Samantha Wood

Associate Faculty

Day 1
10:30 am
12:30 pm

Pilates for Chronic Pain Syndromes

As Pilates instructors we cannot diagnose injuries or pathologies, however, we can learn to work with diagnoses. We can learn to safely teach what we know, which is how to move effectively and efficiently thereby helping clients improve their quality of life. In this workshop, you will learn about some of the most common Chronic Pain Syndromes including fibromyalgia, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. You will learn definitions and descriptions of these syndromes, signs and symptoms, possible client presentations, precautions and contraindications, and Pilates exercise ideas. Through lecture, discussion, demonstration and practice participants will learn safe ways to work with clients who suffer from some of the most commonly encountered Chronic Pain Syndromes.

Samantha Wood, MPT, MBA, NPCT, RYT, is a licensed physical therapist, a National Pilates Certified
Teacher (NPCT), a Yoga Alliance–certified teacher, and an associate faculty member for BASI Pilates.

At The Cypress Center in Pacific Palisades, California, Sam and her staff integrate Pilates with
physical therapy for people of all ages and abilities. Her clinical expertise includes Pilates-based
rehabilitation, yoga therapy, orthopedics, sports therapy, and functional rehabilitation.
Sam began her Pilates studies in 2001 with Rael Isacowitz and has attended many of Isacowitz’s
advanced courses, including the prestigious Legacy Program (Mentor, Master I, Master II and
Honors). She created and teaches two advanced education courses for BASI Pilates: Pilates for
Injuries and Pathologies (for Pilates teachers) and Pilates: Integration Into Therapeutic Practice (for
rehabilitation professionals and offering other workshops and lectures at Pilates conferences around the world, since 2010.

Samantha has been featured in the Ask the Expert column in Pilates Style magazine
and authored and modeled for an article entitled “Check In to (Injury) Rehab.”
She also wrote an article about the integration of Pilates into a physical therapy
practice for advanced for Physical Therapists.  Her book, Pilates for Rehabilitation, was published in
2018 by Human Kinetics.

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