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Clinical Pilates with a Pelvic Health Perspective

Clinical Pilates with a Pelvic Health Perspective

Clinical Pilates with a Pelvic Health Perspective

This course includes
1:11:25 of Course Material (View)
Patient Exercises (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in April 2019


Pilates is a functional form of exercise that integrates breathing principles, spine alignment, postural strength, and pelvic floor function. It can be strategically used to build body awareness, motor control, and kinesthesia.

Pilates is a safe form of prenatal exercise and pelvic floor rehabilitation when positional cues and modifications are integrated. Additional populations that can benefit from Pilates practice are athletes, individuals with persistent pain, post-abdominal surgery, and men’s pelvic health.

Often forms of fitness are viewed as separate from the practice of physiotherapy; however, Clinical Pilates is an example of how two methods can be seamlessly blended to promote health and wellness.

Physiotherapists are experts in exercise prescription and applying critical thinking into guided movement. Therefore it is within our scope to promote and practice Pilates as a component of our care.


Relevance to Physiotherapy Practice

A clinical problem that exists in the orthopaedic and sports medicine world is how to integrate pelvic floor cueing into exercise prescription. This webinar will teach the foundations of Clinical Pilates, pelvic floor cueing, prenatal techniques, and modifications for specific post-partum considerations such as pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, and diastasis rectii.

Resources will be provided to advocate for the standards of care in pelvic health physiotherapy, including prenatal exercise guidelines, lifelong learning pathways, and recommendations as to when to refer to pelvic floor physiotherapy. The information presented in this session is applicable to musculoskeletal, pelvic health, and community-focused physiotherapists. 


Learning Objectives 

  1. Apply pelvic specific cues, positioning techniques, and modifications into Pilates exercise prescription
  2. Select and prescribe appropriate Pilates exercises for prenatal and post-partum populations
  3. Access resources to continue lifelong learning in Pilates and pelvic health

This course is brought to you by the Women's Health Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).

The instructors
Canadian Physiotherapy Association

As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.

Pelvic and Reproductive Health Division

Pelvic and Reproductive Health Division (formerly Women's Health Division) is a not-for-profit division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) that is managed, operated, and advanced by volunteers with a passion for women’s health. We are a dynamic organization, national in scope, that effectively facilitates communication, education and service delivery for physiotherapy practitioners on topics specific to women’s health.

Our mission is to provide leadership and direction to members of the CPA for the advancement of physiotherapy practice in women’s health by fostering excellence in practice, education, and research for the benefit of Canadians.

We aim to:

  • Acquire and make available information and educational materials
  • Encourage and develop the publication of research in the field
  • Facilitate communication between and among members
  • Promote ongoing professional development
  • Enhance physiotherapy service delivery specific to women’s health and/or pelvic health.

Jessica Bergevin
Jessica Bergevin is a physiotherapist who practices within the women’s health and orthopaedic landscape rurally in Nova Scotia. Her academic background is comprised of a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University and a Masters of Physiotherapy from Queens University. Jessica is currently completing a Doctor of Science in Rehabilitation and Health Leadership with the goal of improving prenatal care in Nova Scotia. She loves Pilates, skating, court and beach volleyball, botany, and wiener dogs.
Course Material included in this course
  • Clinical Pilates with a Pelvic Health Perspective
  • Welcome and Resource
  • Intro to Clinical Pilates
  • The Literature
  • Physiotherapist's Toolkit
  • Breathing
  • Pregnancy
  • Post Partum
  • Closing Remarks
  • Audience Questions
  • Never Stop Learning (Suggestions)
  • Quiz
  • Feedback
Patient Exercises included in this course
  • Pelvic Tilts on Stability Ball
  • Figure 4 Stretch

As part of our partnership with the CPA, we offer its members discounts on courses and Embodia Memberships. Learn more about the partnership on this page.

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