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Level 1a - Introduction to Neuromuscular Re-Education Concepts: Theory

Level 1a - Introduction to Neuromuscular Re-Education Concepts: Theory

Level 1a - Introduction to Neuromuscular Re-Education Concepts: Theory

This course includes
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1 Year access after purchase
Certificate of completion

Note: This online lecture component of the BET PhysioPilates Level 1a course is restricted to participants attending the full course which involves in-person studio sessions.   If interested in learning more about this course, please contact Rochenda Howard at   


About BET PhysioPilates

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.



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


Learning 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. 



Physiotherapists interested in neuromuscular imbalance and motor control and learning to integrate a Pilates-based approach into their practice to improve patient outcomes.


Course Resources

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


Course Information

Level 1a has an online and in-person component. The online component is purchased and viewed on the Embodia platform prior to the studio sections of the course. The participant will complete the course by attending a 2-day (in-person) studio session.  Please contact for more information on registration for the studio component.
There are two levels of courses and each has an online component and an in-person component:
  • Level 1a: Online theory section (via Embodia) and In-Person 2-day course 
  • Level 1b: Online theory section (via Embodia) and In-Person  2-day course 

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

There is also a resource package that complements the completion of the entire course. 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 required 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 the online sections together or both online sections 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
  • Cochrane Review on Pilates for Low Back Pain. 2015/16
  • JOSPT 2006 publication; RCT - Pilates and LBP, Rochenda et al.
  • Quiz
  • Feedback
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • In Support of Active Rx Approaches
  • In Support of Pilates Exercise Rx Approaches
  • The BET Pilates Approach
  • Quiz
  • Exercise Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain; DynaMed Plus, 2017
  • 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
  • Quiz
  • Feedback
  • Demonstration
  • Treatment Demonstration
  • Feedback
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