NeuroKinetic Therapy Pilates

Overview: What is NKT Pilates?

“NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) is an application of motor control theory, neuroscience, and functional anatomy (neurobiomechanics) that will help you unravel the cause of faulty movement patterns in the brain’s motor control center.” – David Weinstock


NKT Pilates brings NKT principles to the Pilates Mat environment. The Mat Certified Pilates teacher, in utilizing NKT principles, gains a systematic assessment protocol that is designed to recognize faulty movement patterns and to correct them. The integration of NKT principles with Pilates Mat exercises gives Pilates Mat teachers the tools, through the NKT protocol, to improve overall strength, mobility, stability, breath and neurobiomechanical function in a systematic and quantifiable format.

For those students interested in the full NKT Pilates Mat Certification, the requirements are:

  1. Completion of 5 NKT Pilates modules (5 hours per module) and the Integrated NKT Pilates module two day intensive (15 hours), which provides dual NKT Level 1 certification.
  2. 100 hours of combined Pilates teaching practice, study, observation and apprentice teaching. Students will register with program approved master instructor with whom they log their hours.
  3. Students who complete all 6 modules will qualify to take the NKT Pilates Mat Teacher Certification Exam. Students wishing to take modules for continuing education may test out for individual modules for continuing education credit. Tests are to be scheduled directly with program approved NKT Pilates Instructor.

NKT Pilates Master Certification Program Outline

Module 1: The five principles of the NKT Pilates repertoire

  1. Constructive Rest/Neutral Spine
  2. Cervical Range of Motion/Stability
  3. Functional Breath
  4. Functional Pelvic Range of Motion/Stability
  5. Functional Extremity Range of Motion/Stability

Module 2: NeuroKinetic Anatomy and postural assessment/deviations

  1. Front Line
  2. Back Line
  3. Lateral Line
  4. Arm Line
  5. Fiber orientation
  6. Kyphosis, Lordosis, Scoliosis

Module 3: The NKT Pilates repertoire using comprehensive Neurobiomechanics (NKT Principles)

  1. Original Pilates “34” vs. NKT Pilates repertoire
  2. Functional supine, prone, side-lying, and seated exercise/introduction to understanding muscle compensation
  3. Extension, flexion, rotation

Module 4: Modification of the NKT Pilates repertoire for special populations

  1. Arthritis/Spondylosis
  2. Osteoporosis
  3. Total Hip Replacement
  4. Knee Replacement
  5. Scarring (including C-section)
  6. Pre and post-natal
  7. Autoimmune
  8. Low Back Pain
  9. Neck Pain
  10. Nerve Pain
  11. Spondylolysis, Spondylolisthesis
  12. Stenosis
  13. Scoliosis
  14. Hypertension / Hypotension

Module 5: Integration of small apparatus and mobility tools in the NKT Pilates repertoire

  1. Foam Roller, Lacrosse Ball, Penn Ball, Tennis Ball
  2. Pilates Ball, Bender Ball, BOSU
  3. Magic Circle, Yoga Block
  4. Versa Loop, Resistance Bands, Tubing
  5. Wedges, Towels

Module 6: Integration of the NKT protocol within the NKT Pilates repertoire / NKT Level 1 Certification

  1. Inhibited Structures
  2. Facilitated Structures
  3. Functional opposites/kinetic chain