Pilates Therapeutics

Workshop 1: Pilates For Client with Sway Back Posture


Course description

Sway Back posture is a common factor in clients with Back Pain and other chronic syndromes.  In this course, participants will learn about the characteristics and problems in sway back posture and review concepts surrounding the causes and effects of this posture.  Then go to the lab with Chrissy to watch the postural evaluation and Pilates based exercise programme for sway back posture and chronic low back pain.  Exercises shown are on the Mat, Reformer, Trapeze Table, and Ladder Barrel.

Course Objectives

  1. Participants will identify and describe the Sway Back Posture.
  2. Participants will differentiate the Sway Back Posture from Lower Crossed Syndrome.
  3. Participants will identify weaknesses and length deficits of a client with the Sway Back Posture.
  4. Participants will apply exercises using the Reformer, Trap Table, Mat, and Ladder Barrel to improve Sway Back Posture and reduce low back pain.
  5. Participants will identify the components of Sway Back Posture that lead to low back pain.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is for Pilates instructors, physiotherapists, or physiotherapy assistants, or movement practitioners.

About Christine Romani-Ruby

Christine is an experienced Pilates professional and international presenter with a strong background in physical therapy and fitness. She is the founder and director of PHI Pilates and PHI Pilates Studio based in Pittsburgh, PA, an associate professor at California University of Pennsylvania, and a member of the faculty at the Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh. Gold certified in Pilates through the PMA and serving on the PMA certification commission, she has contributed to the Pilates community with the publication of six books, 13 DVD’s, and multiple articles, podcasts and international workshops and presentations. Chrissy holds a master degree in physical therapy from Slippery Rock University and has practiced as an orthopedic and sports PT for 20 years.  She holds bachelor’s degrees in both exercise science and natural science and a certificate in athletic training. Presently she is a doctoral candidate in education at Indiana University of PA.

Christine has incorporated Pilates into her practice as a physical therapist for over 13 years and she is known by teachers around the world for unselfishly sharing her ideas and techniques for the benefits of clients and patients. Her 4,000 square foot Pilates studio in Pittsburgh is well known to clients for rehabilitation and conditioning and to teachers for continuing education.

About PHI Pilates



30 September 2016



Core Fitness Physiotherapy & Pilates Centre

583 Orchard Road, Forum #05-04, S238884