This course is a pre-requisite for the BTA Pilates Matwork Teacher's Certification. Successful completion of this course will certify you with Prehab Trainer™ - Axial Skeleton.

In this course, you will learn the foundation of the 5 steps to Mobility Fitness with Application to Pilates Matwork Pieces.

About the Trainer - Daniel Chan

Daniel began with weights training at age 17. While it was Daniel’s childhood dream to be a gymnast, he never had the opportunity to learn and acquire the skills. After his studies, he landed in an engineering job like most.

However, driven by his passion in health and fitness, he left his job to pursue a career in fitness in 1998. He started out freelancing as a Personal Trainer and Group Class Instructor for various gyms and clubs before becoming a Pilates Teacher from 2001.

He has 18 years of experience teaching Pilates to fitness trainers and clients in Singapore, Jakarta and Seoul. Daniel started studying with Pilates Master Teacher Ron Fletcher (1921- 2011) since 2004. In 2014, he conceived and developed the BodyTree Academy (BTA)

Movement Anatomy™ series (now known as Prehab Trainer™) with his BTA partners after recognizing a gap in the education of fitness and movement teachers.

Daniel is also heavily involved in the development of BTA’s teacher training programs and short courses. He is a firm advocate of teaching movement based on a strong foundation and understanding of the human body biomechanics.

He has great love for Pilates but wanted to explore other ways of Upper Limbs conditioning, especially improving the strength and mobility of the Wrist & Elbow. In 2014, he ventured into Gymnastic Strength Training and from there, he gained deeper knowledge on better conditioning and preparatory joint strengthening drills. This venture also sparked his childhood dream of performing handstand and other Gymnastics poses.

Daniel believes that getting older should not stop one from attaining their fitness/movement goals. With his background in Pilates and other Rehab Injuries management, he believes that strategized progressions coupled with patience and consistent practice is key to injury prevention, especially for those above 40.



Q1. What is the Prehab Trainer™ - Axial Skeleton?

This is an online program on the foundation of the 5 steps to Mobility Fitness with Application to Pilates Mat Pieces. Completion of this course is a pre-requirement for the BTA Pilates Matwork Teacher Certification.


There are a total of 8 units delivered via recorded video lecture, with downloadable resources (Manual, and Pilates pieces grouped into Foundation, Conditioning and Challenge). Each unit provides an in-depth analysis of the purpose of the Pilates Mat piece, joints, muscles and biomechanics involved, contraindications and modifications. There is also a link to purchase the recommended reading material, Return to Life by Joseph Pilates. 

Q2. Why do I have to do the Prehab Trainer™ - Axial Skeleton before I pursue Pilates Matwork Teacher Certification?

As a Fitness professional/Movement teacher, it is important to be able to teach and assess proper movement patterns of your client. This course provides the needed foundation for understanding the joints, muscles and biomechanics involved, contraindications and modifications.

Q3. What are the fees?

The course fee is $699. The theory exam fee is $100 which is waived for all first time students.

Q4. What do I get from passing the theory exam?

Upon completion of the course and passing the theory exam, you will be certified with Prehab Trainer™ - Axial Skeleton. This will allow you to pursue the Pilates Matwork Teacher’s Certification.

Q4. Why online?

Having delivered courses for the past 8 years, and also attending many external courses, we found that attendees face the challenge of absorbing and understanding new information packed over 2 full days. And where English is not the first language of the learner, there is an additional challenge to understand what the presenter is talking about.

Pre-recorded lectures mean you can pause, rewind, repeat to catch details that you might miss in a live lecture setting; avoiding that “information overload” as you can take breaks when needed. So we believe that this is the best way yet to deliver our Prehab Trainer™ - Axial Skeleton program.

  • Absorb and understand the material at your own pace, avoiding “information overload”
  • Not miss a detail while trying to take notes as the presenter is speaking
  • Rewind and replay to get the most out of the material
  • Those of whom English is not their first language

Q5. What other support will I receive?

In order to prepare for your online assessment, BodyTree Academy will organise group revision sessions with a BTA educator, you may ask questions then. For administrative matters, please reach out to Tabitha ([email protected])

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