A therapy ball is required to attend this course.

This continuing education course for Physical Therapists and Assistants will enhance the benefits derived from Pilates by combining this alternative body conditioning method with a common therapy tool, the stability ball. Learn how the Pilates exercises that recruit many of the body's deep stabilizing muscles to improve core strength can augment the stability ball's ability to heighten postural awareness and position senses resulting in overall improvements in functional strength, flexibility, alignment and coordination. In addition, learn how to apply the principles of Pilates to stability ball exercises currently being used in clinical settings to provide patients with a variety of exercise options designed for both injury rehabilitation and prevention.


Chris Kolba, M.H.S., P.T.
Jean Momorella, M.S., P.T.
Jodie C. Seligson, M.S., O.T.R.
Mark Stockman, M.S., P.T.
Lisa Godt, M.S., P.T.
Andrea Cheney, M.H.S., P.T.
Deanna Lesmeister, M.S., P.T.
Alyssa Rutchik Padial, M.S., P.T.
Michelle Green, M.S., P.T.
WIlliam M. Klotz, M.S., P.T.
LaVerne Pyle, M.P.T.
Lyle McClune, M.P.T.
Maureen Price, P.T., A.T., C.
Keri Edwards, O.T.
Tonya Breitenbach, O.T.A.
Kent Pierce, A.T., C.
Michelle Green, M.S., P.T.
Vickie D. Gines, D.P.T.
Connie Nehls, P.T., A.T., C.
Kristina Martin, P.T., Certified Pilates Instructor
Pearlas Sanborn, M.P.T., M.B.A., Certified Pilates Instructor
Nicola S. Weiner, M.S., P.T., L.M.T., Certified Pilates Instructor


Upon completion of the course, the attendees will be able to:

  • Teach patients how to recruit the deep abdominal muscles necessary for core stability.
  • Explain and demonstrate correct Pilates breathing techniques.
  • Incorporate the Principles of Pilates to all stability ball exercises currently being used by the clinician as well as to the exercises reviewed in the Pilates on the Ball course.
  • Understand and teach the Pilates on the Ball exercises and modifications to patients with scapular, trunk or pelvic instability.
  • Incorporate Pilates on the Ball exercises into a clinical setting to promote core stability, functional strength, flexibilty, posture, balance and coordination.
  • Identify and correct faulty posture and alignment caused by muscle imbalances and the use of compensatory muscles that result in long-term improper muscle recruitment.
  • Provide patients with a variety of exercise options designed for both injury rehabilitation and prevention.


The Pilates on the Ball course is a continuing education program designed to teach the knowledge and skill necessary to combine the Principles of Pilates with the stability ball. This course is 6 hours long and requires 6 hours of homestudy. The course times and locations are released 180 days before the day of the course and can be found on the Schedule section of this site. Most locations are prominent hotels near major airports for your convenience. In addition, we will send you written confirmation of the course time and location with your homestudy materials 21 days before the date of the course. All IWA class sizes are limited and fill quickly.

On-site - The course will last for 6 hours and will consist of lecture, lab, student participation in techniques, manual review and a practical exam on the exercises taught. Students will be graded during the practical exam as well as with oral questioning during the day and lab observation. You will be required to arrive 15 minutes early to register and be dressed to exercise with a large towel or mat. This information will be included in your confirmation letter sent to you 21 days before the course.

Homestudy - You will be sent a textbook with your confirmation letter 21 days before the course. You will be required to spend 6 hours reviewing and practicing the exercises contained in the homestudy textbook as well as the theories being presented. This is done so that you have a base knowledge before arriving at the on-site clinic. At the clinic we will review therapy concerns about Pilates exercises, modifications for various special populations and advanced technique analysis.

Total time required: 6 hours on-site / 6 hours homestudy