£109 – £135

Clinical Pilates for women’s health, demystifying the pelvic floor

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University College of Osteopathy

275 Borough High Street

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SE1 1JE

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A one-day course for osteopaths and other qualified allied health practitioners looking to expand their scope of practice, with female pelvic floor muscles balance.

1 in 3 women are reported to experience problems with their pelvic floor with symptoms such as incontinence, pelvic organ prolapses, pelvic pain or sexual dysfunction. Sadly, this is often regarded as a taboo subject and rarely talked about so too many women suffer in silence. Many women and practitioners alike struggle to know how best to keep the pelvic floor healthy, especially following abdominal or pelvic surgery be that a hysterectomy or pelvic floor repair.

There are often simple strategies and exercises that will improve the problem, Pilates classes and pelvic floor muscle training is usually advised as a first line treatment for bladder or bowel dysfunction and pelvic organ prolapse. However, many women report not being taught them well or not feeling confident to perform them correctly on their own.

This course will teach you how to train women’s pelvic floor properly so that they can sneeze, cough, jump, laugh or run with confidence. No previous Pilates experience is required.

Please note this course has practical components which will be on a floor-based mat. Please dress in or bring suitable loose clothing or gym wear- no jeans as it restricts movement.

Key outcomes

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • review the anatomy of the pelvis including muscles of the pelvic floor, how they work, why things go wrong and most importantly what can be done to help;
  • understand pelvic floor dysfunction /conditions and their impact on exercise;
  • learn key pelvic floor exercises and easily digestible evidence to share with patients;
  • gain experience with different exercises for women with pelvic floor problems, and those that have had corrective surgery (the focus will be on the fundamental exercises which will make a difference to pelvic floor balance);
  • understand self-help and home exercises which will aid management, giving patients support outside of the treatment room.

About the tutor

Sandie Ennis qualified as an osteopath in 2009, followed by extensive postgraduate studies including cranial and classical osteopathy, SCCO pathway (3/4 way through) women’s health and training in paediatrics at the foundation for paediatric osteopathy in London (aka osteopathic centre for children – OCC). She currently divides her time between private osteopathic practice, clinical tutoring, teaching individual and small group Pilates, devising and delivering specialist education, lecturing and CPD training.

Sandie completed her UK Pilates training and certification with Body Control Pilates (BCP) in 2000, BCP is one of the leading education providers for Pilates teacher training and the largest professional Pilates organisation outside the USA. She undertook an advanced classical Pilates studies at Kane School of Core Integration in New York under the tutelage and mentorship of Kelly Kane, one of the most highly regarded and experienced Pilates educators and physical therapists in the USA. She has also completed extensive training in corrective and rehabilitation exercise, women’s health, functional movement training with the Gary Institute and somatic movement education, which she now incorporates into rehabilitation programmes.

Previously an arts educator with extensive experince of creating and delivering a broad range of education and training in the UK and overseas. Since 2000 this has been Pilates-based, health, wellness, and rehabilitation.

Important information

Please note that registration is from 9am. The course starts at 9.30am.

Cancellation policy

The UCO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found. The UCO cannot guarantee that any course will run. In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.


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