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Clinical Pilates MBCT Certification Series Overview

For the last 30 years DMA has maintained its reputation as the gold standard in Pilates training for physiotherapists with Clinical Pilates pioneering the links between spinal stability exercise, motor control research and the work of Joseph Pilates.

Only DMA has published research to test efficacy of the Clinical Pilates MBCT treatment tool with a training model focussed on the heterogenous demands of Physiotherapists treating pathology within a clinical pathway.

We know that every patient is different so you will learn how to identify the differences and treat with a focused, reliable prediction tool. Clinical Pilates is not an homogenous exercise class approach, it’s a cutting edge pathology treatment tool. Whats more, no other Pilates course has its sights set on addressing the future challenges of health reform and the pivotal role physiotherapists will play.


Unit A & B are 3 days per unit 09:00-17:30 plus pre- course e-learning 

Unit A is a pre-requiste for Unit B

Online Booking options can be found at the top of this page.


– lumbo pelvic stability
– patient subgrouping

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 the distinct “point of difference” from standard pilates – MBCT.

Matwork & equipment based reformer exercises are linked to treatment of stability control deficits with 30 “key” exercises & markers for their inclusion / exclusion from treatment.

Clinical applications & pathology management

• patient subgrouping
• functional stability tests
• defining heterogenous/patient specific programmes
• identifying treatment outcome predictors
• differentiating motor control from pathology
• using exercises as treatment
• 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 & clinical pathway development

– cervico thoracic stability
– chronic pain/pelvic floor

This module introduces the Trapeze Table, adding to the reformer & matwork repertoire 

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

Clinical applications and pathology management

• hypermobility & instability identification & management
• direction bias assessment techniques
• chronic pain & 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
• surgical selection & surgical avoidance criteria
• strategies to address Health Reform changes


– motor control & progression
– general /ageing/ neuro / sporting cohorts

As 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.

Clinical applications & pathology management

• 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 individualized programmes with a strong clinical pathway & reasoning.

– programme based management
– healthcare 2020 & health reform

module 4 links the Clinical Pilates program to the current health reform strategies being implemented by government. consolidates all levels to update the knowledge base, while further extending the exercise repertoire.

Clinical applications & pathology management

• additional clinically relevant exercises
• developing suitability for surgery / prehab 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

Online Booking options can be found at the top of this page


DMA Clinical Pilates Certified Clinicians are the leaders in an exclusive network of highly qualified Clinical Pilates trained

  • Recognition as a Certified DMA Clinical Pilates™ MBCT clinician
  • Priority placement on the exclusive find-a-physio worldwide directory
  • Use ‘DMA Certified’ logo
  • Join DMA global community of over 10,000 DMA trained clinicians
    Opportunity to increase client referrals
  • e-health/telehealth consults and support
  • Business networking clinic
  • Improved employment prospects
  • Meet the growing demand for DMA Clinical Pilates™ trained clinicians
  • Work with the DMA Clinical Pilates™ advocacy process with health insurers in the rapidly emerging health reform space.
After completing both Unit A and B you can take the certification exam online via your User Dashboard.


ANSW120-Limited spots left

BVIC120-Melbourne-Limited spots left.Please register to secure your spot.

Unit B-BHK120 only 1 spot left!! and BHK220 in October is filling fast!

DMA Clinical Pilates


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Sun: closed

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