The world changed for good when the Pilates mat sequence started to find a home in gyms, dance schools, suburban halls and luxurious health retreats. The proliferation of home workouts on VHS then DVD and finally the digital world saw people doing crunches, bicycles and even teasers and push ups. But … is it even Pilates? Well, that’s why we are here. We believe that if you are going to use the P-word ... it should in fact be heavily doused in the original work!

Being part of TMRACADEMY means that you are an agent of a positive change within the industry, equipping your clients with information and detail about the true method, just without the dogma and 'ivory tower' vibes of big-brand Pilates schools. Studying with us will give you the passport to work in any setting that you connect with, whether you have aspirations of being a group fitness teacher, working with a special population or seek to work in a variety of private pilates studios (not just white-reformer paradise). We are saddened to hear of graduates of other schools only being able to work in a very narrow application barely getting a few hours of work a week. 

Study with us in a format that suits you; module by module with the most comprehensive approach to the method on the market. As a graduate, you will come to know the apparatus with confidence and eventually how each apparatus is interrelated beyond the exercises alone.


We teach you the original Mat (Return to Life) as made by Joseph Pilates. We go the extra mile to explain where some first generation teachers have embellished or made worthwhile modifications and how this deviates from Mr Pilates' work and in which situations this can be useful. This is truly where you can apply the real work to the general public without resorting to tricks and flips to keep them interested.

In addition to learning the impressive exercises we look deeper to the method, the meat and potatoes of it all. This is especially useful if you seek to be certified in more modes (Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs, Barrels etc.) because the Mat is truly the gateway, it establishes the movement vocabulary for the method and offers the mind a map for movement. 

To make this top-line advanced material and meat and potatoes work to the people, we will digest the building blocks that our course director has put together based on his near 20 years in the industry. These are rooted in the principles of motor learning and will see your clients succeed.

OG Pilates + movement education + exercise science + common sense + a good time = TMRACADEMY


Have you felt the difference between Classical Pilates and other dilutions of the method? Before you sign up to another course and become another cookie-cutter Reformer instructor ... save yourself the heartache and try some sessions IRL or online with us. The more you experience before the course starts, the richer your experience. 

Feel the difference, then make a difference!


We are truly here for you. Training courses can be a challenge for a variety of reasons, but that's the benefit of training with TMRACADEMY, you'll have the course director's email address and phone number. As industry veterans, we will work to ensure you graduate with every success and happiness. 

As a member of the TMRACADEMY community, you'll be the first to know about our free student zoom work-outs and work-ins and if you can't make it live, you'll receive a recording for your Pilates pleasure.

You're not going to slip through the cracks, we promise.

Choose a Pricing Option


TMRACADEMY is known for educating fabulous teachers who share our love of detail, precision and care for the method.

Want to be the absolute best you can be? Attend our in-person delivery sessions or participate in 1:1 mentoring with Nicholas Psarros. You'll receive clear feedback and can trust that this information will best prepare you for your final teaching assessments.

No fads, just a space for enquiry into calm strength and confidence based on Nicholas Psarros' near twenty year career as a movement educator.

Professional excellence bonus: courses from our faculty

Non-specific low-back pain

Back pain is probably the most common reason people attend Pilates these days. But what is back pain and does the cause affect your programming? 

To best understand it, our faculty member Susan Cottrell will review key anatomy knowledge and look at the body as a movement system.

This will remind you why Pilates is so fantastic for back pain and help you ‘sell’ your services to your prospective client.

Centering in Breath

THE BREATH – one of the guiding principles of Pilates – essential for life, and so much more than an oxygen delivery system. Yet our clients often get “caught up” up in the breath, holding and struggling to coordinate breath with movement. Although JHP said “above all, learn how to breathe correctly”, is there really a “Pilates breath”?

We asked our colleague Megan Steers to share her knowledge and holistic approach to teaching Pilates to every day people, one breath at a time!

Professional identity + wellbeing in the industry

The health and 'wellbeing' industry is not always healthy for instructors and teachers. Many of us have too many horror stories about workplace issues. 

TMRACADEMY knows the power of working within your strategic values to empower a client community.

We have included this professional workshop with collaborator Kirsten Brown to boost your wellbeing, workplace satisfaction and professional longevity.

Example Curriculum

  TMRACADEMY Philosophy
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  Assessment and learning tasks
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  The Return to Life Mat and building blocks for clients
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  Non-traditional Mat (other classical lineages)
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  Mat flows, themes and concepts
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  Developing The Craft
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  Developing the body for the classical work
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  • The original sequence
  • Motor skill building blocks for success in the mat work environment


  • Classical cues and hands-on cueing
  • Decoding the classical ways
  • The Flexionless Mat - our approach to bone health/Osteoporosis with the Classical method
  • First steps in the studio
  • First ten exercises to teach on the Mat to new clieints
  • Top tips for signature exercises
  • Building comfort in key exercises


  • Learning tasks that build your knowledge and enhance the tools that make an excellent teacher
  • Physical proficiency of the exercises (recorded or live)
  • Teaching assessment (recorded or live)


We are a small organisation with a big heart and a big dream... equipping Pilates lovers with the tools to study the highest quality course material in an environment that suits you.

Study purely on-line or attend apparatus weekends when convenient, you'll have access to the faculty and our ever-growing library of student and graduate resources. 

We have lovingly recorded every exercise and drill in our syllabus and continue to add to the library, constantly.

Stay fresh on the detail with lifelong access to the platform. You'll a hard-copy manual too.