Pilates for Rehabilitation – Matwork Level 1



TO REGISTER FOR THE COURSE IN Overland Park, KS PLEASE CONTACT THE HOST AT Anjali@performancerehabkc.com or 913-648-6755

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


Pre-course lecture (total viewing time = 80 minutes)

• Lecture 1 – Who we are and an introduction to APPI

• Lecture 2 – What is the APPI Method

• Lecture 3 – Moving Beyond the Core: The Muscle Sling Theory & Pilates

Day 1

8:00am – 4:00pm

• Lecture: 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

• Practical Workshop – Visual Imagery retraining

• Reminder of DNF Video and Finish

Day 2

8:00am – 4:15pm

• Practical session: APPI Pilates matwork class—Intermediate

• Continuation of APPI Pilates exercises

• Demonstration – The slings revisited

• Continuation of APPI Pilates Matwork exercises: The Rotational Stability Series

• Continuation of APPI Exercises: The Mobility Movements

• Workshop: Case Studies

• Discussion and post course quiz

Registration opens at 7:45am on day 1.

Coffee/hot tea provided in a.m. One hour break for lunch both days (lunch not included in fees).




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:

  • 16 CCU’s by FSBPT Procert *(see States below)
  • 14 CCU’s Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (Approved provider # 2211050TX)

“The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.”

*ProCert is a program of the Federation of State Board of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). ProCert evaluates physical therapy continuing competence activities (courses and conferences) using the research-based FSBPT Standards for Continuing Competence Activities

*Expires 4/21/2021

Continuing competence activities certified by ProCert are currently accepted by the following jurisdictions:

Alaska            Arizona        Arkansas  California Colorado Delaware  District of Columbia 
Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Kansas Kentucky
Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska North Carolina 
North Dakota Oregon Pennsylvania Puerto Rico Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota
Tennessee Utah Vermont Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming  

Additional states are updating rules/regulations or policies to reflect the acceptance or recognition of ProCert

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.

Occupational Therapists/Certified Occupational Therapist Assistants: 15.25 Contact Hours.  AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education # 11485 Category 1 Domain of OT. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsements of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

Athletic Trainers: APPI is Board of Certification, Inc., (BOC) Approved Provider. This course has been approved for 15.25 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 info@appiamerica.com

Costa Mesa, CA  92627 California Therapy Solutions 485 E. 17th Street, Suite 650 Costa Mesa, CA  92627 Phone: (949) 722-7374 

Riverside, CA Anahata Yoga and Bel Wellness Studio 6778 Magnolia Ave Riverside, CA 92506 Phone: (951) 515-3977

Overland Park, KS Performance Rehab KC 8825 West 75th Street Overland Park, KS 66204

Aptos, CA Alliance Physical Therapy and Wellness 7887 Soquel Dr. Suites D & E, Aptos, CA 95003

Minneapolis, MN 715 8th Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55410   

Boston, MA Boston Sports Medicine 1 Braintree Street Allston, MA 02134

Wilmington, MA Maribeth Crupi Physical Therapy LLC 314 Main Street Suite 101 Wilmington, MA

Torrance, CA HealthCare Partners, A DaVita Medical Group 23430 Hawthorne Blvd. #105 Torrance, CA 90505

Albany, CA Albany Physical Therapy, PC 948 San Pablo Ave. Albany, CA 94706

Fort Worth, TX Ratner Center for Physical Therapy and Wellness 5500 Overton Ridge Blvd Ste 228, Fort Woth, TX 76132 

San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Medicine Pilates Wellness 4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd Suite 300 San Diego, CA  92121

Huntsville, AL Johnson & Hayes Physical Therapy 4240 Balmoral Dr SW #100, Huntsville, AL 35801 

Franklin, TN Johnson & Hayes Physical Therapy 740 Cool Springs Blvd Suite 215 Franklin, TN 37067 

Springfield, VA Active Body Physical Therapy 8346 Traford Lane Springfield, VA 22152

Cupertino, CA Peak Physical Therapy 10580 S De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014 

Portland, ME Maine Medical Partners Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 119 Gannett Dr South Portland, ME 04106 

‘As an OT, our traditional education / training background and knowledge base lack certain concepts, approach and perspective in treating and evaluating our clients. The information material provided in this course supplements that knowledge and tools I need t o implement in my practice setting and the conditions that I treat.’ – Occupational Therapist | Huntsville, AL – Sep 2019

‘I loved that this course provided me with more tools and a new approach for therapeutic exercise. It is so common that exercises are progressed too quickly simply because there are no steps or modifications in between. I feel as through this course was exactly that for me and It gave me unique and challenging ways to progress and regress therapeutic exercise to make the most of our patients time during PT and at home. I LOVE that one exercise can work 3 different things and where home exercise programs are short to promote compliance you can really get a lot of bang for your buck. In the last week I have already used these exercises on my friends as well as patients in my schools probono clinic and have had such a great response.’ – Student Physical Therapist | MW1 Huntsville AL | Sep 2019

‘An interest in an area that I did not know much about and I am willing to learn new ideas for rehabbing patients. I thought this was a very well done course. I have taken over 50 courses in 25 years of practicing and this was one of the best. It was well paced and the information is very relevant to my patient population. The course certainly emphasized some techniques I was using from other avenues and gave me some more interesting approaches to managing patients. I felt great both physically and mentally after the course which is not always the case. The presenter did an exceptional job.’ – Physical Therapist and Clinic owner | Portland ME – March 2019

‘This course was incredible! I am a third year DPT student, so attending a continuing education course seemed intimidating at first, however I had such a great experience! The presenter was amazing and really took the time to make sure everyone fully understood each concept prior to moving on with material. There was a perfect combination of lecture and practical work, and I felt ready to incorporate Pilates in my therapeutic exercise programs for my patients in my schools probono clinic as well as on my final clinical experience after completing the course. I learned so many details that will positively impact my future practice as a physical therapist.’ – Student Physical Therapist | MW1 Huntsville AL | Sep 2019

‘This was the first CEU course that I feel I can immediately put into use in the clinic. The exercise portion really tied everything together—we weren’t just learning what to work to reduce pain, we learned how to work it the most effective way.’ – Physical Therapist | MW1 Huntsville AL | Sep 2018

I have had Pilates in Rehab Con Ed before but never were the exercises presented in such a functionally relevant way as the manner in which the presenter explained and demonstrated them. The baseline of knowledge I had entering the class was weak and thin compared to how solid and deep it was at the end of the second day. Not only do I understand better how to improve function and decrease pain in my patients, but also how to get myself healthier and, more importantly, how to maintain that level of strength and wellness.– Physical Therapist | Albany, CA – Sep 2018

‘I feel like I took a lot away from this course that I can apply right away in the clinic. Cues for appropriate activation of specific muscle groups, assessment of dysfunction, and how to treat were all thoroughly covered and made very applicable to daily practice.’ – Physical Therapist | Minneapolis, MN – Jun 2018

‘I left this course feeling much more confident about my neuromuscular re-education and therapeutic exercise skills. I now have more knowledge of many of the exercises I use on a regular basis. Having the various modification to each exercise is essential. I can now apply my new techniques to not only treatment but assessments. My patients will be very pleased with my learning.’ – Physical Therapist | Wilmington, MA Jun 2018

‘The course was very informative with layers of information and detail. I feel as though I can apply every principle and many exercises to all of my patients.’ – Physical Therapist | Wilmington, MA Jun 2018

‘Great foundations and strategies that I know will help me improve the fundamentals of movement and positioning with my patients.The small class size gave us the opportunity to get lots of hands on practice and personal feedback in a relaxed environment.’  – Physical Therapist | Wilmington, MA Jun 2018

‘I liked how the exercises were broken down with clear progressions and variations.’ – Physical Therapist | Wilmington, MA Jun 2018

‘I learned a lot about Pilates and how to use it in my practice’ – Physical Therapist | Los Gatos, CA Jun 2018

‘Great detecting for pelvic floor and balancing muscle groups.’ Los Gatos, CA Jun 2018

‘I can immediately apply it to my patient population.’ – Physical Therapist | Los Gatos, CA Jun 2018

‘I was able to apply my new gained knowledge right away! The presenter was very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject matter and made this course a very pleasant and fun learning experience!!!’ – Physical Therapist | Dallas, TX Apr 2018

‘A lot of good information and technique to incorporate into my practice as a PT’ – Physical Therapist | Dallas, TX Apr 2018

‘Lots of useful new skills, alignment techniques and cues that are very useful in my clinical practice.’ – Physical Therapist | Dallas, TX Apr 2018

‘Learned much more in-depth about technique, cueing and modifying exercises than in all my 15 years of practice’ – Physical Therapist | San Francisco, CA Mar 2018

‘I learned a lot and have already started applying to patient care’ – Physical Therapist | Boston, MA Mar 2018

‘It helped me look for subtle corrections in exercises I already use and gave me another perspective about incorporating breathing.’ – Physical Therapist | Torrance, CA Oct 2017

‘I learned a lot and challenged my way of thinking, teaching, and cuing.’ – Physical Therapist | Cupertino, CA July 2017

‘I liked how applicable the exercises are to a general orthopedic patient population.’ – Physical Therapist | Cupertino, CA July 2017

‘I learned how to modify known exercises for my patient base and how Pilates has changed since the last time I regularly took a class.’ – Physical Therapist | Cupertino, CA July 2017

‘I learned so much about myself and movement by taking this course, which will help me with understanding what my patients feel when I’m teaching them proper exercise techniques.’ – Physical Therapist | Torrance, CA July 2017

‘I leaned not only a lot of new skills to carry over into my practice, but I also learned a lot about my own personal strengths and weaknesses.’ – Physical Therapist | Torrance, CA July 2017 ‘Lots of variations to modify and challenge exercises’ Torrance, CA July 2017

‘I learned a totally different approach to working with all patients, not just back pain but a range of diagnoses and whole body treatments and testing. Very useful.’ – Physical Therapist | MW1 – Boston, MA July 2017

‘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.’ – Physical Therapist | MW1 – Palo Alto, CA Apr 2017

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

‘I cannot quantify 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.’ – Physical Therapist | 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.’ – Physical Therapist | 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.’ – Physical Therapist | MW1 – Minneapolis, Mar 2017

“I enjoyed the online course, it was new and different, yet I felt supported in my learning during it as if it was a normal face to face course! The presenter was exceptional in her teaching and explaining everything. She gave constant great feedback and made the whole experience really engaging! The whole Zoom online set up was brilliant. I had never used it previously so was a bit nervous it might fail half way through, however everything went so smoothly and the presenter did a brilliant job demonstrating and explaining and teaching us everything!”



How does it all work?

✓Having booked your space, you will receive information for how to log on to the live-stream via Zoom.  
Zoom is a free online service for video live-streaming which will you give you instructions to download with just a few clicks.
✓You will receive a full-colour digital manual, although can request a hard-copy too.
✓Then all you have to do is click on the provided link to join before the time your course starts on the day of your course, from the comfort of home.
✓Remember to set up a space with a mat to practice along with the presenter or for any demonstrations. Don’t worry, we will let you know about any products needed
✓You will still receive a full certificate of attendance in the same way as an in-person course

Using Zoom

  1. Click the Zoom link that has been sent
  2. Click ‘Join Meeting’
  3. Download the desktop or device App (free, and very quick)
  4. Test your mic and wait for the host (APPI) to start the Zoom meeting
  5. Enter your name which will appear on screen
  6. Start learning!

Early Bird
EB booking discounts end 4 weeks prior to the course taking place.

Book for 3 people or more on the same course and receive a 15% discount. Email info@appiamerica.com for all group bookings.

Student Discounts
If you are a student, please email info@appiamerica.com for information on special discounted rates.

Hosting Options
If you would like this educational event brought to your facility, please click here for our host course options.

ADA Needs
We are happy to accommodate your ADA needs; please email info@appiamerica.com.

Financial – All APPI presenters who teach this course receive a speaking honorarium from APPI America.
Non-financial – No relevant non-financial relationship exists with any of APPI’s presenters for this course.