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APPI Matwork Level 1-The Foundation

$690.00 inc. GST

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APPI’s Matwork Level 1 foundation course provides rehabilitation professionals with essential, fundamental knowledge to begin offering modified Pilates to their clients recovering from back pain and other injuries.  Drawing upon relevant clinical research, APPI Pilates Matwork level 1 will provide an evidence based approach to teaching Pilates in the clinical setting. Learn a variety of beginner level movements addressing lumbo-pelvic stability, postural education, correct movement patterning and body awareness.  This highly practical 2 day Pilates course will arm you with the necessary skills to incorporate your new knowledge in to practice as soon as you are back at work the day following the course! Completing Matwork Level 1 is the first step to becoming a APPI Pilates matwork instructor and precedes Matwork Level 2 and Matwork Level 3 in APPI’s matwork certification series. 


Course sessions

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AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND The Physio Pilates Studio - 29 Khyber Pass Rd, Grafton, Auckland 1023. 10am-6pm Sat & 9am-5pm Sun Waitlisted session
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Completing Matwork 1 is the first step to becoming a APPI Pilates matwork instructor and precedes Matwork level 2 and Matwork level 3 in APPI’s Matwork Certification Series.


Designed by Australian physiotherapists for physiotherapists and equivalent degree therapists the APPI Pilates Method presents the most recent research relevant to Pilates and teaches a realistic framework of Pilates exercises to apply in the clinical setting.


The five key Pilates elements of the APPI Pilates approach are taught to develop solid foundations for Pilates teaching.  Recent research on spinal stabilisation and pelvic stability is reviewed and applied to the APPI beginner series of Pilates movements. Sixteen movements for training lumbo-pelvic, scapulo-thoracic and cervical stabilisation are learnt through observation, self-participation and practice teaching.


Discussions of clinical application of the Pilates movements occur at the time of their teaching to provide participants with the understanding to be able to teach these exercises to patients and clients after the course.  Case studies are reviewed and participants have the chance to design and discuss their own treatment plans. A guided workshop on Pilates imagery assists participants in generating the skills required for effective cueing.


On competition of Matwork Level 1 you are eligible to complete the remaining levels of the Matwork Certification Series, and CPD Pilates courses (Ante/Post Natal Pilates).

Course preparation:

  • Attend a minimum of 5 Pilates mat classes to become familiar with the Pilates method prior to commencing your study. 
  • Please view the pre-course lectures that you will be able to access via the online learning portal once you book the course.
  • View the below ‘Deep neck flexor workshop’ videos prior to course attendance (scroll down to the bottom of this page)
  • Download and print off the to become familiar with all certification requirements, which will be discussed in detail on the course. Please bring this document with you to each course for the course presenter to sign off your attendance. Please note the logbook is to be completed alongside your training and does not need to be completed in full until you sit your certification exam.


APPI Matwork Level 1-The Foundation is the first step in the APPI Matwork Certification Series.  Book the full Matwork Certification Series (levels 1-3) and receive a 15% discount. 

APPI Matwork Level 2 – Class Instructor
Matwork Level 2 focuses solely on group instruction and will give you the tools to begin taking your own Pilates classes. On this course you will learn warm-up and cool-down exercise, how to effectively sequence movements and develop class plans. You will review marketing techniques and develop your Pilates teaching script. You will also participate in a small equipment workshops and begin developing 6 week class programs.

APPI Matwork Level 3 – Intermediate / Advanced
Matwork Level 3 builds upon the movements, understanding, cueing skills and exercise selection framework of Matwork level one.  Workshops on cueing, working with challenging clients, small equipment and the Pilates teaching script will be covered over the weekend.  Through self-practice, practice teaching, workshops and lectures you will develop your teaching skills and ability to plan Pilates programs. 12 new intermediate/advanced Pilates exercises are taught to widen your repertoire. 

To gain your APPI Pilates Qualification you are also required to complete the APPI Matwork Certification Logbook and pass the APPI Matwork Certification Exam. Please note the logbook is to be completed alongside your training and does not need to be completed in full until you sit your certification exam.

This course is open to: Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists, Osteopaths, Sports Therapists, Chiropractors, Rehabilitation Therapists, Doctors, Myotherapists/ Massage Therapists and Physiotherapy students. If you hold a qualification outside the above please contact us directly.

All courses are held at the Physio Pilates Studio,29 Khyber Pass Rd, Grafton, Auckland 1023.  

There are four client car parks behind the studio. These are the parks closest to the building marked the Physio Pilates Studio. Entrance is via the driveway on the west side of the building on Khyber Pass Road.

There is a public car park in Symonds Street next to Galbraiths.  It is a two minute walk to the studio.