PILATES MAT

Start teaching Pilates with our globally-recognised matwork and reformer qualifications

Our teaching method is interactive; combining face to face lectures with hours of physical practice guided by Polestar educators and mentors. You will learn to assess your clients holistically, physically and psychologically and walk away with the confidence to teach a range of clients from beginners to advanced, including rehabilitation and high-performance athletes.

These courses are ideal for aerobic and fitness instructors, rehabilitation practitioners and other movement teachers (eg yoga, dance) seeking to gain a Pilates qualification in teaching matwork or reformer.

If you need to refresh your anatomy and physiology knowledge, please see here for details of how we can help.

Upcoming Mat Courses

Pilates Mat, London (Polestar Pilates)

Pilates Mat London

31st Oct 2020 - 28th Feb 2021

Pilates Mat, Cirencester (Polestar Pilates)

Pilates Mat Cirencester

9th Jan 2021 - 18th Apr 2021

Mat Course Content

  • Gateway Module

    Gateway Pilates is an online+weekend introductory course to the Pilates Method and the Polestar approach.  It can be taken stand-alone or as an integral part of the mat course.

  • PPO Module - Polestar Principles Online

    Experience and apply the theories of movement that lay the foundation for Polestar Pilates in this prerequisite for all other Polestar courses. Using evidence-based research, you will discover the passage ways for movement throughout the body and develop the tools to provide either assistance for or challenge your clients in helping them achieve their goals.

    Polestar Principles will bring to life your ability to assess, problem-solve, design and modify exercise programs to meet specific needs and abilities.

    This is a 10-hour online course with 8 segments. Each segment will be available after the completion of the previous one. Quizzes, resources, and discussions qualify your learning as you go through the course.

    Upon completion, you will be able to:

    • Deepen your knowledge in current evidence-based research pertaining to movement science, motor learning, bioenergetics and communication;
    • Understand the Polestar Principles of Movement;
    • Demonstrate ability to correctly execute and teach over 130 exercises and their variations;
    • Be able to use the ICF Model or the Polestar Screening™, specifically designed for the movement professional, which includes postural evaluation and functional testing to determine your clients’ strengths, weaknesses and goals.
  • M1 Module

    This 2-day course teaches 9 preparatory (or pre-Pilates) mat exercises and 16 Pilates mat exercises for beginning and intermediate levels. The six basic Polestar Pilates Principles are incorporated into the learning process, to provide a clear understanding of the underlying fundamentals of each mat exercise. Programme design and exercise sequencing are addressed for a variety of group exercise and personal training settings. Verbal, tactile and imagery cues are used to facilitate motor learning.

    Tuition: Two days, 16 hours

  • M2 Module

    Mat Level 2

    19 Pilates-evolved mat exercises are presented for intermediate and advanced levels. This course focuses on practical teaching experience that emphasises group dynamics. Polestar Pilates Principles are applied to verbal, tactile and combined cueing. Programme design and exercise sequencing are discussed for a variety of clients and class settings. To enhance teaching outcomes, Polestar instructors provide analysis and critique of instructional styles.

    Tuition: Two days, 16 hours

  • M3 Module

    Mat Level 3

    This course incorporates a unique blend of Pilates mat exercises with small props (foam roller, rotating discs, balance board, gym ball, Flex Ring Toner®, and springs) to enhance and challenge your Pilates mat repertoire. Focus will also continue on exercise modification for populations with special needs.

    In this course, practical sessions will incorporate exercise transitions and choreography to enhance the quality of your Pilates mat programming. These small props add a unique proprioceptive challenge to the original exercises as well as providing support and assistance to the more challenging Pilates repertoire. Principles of exercise modification are discussed. Emphasis is placed on increasing and decreasing the challenge of the Pilates mat exercises.

    Tuition: Two days, 16 hours