Protecting the Public – Protecting the Method

Posted on Sep 3, 2018

Pilates Teacher Association

The PTA was set up with the support of Pilates Professionals, Medical Professionals and Pilates enthusiasts worldwide. Our goal is to create a distinct skilled occupation “Comprehensive Pilates Teacher” with exacting standards of education, assessment, conduct and continuing education.

We aim to protect the public by providing a voluntary register of Individuals who offer Pilates exercise in community and private venues who currently meet high standards, common in comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training. Members are listed in the UK and worldwide. The PTA register has been created following the guidelines of an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, a body accountable to Parliament. Click here to find out more about us.


Posted on Sep 3, 2018

Contrology Trademark

The word Contrology is synonymous with Pilates and any attempt to own the word could result in many individuals and businesses being sued for use of the word. The PTA remains uncompromising in our vision to protect the method and protect the public but any attempt to monopolise the use of the word Contrology is not the answer. Despite objections the word Contrology has been registered as a trademark in Europe. Please enter the word Contrology when following this link.

In the USA Balanced Body inc have successfully registered the word and a logo but conditions of the trademark clearly state that they are not attempting to gain sole use of the word.

We have members from students just starting their careers to teachers with over 30 years...

Our Founder Members – Join us and help shape the future of Pilates

Posted on Nov 28, 2015

Pilates Teacher Association

The Pilates Teacher Association 'Founder Members' have all worked together over the past two years to raise awareness of our Association.

There are many teachers around the word working hard in studios at home and in the high streets who wish to have formal recognition as a distinct profession. Here are some of their testimonies on why they have joined PTA.

Join today to build our tomorrow;

Jon Hawkins: London United Kingdom:

“I chose to join the PTA as there are now so many derivations of Pilates in the marketplace that bear little resemblance to Joseph Pilates's system. I know this from first hand experience having worked in establishments that purport to improve on various aspects of the original system, including client safety and exercise intensity. My education further to my initial...

Pilates Teacher Association Survey

Posted on Jul 29, 2014

PTA Survey

The Pilates Teacher Association are a not for profit body based in the United Kingdom who are working towards recognition of the distinct profession "Pilates Teacher" with a new skilled occupation code.

In creating an occupation that represents Comprehensive Teachers from many schools of Pilates education, it is important to understand how the sector works and where are the commonalities and differences. We would be grateful if you would complete this survey which has been created and will be analysed in collaboration with researchers from the University of the West of Scotland.”

Pilates Teacher Association joins forces with European colleagues

Posted on Mar 26, 2014

PTA Europe

Working together Setting standards

Pilates is one of the fastest growing fitness trends in the USA. We are now experiencing a similar development in Europe. However the term "pilates" is not legally protected.

As a result there is absolutely no guarantee that someone who calls himself a pilates instructor has completed a comprehensive pilates training programme. Only qualified trainers are able to professionally teach and select the right pilates exercises, and therefore achieve excellent training results and avoid injuries.

This is particularly important because pilates involves training with special equipment, which incorporates a spring mechanism, requiring expertise and experienced handling by a well trained instructor. To protect the interests of consumers and customers, the...


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