How I became a Classical Pilates Instructor
I first read about Pilates in an Australian Elle magazine, back in 1994, but didn't get to try it until 1998 when I lived in New York City. I was a practice body for mat Pilates for a restaurant co-worker (yes, I was that girl who moved to NYC to study acting, and therefore waited tables!).
It wasn't until I moved to Los Angeles that I was able to commence my own Pilates teacher training. I studied the Classical/NY Traditional method and 600 later, I was certified. I worked in the West Hollywood studio that I studied in, as well as a Physiotherapy clinic and travelled to client's homes. I slowly bought enough equipment to open my own studio, Classic Pilates Body, in 2009. I can proudly say that it is still going strong ten years later.
I assisted on the Pilates Technique Certification, the Classical program that I graduated from in 2001, from 2005-2015 and truly loved being a part of future instructors intense journey to become a certified Pilates Instructor. So I guess you'd say that I love teaching across the board from beginner clients to the latest fully fledged Classical instructors.
When I was younger, I was never all that flexible, I rode horses and played sports, so I loved how Pilates ‘sneaks’ the stretching into the whole workout. You gain flexibility without holding that hamstring stretch until you’re screaming (in your head) for it to end. There are definitely exercises that do focus on deeper stretches, but you’re getting both stretch and strengthen from every single exercise you do in Classical Pilates.
I also love the mind-body connection that Pilates brings and some of my most rewarding moments are when these connections happen to my clients. The “aha” moment, we like to call it.
I have worked with pregnant clients (including myself) and see the huge advantages they have reaped, from pre-natal Pilates to post natal recovery. My clients have ranged from elderly rehabilitation and injury prevention to professional athletes looking to enhance their performance in general. The majority though are ‘regular’ people, wanting to take care of their bodies for now and their future.
My focus has been private/individual client sessions, with a sprinkling of duets, in my nineteen year career. I find the rewards of working one-on-one with a person to be the most fulfilling for us both. I get to go on their Pilates journey as a close companion and still count some of my earliest clients as personal friends of mine.
The progress a client makes in a Private session really sets them up for success in Pilates. I’ve heard many a client say, “I’m not flexible” with concern in their voice, only to marvel that they can touch their toes, or something similar in a time frame that they never thought possible.
I am excited to now include Melbourne (my hometown) in my Pilates career. Classical Pilates is not as established here yet, but we are on a mission to change that at APM! I know how it changes people’s bodies and lives and I’m excited for our clients here at APM to find out just how much.