Reflecting on my experience at the therapy convention in Birmingham UK over the last two days, one aspect that deeply impressed me was the palpable sense of harmony and mutual respect among the various manual practitioners. From physiotherapists and osteopaths to chiropractors, sports massage therapists, and even specialists in veterinary physiotherapy and chiropractic – the diversity was remarkable. Yet, amidst this diversity, there was no trace of negativity or competition. Instead, there existed a collective spirit of learning, sharing, and a unified goal to improve health and well-being.
This harmonious atmosphere got me thinking about our own Pilates community. As a Pilates teacher, I've witnessed various styles and schools of thought within our field. Unfortunately, unlike my experience at the convention, these differences sometimes lead to divisions rather than collaboration. Reflecting on the convention's camaraderie, I find myself wishing that we, as Pilates teachers, could embrace a similar ethos.
In our shared journey of teaching Pilates, it's vital to remember that while our approaches may differ, our core objective remains the same – to enhance the lives of those we teach. Imagine the potential for growth and learning if we could foster the same spirit of unity and respect that I observed among the manual practitioners at the convention.
This event also underscored the importance of self-care for practitioners. Long days tending to others can take a toll, and it’s crucial that we don’t neglect our own well-being. Tools like the Spine Fitter by Sissel, which I had the honour of presenting, are perfect examples of how we can integrate effective, time-efficient practices into our busy schedules, benefiting both ourselves and our clients.
As I left the convention, not only was I physically tired from the many demonstrations but also mentally invigorated by the positive interactions and the shared dedication to bettering health. It’s a testament to what can be achieved when professionals, regardless of their specific discipline, come together with open minds and hearts.
I sincerely hope that we, as a Pilates community, can take inspiration from this and work towards a future where differences in styles become opportunities for learning and growth, rather than division. Let’s strive to build a community that, like the one I witnessed at the therapy convention, is united in its diversity, fostering an environment of mutual respect, collaboration, and shared success.