Sarah is a women’s health physiotherapist, and co-owner of Entropy Physiotherapy and Wellness in Chicago, Illinois. Sarah graduated from Marquette University in 2002 with a Master’s of Physical Therapy. She went on to get a Masters of Science in Women’s Health and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University in 2008.
In 2009 Sarah was awarded the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP) from the Section on Women’s Health, and Board Certification as a specialist in women’s health (WCS).
Sarah and I talk about pregnancy and exercise, what you should and shouldn’t do with a pregnant client, pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain, and what you as a group exercise instructor can do for your clients with pelvic girdle pain. We talk about diastasis recti abdominis or abdominal separation, and finally we spend quite a bit of time on Sarah’s favourite topic, urinary incontinence, on which she has recently published a book.
Towards the end of the interview Sarah gives in-depth instructions on how to do a pelvic floor contraction, and how to cue one. And, when to cue pelvic floor and when not to mention it!
I wish there is a unit here in canberra, I would love to get my certificate from this course
06:30 07 Jul 20
I can highly recommend Breathe to anyone interested in learning more about movement, Pilates and Anatomy. Raph, Chlo and the team are wonderful teachers and human beings!
Rockell Williamson Rudder
00:48 08 Jun 20
I love the workshops to keep my skills fresh.
02:01 28 May 20
We are proud to be a Mentor studio for Breathe Education. After having gone through both Cert IV and Clinical Diploma, I recognised the exceptional quality of education given to graduates about Movement and Pilates. The teacher trainers of Breath Education are all highly intelligent and experts in their fields, relying on evidence based practice and in turn this provides Breathe graduates with an education that is second to none. Breathe Education's strength lies in their ability to create Community connections after graduation, continuing the support, empowerment and education of their graduates.
08:11 25 May 20
I keep coming back for Breathe Education courses, having completed the Cert IV Pilates Instructors course, the Anatomy 101 and other short courses and being now enrolled in the Clinical Pilates Diploma. As an experienced teacher I have high standards when it comes to education, and I have to say that Raph and his team do a great job of setting up the learning environment so it is effective and a pleasure to be part of! Online courses that have been developed by necessity this year are also impressive, with plenty of very practical demonstrations, supported by clear explanations and the opportunity for interactivity - thus they are excellent learning tools. Congrats to Raph and each one of your supporting team who have been doing such a great job of engaging with sensible, rational facts supported by relevant and current research and bringing the results to the lucky participants!
05:20 24 May 20
My time learning at Breathe Education has been one of the most positive experiences of my life. What I value the most is that once you complete your training you're still very much apart of the Breathe community & it's that connection to your peers & teachers that is priceless. Thankyou Breathe Education! You guys changed my life!!
Mary Fran Dion
13:29 19 May 20
I was looking to gain a deeper understanding of anatomy so when I saw the course, Intro to Anatomy Physiology and Biomechanics, I thought I would try it. The weekly webinars are very educational along with the supporting materials that Raphael provides. I am a very tactile learner so I was apprehensive of doing an online class but Raphael has brought out his skeleton to demonstrate different certain points and again his powerpoint is simplistic. Thank you Raphael for providing this course.
06:29 18 May 20
A wonderful online course, giving students an opportunity to brush up on previous knowledge as well as learning lots of new interesting stuff! Raph Explains key scientific findings and shares his knowledge on biomechanics and anatomy in a way that is accessible for everyone :) Highly recommend :)
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04:05 18 May 20
Highly recommend Breathe,Educations online courses. Detailed and helpful information
12:12 16 May 20
05:35 15 May 20
Teacher Raphael Bender ,delivering very professional teachings on the functional anatomy delivery every Saturday ,this is a very generous teaching on his part from the Breath Pilates establishment, keep up with the most informative lessons as l am a pilates teacher ,you can never know enough, thank you guys , stay safe & well ,keeping us motivated Yours sincerely Marika
06:32 12 May 20
I completed a Clinical Pilates Diploma with Breathe Education. Raphael and his team are very generous, selfless and supportive while sharing their vast knowledge and experience. I have done many courses during my Pilates career but none compares to my experience with Breathe! The quality of the material and the skilful way it is presented made it easy to apply in my work. Excellent value for money! I would highly recommend Breathe Education; their continual support of their students is just admirable. Maja Whitworth
Pilates By Magui
06:25 12 May 20
Thank you so much breath education for your amazing courses. I’m very happy I joined in. Raphael is a great educator, the way he explains everything makes it so easy to understand. I have done many pilates courses in other countries, but this one has been amazing. Thank you so much!
Wanderlust Health Co
03:35 12 May 20
While I have only just started my Cert IV, I am already so impressed with the organisation of the company, the anatomy knowledge from Raphael has been mind blowing. I studied anatomy as a part of my last degree and I have learnt way more from the way he teaches. The trainer led classes have been fantastic as well, the trainers are so super supportive and knowledgable. Looking forward to the next few months Tegan
01:29 12 May 20
I recently singed up to a 6 week anatomy course held through Breathe Education. I thought the content was great, they didn't overload you with too much information and they left a decent amount of time to ask questions. Would definitely recommend Breathe to others.
23:05 11 May 20
Could not recommend more - Raphael and team went full steam ahead to bring Pilates teachers and anyone who wanted to join an in-depth anatomy course. It was so well planned, laid out, and very welcoming.
05:52 11 May 20
I studied to become a Pilates Instructor with Breathe Education over 5 years ago now. My learning experience then was one I will never forget, the educators were so engaging and knowledgeable. The wonderful thing about Breathe Education is they don't stop offering assistance and advice once you have completed your course, they are there for you along the way. Since the completion of my course I have done numerous workshops with them and am currently doing a Live course on Zoom, Anatomy, Biomechanics & Physiology (seriously loving it!) which is run by Breathe Founder & CEO Raphael Bender. Raph knows his stuff, his knowledge astounds me, he is right across it all and shares this knowledge with such passion, explains things so succinctly and makes the learning experience such fun, you just want to soak up as much information as you possibly can. Thank you Raph and the team at Breathe Education, it's been and continues to be a blast :-)
04:23 11 May 20
03:29 11 May 20
Can not recommend breathe education enough I have done my diploma with them and recently been studying the anatomy. I thoroughly enjoy how they teach and interact with there students :)
22:17 10 May 20
09:30 10 May 20
I've been working in Fitness for over 30 years including roles as an international trainer and presenter in Group Fitness. I hold a cert IV in fitness, and now a Diploma of Clinical Pilates - as well as a TAE. I'd completed pilates course prior to Breathe, but found Breathe deliver a more "whole - istic" (misspell intended) to pilates. What I love is that Breathe provide the science behind why they teach us the way they do, and show you how to research stuff for yourself. They encourage you to be curious, and to challenge rather than just accept. The level of course information is high, the faciliators professional and so giving of their time. Their courses prepare to you so well for success in many opportunites in the industry. I now work at Physiotherapists doing rehab work, as well as in studios teaching group classes, and my own small group of clients that I train one on one, or in small groups. But, I love that they show they care about you and your success way past completing your courses. I was recently given the opportunity to partake in the new anatomy content - for free as an already qualified Breather - and to be given the chance to upskill by Breathe was invaluable. Anatomy - whilst I love it - is tough to remember when you don't use it all the time, and this refresher and upate was timely and also, helped to geet my creative juices flowing in differnt ways. When people ask me who they should do their pilates course through, I always recommend Breathe.Thank you Raph and all the guys at Breathe.
01:05 10 May 20
I did my Cert IV with Breathe and am now doing the anatomy, physiology and biomechanics course and have absolutely loved it. I appreciate the time and effort that goes into teaching evidence based practice and the instructors are amazing and are always happy to help.
20:08 09 May 20
Raphael Bender's presentation of his Intro to Anatomy Physiology and Bio mechanics has been superb. The information presented is clear, easy-to-understand and Raphael provides an engaging, inter-active learning environment with participants from across the globe. He injects real life examples into his training modules which helps the participant assimilate the information being taught.
19:48 09 May 20
I have been attending the online Intro to Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics online workshop with Breathe Education. I have found the teaching outstanding, Raphaels' knowledge is inspiring and I have gained so much valuable, appropriate and effective information. Highly recommended.
07:14 09 May 20
I took the anatomy course through zoom and it was brilliant. Raphael has a great lecture style and makes the material interesting - not too technical but also not too basic either. He’s also very patient with answering all questions. The ppt slides and session recording are shared with all participants afterwards so if you missed something you can reference back. Highly recommend this course for all fitness professionals.
07:00 09 May 20
Raph, the business CEO, is a down to earth person and his personality and values are reflected in all aspects of the business. The courses are practical with immediate application in the real-life environment while keeping a high standard of the knowledge presented. I have attended different courses through Breathe Education and there is clear evidence of constant renewal and innovation. In-line with the newest scientific discoveries in human movement their courses present up-to-date, curated information. I highly recommend Breathe Education as a leader in Pilates education.
06:46 09 May 20
The Breathe Team is very supportive and encouraging during the course. I love the support, connection and ongoing workshops even after the course completion. Highly recommended.
Silvia P Rodrigues
02:59 09 May 20
Great training with lots of science based information presented. Raphael finds a way to present anatomy in a way that is accessible and interesting! Highly recommend!
02:23 09 May 20
It's easy to be overwhelmed by the breadth and depth of anatomy. Yet Raphael makes it accessible, interesting and, dare I say, fun in his Intro to Anatomy course. He is generous and incredibly knowledgeable and inspiring as a standout presenter and expert. Thank you.
Helen workout 2016 Ismail
18:26 08 May 20
As a beginner in the pilates world and looking for a stronger foundation i was able to understand and learn clearly at a achievable pace with Ralph.Reinforcing and learning through his usage of slides, real life body references and the skeleton model was a good balance and I really appreciated the opportunity to take the anatomy course!
10:00 08 May 20
08:14 08 May 20
A beautiful non judgemental space to learn. Can't recommend highly enough!. I'm a better teacher for it and a more efficient student too.
06:49 08 May 20
The Breathe Edu team go above & beyond! They provide the most rewarding learning experience, filled with knowledge, practical & technical know how plus deliver everything with simplicity & fun ! They truly care about their students & equipping them with all that they need to be successful post their course. Thank you Breathe!
06:46 08 May 20
I have only accidentally stumbled across Raphael Bender's Breathe Education Anatomy online workshop on Facebook and I must say, I am very glad I did. Raphael put so much great effort into the visualisations and explanations to make it easy to follow. He is a true inspiration. Thank you so much for putting this amazing anatomy workshop's together!
06:03 08 May 20
I have completed Cert 4 with Breathe Education.The campus has positive and safe environment for learning and I was encouraged to find my own voice.Thank you all my instructors and everyone helped me to finished the course.It was challenging but fantastic journey.
Leah Rie M
05:52 08 May 20
Raphael's anatomy sessions are enlightening! I truly appreciate that he has been sharing his profound knowledge.
05:51 08 May 20
I would definitely recommend Breathe Education to others looking for an informative and interesting pilates course. I love that I have learnt about the most up to date scientific research and recommendations in the area of exercise, injury and persistent pain.I also really enjoy staying connected with the team via the multiple learning options they offer even after the course has finished.Big thumbs up to Raphael and the fantastic team at Breathe!
05:32 08 May 20
I completed my Cert IV with Breathe Education last year and found it to be a fantastic course. I learnt so much and at the right speed too, not too fast or slow. Felt very supported along the learning journey and they also have a great fb page, other additional learning postings and workshops. Would highly recommend with a big 'thumbs up'.
05:24 08 May 20
I've been doing Breathe Education Anatomy Refresher course online! Raphael is a wealth of knowledge and years of practical application to share ,teach and inspire others. Why would u study elsewhere? ! 🤩
Jasmine Elder This
04:37 08 May 20
Breathe Education provide a top quality, up-to-date with the latest science Pilates course. The Perth teachers for the face to face components of the course (Rachel and Pippa) were extremely knowledgable, helpful and are wonderful teachers. Breathe also have a fantastic Facebook community that continues to inspire me with continued learning (often for free). I have been nothing but impressed with my Breathe experience highly recommend their training.
04:35 08 May 20
I can't speak highly enough of my experience with Breathe Education. I received a very thorough education in my own Pilates certification program but Raphael and his team brought it to the next level. I'm truly amazed at how how Raph can make what seem to be complex concepts very intuitive and help me better understand so much more about my clients. Thank you!!
04:26 08 May 20
Breathe Education has been one of the most fun, interactive, comprehensive and encouraging learning experiences I have ever had. I like that there are constant studies being evaluated to help educate us on how the human body functions. Every one of the staff I have had the pleasure of interacting with so far, have been so lovely and helpful, and it is obvious that they all passionate about their chosen field. For me, that speaks volumes and also has helped me to engage in my own passion for Pilates! I couldn't recommend Breathe Education enough, seriously. It's awesome!
04:17 08 May 20
04:09 08 May 20
Breathe Education launched me right into the Melbourne Pilates scene and I do not regret the Cert IV, Diploma, workshops and side courses I have undertaken with them. Raph and all the team are so encouraging, keep it real, support and genuinely care about what they do and who they share their knowledge and life lessons. My experience with them made me fully realise this was absolutely the right new career path for me and I could not have opened my business or be so well connected without them. Raph has such a passion and way of explaining anatomy (and most anything really) in such a clear way, it's impossible to not learn from him (despite the occassional "nerd out" moments he has hahaha). Love the lifelong friends, industry and ongoing support network that has come with making one of the best decisions in my life. Thank you Breathe :)
03:59 08 May 20
Breathe Education have looked at the exercises developed by Joseph Pilates, and looked at current science about exercise, guidelines for exercise, and how this applies to various co-morbidities and age groups, and developed courses to impart the practical application of Pilates as a whole body exercise. The Diploma of Clinical Pilates was exceptional. The CEO Raphael Bender has created this knowledgeable, inclusive, caring and generous team. The current COVID-19 crisis is a good example where they have worked tirelessly to continue all education, and make innovative ways for each student to continue PLUS for graduates have facilitated meetings and webinars (zoom) to inform, connect and encourage a way forward through this crisis. Raphael always goes above and beyond, and the whole team reflect this. I cannot recommend Breathe Education highly enough!
03:57 08 May 20
Absolutely enjoyed the anatomy online course from Raph! Insightful, easy to understand and thorough, even when done virtually! He also gives his all to answer questions at end of the session. Much love from Singapore! Would love to visit your studio one day =)
03:00 08 May 20
I can not recommend Breathe Education enough; they have super helpful, supportive and incredible in the courses they offer. I recently completed my Certificate 4 in Matwork/Reformer in Perth and the instructors I dealt with both in person and over the phone were very friendly and nothing was too hard. The courses themselves are very interactive and the information is up date; to the point that if there is no evidence to support what we are learning anymore than they adjust the course so it is relevant - this happened during my course which to me showed how hard they work to endeavor their client/students are gaining the best knowledge possible. This is great company to learn new techniques or train for a new career with. Will definitely continue to learn with Breathe now that I am teaching!
02:48 08 May 20
Amazing teachings for anyone interested in truly having it all make sense. Finally we have a platform of delivery that is not overwhelming and paints a picture in your memory to remember more than I’ve ever before had from any other training. I’ve done so many courses with delivery never covering enough of the why? You need the how and the why and the engagement with the ability to reflect and review. This course doesn’t miss a thing...It’s clear yet not overwhelming. Enough drip fed information in each session to retain and from week to week compiled in an order that leaves you excited for the next weeks lesson. I highly recommend this educational training and courses to anyone, and so happy to have trusted and found this. I can’t wait to invest in more knowledge for myself and my clients. Best online with live interactive fully supportive training I’ve ever entered into. Value for money, exceptional lecturing with clear teachings to suit all learning styles.. All notes to download means no taking your own notes and risk of disengaging. I’m simply loving this course.. ❤️ thank you Raph 🙏🙏Leisa DawnNorth Qld Australia 😊
02:45 08 May 20
I decided to take advantage of the lock down period and take part in an anatomy course run by Raph from Breathe Education. The sessions are thought provoking, backed up by science and the way the subject matter is taught is engaging and easy to follow.Raph's passion for comes through in his teaching, and I have thoroughly enjoyed expanding my knowledge of Pilates and anatomy.
02:34 08 May 20
I'm really enjoying the online anatomy course with Raphael Bender. Despite having done a few courses - I've learned so much from the presentation and content which has been delivered from a different & creative angle. Raphael has been very generous with his diverse knowledge. Thank-you very much Breathe Edu.