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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
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The instructors
Canadian Physiotherapy Association
Women's Health Division
Jessica Bergevin (View bio)


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 which 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 for musculoskeletal, pelvic health, and community-focused physiotherapists. 

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

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

Sponsoring Division(s): Women’s Health Division

About the Women's Health Division:

The Women’s Health Division (WHD) 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.

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
Women's Health Division of the CPA


The instructors
Jessica Bergevin
Jessica Bergevin has over ten years experience teaching Pilates and evidence-based exercise. She currently practices as a physiotherapist and Physiopilates instructor at Synergy Physiotherapy + Pilates in Halifax Nova Scotia. Jessica is the mother of two young girls and strives to be a valuable resource in the pre- and post-natal community. Her academic background is comprised of a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University and a Masters of Physiotherapy from Queens University. She has advanced training in pain science, pelvic health, diastasis rehabilitation, and sports injuries. Jessica serves as a board member for the Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association and Chair of the Advocacy Committee. At the national level, she assumes the role of Public Relations Co-Chair for the Women’s Health Division of The Canadian Physiotherapy Association. CPA member since 2011.
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
  • Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction
  • Pregnancy
  • Post Partum
  • Closing Remarks
  • Audience Questions
  • Feedback