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Next LIVE course in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, Sept.29 - Oct.1, 2023

Comprehensive Courses

Pilates 4 Parkinson's - Instructor Certificate Course (P4P-ICC)

Specialization Course in Parkinson’s Exercise Application


At present there does not exist a standardized, physiotherapeutic exercise protocol for people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, in particular, per disease stage.  The Pilates 4 Parkinson's Method of exercise provides a baseline exercise movement protocol designed to help people with Parkinson's preserve their movement independence.  The Method is specific and targeted to each individual's needs and condition, with the ultimate objectives of maintaining upright posture, improving spinal mobility, and preserving ambulation and gait.  Instructor candidates upon completion of our comprehensive Instructor Certificate Course, are trained to evaluate, assess, and program exercise movements specific to the needs of the client.  The Pilates Method principles provide the basis for the exercise program and instructors are well versed and skilled to accommodate people in all stages of Parkinson's disease.

Get educated.  You could be helping someone with Parkinson's disease now.

Enhance your skill set with specialized Parkinson's exercise training


Next Live online course begins December 13th, 2023

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Enhance your training as a Certified P4P Instructor

Next (LIVE) VIRTUAL Course begins December 13th, 2023

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This is a 8 week course in which material will be provided for self study (video and suggested reading material).  Participants will meet once per week for a break down and lecture on specific content - total 8 sessions each 2 hours, and a final project in which course participants will work online with a Parkinson’s client and the instructor (other course participants may be present also).  Dates and times to be scheduled with the instructor for final test out sessions.  Maximum 8 participants accepted for the online LIVE course. 


About the course:

  • Delivers an in-depth understanding of Parkinson’s disease (PD), including the disease physiology, motor & non-motor symptoms, basic neuroscience, and stages.

  • Clearly explains the goals & elements of the programming specific to the needs of a person with PD, and how the Pilates Method principles are relevant to the needs of a person with PD.

  • Reviews the Pilates Method principles and select mat repertoire exercises in depth, including roots of the exercises, progressions, regressions, modifications, and how to pair the level and intensity of the exercise to the stage of a person with Parkinson’s disease.

  • Considers auxiliary exercise training modes, to clarify the exercise format approach per Stage of the disease, and ensure that the instructor has a comprehensive understanding of the various types of exercises for Parkinson’s disease.

  • Reviews the 11 “ABSOLUTE MUST DO” Exercise Mini-sets if you have Parkinson’s disease, the PaKua 24 Movements, The Neural Continuum: Neuroscience applications for working with people with Parkinson’s disease, the 7 Primal Movements, and Gray Cooks Neurodevelopmental Sequence Movements, to help instructor candidates understand variations and deeper implications of creating a foundational program for Parkinson’s exercises for their clients and WHY. 

  • Practical application of knowledge and information: Teaches instructors how to use the P4P Method, including evaluation, global posture assessment, disease stage assessment, accommodating comorbidities*, selecting a psycho-neuro-motor approach, and creating or easily documenting the program for each session.  

  • Business Structure: Forms and waivers (provided), how to use them, SOAP notes when working with clients, what and how to record sessions with clients, professional scope of work, establishing your cost to value provided, marketing your specialization.

  • *Special segment on Scoliosis and Spinal Asymmetry which are inevitable in people with Parkinson’s disease.  


Final exams will be written, and a 30 minute presentation from each instructor candidate with their Parkinson’s client, (real case scenario) will ensure comprehension of program writing and execution. Full details and course application please contact Cecilia at  Course begins June 7, 2023, NPCP CECs 20. This content can be effectively applied to senior clientele as well.

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