Journey to becoming a pilates teacher

Fri,Jan 06, 2017 at 12:47PM by

This week a lovely story was published in the West End Magazine about Body Organics, below is an extract of the article about Carla Mullins and her journey to becoming a pilates teacher.

Carla Mullins boasts being one of the early adopters of pilates in the early 1990s, so could be described as an Australian pioneer in the alternative medical practice.Carla remembers, “It started because I personally had very poor health. I lost use of my motor control. I was having epileptic seizures every day, and I was having severe immune response. My neurologist in Sydney had sent me to see a movement teacher — a new ‘cult’ called pilates in 1993. At that point, no one had actually heard of it.” One of the three studios in the country happened to be located nearby, so off she went to try it.

Carla demonstrated a strong commitment to her movement and strengthening classes, attending three times a week for two years. As a result, she had regained her health, was medication free, and began working in Sydney as a lawyer once again. But in 1998, after being questioned about her long-term career goals, Carla realised her destiny and desires lay elsewhere.

Although she was drawn back to Brisbane due her father’s terminal illness, she brought with her an unwavering desire to set up her own pilates studio. “I first looked at New Farm, and decided it was a little Sydney-like, quite mainstream. So then I came to West End, and I saw a man walk across the street wearing a full Indian headdress and no shoes, and I thought, ‘This is definitely the place for me.’”‘Body Organics’ was born in an old church on Dornoch Terrace. According to Carla, business became increasingly busy, soon encouraging her to expand her practice to include physiotherapy, osteopathy, naturopathy and massage, eventually leading her to a historic building on Ambleside Street. “I immediately fell in love with it, and tried to restore it as respectfully as I could, given its history. Some of the rooms were horses’ stables in the 1800s.”

Now, Carla uses a wealth of international knowledge to train her team of physiotherapists, naturopaths, osteopaths, podiatrists and OTs, whilst frequently travelling around the world to further her own studies. “We train teachers in Australia and in Spain, and all of them generally do a course of around 1200 to 1500 hours to become qualified. The basic approach is to find a solution for the client. You can’t apply a formula to the human body, just as you can’t apply a formula to a relationship, or to a building. And all of our staff members are employed on that basis. We’re all a bit quirky, but passionate about getting it right for people,” she explains.Carla’s passion and dedication shines as she speaks of her clients, tenderly describing stories of young marathon runners who use pilates to peak in strength and endurance, and frail, elderly fathers who practise simply to walk their daughters down the aisle. “I love my clients, and to be honest, I feel very privileged to work with those people. In some ways, I feel for me, the biggest blessing in my life was losing my health in my early 20s.”

The full article is attached


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