Clinical Matwork Certification Level 1 ONLINE Course


Thank you for joining our world renowned APPI Pilates Training Program!

Your journey starts with our Matwork Level One course where we will introduce you to all the foundations and principals of the APPI Method.

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 specialised 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 analysed 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 a particular exercise for your client.

What will be covered in this course?

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 stabilisation 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 stabilisation 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.

Financial Disclosures:  None


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

Matwork 1 Schedule     

ONLINE COURSE – When you purchase the Online Course, you get a 7-day access of your choice (Monday – Sunday 8am – 11pm UK time). Within this time you can watch, stop, start, pause as many times as you want.     

What do you need to watch before attending the course?
Be sure to watch the following online lectures so that you are ready for the course.

 Deep neck flexor video – View the video of Deep Neck Flexor workshop part 1 and part 2.


Day 1

Welcome and Introduction to APPI Pilates Education

Practical session: APPI Pilates Matwork class –  Beginner / Introduction level

Lecture: Understanding APPI Pilates

Practical workshop 1: The APPI 5 Key Elements

APPI Pilates exercises: Limb dissociation

APPI Pilates Exercises: Abdominal connection exercises

Day 2

Practical session: APPI Pilates Matwork class—Intermediate

Continuation of APPI Pilates exercises

Continuation of APPI Pilates Matwork exercises: The Rotational Stability Series

Continuation of APPI Exercises: The Mobility Movements

Workshop: Case Studies

Discussion and close


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

After viewing this online course you will be required to pass a multiple choice test. The pass mark for this test is 80%.

B.Physio. MCSP

Co-founder of the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute©

Glenn Withers has been leading the world of rehabilitation based Pilates for over 18 years.  Co-founder and creator of the world renowned APPI Pilates Method, Glenn has been inspiring thousands of clinicians around the world to change their clinicial practice to incorporate Pilates into the medical world.  Having analyzed all of the traditional Pilates moves, and broken them down based on pain, pathology, and function, Glenn, in partnership with APPI Co-Founder Elisa Withers, has created one of the worlds most widely used Pialtes programs.  Glenn has delivered the APPI Program in 20 different countries, and in many settings from the NHS, military, Premier League football clubs and even British Bobsleigh!  One of the world’s most sought after speakers, Glenn is a published author, Chair of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Exercise Therapy (ACPET), technical expert advisor to Skills Active and REPS, consultant to football clubs and other elite sporting organizations, and was a key member of the working party bringing the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and the Fitness Industry Association (FIA) together.  As our residing director Glenn is passionate about the ongoing development of the APPI Method and ensuring the integrity of the original APPI Method is maintained in the delivery of all our courses.

To this degree, Glenn still personally reviews the feedback from every course to ensure the standards he and Elisa first developed are met at each and every course.  Glenn is also the proud father of 5 beautiful daughters.

It is recommended that you have attended 5 hours of Pilates classes prior to attended APPI’s Pilates for Rehabilitation – Matwork Level 1 course but this is not essential.  This course is open to:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Third Year Physical Therapy Students

Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants: This course is approved by the following:

Many other states may accept credits awarded by the above state boards. Please check with your state licensing board to determine whether the course qualifies for credit in your state. Please note that due to the changing nature of state continuing education requirements, APPI suggests that you contact your state physical therapy association or licensing board for the most current information on continuing education and other rules and regulations.


*Please give us 30 day notice to get California approval through CPTA.


Athletic Trainers: APPI is Board of Certification, Inc., (BOC) Approved Provider. This course has been approved for 14 continued education hours for Athletic Trainers. BOC Approved Provider number P10086.

Personal Trainers/ Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists APPI courses are not automatically approved by the NSCA, however if you would like to attend this course, you are able to self-submit received NSCA CEUs.

Exercise Physiologists ‘The ACSM Certification & Registry Department will recognize CECs, CMEs or CEUs awarded by other professional health and fitness or clinical organizations for attending their programs without it being pre-approved or endorsed by the ACSM Education Department. These are considered “non-ACSM endorsed programs.” You must obtain documentation from that organization verifying attendance and the number of CECs earned.’

If you require accreditation through another governing body or within another state, or require any further information please email

Pilates Equipment

All of our courses are heavily practical based, and we ask that if possible that you have a Pilates Mat and Pilates Head Cushion or a towel that that you can roll up for both days, this is not essential for you to complete the course and gain your certificate of attendance.

Please ensure that you have a space that is clear of items so you can follow along with the practical elements of the course.

If you do have any other Pilates equipment please make this available for your course e.g. Pilates soft ball, Pilates band, Pilates magic circle.

The presenter will be demonstrating the modifications of the exercises and it is useful if you are able to experience all parts of the practical content, the full list of equipment that will be used in the course is below:

1 x 3” Head Pad

1 x 1” Head Pad

1 x Swiss Ball

1 x Pair of Massage Balls

1 x Heavy Strength Resistance Band (Leg Band)

1 x Light Strength Resistance Band (Arm Band)

1 x Soft Pilates balls

** it is not essential for you to have this equipment to partake and complete the course.

If you do wish to purchase any Pilates equipment for the course, we have set up a dedicated page for you to order the equipment including a special 25% discount code you can use at check out.

25% discount code:  MW1Online

*Disclaimer:  In order to access the 25% discount, a minimum product purchase of $30 must be present in your cart.

Matwork Level One Course Product Page: 

**please note that this coupon code is only valid for this special dedicated web page and one item per customer.

Matwork Level One Course Product Coupon Code: MW1Online

‘I loved this course. I will be able to apply the information immediately to to my clinical practice. It is great that it is sculpted to help the average physical therapy patient.’ MW1 – Palo Alto, CA Apr 2017

‘One of more informative courses I’ve taken in my 22years of practice as it relates to relative and practical strategies that can be brought back to the clinic .’ MW1 – Palo Alto, CA Apr 2017

‘I cannot quantitate the amount I learned but I can predict that every future patient I have will benefit from the knowledge I gained in the past 2 days.’ MW1 – Fort Worth, Mar 2017

‘I learned so much in this course. It made me rethink how I have been approaching my treatment of patient, particularly those with low back pain.’ MW1 – Fort Worth, Mar 2017

‘I enjoyed the continuous focus on clinical reasoning, ways to change exercises for certain compensation patterns, and research base behind the development of the exercises for a patient level.’ MW1 – Minneapolis, Mar 2017

Medical Disclaimer

Neither the APPI nor any of its International Representatives, course organizer or hosts, accept any responsibility for any bodily harm that may arise during or after attendance on APPI courses.

APPI Training Courses

Please Note: All APPI USA courses are purchased through APPI USA’s license holder Global Healthcare Education.

Fees: Fees for courses will include tutorials, manuals, morning and afternoon tea and a certificate of attendance. APPI USA takes no responsibility for any additional costs incurred outside of the fees charged.

Matwork and CPD Cancellations and Transfers: Cancellations and transfers are accepted with written notice 14 days prior to the start date. There is a $60.00 admin fee per cancellation or transfer. Participants are allowed to transfer twice, after which no refunds will be given. Once you are within 14 days of the course start date, no cancellations, transfers or refunds will be permitted.

Equipment and Reformer Series Cancellations and Transfers: Cancellations and transfers are accepted with written notice 14 days prior to the start date. There is a admin fee of 20% of the original payment per cancellation or transfer. Once you are within 14 days of the course start date, no cancellations, transfers or refunds will be permitted.

Insufficient funds: A $30 fee will be charged for invalid cheques or declined credit card transactions due to insufficient funds.

3rd Party Payments: If a third party is responsible for payment, the attendee space on the chosen programme will not be confirmed until full payment has been received by APPI USA. Only once full payment is received will the confirmation letter be sent out to the delegate and their space reserved.

Pregnancy Guidelines: In the first trimester, all courses should be suitable for an uncomplicated pregnancy. This is providing that you exercise pre-pregnancy and have discussed this with you GP / Midwife. However, with the exception of our Ante & Post Natal course, we would generally recommend against participating in courses after the 1st trimester, as you will not be able to experience all the movements yourself during this time.
Please view our full pregnancy guidelines by clicking here or by visiting our resource centre.

Photo/Video Release: APPI will occasionally have photographs and/or promotional videos taken during the event for use in print and electronic marketing materials including (but not limited to) brochures, advertisements, newsletters and the APPI and other associated websites. APPI retains the full rights to use these materials in promoting and marketing all courses, workshops, future conferences and any other APPI events not mentioned herein.

Cancellation by APPI: In the case of minimum course participant numbers not being achieved, APPI reserves the right to cancel courses/training programs at any given time. In this event full refunds will be given.