Polestar Education is a worldwide provider of rehabilitation-based Pilates education, producing high-caliber Pilates teachers and successful Pilates studio models. Polestar's teacher training programs are offered on an ongoing basis in cities across the USA and through licensee arrangements in over 28 countries. Polestar-trained Pilates teachers can be found at medical facilities, performing arts conservatories and fitness centers throughout the world. Polestar owns and operates Polestar Physical Therapy and Pilates Center in Miami, FL, USA, which serves as a training site and as a model of successful integration of Pilates for rehabilitation.
MissionTo educate movement science professionals, in the application of movement as a means of enriching lives and fostering the development of mind, body, spirit and community.
VisionImpact the world through intelligent movement; fostering awareness of self and community.
HistoryPolestar Pilates was founded in 1992 by Brent Anderson... (more)
The History of Polestar
Polestar Education was founded in Sacramento California in 1992 by President Brent Anderson PhD, PT, OCS and co-founder Elizabeth Larkam MA, Feldenkrais Practitioner. Based on local demand, it originated as a provider of continuing education, for rehabilitation specialists interested in integrating Pilates into their practice.
In 1995, Polestar Education LLC was officially organized in Sacramento, California. Both Anderson and Larkam continued to work in their current jobs at Anderson Physical Therapy, Sacramento, CA and St. Francis Hospital, San Francisco, CA, respectively. In 1997, Anderson decided to pursue his doctorate degree in physical therapy and movement science and was accepted to the University of Miami. Polestar continued to thrive under the direction of Anderson and saw unprecedented growth from 1998 to 2000.
In October 2000, Anderson and Larkam dissolved their partnership and decided to go their separate ways. Polestar continued to operate and expand under Anderson. The curriculum is continuously reviewed and enhanced by a committee of principal educators. Polestar has over 30 core educators who teach nationally and internationally. Currently, Polestar offers its education program through a network of over 15 Pilates studios in the USA and 9 international licensees in 28 countries.
Through the years, Polestar has collaborated with the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and with reputable Pilates schools in the USA to uphold the integrity of comprehensive Pilates education.
Brent Anderson - PhD, PT, OCS, President and CEO
A licensed physical therapist and orthopedic certified specialist for more than 22 years, Brent is a leading authority in performing arts medicine and Pilates-evolved techniques for rehabilitation. He lectures widely at national and international symposia and consults with hospitals, universities, and rehabilitation and wellness companies throughout the world. In addition, he owns and operates Polestar Physical Therapy and Pilates Center in Miami, FL, which serves as a model for the use of Pilates for rehabilitation.
Brent received his degree in Physical Therapy at University of California, San Francisco in 1989 and his PhD. in Physical Therapy at the University of Miami in 2005. His doctoral thesis explored the impact of Pilates rehabilitation on chronic low back pain using psycho-emotional wellness and quality of life measures. He is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Miami, Division of Physical Therapy.
From his extensive background in rehabilitation and movement science, Brent has applied critical reasoning skills and supportive scientific research to Joseph Pilates' revolutionary mind-body work. He also brings to the Polestar curriculum an investigation of the effects of psychology and energy systems on motor control and motor learning.
Physical Therapy (2005), University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
Certificate in Physical Therapy (1989), University of California, San Francisco, CA
Health Science (1988), California State University, Northridge, CA
Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (1996)
Comprehensive training at St. Francis Memorial Hospital, Center for Sports Medicine (1988)
Additional training with Eve Gentry, Alan Herdman, Jean Claude West, Romana Kryzanowska, Lolita San Miguel
American Physical Therapy Association since 1988; formerly served as President of its Performing Arts Special Interest Group
International Association for Dance Medicine and Science
Pilates Method Aliance Certification Board; in 2005 served on the PMA Pilates Certification Exam National Panel to improve the quality of Pilates Instruction