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DMA pioneered the links between spinal stability, motor control research and the work of Joseph Pilates over 30 years ago.

Setting our sights high with a dedicated focus continues to see DMA as the gold standard of evidence based Pilates training for Physiotherapists.   Publication of peer reviewed research has lead to an industry driven track record as an advanced treatment tool.

We know that “Exercise is Medicine” and Clinical Pilates is a cutting edge pathology treatment tool moving beyond homogenous exercise protocols. Clinicians learn how to develop a focused clinical pathway, matching exercise treatment to patients within a reliable outcome prediction model.Solving the problems behind the symptoms is the DMA Clinical Pilates difference.

DMA training is straight to the point, no complicated training modules,  just  two education units  and a certification examination developed in conjunction with the Australian Physiotherapy Association Accreditation process backed with eLearning, practical workshops, patient case studies and support.

 DMA Clinical Pilates training connects you to a global network of over 11,000 trained clinicians and support with continuing development from leading local and international presenters, researchers and online resources.

 No other Pilates course has its sights set on the future of health reform and the pivotal role physiotherapists will play in the evolving healthcare landscape


UNIT A - Modules 1 & 2

We begin with the history behind this concept becoming one of todays most discussed approaches to injury management. An in depth review of the ever changing research clarifies differences from traditional approaches.

Matwork & equipment based reformer exercises are linked to facilitation of stability control, creating a concentrated “core” of 30 exercises.

Clinical applications and pathology management module 1 introduces you to:-

  • patient subgrouping
  • functional stability tests
  • setting heterogenous/patient specific programmes
  • identifying & setting treatment outcome predictors
  • differentiating motor control from pathology
  • using exercises as treatment tools
  • using exercises as clinical tests
  • differentiation of radiological findings
  • differential diagnosis tools – is it function or structure?
  • gaining effective patient compliance
  • case studies to identify patient subgroups and clinical pathway development 

Module 2 introduces the Trapeze Table, while adding to the reformer & matwork repertoire with:

  • an increased repertoire of shoulder girdle, upper body and combined stability exercises
  • a broadening of reformer exercises and matwork 
  • attention to manual handling and teaching cues 
  • introduction to small barrel & spring wobble board.Clinical ap

Clinical applications and pathology management module 2 introduces you to:
hypermobility & instability identification & management biased assessment techniques
chronic pain and systemic autonomic management
simplifying the “complex pain” patient
integrating evidence on pelvic floor in males & females using outcome measures with Clinical Pilates
recording within subject / within session changes
programme development using case studies
introduction to CPMATE software


 Course Cost $1,920 – BOOK NOW 


UNIT B - Modules 3 & 4

sAs clients improve, clinicians require a broader repertoire to progress patients safely. This module teaches programme progression and indicators to determine if/when client pathologies are stable & suitable to progress.

Module 3 introduces you to:

    • problem solving co-existing pathologies
    • prioritising between primary & secondary problems
    • identifying/ manage multi directional/ global instabilities
    • linking neuro research to differentiate motor learning from a

      pathology management approach

    • managing neuro patients with Clinical Pilates and

      identifying links with normal patients

    • managing the ageing population like athletes
    • improving sporting/athletic performance with a non-sport

      specific approach

    • Advanced case studies to develop individualised programmes with a good clinical pathway & reasoning.

Module 4 introduces you to:

  • additional clinically relevant exercises
  • developing suitability for surgery programmes
  • solving problems not just treating symptoms
  • complex case studies for advanced clinical reasoning
  • developing clinical pathways
  • using outcome measures to quantify efficacy
  • costing programmes for better financial returns
  • Clinical Pilates cost reduction role in the current health reform & primary care models
  • how to integrate tele-medicine into patient care
  • updates on the Clinical Pilates research faculty projects
  • preparation for Clinical Pilates certification process (certified Pilates Clinicians will be posted on as part of a worldwide directory)

Course Cost $1,920 – BOOK NOW 

UNIT C- Module 1 - 4 + Certification

Certified Pilates Clinicians will be posted on as part of a worldwide directory.

Course Cost $4,140 includes Unit A, Unit B & Certification  – BOOK NOW 


Physiotherapist and former professional dancer with the Australian Ballet, Craig Phillips,  pioneered the Clinical Pilates process over 30 years ago by linking the emerging  spinal stability research to the work of Joseph Pilates and his contemporaries.

 With exercise growing as the co-treatment of choice with the majority of medical conditions, Clinical Pilates has evolved as a “Movement Based Classification & Treatment” (MBCT) approach aimed at managing the more costly chronic and recurrent injury problems. With research evidence moving away from “Structure Based Classification” and dwindling support for “structural” tests (such as shoulder impingement’s, knee and hip structure tests, and spinal tests) the MBCT process allows a clinical pathway  to include / exclude differential diagnoses and compare clinical findings against  radiological findings.

 The current focus on reducing surgical interventions and hospitalisation can also be addressed as recent research published on Clinical Pilates involving randomized controlled trials, (Wajswelner 2012)  inter-rater reliability (Yu K 2015) and pilot studies, (Lewis A 2010) now shows its efficacy as a valid assessment and treatment tool. Patients can be subgrouped on functional measures via a validated and reliable prediction model (Tulloch 2012).

 This is not an homogeneous exercise protocol approach, it’s a cutting edge pathology treatment tool.

 Clinical Pilates is unique, being the only Pilates approach use heuristics to  “distill” the exercise repertoire into a clinical package related to the translational evidence model. This focuses the broad pathology knowledge base of physiotherapists, where the links to other treatment philosophies taught at the post graduate level can be demonstrated.

 dma Clinical Pilates Certification Series course (Unit A and Unit B and Unit C) consists of an online eLearning component, 2 x three day practical components, followed by the Certification exam


By partaking in the DMA Clinical Pilates courses and certification, I have been well supported, primed with knowledge and provided the clinical skills to offer each of my clients the best evidence based treatment program to assist in their recovery.  I love that Clinical Pilates treatment enables any person of any physical and emotional level to partake in a specifically tailored program to work towards what is important to them. Clinical Pilates has formed a significant role in my assessment and treatment of clients and has enhanced my skills as a practitioner. Thank you DMA for such a professional, valuable and engaging pathway.

Sophie Halsall-McLennan

Physiotherapist B(Physio), APAM, Fresh Start Physio

DMA Clinical Pilates


Mon-Fri: 7:00-20:00
Sat: 8:00-12:00
Sun: closed

1 Yarra Street
South Yarra
Victoria 3141


Phone +61 3 9827 4511