Functional Anatomy

The Functional Anatomy course is part of the Comprehensive program, and fully prepares students for that program. Additionally it can serve as a refresher or for anyone needing to fulfil the anatomy prerequisite for the Intensive program.

The classroom-style presentation utilises visual aids and hands-on techniques providing students with a thorough review of anatomy basics which can be applied to all repertoire, as well as functional activities and movement.

This course uses lectures, demonstrations and group activities to teach basic anatomy fundamentals. There is a focus on anatomical terminology, which includes anatomical position, planes of motion, types of movement, names and locations of the majority of the bones in the body, locations and actions of joints, major muscle groups and the individual muscles’ origin insertion and action. Select exercises from the STOTT PILATES® repertoire are also broken down and analysed  in terms of the functional anatomy at play. Participants will deepen their understanding of the body and enhance their teaching with improved exercise selection and programming.

What you will learn

  • Anatomical position and the importance of it
  • The bones that make up the axial and appendicular skeleton
  • Names and locations of bony prominences and landmarks
  • Terms of direction and relationship and their application to movement
  • Types of joints and the movements available at the joints
  • Types of muscular contractions including the application of force
  • Origin, insertion and action of muscles
  • Application of functional anatomy to chosen exercises and movements

No prerequisites required

Continuing Education Hours


(see Terms and Conditions for more details)


  • 6 days face-to-face training (30 hours)

Education material
Students must bring their own anatomy books and reference.


  • Trail Guide to the Body, Andrew Biel
  • Trail Guide to the Body 6th Edition Flash Cards by Andrew Biel Volume 2

(Contact us if you want further information as to where to purchase the above)


11:00 – 17:00 (one hour lunch break included)

(You must attend all dates)

Pointe Ahead Pilates Studio

3 Atholl Place



  • There are no admission requirements for this course.

Course Registration

  • Space is limited and application will be processed on a first come-first-served basis.
  • Space will only be reserved upon receipt and acceptance of application form and deposit paid.
  • Fees are subject to change.
  • Applicants must be over 18 years old.
  • Some courses have prerequisite conditions such as relevant experience and education.

Cancellation Policy

  • There is a 14 day cooling off period where you can cancel your place on the course and the deposit will be refunded in full.
  • After the 14 days payment is due in full and non-refundable.
  • Course transfer is possible as long as you let us know in writing at least 30 days prior to the start date of the course.
  • Less than 30 days please contact us to discuss options.

Course Attendance

  • You must attend all days of the course to be considered to have completed the course.
  • See Merrithew Policies & Procedures below for information on how to make up for missed attendance. 


  • Upon completion of the course, participants will receive confirmation via email which can then be used to prove knowledge for the Intensive Program.


  • At the end of each course you will receive a feedback form which we invite you to provide honest information.
  • If you wish to comment on any of our courses, processes or anything else to do with our training please email 

Prospective pregnant, injured or post-rehabilitation participants

While it is considered safe and desirable to exercise during pregnancy and Pilates programs can be ideal in the recovery phase of injury, Merrithew courses can be quite demanding physically, and have not been tailored for pregnant or injured participants or those in a post rehabilitation phase.

For this reason, we are not able to accept course registrations from students who are knowingly pregnant or who are currently or recently injured. A major component of our courses is physical performance of all exercises. This necessitates that participants are injury-free, and able to participate fully, in order to fulfill this requirement.

Under certain circumstances, permission to participate may be granted for select workshop titles from our Post-Rehabilitation, Pre and Post-Natal, and Active for Life Specialty Tracks, as well as the Injuries and Special Populations course.

Extensions will be granted for those needing to earn CECs, at no additional cost. Requests for permission or extension must be submitted in writing to the Merrithew Education Programming Department at least 30 days prior to the workshop/course date and for CEC extensions. This allows us time to review and consider all factors as well as provide alternative recommendations in the event the request cannot be fulfilled. Please note that we receive a high volume of requests and those received less than 30 days prior to the workshop/course date will only be reviewed if time permits.


Merrithew allows auditing of the following STOTT PILATES courses, as long as the student has previously taken the course:

**ISP can be audited if the original course was taken post-June 2007 to present

Merrithew allows auditing of the following STOTT PILATES Rehab courses, if the original course was taken post-June 2012:

Auditing is not an option for the Functional Anatomy Course, Foundation Courses and/or workshops (CEC/introductory) as the main goal of the workshops is continuing education and not certification.

Please contact your closest Training Center if you are interested in auditing.

Note: Students are asked to remain silent and not participate in any group work/discussions, or ask questions during the course, unless otherwise directed by the Instructor Trainer when auditing a course.

*In order to audit the STOTT PILATES Intensive Mat-Plus or Intensive Reformer 2nd Edition courses, you must have previously taken the IMP or IR, 2nd Edition course. If you have taken the IMP or IR 1st Edition course, you must complete the STOTT PILATES Beyond the Biomechanical Principles workshop to audit the IMP or IR 2nd Edition course. The workshop can be booked through a Training Center directly or through the Merrithew Corporate Training Center.

Absenteeism and make-up hours

It is strongly advised that make-up hours are done as soon as possible after they are missed – especially if it occurs in the middle of a course. This allows students to cover the missed material prior to returning to the course. Please note that this is done in private review at the student’s expense. Students have six months to make up any hours missed. If they exceed this timeline, the course is forfeited and the entire course must be retaken in order to examine and certify.

  • Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs and Barrels Essential courses Less than five hours of a course – 2:1 ratio of hours missed to hours made up (i.e. students need to make up half the time in private review). More than five hours of a course – 1:1 ratio of hours missed to hours made up (i.e. students need to make up the entire time in private review)
  • Rehab, Anatomy courses, ISP and Advance courses Any make-up hours for these courses are done on a 1:1 ratio due to the density of the course material and the expectation that it will take the same amount of time to teach one student as to teach a group
  • No time can be missed during any Foundation Course. If a student misses any time then the course must be re-taken

Note, Merrithew Training Centers must inform us via the submitted class list that a student has not completed a course. A note will be made on the student’s file. A letter of completion will be sent to the student when the Center has confirmed that the student has completed the remaining hours.

Date of certification

Upon successful completion of the exam, students are considered certified instructors from their exam date. If the student takes the exam on two separate days, the latter date is the date that they may refer to themselves as a Certified Instructor. CECs are then earned the next full calendar year after one becomes certified, regardless of what month they examine in.

Photography, video and/or audio recording

Photography, video and/or audio recordings of any Merrithew course/workshop is strictly prohibited. If there are exceptional circumstances that make this necessary, the student must apply for and receive express written permission from the Merrithew Education Programming Department and sign a contract restricting its use. This policy is to help us avoid any infringement on our intellectual property.

Observation hours

Observation hours can be logged during or after the course and can be accrued by watching a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor teach clients, as well as observing the relevant course package DVDs. We recommend that 80% of observation hours be completed by watching a Certified Instructor teach. Please contact your nearest Training Center or STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor, to arrange for observation.


Candidates must be at least 18 years of age to participate in any Merrithew course, workshop or STOTT PILATES examination.

Exam special accommodations

Special exam accommodations may be arranged for students with disabilities or circumstances that prevent them from taking the STOTT PILATES written examination as outlined in our regular procedures. In order to be considered, a formal request supporting the student’s situation must be provided to the Merrithew Education Programming Department at at least 30 days prior to the scheduled examination date. This allows us time to review and consider all factors as well as provide alterative recommendations in the event the request cannot be fulfilled. Please note that we receive a high volume of requests and those received less than 30 days prior to the exam date will only be reviewed if time permits. Merrithew reserves the right to determine the reasonableness of the accommodation requested.

Cheating policy

Merrithew takes dishonest and unethical behavior very seriously. If a student is found to have cheated on any exam a mark of zero will be recorded for that exam and the student will be unable to re-take that exam for a minimum of six months. The re-take and any future exams will then need to be completed at our Toronto Corporate Training Center or at one of our Merrithew Training Centers and may not be proctored. The student will be required to pay for a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer to be present during the written exam. Merrithew will not be held responsible for any adverse effect this policy may have.

Certification appeals process

Students who choose to appeal their certification score may do so in writing to the Merrithew Education Programming Department within 30 days of their exam scores being issued. All appeals will be attended to within 60 days of receipt. This allows us time to review and consider all factors and provide a thorough follow up to the appeal submitted.

Grievance and appeals process

Students who choose to submit a formal grievance regarding their education training may do so in writing to within 30 days of the course or workshop completion. Grievances should include details regarding the specific situation, the desired resolution of the grievance, and any other relevant supporting information. All grievances will be attended to within 60 days of receipt. This allows us time to provide a thorough follow up to the appeal submitted and review and consider all factors as well as provide alternate options in the event the desired resolution cannot be met.