Mitchell Gibbs is a PhD candidate at Western Sydney University where he researches chronic pain, pain science, and exercise. Mitch also has a Master of Research in chronic pain and exercise, and a bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.
Mitchell’s 2018 paper Buy In For Back Pain – Does Individualization Matter? had some very surprising findings in relation to the benefits of doing a thorough physical assessment on clients with low back pain. The paper was published in the Journal of Clinical Exercise Physiology.
In this conversation Mitch talks through the research process, and discusses what he thinks the findings mean for clinicians.
Dr. Rebecca Lewthwaite received her PhD in kinesiology (what in Australia we call exercise science or human movement) from UCLA. She is Director of Research and Education in Physical Therapy and Director of Rehabilitation Outcomes Management at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Los Angeles, and an adjunct faculty member in biokinesiology and physical therapy at the University of Southern California (USC).
Dr. Lewthwaite’s research focuses on the role of confidence and autonomy support in motor performance and learning, in a variety of individuals, from those undergoing physical rehabilitation to developing and high-performing athletes. Recent work includes the facilitation of confidence building in individuals recovering from stroke. As an investigator in the recent ICARE clinical trial in stroke rehabilitation, Dr. Lewthwaite co-designed with Carolee Winstein the investigational Accelerated Skill Acquisition Program (ASAP) around skill acquisition principles common to OPTIMAL theory. She was an intercollegiate athlete in two sports and a coach on a national championship softball team at UCLA. She and Gaby Wulf co-authored the OPTIMAL theory of motor performance and learning.
Dr. Gabriele Wulf is a sport scientist with PhDs from the German Sports University in Cologne and the University of Munich. She is a UNLV Distinguished Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).
Dr. Wulf has conducted research in motor learning for more than 30 years. She studies factors that influence the learning of motor skills, including attentional focus and motivational variables. She has published approximately 200 journal articles and book chapters, as well as two books, both of which I have read, and they are both excellent!
Dr. Wulf has received various awards for her research, including UNLV’s Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award. She was elected Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology and given the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity’s (NASPSPA) Distinguished Scholar Award. She has served as President of NASPSPA and the Founding Editor of two journals in the movement sciences. Dr. Wulf has given keynote addresses to national and international societies in movement science and physical therapy. She and Rebecca Lewthwaite co-authored the OPTIMAL theory of motor performance and learning.
Antony Lo is a Sydney based physiotherapist who specialises in female athletes, and in particular female Crossfit athletes.
Having successfully grown 2 private practices, Antony sold these to concentrate on his Specialisation Training Program and developing educational courses for health professionals and the general public. He still consults at 2 locations in Sydney seeing everyone from children to the elderly, as well as his sports-specific patients. He also travels around Australia to deliver seminar information for his course The Female Athlete, and to provide consultations for those interested in his approach.
I have been friends with Antony since 2006 when we worked together. Every time I talk with Antony I learn something valuable, he is one of the practitioners I admire the most, and who I have learned the most from.
In this conversation we talk about pelvic health, urinary incontinence, low back pain, making quick changes and Antony’s approach to evidence-based practice.
Kjartan Vibe Fersum is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bergen, Norway, and was the lead author on the original CFT paper in 2012, with co-authors Peter O’Sullivan, Skouen, Smith, & Kvåle.
In addition to his teaching and research at the University of Bergen, he works in clinical practice as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in Bergen, and a contributor to the Pain-Ed project, where his mission is to inform both the public and health care practitioners about the latest pain research, and to dispel common myths about pain and provide hope for change.
Kjartan is incredibly well-read, but his true genius seems to lie in combining his rich and nuanced understanding of the research with a flexible, person-centred worldview.
This interview has too many gems and insights to list – you must listen to it if you work with people in pain.
Synnott et al., (2015) Physiotherapists may stigmatise or feel unprepared to treat people with low back pain and psychosocial factors that influence recovery: a systematic review
Greg Lehman http://www.greglehman.ca/ is a Canadian physiotherapist, chiropractor and strength and conditioning specialist treating musculoskeletal disorders within a biopsychosocial model. He is incredibly well-read, a highly skilled educator. And he’s funny.
Before his clinical career, Greg received a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council MSc graduate scholarship and became one of only two students each year to train with Professor Stuart McGill in his Occupational Biomechanics Laboratory, subsequently published more than 20 peer-reviewed papers in the manual therapy and exercise biomechanics field. He was an assistant professor at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College teaching a graduate-level course in Spine Biomechanics and Instrumentation as well conducting more than 20 research experiments while supervising more than 50 students.
Greg has lectured on a number of topics on reconciling treatment biomechanics with pain science, running injuries, golf biomechanics, occupational low back injuries and therapeutic neuroscience. His courses Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science and Running Resiliency have been taught more than 60 times in more than 40 locations worldwide.
In this conversation, Greg and I talk about how the biomechanics research invalidates the idea of ‘dysfunction’ as a cause of pain or disability, why scapular dyskinesis (aka poor scapular positioning and movement) is not a thing, knee valgus during a squat is nothing to worry about and several other interesting topics.
Greg shares his approach of movement optimism, and his basic framework for working within a biopsychosocial model.
I was inspired to write this by Jenna Zaffino’s story in episode 52 of Pilates Unfiltered – I don’t want to put words in Jenna’s mouth so you should listen to the episode after reading this if you’re interested to understand her point of view.
As movement teachers – Pilates professionals, exercise physiologists, physiotherapists – for years we have operated on the assumption that understanding anatomy, physiology and biomechanics are foundational to being an effective practitioner and teacher.
I think this assumption is wrong. You don’t need to know anything about anatomy, physiology OR biomechanics to effectively teach Pilates or help people rehabilitate.
Yep. Anatomy is not important when teaching Pilates. In fact, I think it gets in the way of good teaching.
I will even go so far as to say, you don’t need to know ANY anatomy, physiology or biomechanics in order to be a great teacher and practitioner. The less the better.
Lars Avemarie is one of the most well-read, clear-thinking people I have come across in the fields of pain science and rehabilitation. Born in Denmark, he currently works in Sweden. He is a physiotherapist and personal trainer, and a prolific blogger, educator and public figure on social media.
In this conversation, Lars shares his experiences going back to university at the age of 39 to study physiotherapy, his advice on learning to think critically and challenge your own beliefs, and how to develop your confidence to effectively apply the biopsychosocial approach to pain rehabilitation.
During my masters, I did my clinical placement with Brendan Mouatt and his business partner Luke Postlethwaite at their clinic The Biomechanics in Footscray, Melbourne Australia.
Like me, Brendan is a clinical exercise physiologist, and we enjoy talking about evidence-based practice and pain science in particular.
This is a free-ranging conversation where we think about whether we should provide clients with the treatment they expect, and how to navigate professional relationships with people who are not up to date with current best practice.
Brendan also has a thoughtful blog on all things rehabilitation.
Nick Hannah is a Canadian physiotherapist who has been taking social media by storm with his funny, poignant and scientifically sound memes advocating a biopsychosocial or whole-person approach to rehabilitation.
Nick’s Facebook page Hannah Moves has over 6,500 likes a the time of recording this interview, and his posts are shared by leading researchers and clinicians around the globe.
Nick’s Instagram page is also a source of much wisdom.
Nick talks frankly about his education, his approach to clinical assessment and treatment and his goals with the meme thing.
Ben Cormack’s business Cor-Kinetic delivers evidence-based rehabilitation courses based on cutting-edge neuroscience, pain science and exercise science. Ben regularly travels the world, delivering courses to health professionals in Europe, North America and Asia each year.
He has presented at the San Diego Pain Summit, guested on many PT podcasts and is a prolific blogger on all things exercise, rehabilitation and pain science.
Ben shares his thoughts on the current best practice in rehabilitation, how to interpret evidence, and how to navigate the tricky relationships with colleagues or bosses who are still working within a biomedical framework.
Since the early 2000’s the notion of cueing pre-engagement of transversus abdominis (TrA) and lumbar multifidus has been widely accepted as standard practice in the physiotherapy, exercise and Pilates worlds.
Sadly it is not an evidence-based practice.
In this video, Raphael Bender from Breathe Education reviews the evidence on ‘motor control’ training (retraining of TrA and lumbar multifidus).
Choosing to go with Breathe Education for my Pilates qualification was a great decision that has continuously paid off since I graduated. Not only do hiring studios look highly upon the qualification, but Breathe, the course, and their tutors empowered me the entire way through to become confident in who I was as an instructor, not pressuring me to have to fit a pre-designed mould. They are also very accommodating in being able to fit the course commitments to your own schedule. The whole team at Breathe are a dream to study with!
00:01 19 Mar 21
The Breathe team is made up of truly inspiring, supportive and knowledge instructors and I loved my journey with them! Would highly recommend this course to those looking for the next step in their pilates journey.
00:09 18 Mar 21
I could not recommend Breathe Education any more highly! They have curated such a professional, nurturing, and intelligent community full of like-minded and passionate people. The online learning experience is second to none, and you can expect to graduate the course with every skill you could ever need in the world of Pilates instruction!
10:19 17 Mar 21
Breathe has fully supported and empowered me throughout this whole course all while being pregnant myself. I was worried about how I would manage the course but I was met with so much encouragement and support that I always felt included and safe. All the instructors are just wonderful people who genuinely want to help you to get the most out of the course and challenge you to be the best version of yourself. The course was brilliantly presented and organised. If this course was not delivered online I would have not been able to complete it. The fact that all components of the course could be completed online made it so accessible to me. Thanks to all the Breathe staff for helping me through the course, I am so grateful.
10:11 17 Mar 21
Breathe has helped me so much throughout this course. Especially my main tutor Venus. It is such a safe environment to learn and feel free to make mistakes. Doing this course has helped me to feel so much more confident in myself and feel ready to go out into the Industry :)
09:07 17 Mar 21
Breathe Education is an amazing course. The course is online based so you can do it anywhere and at a time that suits you! I had enjoyed my time learning from NZ and they have lots of different time for the tutorials to fit in my schedule. The trainers have been so amazing teaching the fundamentals of Pilates and teaching content with up to date scientific background. The trainers really love what they do, and it shows! I always look forward to classes and tutorials:)The online practice teaching also allowed us to meet, connect, support and motivate each other as we worked towards the same goal. Everyone is so positive and encouraging. I really enjoyed my time with Breathe Education (and I am looking to do their diploma in the future haha). Highly recommend to people looking to further themselves in teaching and in Pilates.Thank you everyone!
02:17 17 Mar 21
Breathe Education provided me with the best learning environment/structure for success, that I have ever received throughout my years of education. The learning process which combines face-face interaction via zoom lectures, tutorials and online e-learning complimented each other and promoted early success for learning. All the trainers/tutors create such a comfortable, open/inviting and supportive learning space with their bubbly, bright and warm personalities. I could not recommend Breathe Education more highly for Pilates instructing. I believe I have developed such a strong foundation to begin my personal Pilates instructing journey and I have all the beautiful trainers at Breathe to thank :)
01:40 17 Mar 21
Really loved my experience of Breathe from the very start. The information, data, research and studies they provide you with give you confidence in what you are learning and how best to apply it. Raphael is ruthless in his research and supplies only the latest and most up to date material. The trainers are so positive and make efforts to be actively involved in the students lives and interests - they mention time and time again that they are there to help and they create a really supportive environment. Breathe is also really well connected to people in Australia and internationally who have had incredibly successful carriers and we are able to listen to in-depth conversations with them which really aids our learning and gives us a wider scope of the pilates world. All in all would recommend and big thank you to the Breathe Team!
01:18 17 Mar 21
All the teacher's were so lovely and friendly!! Would highly recommend :)
09:51 16 Mar 21
Breathe started me on my Pilates teaching journey and im so glad that gave me all the tools i needed to begin my next phase of my life
02:28 16 Mar 21
I began this journey to complete my Cert IV with a little trepidation as I was not sure I was cut out to be a pilates instructor..... 20 weeks down the track with wonderful support, encouragement and instruction I am ready to begin a new career (at 50!). I would recommend this course to anyone looking to find out more about teaching movement, and know that as the content is all on line you can do it in your own time at home. You do not need to be a particular body time, age or fitness level, just have a love of pilates and learning. Thanks to the Breathe team, especially Venus who gave me a few pep talks throughout my journey - I've got this! Many thanks
12:02 11 Feb 21
CERTIFICATE IV PILATES/REFORMER PILATES, who would have thought that this journey was going to be life changing. Before starting this course I had no previous experience in study, being an instructor or in Pilates.The moment you sign up to the 20 week course you feel connected with a supportive community allowing the comprehensive week to week classes achieve a consistent growth in learning and skill development.The lectures never felt overwhelming, the delivery of the weeks content was constantly building upon the previous weeks lecture with up to date health community research. Followed by tutorials that helped the content be attainable to all, teaching us about building up an exercise so anyone from a beginner to expert can develop a strong repertoire. Immersing the learning experience further by empowering in freedom of fearless movement and support when need.Week 20 approached us quickly but having pushed myself out of my comfort zone I am now armed with the skills attained throughout the course and am more than ready to fearlessly continue my journey. I am grateful to have had passionate and supportive master trainers with their unique teaching and am thankful to them as well as the Be_Support team and administrators of Breathe.
02:04 09 Feb 21
If you are looking for a way to take your Pilates to the next level, in a flexible and supportive environment then Breathe is a great option. It is a supportive space where you get plenty of experience teaching while learning using the most up to date knowledge in the field. Don't expect to just leave knowing how to instruct Mat and Reformer Pilates, expect to leave with the confidence to teach your way, in your own voice and with the skills to be the best Pilates instructor you can be.
11:03 08 Feb 21
I could not recommend the Breathe Cert IV anymore if I tried, it has drastically changed the way I look at movement, my own practice and how I teach the people in front of me.The online model is incredible! It was so nice to be able to regularly touch base with the teaching staff and other students, I always felt like someone was there for me and I could ask questions whenever they came up. I have built some genuinely strong connections not just in my intake but across multiple groups and staff. Having consistent and regular interaction with the content enabled me to actually digest what we were learning, each week building a little more into our knowledge base. By the end of the 20 weeks I feel like I deeply understand the experience of how to teach a challenging and inclusive group class. I feel empowered and confident to teach any client that walks into my studio, from an absolute beginner to the most advanced client. This is truly an immersive program that helps you actually UNDERSTAND layering and programming and not just memorise a catalogue of exercises.The teaching staff are second to none, I honestly loved the experience so much that I have already jumped straight into my Diploma. I would almost do it again, I enjoyed it so much. Thank you so much for igniting my passion in Pilates again.
02:34 08 Feb 21
Breathe has been much more than just an educator. They have built a community. One that I will forever be thankful to be apart of. The trainers, just wow. They are REAL people who welcome mistakes, build your confidence, make every class insightful & enjoyable (I don't think there has been one class without laughter). I am sad my Cert IV course has ended, but excited to see where the journey will take me next. I would definitely like to further my studies in the future by taking on the Diploma course. Thank you to everyone for all that you have given me.
20:07 06 Feb 21
Breathe Education is an outstanding course - from the structure of the course, the quality of content and the amazing trainers that make everything happen. It creates a positive space for people to connect, support and motivate each other as we worked towards the same goal. I couldn’t speak more highly of an educational experience.
07:02 06 Feb 21
Strongest movement educators of the world! The Breathe Education team are a breath of fresh 21st century air! As someone who has completed many movement courses in yoga, Pilates and group fitness I have never felt this blown away by a course! I completed the Certificate IV in Pilates and will be forever indebted to this team of amazing educators and their approach! Do yourself a favour and sign up to this course! Whether you want to make a living out of teaching movement, want to learn more about your movement journey, have never tried this thing called Pilates, and even if you are already in the industry, this course is the ONE! Warning: your approach to movement will change FOREVER! In the best way possible! Look out world, fearless movers and teachers are rapidly rounding and arching their way to you thanks to Breathe Education! 💙
01:41 05 Feb 21
I loved my training with Breathe, all the content was relevant, useful and challenging. I feel fully equipped to start teaching!!All trainers were lovely, skilled and supportive.I would highly recommend training with Breathe!!
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08:44 14 Dec 20
I am about to finish studying my Certificate IV with Breathe. I was apprehensive about the online format of learning a movement practice, but the trainers, resources and format of the course made it an absolute breeze to work through everything and gain such a thorough understanding of concepts. I loved the way the information was presented and based on science based practices and the content covers everything from teaching, to movements, to how to begin your own business. Couldnt recommend this company as a pilates qualification enough!!
09:42 13 Dec 20
I'm from Switzlerand and so I was doing my course with 10 hours of difference with Australia. And do you know what? I've juste LOVED this online course. I truly believe that I've learnt as much as if it was face-to-face. The support of Breathe Education was so good! They're almost 24h available and helping with any questions. I feel confident and ready to get into the Pilates industry. It was the best journey I had so far and I enjoyed it so much that I've enrolled for the Diploma 2021. If you're interested into Pilates instructor, this is THE course you should take!!! Thanks Breathe!!!!
05:57 13 Dec 20
I have only the best things to say about the team at Breathe Education. I have come out of this course feeling confident, feeling successful and proud of what I have achieved - one step closer to becoming the Pilates instructor I want to be. The course is thorough and well planned, ensuring you will be able to do well in every assessment along the way. The trainers are super friendly and experienced, always willing to answer any questions you have along the way. One of the best learning experiences I have undertaken and I only encourage others to take their Pilates instructor training with Breathe Edu if they too want to feel empowered through such a supportive experience. Keep up the great work!!
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23:54 11 Dec 20
Yeah... nah. I don’t see why anyone would want to learn from an entire team of ultra qualified, dedicated, not only knowledgeable but eager to share professionals? Every single person you will chat to along your course will make you feel welcome, heard and seen, from the moment you think of signing up. Annoying, right? And they keep up with the latest findings in Pilates practice but also in medical studies, so everything you will learn is the most up-to-date, accurate, backed up by science knowledge you can get.And don’t get me started on the community you get to build! Like-minded, supportive, kind and open people who want to make other people feel good! Ugh!Why would anyone want to see each week tutors that come every single time on screen with a huge smile and make you feel like they are so glad you are here? You think you like one teacher and BAM! Here comes the next one and you like them too, maybe even more because they’re bringing their own set of skills and they are willing to share that and teach you it too!And they’re nice. Not just “oh, this person sounds nice” kind of nice. The kind of nice that makes you say “you didn’t have to do that” and fills you with gratitude. The kind of nice that seeps through and you can FEEL what good humans are.So yeah, nah. 5 stars ain’t gonna be enough!
09:37 30 Nov 20
I completed both my Certificate 4 and Diploma this year. The process was so seamless and enjoyable. Breathe make it easy to learn and understand the content. Their guidance and support is priceless. They create such an empowering environment. The teachers are exceptional and generous with their knowledge, they each have different and valuable skills. I’ve loved every minute and made great friends along the way. Thanks BREATHE
02:55 30 Nov 20
Just finished my diploma with breathe education and couldn't more satisfied and happier!I decided to change my career, and not having a fitness background, I was terrified in the start,scared about this new challenge and path. but all the teachers drove me all the way to the end,stimulating my critical thinking,trough evidence based,pain science with lectures , live master-classes and much more always ready to help,destroying some wrong myths and misconception ,f could go back i would do it again and again !definitely recommend!
05:45 29 Nov 20
After completing the Cert IV with Breathe a few years ago, I was so excited to study my Diploma with them too! I was nervous about the change to online learning due to COVID, however I soon discovered I had no reason to worry. The team at Breathe transitioned from face to face learning to online so seamlessly and the support available from all the amazing teachers, and also the student support team made switching to online learning a breeze. I am sad to be finished, but am leaving feeling more confident and empowered than ever before and that is all thanks to the amazing course provided, my peers, and of course the teachers and support staff! Thank you for everything! I can’t wait to put everything I’ve learnt into practice!
23:18 27 Nov 20
In my last week of my Diploma with Breathe Education and I could not speak more highly of the course and the amazing teachers they have! I have learnt so much over the past 6 months and will continue to learn with Breathe. education. The transition to online was seamless and I believe worked better than monthly meetings as I am in Adelaide. Thank you
02:05 26 Nov 20
Breathe Education, what an amazing journey! Don't even consider studying anywhere else. The knowledge, skills, support and encouragement you get from your lecturers, masterclasses and practice sessions are second to none. It is unlikely that you will find the same anywhere else.Online training vs. face to face training - online will take your confidence, experience and your learning to a greater height. More than what could be achieved doing a few days of a face-to-face Pilates course and sitting exams.As an employer of Pilates instructors, I believe there is far more value in employing staff who have trained online vs. face-to-face alone. Instructors having completed online training are pushed to think and cue bodies without the ability to do 'hands-on assist'. They communicate differently and in some cases more effectively. They also transition to online training of clients with no trouble, because they are pushed to think outside the box when training online. This is an awesome skill to have as an instructor, one that can't be developed as well in a few days of face to face Pilates training alone.
10:29 25 Nov 20
Have now done my Cert IV and Clinical Diploma in Pilates with Breathe. Without doubt, the best value for money of anything I've ever spent money on. If you want to learn an evidence based approach to teaching Pilates and how to really help people to move fearlessly using knowledge of pain science and the original repertoire, this is the course for you. Incredible group of dedicated teachers, who inspire lifelong learning and what is actually proven science, as opposed to historical myths which dominate the industry. You'll come out of this course confident to teach anyone and help them live better lives. Could not recommend this highly enough, such a talented group of individuals led by the generous and immensely talented Raphael Bender.
02:09 25 Nov 20
What a GREAT experience! I feel confident going out into the world and teaching! I did the Cert IV and Diploma with Breathe Education and would highly recommend it to anyone considering this career. Breathe make choosing a new career possible for people like myself (a Mum of 3). It's flexible, you learn and watch different instructors who have the world of knowledge, it's interesting, factual and overall it is professionally run. Not only that, I met the most amazing people along the way and nobody judges you if you can't touch your toes! If you are thinking about it - GO FOR IT! Don't delay! I'm the happiest I have ever been!!!!!!!!!
02:53 24 Nov 20
Absolutely blown away with the professionalism and knowledge shown by Breathe Education and their trainers. Gained evidence-based and contemporary information in my Diploma of Clinical Pilates. Online learning with them made 2020 a year worthwhile.
10:27 15 Nov 20
I have just completed my Certificate IV Pilates course with Breathe Education, and it has been the most enjoyable, positive, informative, simplistic, professional course I’ve ever done! I feel very confident in all that I’ve learnt in this course and it’s all because of the wonderful tutors who have made this possible. I can honestly say that studying Pilates in the online space is possible and works extremely well. I am very grateful to all the wonderful staff at breathe who are always there for everyone for support and not just during the course but afterwards too. Thank you so much Breathe! I’m so excited for this new chapter of my life. xxxx
00:48 15 Nov 20
What an incredible experience completing my Cert IV in mat work and reformer pilates with Breathe Education!! The teachers are seriously second to none and the environment is incredibly comfortable. I'm feeling confident and very satisfied with the outcomes from this course and beyond grateful for the amazing team at Breathe for delivering this course in such a fun, interactive and supportive way. Highly recommend!!!
03:58 13 Nov 20
I signed up during the lockdown in melb for the cert 4 in matwork and pilates. Best decision i ever made.The online learning format is very flexible and the content of the course is life changing. You not only learn how to cue and teach pilates, but also many other skills that are transferable into your own practice and even everyday life. If possible i love pilates even more than when i signed up.If you love pilates, this course is for you.
03:36 13 Nov 20
I am very grateful to be part of an educational institution that is passionate about what they do. Heath has been my main teacher during my course and he has been very supportive, testing my physical capabilities and confidence in teaching Pilates. Lastly thank you for making it available online, it has definitely helped with life and work commitments. Thanks again Breathe Australia :)
01:42 13 Nov 20
Amazing company to be valued right from the beginning with ringing up to talk to someone about Breathe and their certifications. I enjoyed every single class and tutorial and lecture. We always had fun while learning and everyone was so nice to each other in the classes and practice teaching. The research is up to date which helped me to learn more after my other certifications with other companies in the past. Keeping up to date is imperative with my teaching and instructing at studios and fitness centers. The feedback from the teachers and the students was always positive and helped us learn from being hands on in the certification. The master classes a amazing. So we could practice at any time of the day with them being recorded, it helped me practice when I had different shifts at work. I would definitely recommend Breathe to people wanting to learn to become a Pilates instructor and Pilates teachers to improve and to learn more modifications with the at home reformer and just the mat Pilates with different exercises available from the Breathe teachers.
23:51 12 Nov 20
When I enrolled in this course, it was due to be delivered face to face over a number of weekends and I was so excited to meet new people and learn from the best in the industry. When covid hit, it moved online and I was reluctant to say the least. In fact if the amazing Lizzie hadn’t given me a pep talk when she sensed my motivation was fizzling out, I probably would have withdrawn. I’m so grateful Lizzie gave me that push because the course was better than I could have hoped for. The content is definitely engaging but the magic is in the delivery. Cloe and Raph are such incredibly skilled educators and they really know how to keep things simple while still cramming in a lot of incredibly important information (backed by the most current science) into every lecture and tutorial. At first I wasn’t sure how well it would work with two young kids hanging off me during lockdown but Cloe would just welcome them to the class and make them feel part of it all. It meant I felt comfortable and relaxed and could participate fully.The one thing that really surprised me though was the social connection! Everyone was so supportive and even though we weren’t face to face, we formed friendships easily and seeing everyone’s faces on my screen every week really helped during lockdown. Thank you to the whole team! Shout out to Heath, Belinda and Sharrman who I didn’t have every week but when I did, they were amazing. So much knowledge, kindness and passion in one team!
09:43 12 Nov 20
I've recently completed my Certificate IV in Pilates Matwork and Reformer with Breathe Education, and it has been the most wonderful experience. All the instructors and educators were engaging, enthusiastic and motivating. From the master classes to weekly tutorials, I found it exciting and invigorating to attend. Being through a online platform, didn't impact my learning, I felt that I was completing classes in person from the comfort of my home. Thank you Breathe, for providing such a wonderful course.
07:43 12 Nov 20
I had been contemplating studying to be a Pilates teacher for years and had multiple recommendations from Pilates instructors to study through Breathe and I can honestly say it didn’t disappoint at all.The course was fun, informative, thorough and the lecturers were always so passionate and positive and open about everything. I leave feeling supported, equipped and fully ready to step straight into the industry.Personal shout out to Sharrman who is without a doubt one of the best instructors I have ever met.I would highly recommend anyone who wants to be an instructor, to study through Breathe Education.
10:21 11 Nov 20
Doing the cert 4 in pilates matwork and reformer has been such a transformative and informative experience for me personally. Breathe uses the most up to date methods of teaching and provides an education that is based on the most relevant evidence. I feel empowered to move forward in my career as a Pilates instructor with the utmost confidence because of Breathe Education and it's trainers.
23:48 10 Nov 20
I had the absolute best experience with Breathe. The way they have adapted to online learning is of the highest quality. I cannot wait to take the skills I have learnt and use them in future employment. Would highly recommend.
12:11 06 Nov 20
I loved my experience completing my Cert IV at breathe education. The team were so proactive and acted so quickly during the pandemic that I was able to complete my Cert IV, during COVID, all the way from my home in rural Northern Territory. The lecturers were down to earth and answered all my questions with grace and patience. I also wasn’t singled out for not having my own reformer, with modifications for a DIY version that felt super similar to the real thing (possibly harder!). I recommend this school to everyone who asks, would totally go back :)
06:05 05 Nov 20
What an incredible education experience. When I enrolled; I was nervous about studying a physical movement course online. And I couldn’t have been proven more wrong. I walked out of Breathe Education with my CERT IV in Pilates Matwork and Reformer ready to step straight into the industry and to undertake my own self employment. The confidence instilled in me by the evidence-based educational resources, incredible trainers and unique/effective practical teaching hours methods of delivery is not comparable. I am certain that my clients are in safe hands with this education behind me and continued mentorship going forward from the team. Highly recommend Breathe to anyone wanting to undertake a world-class, government accredited certification.
05:32 05 Nov 20
I cannot speak more highly of Breathe Education and the whole team of educators. I started my Cert IV in May, and the whole structure had been adjusted due to Covid. I feel Breathe created a program that suited everyone - and constantly made adjustments and improvements as the course went on to cater for the constant changes happening around us. Having access to so many educators was a BIG win for me doing this course during Covid - it allowed for a-lot of variety, and for me to learn many different styles of teaching. I cant wait to further my education with the options Breathe have available.
12:48 02 Nov 20
Very disappointed with Breathe, very unethical Education Centre. I booked the online course: Certificate IV in Pilates Matwork and Reformer November 2020 intake 45 days prior the course. To secure my spot I paid online $50 deposit. Due to my Injury I cancelled my enrollment (43 days prior the course) and they illegally charged my card of $549 to make their 10% of the course which is $599. When I contacted Melodie Johnson – Student Success Manager she didn’t believe me, I provided to her with my medical certificate, but she still was finding excuses to not to refund the money. It is so unethical to operate like that for an Australian business. Also, I have found they changed their refund policy by deleting this part at all. In original T&C it said they refund money in two cases: 1. Due to an injury 2. If member person’s family member dies. As it was an online contract, they just easily changed the Policy. I was reading it with my GF together, so she saw the old conditions also. I can’t believe a business which comes up as a first line in Google search operate like that. I am sure I didn’t take anybody’s spot by cancelling my enrollment 43 days prior the start. To me it looks like they don’t have enough students and they work the way they did to me on order to make their money. They obviously pay a lot of marketing fee to be the first source to come up and don’t refund anyway.I was new to the industry and I said it to the sale person – Peta Henning about it, she provided me with misleading information about the certification. They so actively advertised themselves as Australia’s only Government Accredited, that is correct, but a school not necessarily need to have that to teach Pilates , so students may work after that in all types of environment as Gym, Pilates studio or independent Instructor, so for those who isn’t in the industry very easy to trick. Peta was so pushy with to make her sale and said ‘tomorrow Is the last day to enrol’, that I don’t have a time for my proper research. Well it played a big role and I made my rush enrolment. Later on, just curiosity I made them a call again and enrolment was available even two weeks later. So don’t get cought on that Sale trick.For these many years of Breathe operating, they only taught 2000 student overall, what isn’t too many and their price a bit over charged, I recommend to do a proper search and don’t rush with signing up with them.I had to lodge a complaint with Fair Trading for that poor service and I had to dispute the illegal transaction with my bank, as I lost $599 and I lost my job due to the COVID.I am not sure what people are teaching in that Education Centre, but their sale and management teams are absolutely acting unprofessionally.
01:40 08 Oct 20
Breathe education has been incredible in facilitating my learning over the last few months ! I have learnt so much and how they adapted the teaching for online due to Covid has been incredible, they have been so supportive and I absolutely loved the course and all the people I have met throughout. Thank you :) x
DO LADO DE CÁ by Carla Araujo
04:48 12 Aug 20
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.