In the world of Pilates, the relationship between teachers and clients is often more than just a transaction. It’s a partnership rooted in trust, mutual respect, and a shared passion for well-being.
However, it's crucial to recognise that not every interaction is fuelled by these noble intentions. Sometimes, you might encounter individuals who see you less as a person and more as a stepping stone for their own needs. This can be a difficult pill to swallow, especially when you’ve invested time, energy, and genuine care. But remember, true relationships in the Pilates community—or any community, for that matter—are reciprocal.
The individuals who deserve a spot in your life, whether they are students in your Pilates class or fellow professionals, will value you for who you are. They'll make an effort to show up for you just as you have for them. It's not just about mastering the Hundred or perfecting the Swan Dive; it's about a balanced exchange of giving and taking.
If you find yourself giving unrelentingly without experiencing the joys of a balanced relationship, it might be time for a re-evaluation. There's nothing wrong with prioritising your own well-being and drawing boundaries where they're needed.
In the end, you owe it to yourself and your peace of mind to foster relationships that are as balanced and harmonious as the Pilates principles you teach and practice. It’s not just good business—it’s essential for your mental health.