Since our launch on Monday 9th December 2013 The Pilates Teacher Association (PTA) have worked hard with our members from around the world to protect and educate the public on the Pilates method and differentiate the full Pilates method from fitness industry variations and other short trainings described as pilates. Our new Pilates Teacher Association community have formed in the age of social media and our growing community from a wide variety of schools all have the common desire to professionalise Pilates and create a distinct occupation “Pilates Teacher”. We have members from students just starting their careers to teachers with over 30 years of experience.
In the past two years we have:
- Raised awareness of the Pilates Method with EU Active
- Presented to REPS and Skills Active on the history of the Pilates Method and the education required to become a Teacher
- Created a risk assessment of the industry and identified areas of concern with current self- regulation.
- Followed the guidelines of Professional Standards Authority to establish a profession
- Assisted NHS Choices in the re-write of their Public information on Pilates
- Negotiated an affinity Insurance scheme with Balens for members
- Set up a lineage led conference on the Isle of Man 14th – 17th July 2016
We are continuing to seek to collaborate with stakeholders and in July 2015 we will offer an international standards conference to discuss the diversity in the education and variety of “standards” around the world.
Over the past 6 years contacts have been made around the world which previously would have been impossible. The forums of social media sites, where Individuals freely respond to surveys and questions and speak about issues and concerns about the Pilates Profession, have been instrumental in developing the Code of Practice by which all members and anyone working with members should follow. In addition the forums have shown just how committed individuals teachers are to the Pilates method which is performed on apparatus and mats specifically designed by Joseph Pilates.
Lesley McPherson Founding Director said “One forum in particular has over 3400 members from around the world so it is a great resource for the establishment of any new association to be able to listen to those voices.”
Don McPherson Founding Director said “As a former Training Programme Manager in Financial Services there were very strict rules in the steps to qualifying as a Financial Consultant. We believe that becoming a Pilates Teacher should also have robust standards and the PTA will seek to work with the Fitness Industry to encourage development”
The PTA are delighted that the European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA), Skills Active and the Exercise Register (REPS) have been supportive and encouraging in this important area of Pilates Teacher training. The PTA is continuing to reach out to other organisations in the UK, across Europe and around the world in a spirit of co-operation and mutual respect for the benefit of the public and the Pilates method.
A number of external advisers have been invited to join the inaugural Board of the PTA from the spheres of finance, allied healthcare professions and medicine to support the Pilates specialists in creating the Professional standards.