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Pilates for Rehabilitation – Matwork Level 1

Course Outline

One of the world’s most popular Pilates training programs! APPI Pilates teaches you a fully integrated Matwork Pilates program that can be used in any clinical setting, without the need for specialized equipment. This highly popular matwork training series, delivered throughout the world, is dedicated to detailed and accurate Pilates teaching. Based on the most up to date evidence of spinal stability, pelvic stability, strength and conditioning and pain—this is the essential Pilates training tool for all health professionals. The APPI have analyzed all 34 traditional Matwork exercises, and broken them down into a step-by-step guide from day 1 Pain, right through to elite level sport. Most importantly, every stage has a clinical reason as to why you would choose that exercise for your client.

Course Details

APPI’s Matwork Level 1 course is the first step in the matwork certification series and gives you the skills to begin delivering 1:1, clinically reasoned, Pilates based treatment plans for your clients. During this course you will be given the essential, fundamental knowledge to begin offering Pilates to clients recovering from back pain and other injuries. Drawing upon relevant clinical research, this course provides an evidence based approach to teaching Pilates in the clinical setting. During the course you will:

  • Develop a solid foundation for Pilates teaching using the five key Pilates elements of the APPI Pilates approach.

  • Learn a variety of beginner level movements addressing lumbo-pelvic stability, postural education, correct movement patterning and body awareness.

  • Review recent research on spinal stabilization and pelvic stability and apply this to the APPI beginner series of Pilates movements.

  • Be taught sixteen movements for training lumbo-pelvic, scapulo-thoracic and cervical stabilization through a mixture of observation, self-participation and practice teaching.

  • Discuss the clinical application of the Pilates movements at the time of their teaching to greater understand how these can be applied to patients and clients after the course.

  • Review case studies and design and discuss your own treatment plans.

Learning Outcomes Following this course you will be able to:

Day 1

  • Describe the history of Pilates

  • Develop a foundation for APPI Pilates training through a strong understanding of the 5 key elements

  • Relate relevant scientific evidence to the APPI Pilates Method

  • Apply beginner level static and dynamic APPI Pilates exercises for lumbopelvic, scapulothoracic stabilization and sports rehabilitation training

  • Use visual imagery to improve their Pilates teaching

  • Apply different forms of Pilates cueing and communication necessary to optimize learning

Day 2

  • Compare the differences between beginner level and intermediate level APPI Pilates Matwork classes

  • Identify how to analyze and assess the deep neck flexor muscles and incorporate this into Pilates teaching

  • Use beginner level Pilates rotary stability and mobility exercises

  • Apply the 5 stage APPI Pilates Rehabilitation Model to treatment plans

  • Identify specific areas requiring improvement for their own Pilates self-practice

  • Design a clinically reasoned and appropriate Pilates programs for clients


Attaining certification as an APPI Pilates for Rehabilitation Matwork Instructor requires completion of all three matwork courses, pre-course requirements, hours of observation, self practice, practice teaching and the certification exam (to be completed after matwork level three).

Before attendance of this course we would recommend that you:

  • Read the recommended reading articles

  • Attend 5 hours of Pilates classes or Pilates one to one sessions

  • Watch two deep neck flexor workshop videos by clicking here & here

In order to receive a certificate for this course, learner is required to:

  • Submit Feedback under personal password protected account page

  • Submit self-reflection form under personal password protected account page

  • Achieve at 70% or higher score on a 10 question post course assessment*

* Learner is allowed multiple attempts if necessary in order to achieve a passing score