Bodies Under Construction are the official provider of APPI Pilates instructor training courses throughout South Africa. As one of our Master Trainers Leslie Abrahams teaches the APPI method globally. Leslie uses his worldwide presenting experience to offer the APPI Matwork Certification Series in Cape Town, Johannesburg and other locations.

APPI Pilates for Rehabilitation

Click on the link below to see upcoming dates/locations and to book your space on the course:

Pilates for Rehabilitation – Matwork Level 1 – 7th to 8th April 2018
– 21st to 22nd April 2018
Pilates for Rehabilitation – Matwork Level 2
Pilates for Rehabilitation – Matwork Level 3
Equipment Certification Series
Pilates for Osteoporosis
3D Standing Pilates
Pilates & the Tube Band
Pilates & Stretch Therapy & loads more

APPI's Pilates for Rehabilitation courses are designed for those teaching in the rehabilitation setting. Based on the most up to date evidence in spinal stability, pelvic stability, strength/conditioning and pain – they are the essential Pilates training tool for all health professionals.
The APPI curriculum is designed by Physiotherapists specifically for those working in the field of rehabilitation; therefore pathology, normal movement patterns, neuro-muscular timing and neural pathomechanics are addressed in relation to each exercise. The traditional Pilates repertoire is broken down into clearly defined levels to ensure a standard, gradual progression towards normal functional movement.

Scientific evidence on segmental spinal stabilisation and on pelvic stability forms the theoretical foundation for the APPI curriculum.

Matwork Certification

Based on the most up to date evidence of spinal stability, pelvic stability, strength and conditioning and pain—this is the essential Pilates training tool for all health professionals. APPI have analyzed all 34 traditional Matwork exercises, and broken them down into a step-by-step guide from day 1 Pain, right through to elite level sport. Most importantly, every stage has a clinical reason as to why you would choose that exercise for your client.

APPI's Matwork Pilates training series is formed of three 2 day courses;

  • Matwork Level One – The Foundation
  • Matwork Level Two – Class Instructor
  • Matwork Level Three – Intermediate & Advanced

Courses can be booked individually or receive a discount by booking all three levels together.

Matwork Level 1

APPI’s Matwork level 1 foundation course provides rehabilitation professionals with essential, fundamental knowledge to begin offering modified Pilates to their clients recovering from back pain and other injuries. Drawing upon relevant clinical research, APPI Pilates Matwork level 1 provides an evidence based approach to teaching Pilates in the clinical setting.

For more information on this course, including course dates and locations, click here.

Matwork Level 2

The next level in your training program will focus solely on group teaching, and empower you to begin the journey from clinician to your own group Pilates Instruction. In this course you will learn the vital aspects of class planning, warm-ups, cool downs, standing exercises, and how to design population-specific classes.

For more information on this course, including course dates and locations, click here.

Matwork Level 3

This two day course builds upon the movements, understanding, cueing and exercise selection from Matwork Level One. The conversion from beginner to more advanced movements will facilitate the unique shift from just stability to strength and conditioning. This progression from rehabilitation to full health and fitness is a crucial process to achieve your clients' goals of a full recovery.

For more information on this course, including course dates and locations, click here.


‘I have found the APPI education and approach so beneficial toward patient care, and it has completely changed the way I treat patients and progress their treatment. While I do not teach any specific APPI Pilates classes, I incorporate the exercises and techniques into almost every treatment at this point, particularly for neck, shoulder, and low back patients. Patients have responded very well to it, the progressions make them feel successful, the imagery we used in describing techniques has made communication much more clear, and the cues are so useful in making the exercises effective and specific. It is hands down the most effective course I have taken in my career as a PT, and would highly recommend it to others.'
Anna, San Francisco (Certified APPI Matwork Pilates Instructor)


Equipment Certification Series

The APPI Equipment Certification Series is the perfect way to begin your Pilates large equipment training.

On each course repertoire will be covered on the reformer, cadilac, split pedal chair and arc barrel. Participants will learn over 120 movements for training lumbo-pelvic stability, scauplo-thoracic stability, spinal articulation & stretching as well as higher level full body movements. Workshops on posture, postural assessment, Pilates assessment and program planning are designed to provide participants with skills in all aspects of teaching Pilates.  Discussions of the clinical application of Pilates movements will occur throughout teaching and during presenter-led workshops.

APPI's Equipment Series is made up of four individual courses:
Equipment Level 1
Equipment Level 2

Equipment Level 3
Equipment Level 4

For more information and to book this course in South Africa click here.

Specialist Courses

APPI South Africa offer a large variety of APPI's specialist courses. For the full list of courses available click here. Below is some information on some of our most popular topics.

Pilates & the Tube Band

This one day course is ideal for those wanting to expand their Pilates knowledge by learning movements from the reformer series but don’t have access to this piece of equipment.

During this course you will learn a wide range of Reformer movements which have been newly adapted to the mat using a Pilates Tube Band. The Pilates Tube Band with handles helps target muscles while allowing you assistance to pay attention to form & control. Variations for decreasing and increasing the level of control required for training beginners to advance Pilates clients will be taught. Reformer movements in standing as well as on the mat are included to provide practitioners with a wide range of movements for prescribing a total body programme.

For more information on this course, including course dates and locations, click here.


Stretch Therapy

Join us for this exciting practical one day course, an Introduction to Stretch Therapy for Pilates. During the course you will to introduced to a comprehensive approach that includes stretching, fascial remodeling, strengthening, neural re-patterning, and relaxation. The goals are grace and ease, and this is experienced as enhanced awareness and elegance in movement. Here is an idea of some of the content:

For more information on this course, including course dates and locations, click here.

Pilates & Osteoporosis

This exciting and innovative 1 day course investigates the concept that osteoporosis is the next epidemic to hit the healthcare industry. The course will cover the epidemiology, prevalence and incidence of osteoporosis as well as introducing a unique step by step programme  based on targeting the common fracture sites that the research into osteoporosis suggests. The key concept of this programme is getting clients off the floor in managing osteoporosis and ensuring that the benefit of weight bearing exercise can be linked to Pilates movements.


3D Standing Pilates

3D Standing Pilates is an evolutionary method which advances the essential Pilates principles into more functional upright positions. This two day course introduces a theoretical 3D Standing Pilates model and teaches a series of 3D Standing Pilates movements to address balance, ROM, myofascial control and neural dynamics in standing.
For more information on this course, including course dates and locations, click here.

Hosting Courses At Your Studio

Cannot make it to any of our venues in your country? Not a problem, bring APPI courses to you with our comprehensive course hosting package!
You can host any of the above courses, as well as many of the other course topics on APPI's website, at your clinic, hospital or any other suitable space, such as gyms or hotels. Receive free training spaces for you and your team, make a profit and become affiliated with a world recognised Pilates training company.

APPI's Hosting Brochure

For more information on APPI hosting package in Malta click here to download our hosting brochure, or email our Representative directly to organise dates and location of your hosted course.

If you can't find an answer to your doubts here, please feel free to also contact our International Department at or via telephone on + (44) 345 370 2774, we will be more than happy to assist you!



‘‘We had a very positive experience hosting the Matwork Level 1 course at our local hospital. The APPI provide an 
excellent service – response to email and phone queries was always very prompt and informative and the staff were extremely pleasant to deal with. 
The course itself was conducted in a very informal manner with ample time provided for both practical and theoretical elements. 
All in all, I would have no hesitation in hosting another APPI course at our venue – a sentiment echoed by the course participants, most of whom are very keen to partake in the Matwork Level 2 course in the near future!’
Colette Smee – South Tipperary General Hospital