Feeling Isolated as a Pilates Instructor or in Clinical Pilates?

Pilates comes under  the umbrella of Health, whether you are a Pilates as an Instructor, or working as a physio offering Clinical Pilates.

You know you can make a huge impact on people’s lives. How they move, how their body feels, and how they feel about themselves by offering your service, and that’s a huge responsibility!

We are all in the business to help people, no matter what our role is, but what about getting help and support for ourselves too, whether we are a Pilates Instructor or offering Physio led Clinical Pilates ?

I started in the business as a qualified Physio at 21, and have been working ever since. I own a physio practise and offer clinical Pilates, as well as having fitness based Pilates classes for both reformer and mat and barre.

Over the years we have employed different Pilates instructors, and have had to train our Physio’s in clinical rehab as most come to us wanting to get into the business of Pilates as an adjunct to their treatment and management skills, and lest face it – it works!

All our physios have gone on to achieve a formal qualification (Polestar) in Pilates, which is what I am trained in.

Pilates Instructor wise, it’s the other way round – you need a qualification to be able to get insurance and teach…and newly qualified ones will ask to come on board and start teaching, and the say – I’ll start with the beginner classes and then grow as they grow.

Here’s the thing.

I get our experienced instructor to take all our intro and beginner classes – always have and always will…


They have the experience and knowledge and confidence behind them to teach people who know nothing about the concepts of Pilates and how you want them to move, and they can help those people ‘get it’ as they have more cues and knowledge to draw from.

If you have someone in front of you – you can tell pretty quickly if they are getting it or not, and you can then adjust how you teach to give them a positive movement experience – and I’m talking about  the class setting here….

You have maybe an hour to run through principles, how to move and the basics, and that goes pretty quick. You want them to understand what you’re after and how Pilates ‘feels’.

How many times have people said, tried it – didn’t work – didn’t get it – didn’t feel it.

We know it works, but it is about moving in a different way – and you need to be able to tap into that quickly so the client can move as best they can without frustration, and you don’t feel dragged into spending all the session appeasing that one client! Easier said then done – I know!


Are you a Pilates Instructor or a Physio working in Clinical Pilates and would like support from a like minded community?

If you work solo.

If you’re new to the industry.

If you feel overwhelmed and want some guidance.

If you feel isolated and need a sounding board.

If you’re setting up a new service because you’re just qualified but you’ve got the most knowledge.

We’re here for you.

I am creating an online support network aimed at assisting you.

It will be a membership site that offers help, weekly training, Q and A’s, FB Lives – all to help and assist.

Whether you just want to increase your confidence and knowledge base, or really want to learn more about managing different clientele.

We go live 22nd July and you can find out more about it here and would love to offer that support to those who may want it. It’s new, it’s exciting – and we cant wait to launch!

Watch our info video below and feel free to share if you know someone who is looking for this service!

Health Professionals Pilates Support


About Saree Hewlett (149 Articles)
Saree has 20 + years as a physio, training in the UK and completing her Masters in Manual Therapy in Perth, UWA. She has integrated Pilates into her practise having trained in the Polestar method and currently owns and runs two Studios in Perth's Northern Suburbs. A previous international Artistic Skater she understands the needs of sports people and also those suffering from chronic pain and reduced function - we all want the same thing - to be the best we can be! She is married with two active young boys!

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