Anatomy for Movement Professionals


with Nikki Chrysostomou

March 4th, 5th & 6th, 2022




Anatomy is the foundation of our work as movement professionals. The more you understand about how the body works, the better equipped you are to teach your clients how to move better. In this course you will receive an introduction to the major tissues, joints and muscles of movement. Muscle origin, insertion and action are covered along with movement experiences to help you understand and remember not just the individual muscles, but how they work in synergy to create functional movements. The course includes a manual and video support. 


Course Objective (16 hours)

1) Teach the basic principles of musculoskeletal anatomy. 
2) Understand the basic structure and function of bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments.
3) Identify bony landmarks
4) Understand joint structure and joint movements
5) Learn the origin insertion and action of the major muscles of movement.
6) Teach basic exercises for each muscle group. 

Class Hours

All Days: 10am - 3:30opm CST

Fees & Registration


$450 (early registration - 20 days in advance)

$500 (regular registration)

Materials (Manual & Video): $60.00

Meet your Teacher

Nikki Chrysostomou

Movement Specialist, Balanced Body Master Instructor, National and International Pilates Presenter, Cranial-Sacral Therapist & Osteopath in training at SICO.

Nikki’s love of practicing and teaching Pilates comes across in her work. She's extremely motivating, positive, and dedicated person who helps people understand their bodies for a better way of life.


Movement Principles


*PART of Intensive  COURSE



with Page Sieffert

May 14th, 15th, 16th, 2022


Movement Principles (16 hours)

The Movement Principles provides a solid foundation for training in any environment, with any equipment. You will come away with a complete tool box for effectively training clients to recover from injuries, improve their general fitness and enhance their performance.

The movement principles course includes five sections:

  • Whole Body Movement

  • Trunk Integration

  • Lower Body Training

  • Upper Body Training

  • Mobility and Restoration

The focus on practical understanding of common movement patterns prepares instructors to be excellent at problem solving, goal setting and learning new exercise techniques with ease.

  • Prerequisite for all Pilates course work (starting 1/1/2019).

  • Foundation course for the Balanced Body® Movement Specialist Certification.


Class Hours

May 14th: 3-6pm

May15th: 8-12p and 3-6pm

May 16th: 8-12pm and 3-5pm

Fees & Registration



Materials (Manual & Video): $65.00



Please register and pay for the course through Balanced Body by selecting your course with the link below.


Mat Training


*PART of Intensive  COURSE



with Page Sieffert

Mat I,  Mat II,  Mat III

May 18th - 27th, 2022





Introduction to Pilates & Beginnning/Intermediate Exercises


Mat I includes an introduction to the history and principles of Pilates, a review of core anatomy, beginning and most intermediate level exercises with modifications, lectures on class order and programming in a fitness setting and guidelines for safely teaching seniors and pre- and post-natal classes.



Intermediate/Advanced Exercises


Mat II includes the remaining internmediate and advanced level exercises as well as essential movement principles and training tips for advancing clients to the higher levels. Pilates for sports specific activities are also covered.


To become a fully qualified Balanced Body University Mat Instructor, students must complete the following:

  • Anatomy

  • BBU Mat 1 - Course work, written and practical test (16 hours)

  • BBU Mat 2 - Course work, written and practical test (16 hours)

  • 25 Personal Sessions

  • 45 Mat Student Teaching Hours


Total hours for completion of Mat program: 102 hours

Upon completion of all the requirements, a certificate of completion as a Balanced Body University Mat Instructor will be issued. Note: The final practical exam for the Mat training is included in the Module 2 unless separate arrangements are made.



Enhanced Pilates Mat + Props

Enhanced Pilates Mat completes the mat training by adding rings, rollers, bands and balls to the traditional Mat exercises. In addition, Enhanced Mat includes functional exercises for the upper and lower body expanding the Mat work beyond the core to develop whole body strength and flexibility. The Balanced Body programming system is introduced to make class design easy, effective and fun. Adding props to a mat class makes them more dynamic, creative and accessible and clients love toys!

Class Schedule

Mat I

May 18th: 8 - 12pm and 3 - 6pm

May 19th: 8 - 12pm and 3 - 6pm

May 20th: 8 - 12pm

Mat II 

May 22nd: 8 - 11am and 3 - 6pm

May 23rd:  8 - 11am and 3 - 6pm

May 24th:  8 - 12pm 


May 25th: 8 - 11am and 3 - 6pm

May 26th:  8 - 11am and 3 - 6pm

May 28th:  8 - 12pm

Fees & Registration

$450 for each module

Materials Fee: (Manual & Video): $60

Please purchase manuals from Balanced Body prior to coming to Costa Rica.



Please register and pay for the course through Balanced Body by selecting your course with the link below.


Reformer I, II, III



with Page Sieffert

Reformer I

June 3rd  – 5th, 2022  

Reformer II

June 10th  – 12th, 2022


Reformer III

June 17th  – 19th, 2022

Pilates Reformer Instructor Training Program


Modules: Reformer I, Reformer II, Reformer III

The Pilates Reformer is an extraordinarily flexible piece of exercise equipment allowing resistance and support for exercises involving every part of the body. Our program gives you a thorough understanding of how to use the Reformer to develop core and extremity strength, stability, flexibility, coordination and balance.

Reformer I 

Reformer 1 and Pilates Movement Principles


• 1 year experience teaching movement

• Anatomy

• 20 Pilates Reformer classes

This course introduces the Universal Reformer, the center piece of the Pilates equipment studio and an invaluable training tool. Reformer 1 includes an introduction to safely using the Pilates Reformer for a wide variety of supine, seated and standing exercises for the beginning to intermediate student. Movement Principles include improving lower body alignment, creating balanced muscle development and learning a protocol for effectively training the upper body.

Reformer II 

Intermediate Exercises


• Reformer I

• Movement Principles

Reformer II includes intermediate exercises and modifications designed for group and individual instruction. Teaching successful classes and sessions to clients at different levels of ability is emphasized. Included are a variety of programs designed to keep your clients inspired.

Reformer III

Advanced Exercises & Sport Specific Programs


Reformer II

Reformer III includes advanced exercises plus modifications for sports specific activities, tips for training the advanced client and key exercises for advancing a client.

Class Schedule

Reformer I:

Friday, June 3rd: 1pm–6pm
Saturday, June 4th: 9:00am–2pm

Sunday, June 5th9am–2pm

Reformer II:

Friday, June 10th1pm–6pm
Saturday, June 11th: 9am–2pm
Sunday, June 12th9am–2pm

Reformer III:

Friday, June17th1pm–6pm
Saturday, June 18th: 9am–2pm
Sunday, June 19th9am–2pm


$450.00 for each module 

Studio Fee:  $300 total (Students must pay $100 per week studio use fee for practice, observation & teaching hours to be paid directly to Pilates Nosara.

Materials Fee: (Manual & Video): $60

Due to preparations for international teacher trainings, there will be no refunds 30 days prior to the start of trainings.



Please register and pay for the courses through Balanced Body by selecting your course with the link below.



Students may schedule Reformer classes during the Reformer training for $20 per class. There is a 48-hour cancellation policy for all reserved classes. 


Trapeze Table / Cadillac / Tower



Reformer III or Reformer certificate 

The Balanced Body Trapeze Table/Cadillac/Tower training provides a thorough introduction to Trapeze Table and Tower exercises as well as applications for beginning, post-rehabilitation and advanced clients. This training is appropriate for students working with the Allegro® or Allegro 2 Tower of Power®, Half Trapeze and Wall Tower as well as those working with full Trapeze Tables. Sequencing programs using multiple pieces of equipment are covered as well as equipment set up, safety and maintenance.

Class Hours

Fees & Registration

$450 (early registration - 60 days prior)
$500 (regular registration)

Materials Fee:

$60: (Manuals & Videos)


Pilates Barrels / Chair






Reformer III or Reformer certification

Pilates Barrels Instructor Training includes exercises and variations for the Step Barrel and Ladder Barrel. The Step Barrel and Ladder Barrel are excellent tools for enhancing spinal mobility and core strength. The Ladder Barrel is most commonly used in a studio setting while the Step Barrel is a great addition to group classes. 

Class Hours


Fees & Registration


$225 (early registration)

$275 (regular registration)

Materials Fee: $60: (Manuals & Videos)




Reformer III or Reformer certificate 

Pilates Chair Instructor Training includes exercises and variations for the original Wunda chair, the EXO chair and the split pedal Combo Chair. The chair is great for doing strengthening work with athletic clients, and as an addition to group programming in combination with the Mat. This course includes exercises and programming for both personal training sessions and classes. 

Class Hours


Fees & Registration

$450 (early registration)
$500 (regular registration)

Materials Fee: $60: (Manuals & Videos)


Apprenticeship Work Exchange



If you’re interested in staying on after your reformer training, for $200/week you can observe an unlimited number of classes, practice 1 hour a day and practice teach 1 hour a day for 5 days a week.

Or, after completing reformer teacher training at Pilates Nosara, if you would like the opportunity to further enhance your experience, you may apply for an apprenticeship/work exchange position for a requested and agreed number of months. There is a brief application you can download and submit here for consideration.

If selected, the work study includes:

  • Class observation privileges

  • Access to the studio (subject to availability)

  • Opportunity to student teach Privates (subject to approval)

  • Learn how to operate a studio

  • Possible transition to an apprenticeship with the possibility to earn money

In exchange you’ll be responsible for the following tasks Monday – Friday, 8:00 - 1:00pm:

  • Client relations (helping clients sign in, purchase packages, etc.)

  • Studio administration

  • Studio maintenance and organization

  • Studio marketing


Teacher Training FAQs

Testing Out

The guidelines for test out:

Mat test out will be 6 months after completion of the Mat modules.

Mat and Reformer test out will be 12 months after completion of all the modules.

Comprehensive test out will be 18 months after completion all the modules.


As of November 16th, 2015, our new location is at Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort. Address: Bodhi Street, Nosara 50206, Costa Rica. Click here for more information on Nosara lodging and travel.



Nosara is located closer to Liberia airport than San Jose International airport. We advise students to fly into Liberia and take a taxi for convenience and to save time. A shuttle/taxi from Liberia takes approximately 90 minutes. If students do decide to fly into San Jose it will then be necessary to fly down to Nosara via Nature Air or take a shuttle.


Balanced Body Program

Page Sieffert is a Balanced Body faculty member offering teacher trainings at her studio, Pilates Nosara. Balanced Body is located in California, but has host sites with for teacher trainings around the world. The Balanced Body training is recognized worldwide.




The prices listed on the website are for the training only and do not include accommodation or meals. Any additional costs to the training are to be covered by the student. Please bear in mind that most students tend to want to take extra classes and usually a couple of private sessions with Page throughout training and this should be factored into your budget.




Please sign up for the course early so you can receive your manuals on time to bring with you. All manuals need to be purchased online via the Balanced Body website. Students that live in The United states should receive their manuals by post which they will then need to bring with them to the training. Students living outside the US will need to purchase the manuals online also but they will receive their manuals on arrival at Pilates Nosara.


Hours for Completion of Course


The courses offered at Pilates Nosara are intensive with time to achieve many of your required practice, observation, and teaching hours. Once the course is over you will still have hours to complete in order to apply to take your final test out. These additional hours can be completed here at Pilates Nosara for a small fee or at a studio of your choice. Once the course is completed you will receive a certificate of course completion. This does not mean you have your certification. Once all of your required hours are logged and you are ready to test out for your certification, then you must apply with Balanced Body. You can test out here at Pilates Nosara for a fee of $250 or at any of the alternative locations listed on the Balanced Body website.

After final exam is completed, to maintain their certification in good standing, students will have to complete 16 hours of continuing education every 2 years and send documentation to Balanced Body. 

Where to Stay


Places to stay vary hugely and are based on your budget as well as the time of year. Please see website for suggested places to stay and price ranges. It is advised to book your accommodation early as things fill up quickly. Please let us know where you plan on staying prior to booking as we know everywhere in town and we want to make sure you will be comfortable and most importantly safe throughout your stay.

What to Bring

  • light weight workout clothes

  • bug spray

  • sunscreen

  • hat

  • bathing suit

What not to Bring


If you have anything of great monetary or sentimental value, please leave it at home.