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News & Events Summer 2019
Volume #2 - Issue #1
Pilates for everyBODY...
We believe that Pilates is for everyBODY and one of our missions is to bring that reality to as many people as we can across the US and then around the globe.
Announcing TPI's new Pilates Industry Survey for Teachers, Studios and Clients!

More information below.
Free Mat classes began again in Bryant Park, New York City, NY
offered by TPI member Nichole L’Vov.

Mondays at 7:30am through September.

Thank you Nichole for your commitment to your community!
Studio Corner
by Kevin A.  Bowen, orignally published in Pilates Style magazine


Q: What are the differences between a Megaformer and a more traditional reformer?
 

A: Traditionally, Reformers consisted of a simple wooden frame with legs, a moving platform or carriage with four wheels that moved along tracks lengthwise on the frame. There was a footbar at one end, which had two positions—up and down—and a gear bar with four attachments for four springs mounted under the carriage to provide various levels of resistance. The padded carriage also had padded shoulder blocks on the far end, opposite the footbar. There was also a headrest that typically had two positions (again, up/down). Nearby, there were leather straps, which were threaded through large pulleys located inside the far end of the frame. The straps had an non-adjustable loop at the opposite end, which had a D ring attached to a set of handles. The apparatus were made by hand in small shops.
(Studio Corner, continued)

Throughout the years, updates by various Pilates equipment manufacturers have been added to the Reformer and other pieces of equipment, including: the addition of a fifth spring; various gear and footbar positions; more adjustable headrest; and variations on the leather straps.

Megaformers, on the other hand, are made of metal and typically much larger than a traditional Reformer. There is a platform, as well as sets of handles and footbars, on each end. The front of the Reformer also has a set of bungee cords. There are also two sets of cables/ropes and and handles. The shape of the carriage itself is not just a simple rectangle; it's an inverted, rounded shape featuring various markings and numbers used for positioning the exercises. The carriage has eight springs that can be utilized from both ends of the apparatus.

Some models also have a hydraulic lift, which raises one end of the apparatus by 15 degrees. These apparatus are made in factories overseas.

Some instructors feel strongly that Pilates should only be practiced READ MORE
Liability & Consent - Am I really signing away all my rights?
by Lahela Hekikia, JD
I was prompted to write this article because I was recently asked to sign a surprising liability waiver and consent to be recorded and photographed in what I thought was just going to be a simple CE workshop for Pilates—after I had already paid for the workshop, bought a non-refundable plane ticket, and incurred other costs weeks earlier.

Happily, we re-negotiated because 1) We all were colleagues and on good terms in the first place and wanted to stay that way; and 2) I’m an attorney and know how to navigate this sort of thing. It occurred to me that a number of Pilates schools and workshops may also be wondering what are the parameters, here...

What were some of the things that they wanted me to waive away? Everything under the sun! That included signing away the right to use my image for any and all purposes, even supposedly waiving the right to sue for defamation in the event of misuse (not that they would BUT this is a contract!) Meanwhile their intent was to promote themselves, and increase their business. And the document wanted me to agree that READ MORE
The Pilates Initiative is proud to announce our first annual Pilates Industry Survey. We are thrilled to offer this much needed professional informational survey to the Pilates professional community and the health and wellness industry.
 
Our survey is designed to gather information from 1)Pilates clients and students, 2) studio owners and managers, and 3) Pilates instructors. This survey will provide important statistics and relevant information on an annual basis which can be used for demographic statistics, business planning and development.
 
The survey will be available online until September 1, 2019. After that date we will compile the results and publish them on our web site. Our goal is that this survey will spark questions, offer answers and suggestions about how we move ahead together to continue the vital work started by Joesph and Clara Pilates almost a century ago now.
 
Thank you for your help. Please pass the word along about this survey. The more people who take the survey the better the statistical results.
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