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What does a Pilates Teacher do?

Pilates teachers combine gentle focused exercises with holistic principles in order to develop body awareness. Pilates teachers work with clients on either mats or specially designed equipment in order to enable the body to move with maximum efficiency and minimum effort. They aim to realign the body's structure and achieve a balance within the musclo-skeletal system.

The work may incorporate both equipment and mat work classes. Equipment classes utilise specialist equipment in order to isolate and develop specific muscle groups. Mat work classes utilise exercises and movement sequences on floor mats only. Pilates teachers work with small groups of clients, usually between 4-12 people, of varying ages and capabilities or one to one.

Pilates teachers design exercises that are individually tailored to suit the needs and abilities of clients, therefore Pilates teachers are required to assess clients' fitness requirements.

What's the working environment like working as a Pilates Teacher?

A flexible approach to working hours is needed. Weekend and evening work is common. Pilates teachers may have to work during holiday periods if employed by a leisure or health centre.

Pilates teachers work in studios that focus on creating a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. Studios vary in style and the range of equipment on offer.

Some travel may be involved, especially by freelance Pilates teachers.

What does it take to become a Pilates Teacher?

To be a Pilates teacher, you should:

  • be trained and experienced in Pilates fitness applications
  • have experience of dance, movement or exercise
  • be patient, caring and interested in people
  • be able to motivate individuals and groups
  • be committed to giving the time needed to improve the body’s posture and alignment.

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Further information

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Castlewood House
77-91 New Oxford Street
Advice line: 08000 933300

Register of Exercise Professionals
3rd Floor
8-10 Crown Hill
Tel: 020 8686 6464

Body Control Pilates
6 Langley Street
Tel: 020 7379 3734

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