What is pilates?

Pilates is a body conditioning routine that may help build flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing, and developing a strong core or centre, and improving co-ordination and balance.


How does pilates differ from yoga?

Both pilates and yoga focus on developing strength, balance, flexibility, posture and good breathing technique. With its emphasis on the unity between the mind and body, yoga has a more spiritual side that pilates does not. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase the strength and flexibility of the whole body) and breathing.

Pilates also uses breathing, but its exercises focus much more on precise movements to target specific parts of the body.


Instructor courses


1. Complete body movement


www.completebodymovement.ie       (Tel: 087 9474784)


Qualfication: STOTT;


Course type: Intensive Mat Course (for students who have a formal background in movement and applied anatomy/biomechanics and who are comfortable with the terminology and language which is associated with these areas.


Number of students per course: 12


Dates: May 17/18/19 & June 7/8/9/15/16th 2013

Or July 13/14/19/20/21/26/27/28


Location: The Pavilion, Merrion Village, Merrion Road, Dublin 4


Price: €1550 (includes 2 manuals and 4 DVDs)


Course content: This course teaches you to design and teach the Level 1 (essential and intermediate) Matwork repertoire, integrating small equipment to add variety and meet the specific needs of your clients.

·         How to apply STOTT PILATES ® biomechanical principles of core stability, breathing and alignment to all exercises.

·         A complete breakdown of each exercise.

·         Exercise goals, muscular initiation and movement sequencing.

·         Modifications to increase or decrease exercise intensity.

·         Modifications for specific body types and postural issues.

·         How to recognise optimal and less than optimal movement patterns

·         A variety of programming options to keep clients motivated.

·         Effective communication, verbal cues and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation.

·         Workout composition for personal and group training.

·         Flex-band, Fitness Circle and Arc Barrel workouts

·         63 exercises plus multiple modifications


Allocation of Hours: 40 hours instruction and supervised teaching (actual course hours); 10 hours observation of classes taught ideally by a STOTT PILATES Instructor but if not available other classes will suffice. Observation of the DVDs supplied on the course will also be acceptable and this work is the responsibility of student done in their own time; 30 hours physical review which is where the student practices the exercises and perfects their own exercise technique outside class time; 15 hours practice teaching of colleagues, classmates again outside class time


Exams: Multiple choice written test (90 short questions): Examines the students’ knowledge of anatomy, understanding and sequence of pilates exercises and case studies where sample clients are given and the student asked to recommend exercises which would be suitable for the client. Practical assessment: Consists of the student teaching a “client” (normally another student) a full workout for 60 minutes under the direction of the STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer Examiner.


2. Bodyfirm pilates and fitness studios- Progressive Pilates Academy


http://www.bodyfirmpilates.com/instructor-training.php       (Tel: 018684600)


Qualification: The Progressive Pilates Academy is a CYQ approved centre offering the CYQ Internationally recognized Diploma qualification in Teaching Mat Pilates. The learner will receive 2 Diplomas: 
*CYQ Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Mat Pilates
*PROGRESSIVE Pilates AcademyL3 Advanced Diploma in Comprehensive Mat Pilates


Course type: CYQ diploma in teaching mat pilates

Prerequisites: Learners should have knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology; 100 hours participation with qualfied Pilates professionals.

Duration: This course is run over 6 weekends.


Price: €1595.00 (€100 discount when all fees paid 30 days in advance of start date.) Price includes Spine Care Module, Pre Natal Module & Small Props module, Comprehensive course manual & Course DVD Tutor Mentor Program/ online support.

Exam: theory, worksheets, case study and on-going movement assessment.


Date and location: Contact studio for upcoming courses.


3. Pilates Performance Ireland


www.pilatesperformanceireland.com (Tel: 01 4957797)


Qualification: Balanced Body (www.Pilates.com) certification.


Course type and description:


Mat 1 (16 hours) Introduction to Pilates and Beginning/Intermediate exercises. Mat I includes an introduction to the history and principles of Pilates, beginning and most intermediate level exercises with modifications, lectures on class order and programming in a group setting, and guidelines for teaching seniors, pre-, and post-natal classes.

Mat II (16 hours) Intermediate/Advanced Exercises. Mat 2 includes the remaining intermediate and advanced level exercises as well as essential movement principles and training tips for advancing clients to the higher levels. Pilates for sports specific activities are also covered.


Pre-requisites: 1 year experience teaching movement, anatomy, 20 pilates mat class sessions


Allocation of hours: To become a fully qualified Balanced Body Mat Instructor, students must complete the following: anatomy (strongly recommended), Balanced Body Mat 1 and 2, 25 Mat Personal sessions and 45 mat student teaching hours (or 20 mat personal sessions, 15 observation hours and 35 student teaching hours), Final written and practical test.


Dates: Balanced Body Mat

Mat 1: 20/09/2013 – 22/09/2013

Mat 2: 11/05/2013 – 23/11/2013 – 24/11/2013


Price: €440 for Mat 1 and Mat 2 each (includes manuals). 


Workshops and Master Classes:

Pilates for Flexion Pathologies (such as Osteoporosis & herniated Discs). A certificate of attendance from Pilates Performance will be issued. Cost €125 Manual included.

Pre/Post-Natal. Each trimester will be considered individually and what needs to be added or eliminated to ensure a safe and effective programme. High risk pregnancies and postural changes to the body will be reviewed. There will be both movement and note taking in this workshop. A certificate of attendance from Pilates Performance will be issued. Cost €125 Manual included.




4. National Training Centre




Duration: 5 Months (6 Weekends + Assessment Day)


Level: CYQ Level 3 Diploma


Cost: The standard cost of this programme is €2,195.00 (deposit €695.00). Alternatively a discount of €295.00 is available when total fees of €1,900.00 are paid at least one calendar month prior to the course start date.


Course content: NTC have amalgamated the special populations and small equipment units in addition to including new material into the Advanced Diploma course.


Eligibility: Designed for those with or without any formal qualification however, it is open to all individuals with or without formal training and who have an interest in human movement studies, anatomy and physiology.


Dates: starts on the 18th and 19th of May 2013


5. The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI)




Qualification: APPI. If you go for mat work foundation you can use it with patients but to hold a class you require mat work level two which must be taken 3months after the foundation level.


Eligibility: The Matwork Certification Series is open to Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Rehabilitation Therapists, Sports Rehabilitation Therapists(with degree level qualification), Occupational Therapists, Podiatrists, Doctors, final year physiotherapy students, those holding either a Human Movement or a Sports Science degree.

Dates and location: Mat Level 1- 15/06/13-16/06/13 Northern Ireland (Not available in the republic of Ireland).

Sale Price:  Book Matwork Levels 1, 2 & 3 together and receive 10% off the individual course prices (usually £259 each)= £699.00 (not including DVD)

Course duration: Please ensure you select a Matwork Level 2 course date 3 months after completing Matwork Level 1 and select a Matwork Level 3 course date 6 months after completing Matwork Level 1.

Recommendations: The APPI recommends purchasing the Pilates for Low Back Pain DVD and the research articles prior to attending your Matwork Level 1course.

Course Content:

Matwork Level One -The Foundation: This course introduces the pilates technique, relevant research, beginner level exercises and contra-indicated exercises. Sixteen movements for training lumbo-pelvic, scapulo-thoracic and cervical stabilisation are learnt through observation, self-participation and practice teaching. Discussions of the clinical application of the pilates movements will occur at the time of their teaching to provide participants with the understanding to be able to teach these exercises to patients and clients after the course.


6. Pilates Teacher Training




Courses: Level 1 and 2 Mat work


Course duration: 42 hours.


Prerequisites: 20 hours Pilates experience.


Certification: Teaching certificate accredited by the Complimentary Therapists association UK (formerly Embody), and insurance can also be provided by this organisation. This course carries 20 cpd credits.


Cost: €850 ( €750 if booked early)


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