Pilates Certification Courses

Pilates Reformer

270 hrs
Pilates Reformer builds on the concepts learned in Pilates Mat Work. Postural and functional assessments serve as the backdrop to more than 150 exercises and modifications. We focus on exercises performed on the Pilates Reformer apparatus, progressing through beginner, intermediate and advanced repertoire. Upon completion, you will have the confidence and expertise to build bodies with balanced strength and flexibility, improve movement and function, manage injuries and how to fine-tune athletic performance. You also develop skills to teach functional and challenging Reformer group classes and one-on-one sessions.
Course Pre-requisite
Body Harmonics Pilates Mat Work or equivalent AND Anatomy in Motion pre-requisite course

**Pilates Mat Work and Pilates Reformer may be taken as a combined program. Save 20% ($800) when you register for both.** Pilates Mat Work provides you with the tools to design mat classes for people of all ages and abilities. You learn the complete Mat Work Repertoire. Our unique certification program emphasizes core stabilization systems, movement mechanics, and versatile class design principles. ** If you have already completed a recognized minimum 6-hour anatomy program within the last 5 years, the Anatomy in Motion course is not required. ** The Anatomy in Motion course literally changes the way you think about, observe, and feel human movement. Fun and interactive, the human structure comes alive, and you gain new insights into how the body moves from different perspectives. The ultimate goal of this course is to help you understand how movement is produced at all major joints, which lays the groundwork for accurate neuromuscular recruitment, joint mobility, and core control.

Recommended Textbook: "Return to Life through Contrology" by Joseph H. Pilates
Program requirements include

Note: If you hold a Pilates Reformer or Comprehensive teacher designation from another recognized school, please refer to the Pilates Bridge program for a condensed program and savings options. 

Learning objectives:

  • Master the complete Pilates reformer repertoire
  • Develop exercise modifications and variations for all levels
  • Explore ways of working with individual clients in a one-on-one setting
  • Learn the art of versatile class design for the Pilates Reformer group class environment
  • Develop primary postural assessment techniques and functional anatomy related to spine, lower limb and upper limb
  • Gain an understanding of the core stabilization systems and locomotor slings

Program of study:

  • Module 1: Reformer Foundations (21 hours)
  • Module 2: Reformer Intermediate and Advanced (21 hours)
  • Module 3: Reformer Innovations (6 hours) / Core Integrity (12 hours)
  • Module 4: Advanced Teaching Methodologies (12 hours)

Practice teaching (minimum 100 hours):

Practice teaching involves conducting one-on-one reformer sessions with individuals who agree to act as practice clients. Practice teaching hours may be completed at ReActive Movement during agreed times - details to be discussed in the program. Practice clients pay a nominal fee of $40 by cash to the Studio per one-hour session. If you conduct your practice teaching hours elsewhere, fees are set at the facility’s discretion. You’re required to keep track of your practice teaching hours on special log sheets, and to have your practice clients sign in for each session.

Self-practice (minimum 100 hours):

The self-practice component consists of practicing on a Reformer whether on your own or with your peers, or may also include taking Pilates Reformer classes. Self-practice hours are available at ReActive Movement for a nominal fee per session hour. Our teachers-in-training are entitled to the exclusive class drop-in rates of $20 per class. If you’re completing your hours elsewhere, fees are at the discretion of facility management.


  • Online written exam (one month after last module)
  • In-class practical exam (three months after written exam)

2019 Dates:
Anatomy in Motion prerequisite course *  - Jan 6, 2019 from 12-6pm ($240 course fee is not included in tuition)
Module 1 - Pilates Reformer Foundations - Feb 22-24, 2019 from 12-7pm
Module 2 - Pilates Reformer Intermediate and Advanced - Mar 15-17, 2019 from 12-7pm
Module 3 - Pilates Reformer Innovations / Core Integrity - Mar 29-31, 2019 from 12-6pm
Module 4 - Advanced Teaching Methodologies - April 13-14, 2019 from 12-6pm

* Anatomy in Motion pre-requisite course required for all students who have not previously completed a minimum 6-hour Anatomy course within the last 5 years. 

Note: Level 1 (Mat) and Level 2 (Reformer) may be taken simultaneously in a combined program. A 20% savings ($800) will be applied to the total tuition. Please contact us to inquire.

Location: ReActive Movement, 6200 La Salle Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611
Contact: Holly Wallis, Body Harmonics Director of US Operations - 510-338-0962 or holly@bodyharmonics.com


Course Materials and Exam Fees

Tuition Fees: $2,400 + exam fess and course materials
Written Test Fees: Included in tuition
Practical Evaluation Fee: $200 per attempt due at time of scheduling
Estimated Materials Fees (binder and manuals): $200 + Taxes 

Ask us about a Payment Plan that works best for you!

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received up to 30 days prior to the start date will be refunded minus 15% of the total tuition fee. Cancellations received 7-29 days prior to the start date will be refunded minus 50% of the total tuition fee. No refund less than 7 days prior to or anytime after course start date. To avoid any cancellation penalty, course registrations may be postponed or applied to a different course with permission up to 7 days before the course start date for a $100 administrative fee. All postponements are non-refundable.

NOTE: In the event that the workshop is rescheduled, any registrants will be given the option to take the workshop as a Private Tutorial on the same date or an alternate date that is convenient within 3 months of the cancelled course date. 

ReActive Practitioners have extensive training and experience working with many structural and functional conditions, including...

  • Posture/Gait Imbalances
  • Hip Instability/Mobility Issues including pre-/post-operative care for hip scope and replacement
  • Shoulder Instability/Mobility Issues including frozen shoulder, rotator cuff imbalances/injuries, pre-/post-operative care for shoulder replacement
  • Spine Issues (Spinal Stenosis, pre- & post-operative care for discectomy, laminectomy, spinal fusion, DDD, ankylosing spondylitis, spondylolisthesis, disc bulges/herniations – Post-rehab)
  • Knee Instability/Mobility Issues including Patellar Femoral Syndrome, pre-/post-operative care for knee scope and replacement
  • Scoliosis – Functional & Structural
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteopenia/Osteoporosis
  • Pre- & Post-natal including diastasis recti, C-Section, SIJ pain/pelvic instability and dysfunction
  • Low, Mid- & Upper back pain (incl Core Stabilization/Muscle Recruitment issues)
  • Muscular Recruitment/Patterning Issues including habitual compensations, faulty recruitment/patterns
  • Chronic conditions – Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, chronic pain syndromes, MS, etc
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Standing & Walking stability issues including balance issues, leg discrepancy, neurological disorders (ie stroke)
  • Functional Movement Issues (ie difficulty performing movements of everyday life ie sit-stand, bending, lifting, pushing, pulling, managing stairs, etc)
  • Sport-Specific Training (golf, tennis, cycling, climbing, swimming, running, education for safer and more effective gym training, etc)
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