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BASI Comprehensive Course (CTTC)

BASI Comprehensive Course (CTTC)

  • 01 Mar, 2018 to 04 Mar, 2018
  • 17 May, 2018 to 20 May, 2018
  • 05 Jul, 2018 to 08 Jul, 2018
  • Thu 01 Mar 9:15am to 4:15pm
  • Fri 02 Mar 2pm to 9pm
  • Sat 03 Mar 1pm to 8pm
  • Sun 04 Mar 10am to 5pm
  • Thu 17 May 9:15am to 4:15pm
  • Fri 18 May 2pm to 9pm
  • Sat 19 May 1pm to 8pm
  • Sun 20 May 10am to 5pm
  • Thu 05 Jul 9:15am to 4:15pm
  • Fri 06 Jul 2pm to 9pm
  • Sat 07 Jul 1pm to 8pm
  • Sun 08 Jul 10am to 5pm
Live and Breathe Pilates

Presenter Name

Theo van der Riet, Julia Pietersma and Lisa Lamberti

Target Participant Level


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Are Refreshments Included On The Day ?


Cost to Attend

€4,050 (Standard)
( ISCP Member )
(ISCP Student Member )
( CIG/EG/Branch Member )

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, you will be qualified to:

      • Work according to the principles of Pilates and introduce them to clients and students
      • Assess posture and posture types, as well as detect postural deviations
      • Solve problems and provide effective exercise solutions for many physical conditions
      • Compile comprehensive and safe Pilates programs, tailored to individual needs
      • Direct a studio according to the highest professional standards
      • Use the BASI® Block System to successfully administer individual and group sessions
      • Analyse and understand the Pilates exercises, based on anatomical and biomechanical principles
      • Demonstrate at a high level the vast repertoire of classic Pilates exercises, as well as a wide range of original BASI exercises
      • Use the full line of Pilates apparatus (Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Barrels & Auxiliary Equipment) including the Mat Work
      • Modify exercises according to the needs and goals of the individual

BASI CTTC Syllabus

The course structure is modular. A student can make up or repeat any of the 12 modules at any BASI Pilates host location around the world. Each module consist of practical and theoretical components.

Module 1 – The Fundamentals
The principles, the pelvis, breathing, exercise description, historical overview, safety.

Module 2 – Anatomy Part 1
Anatomy overview & terminology, joints, centre of gravity, cueing & imagery.

Module 3 – Anatomy Part 2
Anatomical movement analysis, muscles, aerobic & anaerobic exercise; the BASI Block system.

Module 4 – Posture Assessment
Principles of alignment, posture and posture assessment; types of faulty postures.

Module 5 – Core Strength – Back & Abdominals
Effective exercise, contraindications for the spine, guidelines for successful teaching, being a teacher.

Module 6 – Exercise Adaptation
Exercise adaptation, exercise progression, modifications to exercise, using small equipment, constructing a complete and comprehensive program.

Module 7 – Muscle Balance and Imbalance
The meaning of balance, imbalances in strength and flexibility as a cause of injury, functional versus isolation exercises, muscle testing and function.

Module 8 – The Lower Limbs
The hip joint and the knee joint and the ankle-foot complex are the significant concepts covered. The gait cycle is discussed and analysed. Repertoire taught is intermediate Reformer, Wunda Chair, and Cadillac. A one-hour mat class is given. 6 hours long.

Module 9 – The Shoulder
Significant concepts covered are the structure and function of the shoulder region. The shoulder joint, muscles of the shoulder, and the importance of correct mechanics are presented. Discussion includes how to work with clients with shoulder problems and recognising their boundaries and limitations. Repertoire taught is intermediate Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, and introductions of the Ladder and Step Barrels. A one-hour mat class is given. 6 hours long.

Module 10 – Program design principles
Significant concepts covered are the principles of training such as overload, specificity, and reversibility. Components of physical fitness are addressed and analysed. Discussion includes repertoire levels and how they relate to working with a broad range of clientele. Repertoire taught is advanced Reformer, Wunda Chair, and Cadillac. A one-hour mat class is given. 6 hours long.

Module 11 – Specific population Part 1
Significant concepts covered are habitual movement patterns, cross training, imbalances and setting goals. The athletic population is looked at more closely. Discussion includes teaching methodologies. Repertoire taught includes intermediate and advanced level work on both Ladder and Step Barrels. A one-hour mat class is given. 6 hours long.

Module 12 – Specific populations Part 2
Final Examinations. Significant concepts covered are populations with restrictions with an in-depth look at pregnancy. Topics discussed include teaching men and women, different body types, and different objectives and approaches. There is a general overview of repertoire.

Students are required to do 100 hours of observation, 200 hours of practice teaching and 200 hours of personal practice. There are exams during and at the end of the course, both practical and written.

As a BASI Host, we provide full support for our students – observation hours, practice hours and discounted class passes.

There is a research paper to complete as well as a teaching evaluation to do in order to complete the final stages of the course.


Event Description

Building on the popularity of our BASI courses here in Dublin, Live & Breathe Pilates are delighted to welcome BASI Pilates back to Dublin in 2018 for more Pilates Teacher Training. Live and Breathe Pilates want to develop a community of like minded instructors who want to learn from the best.

BASI logoLive and Breathe Pilates will offer BASI’s Matwork and Comprehensive Courses (CTTC) in our studio in 2018, as well as many continuing education workshops with BASI and others.

The courses will run over three weekends in March, May and July 2018. Live and Breathe Pilates also provide free observation and practice hours as part of your study program. Read more on our courses below.

More than simply a program of study, the BASI CTTC is an enduring foundation for a career in Pilates, with graduates qualified to teach all levels of student on the full complement of equipment including Mat work.

“Great to see how Pilates and physio are so interlinked! Very interesting, interactive and extremely exciting, although, of course, also challenging at times! I had a great workout” – University Physio student

“It is challenging but I am determined to practice till I have mastered it!”

Presenter Profile


Theo van Der Riet

Theo van der Riet-Botha has been on the BASI Faculty since 2002 and is currently one Theo Bothaof only three principal instructors in the organisation. Theo is also the proud owner of Body Intellect, a Pilates studio in Pretoria, South Africa and the headquarters for the BASI Pilates® franchise in South Africa.

Her teaching career includes teaching at the On Center Conditioning studio in Southern California under her mentor, Rael Isacowitz. She has also taught the BASI teacher training courses around the world, including in the US, New Zealand, Brazil, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, China, Japan, Italy, Spain and Namibia. Theo is also a Performance Stability Instructor Trainee and works in conjunction with medical professionals to assist clients in retraining strategies.

A firm believer in continuing education, Theo has hosted three International BASI Pilates symposiums and presented at numerous presentations and workshops.

Theo earned her Bachelor of Education degree in Dance at the Pretoria Technikon. She enjoys early morning rides with her husband on their Ducati (she admits to being a biker chick) and taking walks with her bulldogs Maximus and Minimus.

Julia Pietersma

Julia is a Body Arts and Science Institute (BASI) Pilates instructor, Julia Piertersmaborn and educated in South Africa. She graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2010 with the degree in BA Human Movement Science. In her third year of her studies she was introduced to Pilates, and it was here that her passion for Pilates started, and when she decided to study further.

Julia has worked with a diversity of injuries and enjoys seeing the development and improvement of her clients through Pilates. She enjoys meeting new people and sharing her enthusiasm for the body.
Julia has also completed the BASI Pilates Injuries and Pathologies courses, as well as having a keen interest in Womens Health and Pre and Postnatal Pilates.


Lisa Lamberti

Lisa has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in business, Lisa Lambertimarketing and psychology and had a first career in IT, and sales and marketing.  In 2000, Lisa did her first Pilates teacher training and transitioned to teaching Pilates in a Physio therapy practice in South Africa.  Whilst working there Lisa attended a workshop with Rael Isacowitz, and she decided that training with BASI would be a definite future step.  In 2004, after moving back to London and setting up a small home Pilates studio, Lisa attended the BASI CTTC and joined the family of BASI graduates!  Lisa’s teaching was revolutionised by this training and her passion for Pilates re-ignited!  Since then Lisa has done many different workshops offered in London by various education providers, covering topics like pregnancy, spinal pathologies, teaching and cueing techniques, and many others.

Lisa combines her two passions: her love of business development and her love of Pilates and the change it makes in the lives of her clients.  She has expanded her business 3 times and in 2013 hosted her first BASI course at the studio she is immensely proud of, The Pilates Clinic, in Wimbledon.

BASI Pilates has long been regarded as the pinnacle of education in the method by Pilates professionals worldwide. While many programs have fashioned their education after the BASI model, none have met or surpassed the standard set by BASI’s founder and CEO, Rael Isacowitz.

Rael’s passion for excellence and love of Pilates has shaped the past, present and now the future of the method.

Cost to Attend

Full Cost €4,050

Full Cost paying by instalments €4,150

Instalments breakdown:
Non-refundable deposit €500
1st Instalment €1,450
2nd Instalment €1,200
3rd Instalment €1,000

At Live & Breathe Pilate we provide “open studio” observation hours featuring the BASI Block System and BASI Exercise Repertoire with our BASI instructors. You can observe these classes free of charge if you are one of our BASI students.

You are able to do personal practice for free during the dates of your course, as long as its booked in with us in advance and we have availability in the studio. 

Please note that Live & Breathe Pilates is a separate entity from BASI. Our studio acts as a host for BASI, and BASI ‘rents’ the space from the host for the duration of the course days. Hosts don’t have any obligation to give freebies or deals to BASI students. However, as the owners of Live & Breathe Pilates, who are passionate about producing awesome BASI graduates and Pilates teachers in Ireland, we do try to support students as much as we can. 

We offer a 15% discount to our BASI Students on 5, 10 and 20 packs for the duration of your course.

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