The APPI Method


Reformer Pilates Aberdeen

The APPI was established 16 years ago by two Australian Physiotherapists, Glenn and Elisa Withers, on the basis of an academic scholarship from the Australian Physiotherapy Association.   This initial study in the ‘Clinical Relevance of Pilates Exercise for clients with Back and Pelvic Pain’ led to the development of the APPI method taught today.

APPI has modified Traditional Pilates exercises into therapeutic exercises and renamed them Rehabilitation Pilates. Traditional Pilates, developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s, is a system of exercise which aims to increase strength of the core abdominal and back muscles. Originally designed for dancers, traditional Pilates exercises are very physically demanding and not suitable for those with low back pain, neck pain or peripheral joint injuries. Therefore Elisa and Glenn analysed and modified the original repertoire into a system of exercises which aim to restore muscle balance and correct postural alignment. Rehabilitation Pilates is based on retraining correct activation of the core stabilising lumbo-pelvic muscles: Multifidus, Transversus Abdominis and the pelvic floor. ‘Rehabilitation Pilates’ is the culmination of years of both Physiotherapy and Pilates training. 


The full 34 traditional Matwork Pilates exercises, plus additional standing, kneeling and seated warm up and cool down exercises are broken down using the APPI’s unique Pilates exercise level adaptations to take participants through a step by step process of achieving successful Pilates movements. In the APPI repertoire the majority of the traditional 34 movements have been broken down into 4-6 levels, allowing a client with no exercise history, or limited movement control a chance to slowly progress in a pain-free, achievable and structured program.