Pilates Certification & Teacher Training

Mentor Teacher Training & Pilates Certification: Full
A comprehensive program designed by Risa Sheppard, Master Pilates Instructor with more than 32 years of experience.This complete Pilates certification system is a 450 hour course that provides the careful, individual attention and the utmost professional support that ensures you receive the best hands-on training in Pilates.

THE SHEPPARD METHOD PILATES PROGRAM OF TEACHER TRAINING inspires the professionalism necessary to properly and effectively teach others to achieve their personal best. Staying true to the classical movements designed by Joe Pilates, the student is taught to instill excellence and enhance the spirit of each individual. Attention is paid not only to technique, but to joy of movement and inspiration to go beyond one’s limits.
Come and study with Risa Sheppard, a Pilates Master Instructor, and her staff of top professionals. Give yourself the very best!

Course of Study Includes:
BEGINNER: Pilates Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Spine Corrector and Step Barrel.
INTERMEDIATE: Pilates Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Spine Corrector and Step Barrel.
ADVANCED: Pilates Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Spine Corrector and Step Barrel.
Apparatus movements incorporating foam rollers, swiss balls, and mini balls.
Skills of injury prevention/recovery and adaptive training for special populations.
Attitude, confidence and composure of a professional Pilates instructor, Pilates studio safety.
Learn to develop intuition with each client. Going beyond the technical, and into the heart and soul of the work.
Proper stretching techniques designed to enhance the flexibility of each client.
Theory and principles of functional anatomy and biomechanics.

Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Study Guidelines:
55 classroom hours.
150 Assistant teaching hours.
100 Observation hours.
150 Self Study/Practical hours.

Course Prerequisites:
Background in Pilates, Yoga or fitness related programs.
Entrance interview with master Pilates instructor and founder, Risa Sheppard
10 Pilates studio sessions with A Sheppard Method Pilates Instructor, offered at a professional rate

Required Reading:
Anatomy of Movement, by Blandine C. Germain
Anatomy Coloring Book, 3rd addition, by Wynn Kipit
Pilates: Return to Life Through Contrology, by Joseph H. Pilates and William John Miller.
Pilates Anatomy, by Dr. Abby Ellsworth
The course can be completed in seven months with a full time commitment, although you may take up to one year to complete your hours.