Pilates teacher training comes in so many different forms, and there are just as many types of Pilates teachers. One of the nice things about a Pilates career is the countless opportunities for work. From a home business to the Pilates studio to corporate gigs, we have many choices that require varying degrees of training depending on the environment inwhich you work and your clientele.
From a certification perspective, training often starts with the Pilates Mat repertoire, followed by the Reformer, and eventually the other apparatus (Cadillac, Chair, Barrels and the auxiliary pieces). Mat and Reformer training are often seen as a must-have for every Pilates Teacher, but many forfeit the other pieces of apparatus due to cost or lack of access to the equipment where they work. So what are the real benefits of continuing on to complete your full comprehensive training?
Here are just a few…
1) Opportunity and versatility to work with a wide variety of clients and conditions – this often translates into a fuller schedule, specialization in the field to help you stand out, and a higher income. It allows you to more readily turn Pilates into a lucrative career.
2) More job opportunities – Pilates studios generally look for comprehensive teachers, and more than ever those with PMA certification. Having your full credentials will allow you to rise above the competition.
3) Renewed passion and excitement for the Work – the complete range of apparatus repertoire can add hundreds of additional exercises to your toolbox. This gives you the flexibility to keep your programs unique and customized without ever running out of options. At the same time, you will continue to progress your clients on all equipment while avoiding the boredom factor, for both you and your clients.
4) The equipment puts the pieces together – the apparatuses are key elements of understanding the Pilates Method. Our Body Harmonics students report that they are able to make complete sense of the full repertoire once they experience how the collection of pieces prepare the body for more complex movements, deepens their understanding of biomechanical concepts, and progresses their practice and that of their clients.
In any occupation, continuous learning is key to staying on top of your game, and fully realizing your potential and therefore your earning potential. The more skills you have, the more you are able to help your clients achieve better movement for life. Cost can be a limiting factor, but the return on your investment will far outweigh the initial outlay, and in a much shorter time than you think.
Holly Wallis, Certified Movement & Rehabilitation Specialist, PMA®-CPT
Director of US Operations, Body Harmonics Pilates & Movement Institute
Studio Director, ReActive Movement, 6200 LaSalle Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
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