Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization according to Kolar (DNS)
A Developmental Kinesiology Approach

DNS Exercise Course for Pilates Instructors Part 1

February 2 - 3, 2019

3 - Day Course for Pilates Instructors

Fluid Form Pilates Studio
1A Danks Street


Martina Jezkova, MPT

Guest Lecturer: Chris Lavelle


Chris Lavelle

Course Objectives:


- Introduction to DNS principles and Developmental Kinesiology (DK) - relevance for Pilates instructors.

- Summary of philosophies of Joseph Pilates and similarities to DK – e.g. upright spine, physiological breathing, “core” stabilisation. 

- Understand relationship between development during the first year of life and dysfunction of the movement system in adulthood, including common postural and breathing dysfunctions.

- Discuss and demonstrate the basis of human movement: support, stepping forward, biomechanics of motor function, the verticalisation process & functional joint centration in postural development.

- Evaluate and correct poor respiratory patterns and instruct correct respiration in isolated and integrated DNS and Pilates exercises.

- Understand sagittal stabilisation and assess the integrated stabilising system of the spine (ISSS), visually and utilising DNS functional tests. 

- Integrate DNS tests into pre-Pilates exercises and instruction. 

- Integrate corrective exercises based on developmental positions into corresponding Pilates exercises in global movement patterns (supine, prone, low kneeling, quadruped, bear and squat positions). 

- Explore basic support function in undifferentiated (homologous) and differentiated (ipsilateral, contralateral) movement patterns.  

- Discuss similarities between developmental positions/progressions and Pilates exercises and progressions.

- Understand and practice the importance of maintaining joint centration through the entire kinetic chain and with the addition of resistance, support and instability, from Pilates apparatus.

- Understand the influence of Pilates apparatus on kinetic chains – including the possibility of semi closed and semi open chain exercise. 

- Review Pilates instruction (verbal and tactile cues) from a DNS perspective 

- Apply basic neuro-physiological principles to Pilates program design and progression