Create “A Community of Help”

November 6, 2007 at 4:43 am 9 comments

     This is my very first blog!  I hope you will return to read on about Pilates, Health and Fitness for some time to come.  I will add a new blog once a week.  It will always relate to our business.  I hope you find it informative!  If you have any questions about what I write or about Pilates in general, contact me here!

     A lovely coincidence, my first blog coincides with the 2007 PMA Conference! 

     What a wonderful community we work in!  And it truly is becoming a community.  There is less and less in-fighting, more and more working together.  The PMA Conference is a wonderful place to see this all come together.

If you’ve never gone before, then I encourage you to be part of the 2008 conference.  It’s in Phoenix in 2008.  If you’re a Pilates instructor, it’s important to go!  And Pilates enthusiasts, too! 

     What’s so special about it?  The Pilates Method Alliance Conference as well as all the other conferences (Body Mind Spirit Expo and Pilates Style to name two) encourage us all to learn from each other.  Share our knowledge.  Respect our differences. 

     Years ago, I was part of Pilates community that worked very hard to exclude anyone who was different.  We coveted The Method, we coveted the history, we coveted knowledge.  That’s terribly sad.  So sad.  How can we be true instructors, let alone teachers, and covet knowledge?  Exclude?  It’s shameful! 

     The truth is that I didn’t know anything else then, but I do now.  And now that I do…I work to make up for the past, create a better present and open up more for the future.  It is mine and truly our responsibility to share…to help…to create a community of help.

     “A Community of Help”.  It’s my greatest desire and I think my biggest passion these days.  Those of us in the service industry of Pilates work to make sure we’re giving our clients what they need, not what they don’t need.  We have to put our minds and hearts in to considering what will help them in Pilates and that particular day…for that particular person.  Then we also have to make sure we give ourselves what we need.  Take time to consider what you truly need in yourself and in life.  Only when you know your own needs can you then give purely to another.

     If we wish to help another; give help, then we must be able to ask for help, too.  Yes…ask for help.  In small ways and sometimes in big ways, we must be able to ask for help.  That doesn’t mean that you are weak, lacking in ability, stupid…no…it only means that you are human and part of something bigger than yourself.

     You ask for help…you give help…you create a community in your studio where that is the value system.  You give information freely.  You do not covet.  You teach from your heart.  You try not to resent or react. 

     Now, don’t get me wrong, we’re all human!  We sometimes don’t have the energy to give that day.  We sometimes fear competition.  We sometimes fear giving it all away.  That’s normal.  That’s ok.  But it’s not ok to take action that works in to those fears!  You must take action that works against those fears!


     Give more freely!  Create “A Community of Help” in your studio.


     Join the PMA if you haven’t already.  Be part of this Pilates community.  Make it your Pilates community.  It’s incredible! 

     Talk with people who do not work within your style of Pilates.  See them for their value.  You don’t have to like or agree with what they teach, but you still may learn something;  you still may find them likeable people.  Get to know your community.  Open yourself up!

     What an incredible gift of a life we have in Pilates!  What a beautiful luxury!  Take the greatest advantage of this luxury and create “A Community of Help”!



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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kira Morris  |  November 6, 2007 at 5:40 am

    Kudos to you on your first BLOG! And more kudos to you for emphasizing the importance of building a community of camaraderie and respect among us Pilates professionals. I look forward to my new weekly read.


  • 2. Norma Shechtman  |  November 8, 2007 at 5:47 am

    What a perfect first blog!! My sentiments exactly. I have been in the fitness arena for over 30 years and have seen it all. Throughout those years I have experienced both sides, those that give and share, and those that hoard and only take. As a teacher I have always believed in my heart that sharing knowledge, giving of yourself and helping people grow is the best of all worlds. Everyone wins. Thanks for stating this beautifully.

  • 3. Amie  |  November 9, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    Thank you, Shari!!!

  • 4. Veronica  |  November 10, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    What a wonderful message! I too, came back from the PMA with a renewed sense of enthusisam for continuing to build that sense of community within my own studio and in the Dallas area. We so often let our everyday obligations get in the way of truly nouishing what our profession as teachers and leaders should be all about. I am always open to learning how to become a better instructor, teacher trainer, and studio director. I hope to continue to absorb any information I can from others in the industry to help my self grow and give more and more to those I serve and those who need my guidance.
    Thank you for taking the time to put this blog together!!!

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