National Pilates Training has designed the Introduction to Anatomy course for those studying the Certificate in Pilates Matwork Instruction and the Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT) with us, and for anyone interested in learning more about the body and how it works.

Over six in-depth eLearning sessions, students will cover basic anatomy and physiology principles and practical application to movement. Students will gain an understanding of the body’s skeletal structure, the role of bones and muscles in relation to movement.

Students will learn in a blended learning arrangement – combining detailed eLearning modules with one face-to-face consolidation day, which students attend once all eLearning has been completed.

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What will you learn?


In this first unit of Introduction to Anatomy we will be introducing you to the Muscular and Skeletal systems and their roles within the body. Additionally we will be going through the terminology of orientation and movement and deciphering their meanings and well as the physical movement associated with the terminology.


This module will cover the structural skeletal characteristics of the lumbar spine paired with the commonly addressed muscles of the lumbar region, abdominal wall and pelvic floor. Looking at the origin, insertion and action of these muscles and finally the relationship between the lumbopelvic stabilisers.


In the Thoracic and Breathing unit we will be looking at the structural skeletal characteristics of the Thoracic spine and cage, paired with the commonly addressed muscles of the Thoracic region. From there we will look at breathing as a whole and which muscles are used during passive and forced respiration.


The passageway from the head to the body has many roles in such a small space. Here we will cover structural skeletal characteristics and differences of the Cervical spine and its varied range of motion between the different vertebrae. Paired with the commonly addressed muscles of the neck, their origin, insertion and action.


The shoulder is one of the largest and most complex set of joints in the body made up of several bones and joints. We will look at the characteristics of the skeletal structure and how it moves around the axial skeleton. We will also be going through the muscles or the rotator cuff, shoulder girdle and their origin, insertion and action.


The pelvis is a key structure for organs, load distribution and locomotion as lots of supporting muscles and ligaments are attached. In this final unit we will go over the basic characteristics of the pelvis as well as it’s surrounding musculature and their actions.

Course Delivery

Once all eLearning modules have been completed, students will attend one face-to-face consolidation day from the below schedule:

  • Friday 4 October 2019

Your Instructor

Benjamin Rashleigh, Partner Studio Manager & Pilates Instructor at Aligned for Life; Anatomy Educator & Short Course Presenter with National Pilates Training.


$750 + $65 application fee. Payment can be made upfront in full, or in two installments.


Aligned for Life – Melbourne CBD Studio

4/370 Little Bourke St

Melbourne VIC 3000

Next Steps

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