Continuing Education

Fundamentals of Pilates with Basic Exercises on the Reformer, Mat, Magic Circle, and Wall,
and Modifications for Spinal, 
Shoulder, Hip, Knee, and Ankle Conditions


When: July 21 – 22, 2018

Where: Strong Body Pilates

10660 Riverside Drive, Suite B (2ndFloor)

Toluca Lake, CA 91602

Presenter: Nicole Briggs

Contact Person: Francesca Yario

(818) 510-0827

Course Description

Pilates for rehabilitation has been proving to be successful in decreasing pain and disability. By moving, the body utilizes blood flow for healing, and, with proper alignment takes pressure off joints and organs. Even though we can focus on specialized body parts, the Pilates method recruits the whole body to work as one unit, to create balance. Pilates strengthens muscles, supports the spine and all other joints, and works the muscles in a lengthened state to work against internal and external forces. This course will teach fundamentals of Pilates, with basic exercises on the Reformer, Mat, Magic Circle, and Wall exercises and modifications for spinal, shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle conditions. conditions.

Course materials included: Booklet containing handouts, describing the Pilates method and how to incorporate into each exercise, exercise photos with specific objectives, movement patterning, and modifications for each exercise.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals Pilates
  • Learn basic Reformer, Mat, Magic Circle, and Wall exercises for various physical conditions
  • Utilize various modifications for different mechanical issues and for strengthening and stretching the appropriate areas
  • Choose exercises for a program, using any of the above mentioned Pilates apparatus


Nicole Briggs:

Nicole Briggs is a Pilates master teacher and owner of Strong Body Pilates, Los Angeles, where she runs her teacher training program. She is on staff at Vintage Pilates, Los Angeles, where she teaches students and Pilates teachers from around the world, with other Pilates master teachers.

Nicole focuses on individuality, balancing the body to be aligned, strong, and flexible. Nicole enhances her knowledge of the method by taking lessons and workshops from the top teachers of the world, including Jay Grimes, student of Joseph Pilates (1stgeneration teacher). She has taken workshops from Physical Therapists, 1stand 2ndgeneration Pilates masters, studied Kinesiology at California State University, Northridge, worked as a PT aide, graduated with a degree in dance, has taught dance movement, and coached girls’ competitive gymnastics.


  • 2015 Master Pilates Certification, Jay Grimes & Sandy Shimoda (2ndgeneration teacher), Vintage Pilates, Los Angeles
  • 2012 Certified Personal Trainer & Weight Loss Specialist, NASM
  • 2005 Pilates Certification, Jill Cassady (2ndgeneration teacher), Pilates Technique, Inc., Los Angeles
  • 2004 Graduate studies, Kinesiology, California State University, Northridge
  • 2004 B.A. Dance, University of California, Irvine

Continuing Education, Pertinent to this Course

  • 2018 I Have a Client with Backache, Sonje Mayo, PT/Pilates Master Teacher 1stgeneration
  • 2015 Teaching Clients with Shoulder Issues, Karen Frischmann, Pilates Master Teacher, 2nd
  • 2015 How to Teach with Your Hands, Sandy Shimoda, Pilates Master Teacher, 2nd generation
  • 2010 Putting Your Lesson Together, Jay Grimes, Pilates Master Teacher 1stgeneration
  • 2009 Pilates Mat Class Workshop – Teaching Mixed Levels and Variations, Marie Wittman, Pilates teacher, 3rd generation
  • 2007 Integrating Pilates for the stabilization of the Pelvis, Spine & Upper Quadrant, Gabrielle Shrier, PT/ Certified Pilates Instructor
  • 2006 Practical Solutions for Common Injuries, Jill Cassady, Pilates Master Teacher, 3rd generation
  • 2005 – Current, Workshops in other areas of Pilates, USA
  • 2002 – Current, Pilates Student, Various studios, USA

Work Qualifications

  • 2015 – Current, Pilates Master Teacher, Vintage Pilates, Los Angeles
  • 2008 – 2011 Assistant Teacher, Teacher Training Program, Pilates Technique, Inc., Los Angeles
  • 2005 – Current, Owner/Pilates Master Teacher, Strong Body Pilates, Los Angeles
  • 2004 – 2008 Physical Therapy Aide/Pilates Teacher, JMP Rehabilitation Group, Los Angeles
  • 1992 – 2004 Dance Teacher, Maryland, and California
  • 1990 – 1996 Girls’ Competitive Gymnastics Coach, Maryland and California

Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1

Types of Methods: Lecture and lab

Level of instruction: Basic

Course schedule: Saturday: 8:15 – 8:30 am, registration. 8:30 am – 12:00 morning session

12:00 – 1:00 pm, lunch. 1:00 – 4:00 pm, afternoon session

Sunday: 8:30 am – 12:00 morning session

12:00 – 1:00 pm, lunch. 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, afternoon session

CEUs: 1.3 (13 contact hours), CPTA #18-271

Target Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapy Aides, Physical Therapy students, Pilates Teachers, Chiropractors

Cost: $450

Sign Up Online: Click Here

Cancellation Policy:

There is a 24-hour cancellation policy. Cancellations must be done via our online scheduling system, or in writing, no less than 24 hours before start time of course, or full cost will be charged. Cancellations done more than 24 hours before course will receive a full refund.


Park in lot, in any unmarked space. Metered parking on Riverside Drive is limited to 2 hours, except on Sunday, no limit. Side streets allow different lengths of parking, check signs for time and street cleaning.


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