PMI Bridge Program
In 1991 the Institute for the Pilates Method (now PhysicalMind Institute) began developing the first-ever Pilates teacher-training program with manuals, videos and photos—everything we take for granted today. The program formalized the contents of Eve Gentry’s handwritten notebooks, which chronicled her rendition of what Joe had taught her. Eventually this led to certifying studios or what some called “host” or “affiliate” studios, now the accepted distribution for Pilates companies. After the trademark was invalidated on October 19, 2000, the Pilates business boomed. PhysicalMind Institute (PMI) recognized that the industry would continue to grow and then peak within 10 years, as it has.
About two years ago PMI decided that the teacher-training field was better suited to individual studios, rather than the corporate model they had originally established. So they took all of their material from decades past—including what Eve Gentry had developed, which was deemed “ Pre-Pilates”—and organized it so that studio owners could use the materials.
It is important to note two variables that weren’t present when PMI first introduced teacher training: For one, PMI had to attempt to teach an aerobic instructor or trainer or dancer who wanted to learn the Pilates Method but had never even been in a room with a Reformer—and thought the core was related to an apple and that Teaser was the beginning of a five-course feast. Second, no one understood the benefits of body/mind exercise. Now all of this has changed: Everyone is familiar with Pilates and there is an entire category of exercise dedicated to focused movement.
In terms of teaching methodology, PMI appears to be the only organization with materials not based on weekend Reformer workshops with arbitrary categories of beginning, intermediate and advanced. PMI teaches everything at the same time so the graduate learns to understand the “why” behind the exercises—and not just memorize them. PMI teaches people to think on their feet and be able to adapt to any situation that arises.
This leads us to our new Bridge Program, which was inspired by the regular requests we receive from teachers. To apply, send an email to PMI Founder Joan Breibart—firstname.lastname@example.org—with some info about you.
What organization certified you and when?
How many years have you been teaching?
Do you teach mat or apparatus or both?
Do you teach individually or groups?
About how many clients do you teach weekly?
*If you have the experience, then you can take our exam, which is just like the PMA version but requires zero travel. It’s also a fraction of the price at just $125 (compared to $450 for PMA).