However, believing that Pilates should not be taught in gyms is tantamount to suggesting that the alphabet only be taught in private schools.
Pilates is meant to be the foundation upon which all of our movement patterns, activities of daily living and athletic performance are based. Everyone benefits from doing these exercises daily. Think also of the positive effects on health care costs if people were taught to do these exercises as a part of their pro-active regime to promote good health. A Pilates class is a small price to pay in comparison to post surgery or post fracture care and of course the high cost of living with back pain that millions endure. Imagine the savings in health care spending if everyone practiced the Pilates method and more specifically the Meeks method in combination which is what I teach!
It is imperative to maintain the integrity of Pilates by demanding classically trained, knowledgeable and compassionate instructors. Gym owners must understand and not trivialize the depth of this bodywork for the safety of their clientelle and the reputation of the method.
This should be the standard they strive for.
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