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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



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


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