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PhysioPilates BET Level 1A: Introduction to Theoretical and Practical Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Concepts

PhysioPilates BET Level 1A: Introduction to Theoretical and Practical Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Concepts

PhysioPilates BET Level 1A: Introduction to Theoretical and Practical Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Concepts

This course includes
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Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion


BET PhysioPilates is a progressive, systematic therapeutic exercise system based on the Pilates method that follows the theoretical and scientific principles of re-training trunk stability, biomechanical balance and the neuromuscular control of posture and movement. Re-training is guided by the principles of motor control and motor learning theory.

This online resource is for participants who have attended BET PhysioPilates courses. All the exercise content utilized for treatment with this system is included for review purposes. These short video-clips may also be prescribed to patients for follow up home exercises. Additional resources are provided as ongoing support to practitioners in this system.

General Overview


Disrupted neuro-motor control associated with pain, poor posture or altered biomechanics is a component of many chronic or recurring clinical conditions seen by physiotherapists. 

Musculoskeletal pain syndromes are evaluated in the context of the body functioning as an integrated muscle and movement system, with the control centered in the trunk.  Musculoskeletal pain syndromes are evaluated in the context of the body functioning as an integrated muscle and movement system, with the control centered in the trunk.

This course is designed to address specific imbalances in neuromuscular control inherent in musculoskeletal dysfunction, facilitating the restoration of balanced posture, trunk stability, and pain-free movement. 

The participant will be required to develop competence with the exercise curriculum and thereby benefit from training their own ‘center’ while gaining a unique appreciation of the Power of Posture!

Course Aims

  • To introduce the BET Pilates system; its theoretical and scientific base and its application to physiotherapy interventions
  • To introduce a clinical reasoning process for Pilates-based therapeutic exercise interventions
  • To facilitate an evidence-based approach to clinical practice
  • To provide a framework from which to develop training progressions onto the Pilates apparatus 
  • To provide a basic framework for the systematic assessment of postural control directly correlating with treatment intervention
  • To present basic trunk and limb-girdle (mat) exercises and key exercise training concepts, adapted from the Pilates Method as a mechanism for:
    • - lumbar - pelvic stabilization and postural control in the lower quadrant 
    • - cervicothoracic stabilization and postural control in the upper quadrant
  • To focus on treatment intervention via Pilates-based therapeutic exercise and the assessment and re-education of neuromuscular control

Course Objectives

In this online physiotherapy course 'BET PhysioPilates Level Ia: Introduction to Theoretical and Practical Pilates-based Neuromuscular Re-education Concepts', the participant will:

  • Gain a theoretical understanding of the mechanical and neurological mechanisms that may underlie altered neuromuscular control mechanisms and musculoskeletal pain syndromes 
  • Learn an evidence-based system to effectively teach activation of the key stabilizing muscles of the trunk
  • Learn a series of progressive therapeutic exercise based on the Pilates Method to systematically train trunk control and efficient movement patterns

Course Format

The course will use a combination of lecture, practical and case study approach.  The lecture component is offered on-line via Embodia. The in-studio component will be largely practical and will involve learning how to effectively perform the exercises (you will notice your posture strengthens!) as well as how to teach to patients. 

Course Audience

Physiotherapists interested in learning and integrating a Pilates-based approach into their practice to improve patient self-efficacy and outcomes.

Course Resources

  • Lecture material for Level 1a and Level 1b online via Embodia - these online courses must be completed before taking the 2 day in-person courses
  • All exercise content available in video format via Embodia for review purposes following completion of the practical component of the course 
  • All BET Physio-Pilates exercise content available to use for patient exercise prescription (Embodia members)
  • Lifetime access to both the online lecture content and practical exercise video content
  • Certificate of Completion
  • The online lecture content must be reviewed prior to the physical studio course.  The practical component of the courses will be scheduled periodically in Toronto and Vancouver and on request in other locations.

Course Fee

Level 1a has an online and in-person component. The online component is taken on Embodia and costs $138 + tax. The participant is then responsible for signing up for an in-person course with BET PhysioPilates and the cost is $552 +tax for the 2-day studio course. 
There are two levels of courses and each has an online component and an in-person component:

Note: Level 1a is a pre-requisite for Level 1b 

There is also a resource package that complements these online courses. The resource package includes 40 video PhysioPilates exercises that can be easily shared with your patients via Embodia Home Exercise Programs (HEP). Learn more about the resource package here. 

It is strongly advised to take both Level 1a and Level 1b courses for a complete understanding of this system.  When you click Buy Course at the top of this page you will be shown multiple bundle options so you can buy both online courses together or both online courses plus the BET PhysioPilates Resource package (patient exercises) all together for a discount!

The instructors
Rochenda Howard
B.A. (P.E.), B.Sc.P.T., M.Sc.

Rochenda is a Physiotherapist and graduated from the University of Toronto.  Additionally, she holds a B.A. in Physical Education (University of Western Ontario) and an M.Sc. Research degree in Rehabilitation Therapy (Queens University, Canada).  

Rochenda has a special interest in muscle function and motor learning and in how biomechanical and muscle / movement imbalances contribute to painful conditions.  She has continued to pursue this passion for more than 25 years, focusing exclusively on the development of a PILATES–based Physiotherapy treatment system. While living in Hong Kong Rochenda had the privilege to work extensively with Julia Ellis (RBS (TTC), FISTD, ARAD), a gifted ballet teacher, choreographer and Pilates ‘guru’ and together they founded the successful BET Pilates Centre in 1994. They were the first to introduce Pilates in Hong Kong and East Asia and the first in the region to offer an exclusively Pilates –based Physiotherapy approach.  In 2013, Rochenda returned to her native Toronto and established a small PhysioPilates clinic in the West- end where she continues to maintain a full-time practice. In 2006, Rochenda published the first rigorously designed research study on a Pilates - based physiotherapy intervention, the results of this study presented at several conferences internationally. 

Rochenda is a passionate educator having co-developed the BET Pilates training curriculum and she has been active internationally teaching and mentoring Physiotherapists in this system since 1996.

In her spare time, Rochenda enjoys competitive swimming, outdoor activities, cycling, travel, spending time with her two daughters and a good espresso.

Contact Information:; (647) 748-1889;

Course Material included in this course
  • Introduction
  • Welcome to the Course!
  • Introduction to PhysioPilates
  • Joseph Pilates
  • Physiotherapy and Pilates
  • Feedback
  • Cochrane Review on Pilates for Low Back Pain. 2015/16
  • JOSPT 2006 publication; RCT - Pilates and LBP, Rochenda et al.
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • In Support of Active Rx Approaches
  • In Support of Pilates Exercise Rx Approaches
  • The BET Pilates Approach
  • Feedback
  • When Everything Goes Right
  • Trunk Control
  • Muscle Characteristics
  • Neuromuscular Function
  • A Caution on Core Stabilisation
  • Reflections
  • Feedback
  • Quiz
  • When it All Goes Wrong (and How to Correct it)
  • Neuromuscular Dysfunction
  • Neurological Mechanisms
  • The Rx Effect
  • Mechanical Mechanisms
  • Neuromuscular Rehabilitation
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Feedback
  • Quiz
  • Demonstration
  • Treatment Demonstration
  • Feedback
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