Pregnancy Pilates teacher training is not what it should be. Well, to be honest Pilates teacher training is not what it should be either but that’s a whole other article!
When I trained as a Pilates teacher way back in 2009, I wanted to do the best possible training. I found a Pilates Foundation course that was 18 months long, with 3 days a week of lectures and over 400 hours of teaching before I qualified and it was bloody brilliant! Ever since I finished I have been told by clients that they can see the quality of my training and it was worth every penny of the £8,000 I invested in it.
When I finished my training I went to work in studios throughout London and I didn’t feel confident in working with pregnant women. We had had a full days workshop in pre and postnatal but it wasn’t what I needed it to be in applying that to clients so I did my first pre and postnatal Pilates teacher training. That is when my obsession with all things pre and postnatal started and I have gone on to train extensively in the area, gaining as much information as I can from experts all over the world. I love my pregnancy Pilates classes but I do wish more Pilates teachers were doing what I do and offering the amazing benefits to their clients.
When I did my pregnancy yoga training in 2012, which was done over 3 or 4 weekends over the space of a few months, I realised that the level of depth about so many areas was filling a lot of the gaps that had been left in my understanding of pregnancy and birth (I didn’t have kids of my own at this point either) and I started to wonder- in Pilates, why do we think that one weekend to cover both the pregnancy and postnatal period is enough to qualify us a specialists? If you look around your local pregnancy classes, you are likely to find much more pregnancy yoga that you do Pilates and I believe that is because most people finish their pregnancy Pilates teacher training and just don’t feel ready to go out and teach a group of women and birthing people.
But as Pilates teachers we have so much to offer pregnant women and birthing people!
Here are just a few of the reasons I think people need us as Pilates teachers and why more in depth training in pregnancy would serve the Pilates industry so well:
Over the next few years I am going to be developing my own Pregnancy Pilates teacher training and I am really excited to be part of raising the standard for Pilates teachers everywhere!
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