Polestar is an international authority in Pilates education, focused on whole body wellness, healing through movement modalities and mind-body-spirit connectivity. Our mission is to shape world health by making whole body fitness available to everyone, with science-based techniques, intelligent movement and the uniform development of muscles, resulting in complete mastery of body and mind.
BASI Pilates® is a leading Pilates education academy with a reputation for innovation, dedication, and academic excellence. BASI stands for Body Arts and Science International, which is both the name of the academy’s holding company and an affirmation of its approach to Pilates studies. The mission of BASI Pilates is to create and maintain professional standards for the teaching of the Pilates Method and to preserve and perpetuate the gift of Pilates by educating teachers of the highest caliber.
The Pilates Center
The Pilates Center continues Joseph Pilates legacy directly through elder Romana Kryzanowska with not one but three second generation teachers at the helm, trained by Romana, Kathy Grant and Eve Gentry. Founders Amy and Rachel with Romana started the Pilates Center Teacher Training Program in 1991 and have continued to develop the highest caliber of teachers, with the most comprehensive and in-depth classical teacher program available.
Z-Health is a complete training system that puts you back in control of your own performance. It’s a brain based approach to fitness. By using the nervous system to rapidly “debug” your movement patterns, you can create lightning-fast improvements in performance. Z-Health is for every body. looking to get out of pain, change body composition, or increase strength and performance. The focus is on the nervous system, it doesn’t matter if you’re a 75-year-old man, a 15-year-old high school athlete, a gym rat, or a weekend warrior. All of us have the same potential for tapping into our best performance, ever, when we focus on the nervous system. What we normally tell people who are new to Z is to give us 10 days of consistent effort. Whether you are an athlete or an office worker, we guarantee that you will see changes in how well you move and how you feel!
Pilates Method Alliance
The Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), is the formal recognition of acceptable professional standards within the Pilates arena. The PMA certification requires a candidate to provide verification of teacher training proficiency using 450+ hours of training on all apparatus and all levels of mat as a basis. The PMA certified teacher is required to complete 16 hours of continuing education within every two years to maintain and renew their certified status. PMA certified Pilates teacher creates and implements safe and effective individualized programs. The instructor who has successfully achieved this recognition is awarded the title of Certified Pilates Teacher (CPT).
Marie-José Blom created and directs the Advances in Pilates Technique, currently known as Pilates Leadership Concepts (PLC). This acclaimed program was the very first program in an official format established in 1991 and continues its curriculum under new owner /directorship for California.
Marie-José has established programs at various facilities internationally and is in great demand for lectures and presentations, both locally and internationally for institutes, physical therapists, and movement educators. Since 2007, Marie-José’s PLC program and specialty workshops have gained popularity in Tokyo, Japan. The desire and ambition in Japan for higher education led to a comprehensive program which brings Marie-José to Tokyo four to five times a year, making Japan her second home.
Karena Thek began studying Pilates as a dance student. After retiring from a professional dance career, Karena began teaching Pilates at her own studio, Pilates Thek. Six months after opening the studio, Karena became the Director of Pilates at SCV Therapy Services and expanded her study of common spine pathologies in the rehabilitation setting. She wrote her first book, Osteo Pilates, in 2003, as a result of working directly with a high percentage of women with osteoporosis and without a reliable resource to steer them towards for safe exercise for osteoporosis.
Scolio-Pilates came out of a desire to help a specific client with scoliosis as well as trying to heal the pain from her own scoliosis. The Pilates Golf Athlete was developed with the realization that, like most sports, many of its participants do not have the physical tools or capability to perform the movement that they are trying to perform. Once the physical capacity is put in place, the game flourishes!
Pilates for MS
Pilates for MS™ (multiple sclerosis) offers Pilates instructors, fitness professionals, physical therapists, and persons with MS advanced training programs, as well as a comprehensive reference textbook, over viewing exercise for MS and its common symptoms of balance difficulties, ataxia, gait abnormalities, single side weakness, general weakness, spasticity, and bladder and bowel issues. Additionally, the latest research in neuroplasticity is included, with innovative exercises designed to form new neural pathways and bypass central nervous system damage. These exercises are applicable to most neurological conditions, and in many cases, they were selected based on research in stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and traumatic spinal cord injury.