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Pilates Short Course – Somatic Movement Education


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This course is designed for practitioners looking to enhance the Somatic dimension of their work with clients.

Somatics is a mindful technique, which facilitates greater mind-body integration, ease of movement and freedom in the body.  This Somatic Education Unit introduces the somatic self, some somatic theory and exercises for assessing and somatically changing bodies so that they are free of the destructive effects of over contracted muscles and negative movement patterns.

Chronic muscle contraction patterns created by past experiences are unconsciously retained.  Thomas Hanna named this tendency sensory-motor amnesia (SMA).  Somatics enables the individual to use the brain to overcome SMA and the negative effects of stress, trauma and aging.  It empowers us to hear more clearly the wisdom of our bodies. 

This Somatic Education short course explores the neuromuscular responses to emotional states and the knowledge and joy that emerge from the body’s renewed awareness of itself.


Presented by Tracey Nicholson, Bruce Hildebrand, Caroline Howard, Anita & Mark Goswell:

Tracey Nicholson: Tracey Nicholson is a Pilates practitioner with extensive experience in education and rehabilitation who has owned and directed her own Pilates studio for 16 years. With a strong background in adult education, a Cert IV in Training and Assessment, a Bachelors Degree in Education, a Graduate Certificate in Pilates Based Rehabilitation and a Diploma in Contemporary Pilates Teaching Methodology, she brings a wealth of knowledge to each of her trainings.  With a strong background in adult education, a Cert IV in Training and Assessment, a Bachelors Degree in Education, a Graduate Certificate in Pilates Based Rehabilitation and a Diploma in Contemporary Pilates Teaching Methodology, she brings a wealth of knowledge to each of her trainings. 

More recently, she coauthored Australia’s first accredited Pilates courses and became the executive director of Tensegrity Training.  She has presented at conferences in Australia, the United States and Israel and she currently delivers training in Pilates and Movement Based Somatic Therapy.   Together with her national role as educator, Tracey operates a Movement Therapy centre on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland – Tensegrity Studio, which uses aspects of the Pilates Method, Garuda, Somatics, Developmental Movement and Laban Movement Analysis with clients of all ages.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor of Education
  • Graduate Certificate Pilates Based Rehabilitation
  • Diploma Contemporary Pilates and Teaching Methodology
  • Diploma Dance Movement Therapy
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment


 Bruce Hildebrand  Bruce Hildebrand’s keen love of sports and movement began at a young age. His interests led him to a sports science program at RMIT Melbourne, and he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Movement in 1997. He then travelled to the UK in 1999 and trained in Pilates with Body Control Pilates UK (BCP-UK). He went on to work in the BCP-UK central London studio alongside some of their most experienced training teachers.  Bruce’s enthusiasm for Pilates led him to train with teachers from around the world, including Siri Dharma from Los Angeles and Michael Miller from Colorado.In 2002, Bruce began to study with world-renowned movement and imagery expert Eric Franklin. Bruce went on to complete the full Franklin Method certification, and was the pioneer Franklin Method® Educator in Australia in 2004.

In 2003 Bruce was invited to manage the first BCP-UK studio in Scotland, where he worked with members of UK rock band Radiohead and members of the cast of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Bruce was the co-founder of Balance & Control Pilates Studio in Melbourne in 2004. Balance & Control has grown to three studios and a team of 20 Pilates and Physiotherapy practitioners who each share a passion for movement, exercise, and rehabilitation.  Bruce has delivered Pilates Instructor training programs since 2012, and is now a Course Provider with Tensegrity Training delivering the Cert IV and Diploma qualifications.

Bruce served as consultant Strength Coach to the Australian Ballet School from 2005-2011. He has trained a number of elite Australian sport and art performers, including Principal Artist with the Australian Ballet Madeleine Eastoe, AFL footballers James Hird, Andrew Welsh, Jason Johnson, Cale Hooker, Scott Gumbleton, Olympic athletes Lauren Hewitt and Krystal Weir, Australian Netballers Sharelle McMahon and Julie Corletto, and model Megan Gale.

Bruce has participated in a wide range of sports including tennis, cricket, baseball, and athletics, with his main achievements being in AFL football. He was vice-captain of the VFL Under 19 representative team in 1995, and played at this state level for 4 years in the Victoria Football League and the Western Australia Football League. Bruce trekked the Inca Trail to Macchu Pichu in Peru in 2000, sailed the Atlantic Ocean on crew with a maxi-yacht in 2001, and ran the 2002 London Marathon. As an adult, Bruce studied classical ballet for 6 years and has performed in a handful of amateur productions. Bruce enjoys the discipline of learning the piano, and the joy of being a devoted husband and father to two young children.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • B. App. Sc. (Human Movement)
  • Body Control Pilates (UK) Certified Pilates Teacher
  • Certified Franklin Method ® Movement Educator
  • Member, Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) & Pilates Alliance Australasia (PAA)
  • NLP Practitioner Training 2009
  • Cert IV Training and Assessment
  • Seventeen years Pilates teaching experience
  • Strength Coach Consultant to the Australian Ballet School 2006-2011


Anita Goswell Anita Delbridge Goswell is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with the Exercise and Sports Science Association (ESSA). She completed her Graduate Certificate in Exercise Science (Rehabilitation) at Charles Sturt University in 2009 and her Bachelor of Education (PDHPE) at the University of Newcastle in 1995. She lectured at NSW Tafe in the Health and Recreation Department for 10 years, and has been in the Health and Fitness industry since 1990, specialising in programming for general fitness, strength, and injury rehabilitation.

Anita is a Level 4 Pilates Practitioner with The Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA), having completed her Graduate Certificate in the Pilates Method at the University of Technology in Sydney in 2002, and holds a Diploma of Contemporary Pilates and Teaching Methodology.

Anita is the Director of Lifestyle Pilates and Rehabilitation Studio Pty Ltd and has owned her own studio since 2003. She specialises in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and exercise prescription for Pre and Post natal clients, having completed her Pre/Post Specialist Pilates Certification through The Centre for Women’s Fitness, with Carolyne Anthony in 2005.

Anita and Mark Goswell’s goal, in their workplace, is to educate clients on correct movement patterns to avoid injuries and to manage existing injuries to have the best quality of life possible. They also want to share their extensive experience and success they have had with the Pilates Method by way of educating other health professionals on the benefits of using it as a modality to rehabilitate and/or train clients.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor of Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Exercise Science
  • Diploma of Contemporary Pilates and Teaching Methodology
  • Certificate of Pre/Post Specialist Pilates
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment


Mark Goswell  Mark Goswell (AEP) is an accredited Exercise Physiologist and has specialised in musculo-skeletal rehabilitation since 2000. He is currently a National Presenter for Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) in the assessment and treatment of chronic lumbar spine conditions. He has developed areas of expertise with injuries to the lower back, shoulders, neck and knees.  He has also gained extensive experience in dealing with clients with complex neural conditions. He has an interest in assisting clients with PTSD, anxiety and depression in coping with their condition through the use of effective exercise techniques. He was one of the first Exercise Physiologists to become accredited with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and has assisted clients with Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Stokes, Acquired Brain Injuries, Amputation, Para-plegia and Gillian Barre Syndrome.

He became qualified as a Rehabilitation Pilates Instructor in 2004 and has an excellent and comprehensive understanding of the involvement of core stability in the rehabilitation of all major injuries. His knowledge of the development of exercise routines incorporating core stability ensures that clients have a high success rate in improving their condition. His skills in Pilates assist in increasing client’s core, lumbo-pelvic, scapula and cervical stability. He is currently trained in the delivery of exercises on the reformer, trapeze table, combo chair, ladder barrel, and Freeform Boards.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor Social Science (Human Movement)
  • Graduate Diploma Education (PDHPE)
  • Graduate Diploma in Pilates Rehabilitation (International recognised Polestar accreditation)
  • Diploma of Contemporary Pilates and Teaching Methodology
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Certification to apply Cognitive Behavioural Therapy principles to programs


Caroline Howard  Carolyn Howard started her Pilates journey over 15 years ago when living in Tasmania. A keen runner, Carolyn had sustained an injury and was told by her medical practitioner to stop running. Thankfully, her osteopath mentioned that she had heard about this, then little known, discipline called Pilates that had a very holistic approach to wellness and rehabilitation. Immediately captivated by the mind / body connection of the practice Carolyn had found her calling…and still runs today.

In the Pilates method Carolyn could see the opportunity to reach the needs of individuals who were looking for anything from peak performance to injury recovery. From being the best version of themselves to degenerative physical condition rehabilitation. Carolyn saw the various elements of Pilates as pieces of a puzzle that could be put together to meet the diverse goals of her clients.

Today Carolyn practices from her renowned studio in Port Macquarie NSW,  Bodiline Pilates Studio and is very committed to her role as a course provider for Tensegrity Training.

Carolyn is a Principle Trainer in the Pilates method, the highest level of membership from the Pilates Alliance – received in recognition of her experience and qualifications.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor of Communications
  • Advanced Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction
  • Diploma in Remedial Massage
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment



$350 plus $50 non-refundable enrolment fee


Course schedule

Port Macquarie 24 June 2017
Prahan 7 July 2017
Sunshine Coast 24 September 2017
Sunshine Coast  11 October 2017
Prahan 13 October 2017

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Contact details

For more information or to enrol in the course, please contact the provider on the below details:

Tensegrity Training
Tracey Nicholson
Ph: 0400 600 360


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