective exercise plans. By using the Polestar Principles of Movement, integrated with the Polestar Assessment Tool (PAT) and the World Health Organizations (WHO) latest classification system, the International Classification of Function (ICF) model, the practitioner will be able to identify movement limitations much more effectively. This course will emphasize the use of the ICF model to design the path in which the patient is most likely to succeed in returning to their desired level of participation in life. 

New York, NYNice & Tall Pilates
939 8th Ave #207
New York, NY 10019 (map)
Mar. 15-16, 2024Register Now

Instructional Method: Lecture with demonstration and labs

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand and use the Polestar Principles of Movement to understand and diagnose movement limitation.  
  2. Utilize a critical reasoning model within the Polestar Principles of Movement to identify a priority within the treatment design. 
  3. Learn and become proficient in functional movement assessment using the Polestar Assessment Tool (PAT). 
  4. Become familiar with staging rehabilitation and prognosis outcomes through the Polestar Critical Reasoning model. 
  5. Know and use the ICF model to include the many factors that influence our clients and patients’ lives and wellbeing. Understand that often a multi-discipline team is needed to fully meet the needs of our clients.  
  6. Understand Porterfield and DeRosa’s Stages of Rehabilitation 
  7. Understand the Scope of Practice of the Pilates teacher including how to assess clients, design and implement an exercise plan and reassess and make changes based on the findings. 
  8. Design optimal interventions within the Pilates environment utilizing the Polestar Critical Reasoning model. Create clear outcome measures that can measure the efficacy of treatment/exercise intervention. Be able to revisit the critical reasoning model when outcome is lacking to rework the treatment plan. 
  9. Incorporate the patient or client into all assessment, intervention, and outcomes with a clear understanding of their role in their own health. Incorporate wellness and health promotion through facilitating all the lifestyle essentials taught within the Pilates philosophy of health and wellbeing. 

This course will emphasize the use of the Polestar Assessment Tool (PAT) combined with the ICF model to design the path in which the patient or client is most likely to accomplish their goals and return to life they desire.

Student to Faculty Ratio: 30:1

The Polestar Assessment Tool excels at analyzing each and every part of the body and then also giving you application to what we do as Pilates instructors.

Kate Strozak, Pilates Instructor, Polestar Faculty

Kate Strozak


Day 1
9-10AMLecture I: Principles of Movement (POM)
10-11:30AMLab I: Problem Solving with POM
11:45AM-1:30PMDemonstration of the Polestar Assessment Tool (PAT)
2:30-3:45PMLab II: Practice of the PAT
4-6PMLab III: Live assessment of volunteers using the PAT
Day 2
9-11AMLecture II: Evolution from NAGI to the ICF Model
11AM-12PMLab IV: Interviewing Skills
12:15-1:30PMLecture III: Stages of Rehabilitation
2:30-3:30PMLab V: Case Studies
3:45-4:15PMLecture IV: Design treatment plan using the POM, PAT, Stages of Rehabilitation, and ICF Model
4:15-5:45PMLab VI: Design intervention with live volunteers and case study presentation
5:45-6PMReview and Course Evaluation
Dr. Brent Anderson

Brent Anderson, PT, PhD, OCS, NCPT

Founder and President, Polestar Pilates

Brent Anderson is a Physical Therapist, Pilates Educator, and author of the upcoming book, Principles of Movement.

With over 30 years of experience in rehabilitation and movement science, Brent is passionate about the power positive movement experiences have in changing the world.

Early in his career as a Physical Therapist he discovered the power and efficacy of Joseph Pilates mind-body work to expedite rehabilitation outcomes. This early testament to the power of the Pilates Method inspired him to create a program that merged the worlds of traditional rehabilitation with the mindful movement that Pilates provides. It also spurred the development of Polestar’s evidenced-based Pilates teacher training curriculum.

In an effort to add to the evidence of Pilates, Brent pursued a doctoral degree researching the impact of Pilates rehabilitation on chronic low back pain using psycho-emotional wellness and quality of life measures.

Brent is the creator and host of the Pilates Hour podcast, featuring case studies and in-depth reviews of movement science topics with expert guests from a variety of fields. Brent is an Assistant Professor at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in the DPT department in Miami, FL. He teaches as an adjunct professor in the Physical Therapy departments at the University of Miami, University of Southern California, and New York University.

Brent is dedicated to sharing Pilates with the world and is an active consultant for hospitals, universities, and wellness organizations internationally. He is also an avid public speaker, lecturing at health conferences and forums worldwide. Brent has always been deeply involved in community service and has volunteered on many boards within the community, profession and faith, in line with his desire to impact the world one person at a time.

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