Since 2004 I have been training with the APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute).

My qualifications are listed below;

  • Matwork level one - Foundation
  • Matwork level two -
    Class Instructor
  • Matwork three -
  • Matwork certification exam (fully certified)
  • Pilates and small equipment
  • Ante-natal and post-natal Pilates
  • Reformer Pilates matwork
  • APPI conference small workshops/updates on Pilates

  • Upcoming Training; 

    • 3D Standing Pilates
      (September 2013)
    • Equipment Certification
    • HIT! Pilates - High Intensity Training Pilates

APPI Trained Instructor

Introducing Westhill Physiotherapy’s  APPI Trained instructors; 

Michelle Ord is a Chartered Physiotherapist trained In APPI method.

Kirsteen Leitch is a chartered Physiotherapist trained in APPI method

Stott Instructor

Donna Dohan is a fully certified Stott instructor and teaches modified Pilates within our Physiotherapy department as a Technical Instructor.

All our instructors regularly keep up their CPD and training, offering exciting and challenging new moves and expanding their repertoire in the classes.

Research into the prevention of recurrence of back pain, has unearthed the need to retrain the deep abdominal and spinal muscles following an episode of back pain, Hodges (1999) developed a model of spinal stability proposing that transversus abdominus, mutifidus, the diaphragm and the pelvic floor muscle are co-activated and form an enclosed abdominal ring, termed a ‘cylinder of stability’, Co-contraction of these muscles increase pressure in the abdominal cavity and increase  tension In thoracolumbar fascia (TLF) which generates an increase in lumbar stability.


Pilates helps increase an individuals awareness about their own body and emphasises the importance of central core stability in normal functional movement.

Founder, Joe Pilates believed by concentrating on the flow and precision of a movement coupled with controlled breathing that abnormal movement patterns could be rectified.

Matwork based Pilates consists of strengthening, mobility and stretching exercises to help resolve weaknesses, compensations and overdevelopment thus correct malalignment and re-educate the body. Pilates is a mind body conditioning exercise programme that targets the deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine to improve overall core stability and posture. The mind and body are brought together to achieve these aims through the following eight sound principles: concentration, centering, breathing, isolation, routine, precision, control and flowing movement,

Pilates when performed regularly, positively changes the body. It combines awareness of the deep postural and stability muscles, breathing sequence , postural correction with suppleness and flexibility.