As I start my 2009 calendar book I pick up 2008′s beat-up book and as I look through its pages I review mentally the 24 weeks that I spent working away from my home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
As a Pilates Elder I am invited to offer workshops and seminars internationally. It amazes me that whether in Barcelona, Leeds, England, London, Dublin, Tenerife, Marbella, Cincinnati, Jersey City, Los Angeles or Puerto Rico, the teachers are eager to learn more about our professional parents Joseph and Clara Pilates and the history of The Method. It’s a common bond they all share! I am fortunate that my husband is able to accompany me and that we both enjoy travel and meeting new people.
Of the nine workshop topics that I present, I am glad to say that Mat is the most popular. This makes me very happy as I feel that Mat is the basis for The Method and the most difficult to perform and teach and yet the most beneficial and easiest to adapt to our clients’ needs and abilities.
I believe in giving clients homework and letting them know that they will see results sooner if we create a partnership and they do their homework in-between sessions. As the majority of our clients are mature, my workshops for seniors combined with BodyWalk are very popular. They see in me at 74 a good role model. Seniors are without a doubt our most committed and best clients.
The memories of Pilates Day in Marbella, Pilates on Tour in Austin, Texas, and the many eager faces and appreciative hugs from the many teachers I have been privileged to teach are like rays of sunshine and love.
This year I will be traveling less as I am starting my Pilates Master Mentor Program in Palm Beach Gardens, but I am certain that at least eighteen weeks I will again be “on the road,” and loving it!
The positive and negative conditions regarding Pilates teaching I find in my international travels.