Australian Pilates Method Association

A non-profit organisation, all profits from APMA go directly to its members to advance the needs of the Pilates industry and its members. Community members embrace the Joseph Pilates philosophy to nourish and serve a diverse population through education and development. Learn more about the APMA, contact them today!

Professional Body for Pilates Practitioners & Teachers

Servicing area

Hurstbridge, Victoria

Focus areas

Movement Bodywork Vision Education & training

About APMA

Pilates in Australia was developed early in the 1990s by a small group of Pilates teachers with the vision of creating a not-for-profit organisation to reflect the Joseph Pilates method.

During the initial years, Pilates was regarded as a generic term, which led to the trademark of the name in both the US and Australia. 

At this time, the APMA philosophy took shape, and other competent, concerned teachers and studio owners joined the organisation.

Over 300 members joined the APMA in the 2000s. In 2014, the APMA instructor training course was developed further, standardised, and became the APMA Education and Training RTO's Diploma in Pilates Movement Therapy.

As a not-for-profit organisation, all proceeds go directly to the advancement of Pilates in Australia and to the needs of its members.

The APMA strives to educate and develop Pilates-minded individuals, advocating for the Joseph Pilates philosophy to nourish and serve a diverse population.

The Power And Passion Of Pilates

Joseph Pilates created the Pilates exercise method in the 1920s as a way to achieve a balance between the mind and body.

He quickly noticed, after observing the movements of his body, that humans use their physical capacity less efficiently than animals.

The method helps participants become more aware of their bodies' forms and functions. The discipline increases strength, stability, and mobility throughout everyday life.

During its 80 years, largely due to the pioneering work of its creator, the system has become a preferred method of integrated exercise, particularly among athletes and performers recovering from injury.

It consists of more than 500 exercises, often performed with specially designed equipment. 

The program combines breathing regulation and mental exercise with the musculoskeletal system of the human body as a platform for holistic benefits.

Because it involves a complex sequence of exercises involving a number of body parts, it requires qualified instruction.

APMA Code of Ethical Practice 

In accordance with the Code of Ethical Practice, all members must commit to and adhere to the following principles:

  • The well-being of the client is the primary and most important factor in all treatment decisions.
  • Ensure client confidentiality is maintained.
  • Ensure that client records are comprehensive and accurate.
  • Assist the client according to accepted principles and techniques.
  • Maintain a commitment to the development of the profession/industry by attending conferences and workshops.
  • Support and be courteous to all professional colleagues and the associated Pilates industry.
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