I was recently asked by the world-renowned Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) to share my Pilates success story and my journey to developing my Pilates company.
You can view the full blog post here, including all Physiotherapists involved.
I started off teaching Pilates with a large Physio led Pilates company in Edinburgh for 2 years which helped me grow my confidence as an instructor. I then set up my own business, Centre Focused Pilates, 1 and a half years ago. I am now based in the West End of Edinburgh, teaching within a beautiful Victorian townhouse. I teach two mixed level classes a week on Tuesday evenings. I run pop-up Pilates classes every few months and I teach taster sessions at various Edinburgh festival events. My full time role is as an MSK Physiotherapist for the NHS where I try to use Pilates as an adjunct in my practice almost daily.
As a Physiotherapist, I was aware of the Pilates principles and had experienced clinical Pilates sessions in the workplace but had done no formal training. I have always loved exercise and going to the gym but I had never really experienced Pilates until I suffered with low back pain, which led me to a physio led class and inspired me to do my training. This was a completely new venture for me and I am so glad it came across my path.
I completed my first Matwork training in 2013 and the others in the years following. I then went on to do my Ante-natal and Post-natal training with the APPI in 2016. I then completed my Matwork certification exam in 2018. I knew the APPI had a brilliant reputation for their commitment to staying up to date with current research and applied this to their training. I had attended various different Pilates classes as a client myself and preferred those led by a physio as they were delivered well and their knowledge showed through in their teaching. This is something I aspired to and it pushed me towards training with the APPI.
Now my classes hold 12 people, and both classes are fully booked most weeks. I tend to have quite a wide age range from mid 20s to late 60s and mostly female. In the future I hope to expand my business and offer a wider variety of classes. I have recently completed Barre Pilates training and I am also qualified to teach Ante-natal and Post-natal Pilates. Who knows, one day I might open a studio in Edinburgh.
When I first tried Pilates, I had no idea that I would eventually become a teacher myself and I never saw myself as a teacher when I was growing up but as cliché as it sounds, it really has changed my life. Teaching Pilates is more than just making people do exercises or get fit. It really is a lifestyle. Clients leave feeling brighter and more connected to themselves. Teaching Pilates doesn’t feel like a job and it’s a great addition to my role as a physio. I also love living out of a sports bra and leggings most days!
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