Teacher training workshops

Are you already a teacher of movement or Physiotherapist looking to expand and deepen your existing knowledge?

Mary Thornton offers a range of one day workshops for movement teachers and allied health professionals wishing to continue their professional development.

Many of our workshops hold Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) CEC points

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“I would like to see her in a pre conference. Her depth and excellence requires more time. Most valuable session for me”.
”Delightful presenter. Mary’s presentation was clear, fun, knowledgeable and enjoyable. Her personality shined through. I would definitely attend her workshops again”.
”Absolutely fantastic !”
— PMA conference, Las Vagas, 2018

Upcoming workshop dates

The Power of breath for all - Saturday 19th October, 2-4pm - NOW FULL

(This is a practical mat based workshop so as long as you can get up/ off of the mat independently and able to participate in gentle joint mobilisation & breathing exercises everyone is welcome to join - max 9 places)

The Clinical Pilates studio, 5A Watts Lane, Eastbourne, BN21 1NP.


Reconnect to your pelvic floor - Saturday 16th November, 2-4pm - NOW FULL

(A practical & theory mat based workshop for any woman who wants to reconnect to this important muscle - max 10 places)

The Clinical Pilates studio, 5A Watts Lane, Eastbourne, BN21 1NP


“Learned several things I didn’t know and have found this useful for my clients who have these issues. Also learned some things about myself, which is good too! Thank you. The presenter was lovely.”


To book...  click the book now button above

To confirm a place on one of our workshops, payment must be made in full at time of booking via our website. Cancellation policy for all workshops: There are no refunds on workshops once booked, you may however transfer to another of Mary's workshops if you have given one weeks notice before the workshop date.

Any questions? Please email: info@theclinicalpilatesstudio.co.uk or call: 01323 419083

Overview of Mary’s Clinical Pilates Course Subjects:

Pilates & Osteoporosis
This informative workshop explores this common pathology and aims to give you the knowledge to help you assess and adapt Pilates for clients with osteoporosis. We will discuss why certain Pilates movements may be contraindicated for people with osteoporosis and the common fracture sites that are apparent from research studies, as well as exploring the importance of weight bearing movements.
Duration: 4 hours (4 PMA CEC)

Hypermobility – Keeping it in the box!
As a Chartered Physiotherapist with over 20 years of experience treating patients with hypermobility, Mary has devised this 4 step programme based on her clinical practice and current research. She incorporates modified Pilates exercises and principles to devise a treatment plan for clients with this common condition. During the workshop you will examine the pathology of hypermobility in its many spectrums. You will then continue by looking at the muscular skeletal dysfunctions that present, to explore a deeper understanding of the importance of facilitating the myofascial lines of the lower limb and their relevance on function in when treating these clients. The outcome of the workshop is that the teacher will be able to identify the dysfunction and devise a safe and effective movement programme to re educate gait & pelvic stability in the hypermobile client as well as exploring the benefits of breath control to release tension and manage pain.
Duration: 4 hours (4 PMA CEC)

Scoliosis - a treatment plan
This workshop examines the Pathology and etiology of scoliosis and how to use modified Pilates to help your client manage this condition. We will break down the basic principles of how to examine a client with scoliosis, identifying how the curves presented and how to plan what movement to use when devising a Pilates programme. We will also examine the effects of scoliosis on breathing patterns and diaphragm function.
Duration: 4 hours (4 PMA CEC)

Hip & Knee Replacement Rehabilitation
Develop a deeper understanding of these common orthopaedic surgical procedures and learn how to apply a modified Pilates programme during the rehabilitation phase and beyond. Mary will break the rehab process down into 3 basic stages enabling you to safely and confidently plan a Pilates programme post surgery.
Duration: 4 hours (4 PMA CEC)

In this workshop Mary shares her 20 years of clinical experience as a Physiotherapist to help you gain a deeper understanding of these common spinal pathologies; prolapsed disc, stenosis, osteoarthritis. Mary examines how these pathologies present to us and the effect pain from these conditions can have on a clients movements patterns, breath and daily function. You will then have the opportunity to practice exercises to restore movement patterns and fascial function that you can use with clients suffering from these conditions.
Duration: 4 hours (4 PMA CEC)

The Pelvic Floor
Mary incorporates her vast clinical experience as a senior NHS Physiotherapist in Women's health to help you gain a deeper understanding of the pelvic floor and its dysfunction. This workshop revises the anatomy of the female pelvic floor and examines common genealogical surgery and the impact of child birth on this group of muscles. You will then explore the fascial connection of the lower quadrant and its relevance to addressing pelvic floor function dysfunction in clients.
Duration: 3 hours

The Power of Breath
A practical workshop exploring the physiology of breath and how it can be used to calm as well as energise the body. Breath is often the last movement pattern that we facilitate in our clients but for well being it is the most important. In the session you will have the opportunity to learn how to use breath as a relaxation tool to manage stress. Then mindfully we will incorporate our breath work into fluid movement patterns. We will practice different types of breathing methods and discuss when its appropriate to use them.
Duration: 3 hours

Upper quadrant- new for 2019
This workshop recaps on the anatomy of the neck, shoulder & thoracic cage. We will examine how these structures are connected and how common pathologies effect their function. Mary will teach modified Pilates techniques to re balance the upper quadrant - gleno /humeral mechanics, scapula setting, cervical stabilisation, thoracic mobilisation as well as incorporating global movement patterns.
Duration: 4 hours


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We are lucky to have such a wonderful teacher in Eastbourne. Mary Thornton you are brilliant!
— Tony Gordon