Pilates Instructor Matwork Education

Do you want to become a certified Matwork instructor in Classical Pilates?

You will receive a Matwork Education and learn how to teach with confidence in a safe way according to the Classical Pilates method. Our work and philosophy maintain the heritage from the original method developed by Joseph H. Pilates. We are the only Pilates studio in Sweden with a 2nd generation Classical Pilates teacher. Are you ready to belong to the elite and become a world-class Matwork Pilates Instructor?

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Book today and don’t miss the opportunity to join the next education starting in August. We only have a few education spots left for fall 2024. Next opportunity is Spring 2025.
What is included in the education and what does it cost?

You will learn how to teach Classical Pilates Matwork. A small group of maximum 6 apprentices get the opportunity to study together with Stephanie Fjalestad, a 2nd generation teacher.

After completing the Matwork Instructor Education you will confidently teach beginner to intermediate clients safely. You are able to recall all of the original exercises at advanced level with skills to perform them with flow at your own ability.

The education includes Pilates Fundamentals, Teaching Fundamentals, Body & Movement Principles, Client Fundamentals, the Wall Ending and all the Matwork exercises.

This education suits anyone who wants to begin practising Classical Pilates Matwork by themselves at home or those who seeks part-time work as a Matwork Instructor. This education is also the first step for those seeking to become a Professional Pilates Professional.

We teach you practical skills on how to use Joe’s original Pilates principles and method. The education includes practical body and movement knowledge. You will learn how to teach using your voice, your hands and how to assess peoples’ individual needs. We teach you how to use modifications to simplify and progressions to challenge people with appropriate exercises.

We will provide clear directions on how to teach group classes with confidence for different skill levels and lengths of time. Guided by your teacher and mentor, this education motivates you step-by-step how to best learn and practice to become a safe and inspirational Classical Pilates instructor.

You should plan approximately 6 hours per week from the start of the course until you are ready for examination. This international education is taught in English.

After completing the Matwork Instructor Education you can confidently teach beginner to intermediate clients safely. You are able to recall all of the original exercises at advanced level with skills to perform them with flow at your own ability. If you pass the exam with distinction and earning the Certificate of Excellence in Matwork you are eligible for the following educations: Advanced Matwork Instructor, Special Populations Matwork Instructor (fall 2024) and Reformer Apparatus Instructor.

The Pilates Via’s Matwork Instructor Education

This international education is held in English to increase your opportunities to work all over the world.


  • Digital learning platform for self-study
  • Two mandatory 3-day (fri-sun) Workshops including lunch & fika
  • Workbook
  • Diploma of Participation
  • Examination (by 2nd generation instructor)
  • Certificate of Excellence (if you score 80% or higher)


  • 60 Via Credits at a value of 11 700 kr
  • Mentorship from a 2nd Generation (Joseph H. Pilates > Romana Kryzanowska > Stephanie Fjalestad) Pilates Teacher
  • Observation of Classical Pilates classes and exclusive access to our library of over 100 recorded classes
  • Apprentice meetings with your teacher to support your progression and to answer all of your questions
  • Lifetime membership to our digital library for instructors with videos and much more

Our affordable education programs are always all-inclusive, without any hidden costs for required classes, lunches, fika, etc.

Price: 29 450 SEK incl. VAT (Education: 17 750 SEK / Via Credits: 11 700 SEK)

TIP! Pay no later than 4 weeks before the education starts, and we give you 20 extra Via Credits at the value of SEK 3,900 incl. VAT.

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When does the next Matwork education start?

Next education starts in August 2024 and January 2025.

Fall 2024

  1. Week 31 (Fri 23:59) August 2, 2024 – Book & Pay
  2. Week 32 (Fri 17-18) August 9, 2024 – Education Starts w. Virtual Meet & Greet
  3. Week 35 (Fri-Sun 09-17) August 30-31, September 1, 2024 – Workshop #1
  4. Week 42 (Fri-Sun 09-17) October 18-20, 2024 – Workshop #2
  5. Week 48 (Sat 14-17) November 30, 2024 – Examination

Spring 2025

Dates for Spring 2025 are released in May.

Fill out the Interested form and we will get in touch and we would be more than happy tell you more and to answer any questions you may have.

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Who is teaching and where does the education take place?

Pilates Teachers

During the eduction you will learn from Swedens most Senior Pilates Teachers in Classical Pilates.

Stephanie Fjalestad Pilates Instructor
Stephanie Fjalestad

Senior Pilates Instructor & Teacher

Stephanie is a 2nd generation Classical Pilates Instructor since 2003 and will be your personal teacher and mentor during the Education. She holds a Comprehensive Classical Pilates Certification from Master Instructor Romana Kryzanowska, the founder Joseph Pilates’ protégé, and has taught thousands of people in US, Australia and Europe to “Stretch with Strength and Control“.

Can anyone become a Classical Pilates Matwork Instructor?

Yes! You should be genuinely interested in Pilates with a desire to inspire and help others.

Becoming a Classical Pilates instructor requires time, motivation and commitment. If you have the drive, we will help you to become an instructor. The Pilates Via education includes our unique mentorship program from a 2nd generation teacher with valuable experience and knowledge to guide you through your education.

Before the education begins

How do you know if you really want to become a Classical Pilates instructor with Pilates Via if you haven’t trained with us before?

For us to be able to give you the best possible education, we recommend you get some experience with Classical Pilates before the education begins. We suggest you train a minimum of 10 x 50 min Matwork Classes with us or another Classical Pilates studio before the first workshop begins. We have classes in our Studio Online if you cannot attend our studios in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Book & Pay your Education

You can now book directly on my.pilatesvia.com. Once payment is confirmed we’ll set you up with the Via Credits we’ve included into your education so you can start using them to book classes.

Self-Study #1 - Start learning Classical Pilates

The education starts with a virtual meet & greet where you will meet all other students and the teacher will give you a brief introduction of what to expect from the education.

After the meet & greet, you will receive an invite to our digital learning platform where you start with a self-assessment to test your current knowledge.

Then you are required to complete a few self-study modules to get you prepared for the first workshop. You’ll now also get access to your Via Credits to book your Matwork Classes included in the education fee, and you begin exercising Essential Pilates regularly well before Workshop #1.

Workshop #1 - Teaching Essential Pilates Matwork

An intensive weekend (Fri – Sun, 09:00-17:00) where the goal is to be able to teach an Essential Matwork class as an apprentice. Step-by-step you will learn how to teach people using your voice (cueing) and with your hands. You acquire useful skills in body and movement principles, to be able to assess and adjust exercises when needed. Lunch & fika is on us!

Self-Practice #1 - Start teaching Essential Pilates and more

After Workshop #1, you will continue practicing your teaching skills of Essential Pilates on your fellow students, friends and family.

You are also improving your skills to perform all Progressive Pilates exercises through self-practice and by attending classes at any of our studios (including Studio Online) regularly.

There will be bi-weekly apprentice meetings and also new self-study modules to help you prepare for Workshop #2.

Plan to practice and study approximately 6 hours per week.

Workshop #2 - Teaching Progressive Pilates Matwork

An intensive weekend ( Fri – Sun, 9am-5pm ) where the goal is to be able to teach a Progressive Matwork class as an apprentice. You will continue to refine your voice (cueing) and improve supporting clients with your hands. Deepen your skills in body and movement principles and continue practicing how to assess and challenge clients when needed. Lunch & fika is again on us!

Self-Practice #2 - Start teaching Progressive Pilates and more

After Workshop #2, you will continue practicing your teaching skills of Essential Pilates for beginners and Progressive Pilates for experienced people. You will practice teaching your fellow students and friends & family when appropriate. Practice on modifying and challenging them.

You continue to improve your own skills to do Progressive & Advanced Matwork Pilates exercises through self-practice and by attending classes regularly at our Studio Online or at Pilates Via Odenplan.

Bi-weekly apprentice meetings continue and additional self-study modules are provided to help you prepare for the Final Exam.

Plan to practice approximately 6 hours per week.

Questions & Answers

I have more questions - who do I contact?

Fill out the interested form and add all questions you might have and we’ll get back to you shortly

Can I do this education to learn Pilates for my own training at home?

Yes! This foundational education will provide you with all you need to train Classical Pilates Matwork by yourself. During the education you will be training with others and work together with your fellow apprentices. At the end of the education, you decide if you want to take the exam or not. Passing the exam is the prerequisite for any continued education with us.

Do you offer the education in English?

Yes. All Pilates Via Educations are in english to give you the best opportunity to work all over the world. Many of our now certified instructors uses their own native languages when practicing even if the exam is held in english.

I don't live in Stockholm - Can I join this unique Classical Pilates education?

Yes you can.

However, you need to participate in the mandatory workshops at our Pilates Studio in Stockholm, Sweden. Our learning platform for self-study, classes, observations, apprentice meetings is online.

For the Matwork educations you only require an exercise mat at home. For Advanced Matwork, Special Populations Matwork educations you also need a Magic Circle and set of hand weights (0.5 kg).

For any of the Apparatus educations you need to have access to Classical (preferably) Pilates Apparatus to be able to practice enough to pass the education and to get certified.

I can't participate in all mandatory weekends - Is there a way to catch up?

Yes, everything is possible. Fill out the interested form below and tell us more and we’ll contact you to discuss how we can make this happen for you! We do start a new group every spring and fall and you can always book something later.

Do you offer a comprehensive Pilates education and certification?

Yes we do!

A comprehensive pilates education means that you are able to teach matwork and apparatus, from beginners up to advanced clients. This can be achieved by taking all our Instructor Educations (7 educations) and earn both Matwork & Reformer Certification of Excellence to become invited to our Professional Pilates Instructor education.

Everyone starts with the Matwork Instructor Education which is the base where you learn all the fundamentals. After passing the certification with distinction (80% score) you become eligible to continue your journey to become a comprehensively certified instructor on both matwork and apparatus if you choose to.

Our program is designed to provide anyone to study, practice and teach step-by-step towards your goal at your own pace. Some people want to get the professional certification as fast as possible (within 1,5 years) with a focus to work for us or another Classical Pilates studio. Others choose to take it step by step as they’re building their own business and client base, to justify their investment in the certifications and equipment over time.

As a certified Professional (aka. Comprehensive) Classical Pilates Instructor, you are now eligible to work for Pilates Via and other Classical Pilates Studios teaching both classes (Matwork & Reformer) and sessions (Matwork & Apparatus).

I already have a Pilates Certification - Do you offer a bridge program?

No, unfortunately we do not offer any “bridge” discounts if you are already certified with another program.

If you already know Pilates Matwork and are looking to learn Classical Pilates Matwork, you will still learn many new skills. Our unique Matwork Instructor Education includes a mentorship from a 2nd generation Classical Pilates Teacher.

Do you offer any continued education?


After completing the Matwork Instructor Education and passing the exam with distinction (80% score) you’ll become eligible for any of the following educations:

View our full Education Program for more information.

I don't want to do the final exam and receive a certification - Can I only participate in the weekend workshops?

Yes, you can. Everyone who completes the education receives a Diploma of Participation. If you are planning on continued education with us, you need to take the exam and achieve a Certificate of Excellence (80% score) to qualify.

Do I have to attend continuing education every year to keep my certificate?

No. Your certification, which takes dedication and effort to earn, is yours forever!

We currently offer three certifications, Matwork, Reformer and Professional. No requirement to chase CEC’s (continued education credits) to keep your certificate.

We believe that as a certified Pilates Instructor you understand that learning never stops. By regularly training with great instructors and teachers, attending workshops and continuing education, you are continuously improving your skills as a Pilates Instructor.

I work a full-time job - Can I make it work?

You know yourself best. Most people who went through this education had full-time jobs and made it work. We recommend you practice (train matwork classes, observe matwork classes, self-practice and practice training others) approximately 6 hours per week on average throughout the education.

Do you offer payment plans?

What books do you recommend?

We recommend these books as an introduction and deep dive for the education.

Return to Life by Joseph Pilates

The Pilates Body by Brooke Siler

Pilates Anatomy by Rael Isacowitz, Karen Clippinger

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