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

We have dedicated ourselves to establishing the gold standard of evidence based Pilates training for Physiotherapists publishing quality research to test its efficacy as a valid assessment and treatment tool for subgrouping patient’s presentation.

You will learn to be a better clinician with a focused clinical pathway  and reliable prediction model. Clinical Pilates is not an homogenous exercise protocol approach, it’s a cutting edge pathology treatment tool. No other Pilates course has its sights set on the future of health reform and the pivotal role physiotherapists will play.

Motor control deficits are emerging as a major underlying cause of most chronic / complex conditions. Solving the problems behind the symptoms is the dma Clinical Pilates difference. dma Trained Clinicians can reliably classify and match treatments to patients  with strong outcome predictors.

dma Clinical Pilates training is straight to the point, no complicated training modules,  just  two education units  and a certification examination supported by eLearning, practical workshops, patient case studies and support.

dma Clinical Pilates training provides you with a connection to a global community of over 10,000 trained clinicians and support with continuing development from leading dma local and international presenters, researchers and online resources.



Physiotherapist and former professional dancer with the Australian Ballet, Craig Phillips,  pioneered the Clinical Pilates process over 30 years ago by linking 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 to “distill” the exercise repertoire into a clinical package related to the translational evidence model. This allows integration with the broad 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 and a 2 x three day clinical and practical components.

The Certification exam can be taken after the completion of Unit B but ensuring you allow clinical assimilation time.

DMA Clinical Pilates


Mon-Fri: 7:00-20:00
Sat: 8:00-14:00
Sun: closed

1 Yarra Street
South Yarra
Victoria 3141


Phone +61 3 9827 4511