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Pilates Applications for Health Conditions

We are delighted to invite you to join Handspring authors, Madeline Black and Elizabeth Larkam in this new series of webinars focusing on Pilates Applications for Health Conditions. Together Elizabeth and Madeline will explore the history of Pilates research as they prepare the ground for a new book they are developing along with expert contributors. Pilates Applications for Health Conditions: Case Reports and Perspectives (due 2021) seeks to make an important contribution to the evolution of the Pilates profession.

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  • A link to the Zoom recording of each event
  • A list/links to all supporting materials
  • Special discount offer off relevant books
  • First in line for future events!



Next episodes…

Episode 6, October 14 (8am PDT / 11am EDT / 4pm BST) – Guest: Kelly Kane

Kelly Kane is on a quest to review and resource all of the content and research on aging well, specifically the research that is conducted for and by women. She is delighted to join Madeline Black and Elizabeth Larkam to share and explore her findings!

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZiV5mBhXRpWNRD8WUP6nCQ


Episode 7, November 11 (8am PDT/ 11am EDT/ 4pm BST) – Guest: Rebecca Rotstein

Pilates Applications and Bone Health with Rebecca Rotstein

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fr9qr4qJQQuO1jt0aRGesA


Episode 8, December 9 (8am PDT/ 11am EDT/ 4pm BST) – Guest: Ann McMillan

Pilates and Fitness Training with Ann McMillan.

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Xov-vcwNSAKUQ8NVajYIvg




View previous webinars in the Pilates Applications for Health Conditions series…

Episode 5 – Madeline and Elizabeth were joined by Christine Egan PT MPH C/NDT. Christine is a Pediatric Physical Therapist.  Christine shared her extensive experience of working with children and young people, including consideration of movement choices for Pilates teachers working with younger people. She also talked about how Telehealth has impacted her work with children in recent times and we will get insight into her fantastic series ‘Local Heroes’.


Episode 4 – Madeline and Elizabeth were joined by Glaucia Adriana PT, a leading Pilates educator based in Brasilia. As the contributing author of the case report on Pilates and Respiratory Conditions, Glaucia discussed her work with patients and clients in her Brasilia studio, explaining her observations of the efficacy of Pilates for respiratory conditions, as well as the effects of the pandemic on Pilates practice and education.


Episode 3 – Elizabeth and Madeline were joined by Dr Diedra Manns to discuss Dr Diedra’s personal and professional perspectives on Pilates for breast cancer,  the focus of her chapter in the forthcoming book, Pilates Applications for Health Conditions: Case Reports and Perspectives. Thanks to Diedra for joining us! 


Episode 2 – Elizabeth and Madeline were joined by John Howard Steel, advocate and author of Caged Lion: Joseph Pilates & His Legacy. Thanks to John for joining us and for his very personal reminiscences of his time with Joseph Pilates.


Episode 1 – Elizabeth and Madeline explore the history of research in the Pilates field through an engaging mixture of discussion, practice and Q&A.

Resources for Pilates Applications for Health Conditions – episode 1

Studies that link gait deficiencies and speed with early neurological disease and survival of older adults –

NB  There is a strong positive relationship between dorsiflexion and MFC. Ankle dorsiflexion was the most predictive variable over MFC.

J H Pilates references
  • Pilates Method Alliance National Pilates Certification Exam Study Guide 4th edition (©2019 Pilates Method Alliance Inc (PMA)
  • Return to Life Through Contrology (Joseph H Pilates)
  • Original Copyright 1945; Reprinted 2010 Pilates Method Alliance Inc
  • Joseph Pilates A Biography by Eva Rincke (©2019   Published in the United States by Inner Strength Publishing)
  • Caged Lion – Joseph Pilates & His Legacy by John Howard Steel (©2020   Last Leaf Press)
References for Yoga and Health
References for other movement systems and health care
  • The Alexander Principle by Wilfred Barlow (© 1973 Arrow Books LTD) – NB The Alexander Technique by Penelope Easten (Handspring Publishing) is in preparation and due for publication in 2020.

The Potent Self by Moshe Feldenkrais (©1985 Frog Ltd) – NB The Feldenkrais® Method by Staffan Elgelid and Chrish Kresge (Handspring Publishing) is in preparation and due for publication in 2020.