The legacy of one determined man, Joseph Pilates, can now be seen and experienced worldwide, from the studios of New York City to living rooms, church halls and sports clubs across the world.
Thanks to the dedication of the first and second-generation teachers and those of us studying with them, ‘Contrology’ as Mr. Pilates called it, will keep its original intentions and integrity for generations to come.
Since the early days of my training and following years of teaching Mat work, in 2012, I finally understood and embraced the Method in its entirety.
This prompted the decision to do my full comprehensive training with Alison Goodman at Pilates Nation in 2013 and join the Studio as a teacher in September 2014.
However, despite all the excellent teachers out there, the term ‘pilates’ has become a generic term for a broad spectrum of exercise and movement. Rightly or wrongly, the Pilates genie is now out of the bottle, and there are teachers with online qualifications, day courses and three hour whistle stop tour certificates.
While I believe that great teachers can come from all walks of life, backgrounds and experiences, I also believe that at the heart of this sort of work must be an understanding of what, how and why this Method was intended to be taught and practiced. It is not something you can learn in half a day or through a web based course. It is this understanding and respect of the original Method that is the responsibility we take on when we call ourselves Pilates teachers.
I believe you never stop learning and I am fortunate enough to regularly train with some of the most experienced and respected teachers in the world. Their influence, faith and love of the work has inspired me more than I can even begin to describe. I am a better teacher for their generous sharing of the work, they have shown me what it is to teach, and to embrace the power of Pilates in all our lives.