September 30, 2023 - 9:00 am
November 5, 2023 - 1:00 pm
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When you sign up, you will receive recorded material to watch leading up to the course (or once you have paid in full) in your own time, ahead of the first weekend. It will be essential that you watch these recordings a few times over before the first weekend.
The mat work course is a stepping stone to the full comprehensive course. It is advised for students who do not have the time or resources to study the comprehensive course, or for those in locations without adequate Pilates equipment.
The mat course is very affordable and introduces people to the foundations of Pilates. Students study the full complement of Mat Work exercises (basic to master level) and the integration of small apparatus into the program.
BASI encourages students to use this program as a springboard to the (CTTC).
Upon completion of the Mat course, you will be qualified to:
- Work according to the principles of Pilates and introduce them to clients and students
- Assess posture and posture types, as well as detect postural deviations
- Solve problems and provide effective exercise solutions to many physical conditions
- Compile comprehensive and safe Pilates Mat work programs tailored to individual and group needs
- Adapt a class to different settings and environments
- Integrate small apparatus into a Mat class to achieve optimum results
- Use the BASI® Block System to successfully administer Mat work classes
- Analyze and understand the Pilates exercises based on anatomical and biomechanical principles
- Demonstrate at a high level the vast repertoire of classic Pilates exercises as well as a wide range of original BASI exercises
- Modify exercises according to the needs and goals of the individual
Mat Course Syllabus
The course structure is modular. A student can make up or repeat each of the 6 modules (4-5 hours each) at any BASI Pilates host location around the world. Each module consists of practical and theoretical components.
Module 1, The Fundamentals
The principles, the pelvis, breathing, exercise description, historical overview, safety.
Module 2, Anatomy Part 1
Anatomy overview & terminology, joints, centre of gravity, cueing & imagery.
Module 3, Anatomy Part 2
Anatomical movement analysis, muscles, aerobic & anaerobic exercise, the BASI Block system.
Module 4, Posture Assessment
Principles of alignment, posture and posture assessment; types of faulty posture.
Module 5, Core Strength – Back & Abdominals
Core strength, effective exercise, contraindications for the spine, guidelines for successful teaching, being a teacher.
Module 6, Exercise Adaptation
Exercise adaptation, exercise progression, modifications to exercises, using small equipment, constructing a complete and comprehensive program.
In addition to the academic study, students must complete the following hours of study: observation (15 hours, of which 80% can be done using BASI Interactive ), self-practice (40 hours, of which 80% can be done using BASI Interactive ) and student teaching (30 hours, of which 80% can be done using live online teaching platforms like Zoom or similar). Your observation and personal practice are best done in a BASI setting, for your learning sake (your UK/Ireland host will allow you time for observation and you can book in with them for classes). If you have no access to BASI classes and don’t live near your host studio, then you can log hours in a non-BASI environment and then refer to BASI Interactive to check on what might be different and why. Your teaching can be done at home or anywhere you can find friends or family willing to have you teach them.
Mat Course Exam Outline
At Module 4
Written Quiz (30 minutes) on all practical and theory work from Module 1 – 3.
Online, after completing all modules (or in the host studio if you prefer)
Final Written paper
- Demonstrate 4 exercises
- Teach a half hour class
- 2 Hour written exam (done as above)
- A summary of hours done to date
Your host will be able to give you more details about your exam venue and date options.
BASI Pilates Mat Course Costs
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All mat courses will still be at £1300 in total (excluding exams)
|Course Cost (includes list below)|
|Manuals – digital|
Total to be paid in full 21 days prior to the start of the course or on a first come first served basis. This amount excludes exam fees. A hardcopy set of manuals can be purchased for £80.
Continuing with the Comprehensive Course after completion of the Mat Course.
Should a Mat Work graduate decide to continue on to the CTTC, the following financial terms apply:
A % of the amount paid for the Mat course (tuition) is deducted from the total Comprehensive course tuition fee.
The student also needs to pay the registration fee and the cost of the additional manuals.