At Pilates Yoga Movement we hold on to Joseph Pilates’ original movement principles and the integrity of his work. But we have also progressed it, taken it forward into the 21st century by integrating current ideas like Feldenkrais; BodyMindCentering and Anti-Gymnastique. Our teachers not only undergo a uniquely in-depth and thorough 2-year training programme before they qualify, they also regularly supplement their learning with new movement theories and applications. So they are both student and teacher, always bringing fresh ideas, deeper understanding, and new approaches to the studio. It keeps things from standing still.
With each new skill acquired we teachers can better understand our clients: how they move; what they need. It’s never simply a case of applying a set exercise to an individual – no one size fits all – instead we are like detectives – trying to figure out how an injury was caused and how to change a clients approach to movement. Often we will ask a client how an exercise or movement feels, we try to have them better understand their body, to be in tune with it. The teacher-client relationship is therefore very important at PYM, we do not have a huge turnover of staff and it isn’t uncommon for clients to have been with their respective teachers for teachers. Trust and respect is integral to that relationship.
How might Pilates grow? I notice a lot more anxiety related problems coming into the studio: it’s happening in society, as the pace of our lives becomes ever faster. The internet and social media means, collectively, we never turn off. There’s a constant hum.
Pilates is much more mindful and aware now than it was when it was first taught and practised. It will continue to change, and we at PYM will continue to learn and affect that change. A good Pilates teacher will always remain open minded, whilst observing the core.