Pilates!

An IC Rappaport photo of Joseph Pilates teaching in the 1960s. Sorry for the long gap between posts. I had 3 solid weeks of tech and shows. I barely had time to eat and sleep, let alone reflect and write!

Also, at that same time, I started a new job! “What?”, you say. “Another? Can the girl not just have 1 job?” Apparently not.  I was missing teaching Pilates. And after a few months of working exclusively evenings and weekends (besides prep work, emails, and writing in the mornings), I realized I could handle a morning or 2 a week of Pilates.

But in my search I quickly realized a few things:

1. I was incredibly lucky in my teaching in Philly to be able to teach how I wanted, in every setting. No studio owner made me fit her mold or training. They trusted me, and that my training was good. As long as the clients were happy, they were happy. This was apparently an unrealistic experience.
With as fractured as the Pilates community is, it really is no wonder that studio owners insist that each of their teachers have trained with him/her, or at least in the same program. We each believe our method is right, and want to maintain the consistency of that. However, I KNOW my method is right (especially as all the others can trace their origins back to us!). So, I’m not going to water it down or seek out other programs to “complement” it, when I know I already have the best!
I do think it could make good business sense for studio owners to hire teachers different than they are. If you believe their training is good, and you trust their teaching, and your clients are happy, sounds like a win. People learn differently. Teachers teach differently. That’s not a bad thing.

2. Some Pilates is just bad. You know I’m a purist. The more accurate term may be “snob”. I love that I can trace my ballet training to both Balanchine and the Bolshoi. That I can trace my jazz training to Fosse. And that I can trace my Pilates to Mr. Pilates himself. I think it’s great that there are places people enjoy going, that get them moving. Working out, in any form, is a good thing. Just, please don’t call it Pilates.
There are “Pilates” studios everywhere. But so many of them do not teach anything Mr. Pilates would recognize as his work. Buyer, beware.
Many consumers do not understand the differences in the various methods, and often go for convenience or price, over quality. Much like all other consumption.

3. Compromising on those things would not be good for me or my clients. So I didn’t . And got an awesome teaching gig.

The details:
Ms. Jackie, LLC in Hallandale. Yes, it’s a bit of a drive for Miami people (who, I’ve discovered, don’t really like to drive distances). Yes, it’s worth it. Also, for my Philly clients, if you are vacationing in Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale or Miami, it’s an easy drive. You already know it’s worth it!