As a Physical Therapist, Why Did You Become A Certified Pilates Teacher? Pilates Physical Therapy

As a Physical Therapist, Why Did You Become A Certified Pilates Teacher? Pilates Physical Therapy


Hey guys, what’s up? It’s Stephen from
CORE Therapy and Pilates. I wanted to answer a question that I get frequently.
As a physical therapist, I often get asked how did you become interested in
Pilates? and why did you become a Pilates instructor? so to answer that question we got to go
back in time quite a bit and what the time period was, it was around 2002, 2001 excuse me and I had opened up my business in Los Angeles and I was on a
ski trip up to Lake Tahoe and on my ski trip to Lake Tahoe, I had a contract
business in Los Angeles where I would go fill in for people and work part-time
and do this and that and the other for all these different companies in Los
Angeles and so while I was in Lake Tahoe I was driving around handing out my
resume to see if anyone who owned a clinic in Lake Tahoe would be interested
in part-time help, me coming up for a week
why they went on vacation or for a month why they went on vacation, whatever and
one day I got a phone call from a guy who I had given him my resume over
this trip and I’ve done this trip twice and handed out resumes each time and he
called me up and he says yeah I got your resume and you have some good hands-on
manual therapy experience, do you have any experience in Pilates? and I
actually had never even heard of the word… so 2001 never heard the word
and I looked at him and I said I’m sorry I don’t have any experience in that,
actually I’m on the phone, excuse me and he very, very, very politely says “okay
thank you” and hangs up and that was it the conversation was over and so I was
like what the heck is Pilates? so I went to Cheryl, at this time there wasn’t a
whole lot of information on the Internet there was just a lawsuit that had just
occurred so there was a lot of information for years it wasn’t on the
internet and now all of a sudden I’m starting to research it a little bit,
Cheryl knew a little bit about Pilates from the gym
that she was working at that had some mat classes so I started asking her some
questions, we started looking a little bit into it and then one day we’re in
the middle of training for a marathon and we’re out training in Santa Monica
on this big long stretch of San Vicente Street
all the way up to Ocean Boulevard and it’s the morning on a Sunday morning,
maybe a Saturday morning, I can’t remember and I needed to go to the
bathroom and so I was looking for a place to go to the bathroom and I
stopped at this restaurant and when I come out of the restaurant the first
thing I see is a sign that said physical therapy, Pilates, GYROTONIC(R), first time
I’d seen the word gyrotonic before and I was like, huh, there’s that word, Pilates…
there’s that word and so it was shut down, I was peeking in, looking around,
trying to see what it was, trying to see what was going on and then the next
thing happened within, I would say, within a few weeks I don’t remember exactly but
I think within two weeks to a month, I was looking through the newspaper, the LA
Times because the way we found jobs back in 2001 was the LA Times or the
newspaper there wasn’t a whole lot of stuff online in that sense, so I’m
looking in the LA Times and there was that same exact place that I just
stopped at in Santa Monica, they were looking to hire a PT and with them
looking to hire a PT… Dudley is about to knock the camera over, sorry… with them
looking to hire a PT, I was able to get a job there, started working there a couple
days a week and within a few weeks of being there, I knew I was really
interested in Pilates and I started a Pilates certification within probably a
month of working there, now the Pilates certification that I ended up signing up
for, the girl, the woman told, I asked if I could, if Cheryl could come take it with
me and get a little discount to have two people instead of one, she said of course
and that’s how Cheryl and I started our Pilates training together back in
2002, I believe it was 2002 by the time this all happened, but anyway that’s the
story of how I became a Pilates teacher now the kicker in this all, I love to
tell this part of the story, the guy that hung up on me, the reason he was looking
to find someone interested in Pilates is because he was trying to sell his
business and he was gonna go – he went to PhD school to become a professor, well five years later some guy shows up at my studio and he’s got a resume that shows
he’s a physical therapist, that he’s Pilates and gyrotonic trained and I’m
like, hum, that doesn’t happen a lot where someone walks
in the door knowing these disciplines, so he walks in the door I look at his
resume, I didn’t meet him at that moment he was just talking to my front desk and
I read his resume and I noticed the area code for Lake Tahoe, 7 7 5 because I’d
been looking for a job up there for several years so I recognized the area
code and immediately I said this is the guy that hung up on me and lo and behold
it was… I ended up hiring him, that was Dr. Thom Werner, many of you had the
opportunity to work with Dr. Thom before he went on to teach at the physical
therapy school here in Austin and now he’s like the head man at the physical
therapy school so I had him full-time for about two years and then he was all
he’s been off for some time doing his thing at school but that’s my story of
how I became a Pilates teacher and it really transformed my practice, it
allowed Cheryl and I to have a place to work together and grow a business
together and it’s really just been a monumental shift and how we’ve been able to serve our clients and help others, so that’s my story, I hope it uh, I hope that
resonates with someone out there and again, it’s a common question I get… so
y’all take care, have a fantastic day and I’ll talk with y’all soon… bye now.