Pilates for Rehabilitation – Matwork Level 2


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Course Overview

APPI’s Pilates for Rehabilitation – Matwork Level 2 course is the second step of the APPI Pilates Matwork Certification Series. This course is designed to give you the skills to begin offering your own group Pilates mat classes. Pilates classes enable clients to further develop their own body awareness and independence from one-to-one treatments. Pilates classes are excellent for clients once they become familiar with the Pilates principles and are a great way to retrain clients once they have finished a one-on-one program. During the course you will learn the vital aspects of assessment, screening, class planning, warm-ups, cool downs, standing Pilates exercises, and how to design population-specific Pilates classes such as Low Back Pain. You will also learn cueing skills that are essential in running a seamless class and participate in various workshops focusing on how to achieve flow in your Pilates mat classes.  Pilates movements with small equipment are also introduced to broaden the your movement repertoire and add further diversity to group classes.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify at least 3 issues associated with establishing a Pilates program within their work setting.
  • Provide a solution for the 3 issues they identified with establishing a Pilates program within their work setting.
  • Outline APPI’s guidelines for assessment, inclusion criteria, outcome measures, advertising and insurance
  • Apply a new repertoire of up to 21 warm-up and cool down exercises
  • Use small equipment (foam roller, swiss ball, resistance band, soft ball) to demonstrate a minimum of 16 modifications to exercises which will enhance your class’s experience
  • Plan a Pilates class made up of 3 sections: warm-up, body, cool down
  • Design a minimum of 2 population-specific classes
  • Deliver a Pilates class for a group setting


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

Day 1

7:45am – 4:00pm

  • Class
  • Lecture
  • Lecture
  • Pilates Exercise Teaching: Warm-ups & cool downs, scapulo-thoracic series
  • Lunch
  • Pilates Exercise Teaching: Warm-ups cool downs cont. upper and lower body series
  • Standing exercises
  • Afternoon tea
  • Pilates Exercise Teaching: Warm-ups & cool downs cont. mobility series and rolling series
  • Review Matwork Level 1 exercises

Day 2

8:00am – 4:00pm

  • Class
  • Lecture:
  • Morning tea
  • Workshop: Introduction to Small Equipment
  • Class planning workshop
  • Group Pilates Practice session
  • Lunch
  • Workshop: Stretching in Pilates Classes
  • Workshop: Pilates Class Sequencing
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Pilates Class Teaching

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).

You must have attended APPI’s Pilates for Rehabilitation – Matwork Level 1 in order to attend this course.

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:

  • 12 CCU’s by FSBPT Procert *(see States below)
  • 13.5 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

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: 12 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 12 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

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

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

Denver, CO Move Studios 40 S Broadway #201, Denver, CO 80209

Minneapolis, MN Studio U 1550 Utica Ave S, Suite LL01 Saint Louis Park, MN 55416

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

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

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

‘I learned a new aspect of teaching from an entirely different perspective and it challenged me to think more about the flow and continuity of the exercises and how impactful that can be on a class and in learning a new series or new techniques. Matwork 2 exposed me to the class instructor side of Pilates, which took me out of my comfort zone and helped me to apply Pilates in a difference scenario than 1:1 patient treatment sessions.’ Dallas, TX Jun 2018

‘Great lab work and performance of an actual class at each session.’ Dallas, TX Jun 2018

‘I enjoyed the hands on learning method, and getting to practice all of the new Pilates exercises being taught’ Dallas, TX Jun 2018

‘I learned that I am capable of teaching in a group setting and I actually really enjoy it! Prior to this course I had been hesitant to teach anything beyond one on one’ Torrance, CA Dec 2017 

‘I learned a lot about how to conduct a class including warm up body and cool down. And understanding of each exercise.’ Torrance, CA Dec 2017 

‘I have learned so much regarding postural awareness for myself and my patients. APPI provides great tools for instruction on proper movement and body awareness.  I love beginning the morning with a class and then getting to work with the other classmates throughout the day. I have made so many friends through these courses. I also love the use of imagery.’ Torrance, CA Dec 2017 

‘I feel so much more confident in my knowledge & ability to teach a Pilates class, & am excited to get started!’ Denver, CO Oct 2017

‘Provided a large amount of rehab exercises that can be used to supplement the ones I was already familiar with.’ Denver, CO Oct 2017

‘I learnt a lot in the course that enabled me to use it in the clinic the next day. Great and informative.’ MW2 – Denver, CO Oct 2017

‘Good variation of warm up and cool down; I don’t plan on teaching a class, only one on one, but course was still beneficial.’ Denver, CO Oct 2017

‘Very helpful for learning sequencing and transitions in between exercises; planning an appropriate pace between warm ups, class body, and cool downs.’ Cupertino, CA Sept 2017

‘Great warm up ideas and targeted area ideas!’ Cupertino, CA Sept 2017

‘I learned a great deal on how to treat patients that have core instability weakness’ Cupertino, CA Sept 2017

‘I always learn so much from these courses that I can’t wait to apply with my patients! The patients absolutely love it too! I often get patients who have been through PT elsewhere and when I show them how to properly perform bridge and clam, they are blown away at the difference!’ Torrance, CA Jun 2017

‘These Pilates courses are phenomenal! The instructor is so knowledgeable! You can see how passionate she is about Pilates! I would recommend this course to all my colleagues!’ Minneapolis, MN May 2017

‘Again, this course provided me with an incredible foundation to prepare me to treat tomorrow and in the future in a way that will better serve my patients.’ Fort Worth, TX Apr 2017

‘I learned a great deal. More importantly the course was set up for success and to build confidence in presenting to a group, which I never thought I would do. My purpose was for clinical use. Now, I may actually consider certification and teaching small groups.’ Boston, MA Apr 2017

‘I love how most of the class time is about experience. I really enjoyed being able to brainstorm with other clinicians in the course, coming up with ideas, and learning from each other. Hearing how others in the class were practicing at their clinic was encouraging and inspiring.’ Torrance, CA Mar 2017


“This is the future of course delivery! Please please please do more of this kind of thing! Our instructor was terrific; full of energy and enthusiasm, with an obviously in-depth knowledge of Pilates for the general public and a clinical population. It was easy to interact and contribute via the chat or microphone”

“I just completed this live stream course today and despite the changes, it was well delivered and I found it very informative. The instructor was excellent and to be honest completing courses from the comfort of my front room is the way forward”


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.