Australian Pilates Method Association

The Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) established in 1995, is Australia's peak not for profit Pilates representative body.

Australian Pilates Method Association

Servicing area

Hurstbridge, Victoria

Focus areas

Movement Bodywork Vision Education & training

All members have completed the full teacher training program and a rigorous examination process

Its vision is to communicate the power and the passion of Pilates. Its primary goal is to achieve recognition of the method at government and health fund level and accreditation for qualified practitioners. It also makes a major contribution to the Pilates education and training curriculum and is a keen and active proponent of professional ethics and standards.


Created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920's, the Pilates exercise method helps exponents achieve optimum balance between mind and body.

In its 80 years, largely through his pioneering work, the system has become a favoured method of integrated exercise, particularly among elite athletes and performers, and those recovering from injury.

Joseph’s astute observations of body movement quickly detected that, compared to animals, humans make less than optimum use of their physical capacity.

Pilates is based on a range of more than 500 exercises, often in conjunction with specially designed equipment. It uses the musculo-skeletal make-up of the human body as it’s platform, and blends breathing regulation and mental exercise into a program designed to deliver holistic benefits.

Importantly, the method teaches participants greater awareness of the form and function of their bodies. As a result, the discipline can be applied throughout daily life for boosted strength, stability and mobility.

Because it combines a complex series of exercises involving multiple parts of the body, qualified instruction is essential.

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