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Pilates Applications for Health Conditions


Join Handspring authors, Madeline Black (Centered) and Elizabeth Larkam (Fascia in Motion) in this new series of webinars focusing on Pilates Applications for Health Conditions.

Each episode is part of a discussion in advance of 2021 publication of Pilates Applications for Health Conditions: Case reports and perspectives, which will be edited by Madeline and Elizabeth and contributed to by each of our webinar guests.

Find full details of this exciting project for Pilates teachers, including the full list of contributors by clicking the book cover. Register here to be notified on publication of this uniquely practical book for Pilates teachers.

Enjoy each event and listen/watch again at the Handspring Publishing YouTube channel.

Register for forthcoming events below! We look forward to welcoming you to Pilates Applications for Health Conditions.


Next episodes in Pilates Applications for Health Conditions…


We are currently taking a short break from our Pilates Applications for Health Conditions webinars. This is to enable the book Pilates Applications for Health Conditions: Case Reports and Perspectives to progress towards publication! The book will feature case reports from our webinar presenters and many others. We will resume Pilates Applications for Health Conditions webinars closer to publication in 2022. Remember to register to be notified on publication of this excellent book for Pilates instructors and get 10% off your copy. Click here to register your interest.

We hope you have enjoyed these events. You can see them on on our YouTube channel at https://bit.ly/Handspring-Publishing-You-Tube.


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

Episode 11 – Elizabeth Larkam and Madeline Black were delighted to be joined by Glenn Withers in this webinar. Glenn Withers is the co-founder and CEO at APPI. He is also one of the world’s most sought after Physiotherapists and Pilates Master Trainers. Glenn is a published author, international speaker and co-creator of the APPI Method. Glenn has worked in elite sport for over 22 years with Tottenham, Man Utd, Brentford FC, the EIS, AFL and much more. As an expert on LBP, pelvis, hip and sporting injuries, he is the clinical lead of all APPI treatment centres and education worldwide.

Glenn began with a general discussion around hip anatomy and biomechanics before exploring the complex issue of hip labral tears and cam lesions. This particular case report revolved around an ironman athlete’s hip issue that lasted over 2 years before seeking expert advice. Learn the assessment process, medical scans, and rehabilitation around a painful and irritable hip and how Pilates exercises can both help and hinder this particular aspect of hip pathology.  Glenn covered:

What are the best exercises?

What exercises should be avoided?

What is the balance between MW and equipment based rehabilitation in this particular pathology?

What is the likely outcome?

And more ……….

Episode 10 – Elizabeth Larkam and Madeline Black were delighted to be joined by Jo Strutt in this webinar where Jo shared her experience and insight into supporting clients to experience effortless, pain free, embodied movement after injury, accident, long-term faulty postures, and inefficient and destructive movement patterns.

Jo Strutt is a Pilates and Garuda Rehabilitation Practitioner and Pranic Healing Therapist and has worked in the field of movement rehabilitation for over 20 years.  She is passionate about facilitating the journey from pain and limitation to optimising physiological health in her Broken to Brilliant™ and Beyond Treatment programs.  Jo says: “My life goal is to successfully empower clients to understand how to move authentically and to feel brilliantly capable, to know they can do it! To wholeheartedly embrace their unique physical, emotional and energetic body as they journey confidently through the varying stages and phases of life with ease and encouragement.”


Episode 9 – Elizabeth Larkam and Madeline Black were delighted to welcome Jessie Lee and JoJo Bowman to Pilates Applications for Health Conditions.  Jessie and JoJo introduced their work with the Danish Wounded Warriors Project and also discussed how they found gait assessments useful for not only functional evaluations, but also in detecting mental states and how clients perceive their bodies. Jessie and JoJo shared their observations and how they work with clients that suffer from stress and anxiety in relation to trauma or disease.



Episode 8 – Madeline and Elizabeth were joined in this bilingual episode (English and French) by Ann McMillan (and interpreter, Roxane Joubert) to discuss and demonstrate Pilates Applications for Training Elite Athletes. Ann is a Pilates coach to Olympic and elite technical artistic sports athletes including gymnasts, figure skaters, artistic swimmers, mogul skiers and divers. A second generation Master Trainer, Ann started Pilates with Romana in NYC in 1986. She completed a Masters in Exercise Science that linked Pilates to improving posture in ballet. Ann lectures and trains instructors internationally.


Episode 7 – Madeline and Elizabeth were joined in this episode by Rebekah Rotstein, a leading voice for movement and bone health education. Rebekah is the creator of the medically-endorsed Buff Bones® system, with hundreds of trained instructors around the world. She partnered with Hartford Hospital’s Bone and Joint Institute to conduct a pilot study with Buff Bones for underserved populations and helped spearhead their in-house bone-safe classes for the community.  Her own diagnosis of osteoporosis at age 28 led her to advocate for others with low bone mass and to provide innovative education and programming for them. With a varied interest in the body and integrated movement, she has participated in eight cadaver dissections with Gil Hedley and John Sharkey and completed programs and coursework in fascia research, somatic studies, and visceral manipulation. Rebekah was one of the first visiting instructors at Pilates Anytime, is a long-standing ambassador for American Bone Health and worked as a partner of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.



Episode 6 – In this episode, Madeline and Elizabeth were joined by movement maverick Kelly Kane.  Kelly 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 was delighted to join Madeline and Elizabeth to share and explore her findings!


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.http://bit.ly/PAHC-Danish-Wounded-Warriors-Project