Pilates Studio Rehab Series

Polestar Studio Rehab Course

Studio & Rehab (COMPREHENSIVE)

The Studio & Rehab Series is about how to assess your client and restore functional movement based on all the studio equipment designed by Joseph Pilates. It’s the most in-depth of the 3 courses, going into exercise prescription for all ages and levels of ability with the widest range of equipment.

It takes about 7 months to complete this series – one weekend per month over 6 months, and an online component. Depending on your career path, you might choose to complete one course, or if you’re interested in more than one, complete in a timeframe that works for you.

Pilates Studio & Rehab Series Courses 2023

2023 – Round 2
SYDNEY 22-23 July 19-20 Aug 09-10 Sept 14-15 Oct 11-12 Nov 09-10 Dec 03-04 Feb ’24 FULL
NSW – Byron Bay (servicing GC in QLD) 20-21 May 10-11 June 08-09 July 12-13 August 09-10 Sept 14-15 Oct 11-12 Nov CLOSED
2024 – Round 1 (registrations opening soon)
CITY PP S/R1 S/R2 Prac1 S/R3 S/R4 Prac2 S/R5 S/R6 Prac3 REGISTER
SYDNEY 24-25 Feb 16-17 March 13-14 April 11 May 25-26 May 22-23 June 20 July 03-04 August 31 Aug-01 Sept 21 Sept soon
MELBOURNE 02-03 March 22-23 March 20-21 April 11 May 01-02 June 29-30 June 20 July 10-11 August 07-08 Sept 21 Sept soon
ADELAIDE 23-24 March 06-07 April 03-04 May 25 May 15-16 June 20-21 July 03 Aug 31 Aug-01 Sept 28-29 Sept 19 Oct soon
PERTH 09-10 March 23-24 March 20-21 April 04 May 08-09 June 13-14 July 27 July 17-18 August 14-15 Sept 12 Oct soon
INTENSIVE COURSE FORMAT (Sunshine Coast QLD): The new Studio Rehab intensive format delivers the same curriculum in less time (2-3 months rather than 6) so you can graduate sooner. This course format is hosted on the Sunshine Coast at Kinected Pilates with educator Amanda Erlank.  Spaces are limited to 6


The Pilates Studio & Rehab Training consists of 6 x two-day on-site courses and 3 x practicumes which must be taken in the following order: Polestar Principles (PP) SR1, SR2, Practicum 1, SR3, SR4, Practicum 2,  SR5, SR6, Practicum 3. These are delivered on Saturday & Sunday approx 1 month apart. The course repertoire consists of more than 145 exercises with variations and modifications.

There are two streams of this course ‘Studio and Rehab’. All students learn exactly the same repertoire and course weekends however those students that are from a Rehab background like Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, or Chiropractor will complete different case studies, exams and assignments covering more in-depth medical applications.

  • Integration of manual mobilisation skills and Pilates movement (appropriate to your scope of practice)
  • Learn how to create treatment plans through use of case studies

PP – Polestar Pilates Principles of Movement

Experience and apply the theories of movement that lay the foundation for Polestar Pilates in this prerequisite for all Polestar courses. This non-apparatus course uses evidence-based research and covers our six basic movement principles which are used throughout the Polestar Pilates curriculum. 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 course introduces Polestar Pilates Screening™, which includes postural evaluation and functional testing, to prepare you to properly design a plan to implement Pilates exercises for clients. This unique component significantly enhances decision-making skills as a Pilates practitioner.

For those individuals taking more than one fitness certification (such as Mat and/or Reformer), this course is required only once.

SR1 – SR6 (6 x 2 day courses)

The course has six units scheduled approximately one month apart. Each unit is two days, Saturday and Sunday. The time between units allows you to practice, complete log book hours, assignments and become comfortable with the material before continuing on to the next.

These Units review the postural screening methodology and the six principles learned in Principles, then applies them to exercises on the Studio Reformer, Trapeze Table, Chair, Ladder Barrel, Mat and small props. Students will receive a comprehensive didactic and theoretical review and practical training using a clinical reasoning approach. Each Unit consists of a formal lecture, demonstrations, labs, reading assignments, research literature review, and writing assignments.

PRACTICUMS:  There are 3 Practicums scheduled as part of the Comprehensive course and are included in the course fees.  Full details are listed below.

For information out our other courses including the Diploma check out the Polestar CAREER PATHWAY MAP .

This course does not contain limitations on access and equity, however it reserves the right to refuse an application if there is reasonable evidence to suggest that the applicant is physically incapable of carrying out the necessary requirements of Pilates training practice.

Additional Topics

  • Verbal and tactile cueing combined with mental imagery to facilitate accurate execution of movement
  • Program design and exercise sequencing
  • Practical application of the repertoire through use of case studies
  • Exercise modifications for a variety of populations
  • Adjustment of equipment for patient safety and instructor efficiency
  • Progression of movement following an injury
  • Indications and contraindications for exercise selection
  • Lab time with fellow students

The Pilates Studio & Rehab Series includes the following 6 Units of competency:

  • NAT10828006: Plan and instruct the introductory Polestar Pilates Studio and Rehabilitation repertoire (S1)
  • NAT10828007: Plan and instruct the beginner Polestar Pilates Studio and Rehabilitation repertoire (S2)
  • NAT10828008: Plan and instruct the early intermediate Polestar Pilates Studio and Rehabilitation repertoire (S3)
  • NAT10828009: Plan and instruct the intermediate Polestar Pilates Studio and Rehabilitation repertoire (S4)
  • NAT10828010: Plan and instruct the early advanced Polestar Pilates Studio and Rehabilitation repertoire (S5)
  • NAT10828011: Plan and instruct the advanced Polestar Pilates Studio and Rehabilitation repertoire (S6)



Students who graduate from Polestar’s Comprehensive series qualify for:

  • Studio Instructor Membership with the Pilates Alliance of Australasia.  Applications will also be accepted for partial completion of Diploma of Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Instruction Method (10828 NAT). Plus Diploma unit HLTSHW003 Maintain Work Health & Saftey.
  • For those already members with AUSactive you will receive 10 CEC’s for PP.


Minimum requirements for entry into this course are:

  • Attainment of HSC / Secondary education or tertiary education equivalent
  • A good understanding of Pilates – we recommend completing a minimum of 25 hours of personal Pilates practice either in private or group sessions. This may include matwork and studio work (preferably with a Polestar Pilates certified practitioner).  This can be provided as a log from your studio/gym or letter/email from your Pilates practitioner.
  • Successful completion of Polestar’s online Anatomy course or HLTAAP001 (Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context) equivalent. RPL for units completed through a recognised complementary health care college or RTO are accepted once transcript is provided to compliance.


The above 6 units are drawn from the Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Instruction Method Diploma (10828NAT) which is a nationally recognised course under the Australian Qualification Framework. Polestar Australia is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) No. 91620. Graduates will receive a Statement of Attainment for partial completion of this Diploma.


On registration you will be automatically enrolled into the Polestar Online Resources where you will have access to the interactive study resources including lectures, case studies, repertoire review and much more. You will also receive an instructional email outlining your homework assignments and lots of great information for the duration of your course.

At your first course weekend you will receive your manuals and this is when you can start to complete your logbook hours. Note manuals and logbooks must be bought to each course weekend:

  • Principles Manual
  • Studio repertoire manuals S1-S6
  • Logbook


As part of the training Polestar recommends the following text to assist with your learning: Note they are an additional cost to the course fees.

  • Anatomy of Movement, Blandine Calais-Germain: Eastland Press 1993
  • Pilates Evolution, the 21st Century Joseph Pilates: Bain Bridge Books
  • Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery, Eric Franklin: Human Kinetics 1996
  • Energy Medicine, The Scientific Basis, James L. Oschman: Churchill Livingstone, 2000 Chapters 1-4, 15 
  • Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation: Carol M. Davis – Polestar will provide you with PDF copies of this at registration (you will not need to purchase this text)

This course does not contain limitations on access and equity, however it reserves the right to refuse an application if there is reasonable evidence to suggest that the applicant is physically incapable of carrying out the necessary requirements of Pilates training practice.


The Pilates Studio & Rehab Training course is made up of the following hours, all log book hours must be completed prior to taking your final examination:

  • Lectures & homework: 430 h
  • Observation: 50 h
  • Practice (Self-Mastery): 100 h
  • Apprentice Teaching): 100 h
  • Final Exam (Practical & Theory): 3 hrs


Lecture hours include all face to face delivery of material PP, SR1-SR6 plus 3x Practicums.


To be completed and submitted prior to your face to face weekends for assessment by the education team. Feedback will be provided during course weekend. Detailed instructions will be sent to you on registration. Late submission of homework does incur additional fees, see student handbook on registration for more information.


Student observes a Pilates Studio sessions in action, and has their logbook hours signed off by a certified practitioner. Polestar Online Academy can be used for up to 10 observation hours of this course.


  • Self-mastery hours includes self-study i.e. studying theoretical components of the course and self-practice and by attending classes and semi / private studio sessions.
  • 30% of these hours can be allocated to self-study, the remaining 70% to be allocated to self-practice
  • NOTE: the practical self-practice hours are at an additional cost to the course fees as you will be attending studios to complete these.


After having attained self-mastery of the repertoire in the course you will be ready to assist a Pilates instructor within a Studio environment in order to gain practical experience and feedback on your teaching delivery. These hours are recorded in your log book and signed off by the instructor you are working with. 

Click here for Polestar’s list of mentors and studios you can work with.


You have 18 months from the commencement of Principles (PP) to take your final exam. All logbook hours, face to face weekends and assignments must be completed. The exam consists of a 2 hour multiple choice and 1 hour practical. Please contact Student Admin when you are ready to book in.


Practicums help accelerate your teaching and demonstration hours in a supported environment with an Educator. Teaching is within a clinical format against units of competency and allows students to accrue 2 hours for 1 hour (1:2) towards their student logbook. Topics included will be review of Theory, Repertoire, Case Studies and Self-Mastery demonstration and teaching.  They are schedule generally over 4hrs but can be shorter and some are online.

There are 2 Practicums scheduled as part of the Matwork course and are included in the course fees.  All other practicums are optional and the schedule for booking can be found here:  https://www.polestarpilates.edu.au/qualification/study-groups/


Following is an indication of your additional commitment per week

  • Self-Practice – minimum 2 hour per week
  • Supervised Practice – minimum 2 hour per week
  • Observation – minimum 2 hours per week
  • Apprentice Teaching – minimum 2-3 hours per week
  • Written homework – minimum 3 hours per month


Polestar Pilates Australia recognises the skills and knowledge that a candidate has gained via other forms of study, formal training, self-tuition, work experience or life experience. Please contact Polestar directly for more information


Polestar Pilates Studio & Rehab Training Units PP, SR1, SR2, SR3, SR4, SR5, SR6, Academic Units, Course Manuals, Logbook, Online Portal and Final Exam$6,250
Deposit: $1070
Payment plan: $740 x 7

Additional out of pocket expenses

  • The practical self-mastery hours are at an additional cost to the course fees as you will be attending studios to complete these. Remember that 30 hours can be completed as self-directed study (unsupervised)
  • Logbook sign off for teaching and demonstration of all repertoire. As you proceed through the course all repertoire learnt must be signed off by an Educator or Mentor for teaching and demonstration. Polestar allocates time at each face to face weekend for repertoire check off however sometimes students are not quite ready so this will need to be done in your own time and will incur additional fees by engaging a mentor or attending study groups in your city.
  • Required Reading books: as noted in course overview above

All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST when applicable. All prices are subject to change without notice.

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