Pilates is a method of exercise, developed by German Born Joseph Pilates, designed to elongate and strengthen the body. Pilates can also help to improve and increase coordination, balance and flexibility. In addition, Pilates can relieve stress and tension and help to reduce the risk of injury. In other words, Pilates is so much more than just a set of exercises, that aim to build a so called ’strong core’ or ’perfect posture.
Pilates exercises involve the whole body and are performed on spring-assisted apparatus that can provide either resistance or support for the movement, depending on your needs, or on a mat, sometimes utilising small equipment.
Pilates is suitable for most regardless of age, ability or experience as exercises can be modified and adapted to meet individual requirements. Whether you are elderly or young, stiff or flexible, an office worker or an athlete Pilates can help you to improve your posture, body shape, movement and performance.
The Finnish Pilates Association
The Finnish Pilates Association, established in 2004, is a non-profit association that aims to promote the Pilates method and functions as the main vocational association for Pilates instructors in Finland. The Finnish Pilates Association also keeps a registry of Pilates instructors, who have completed a certified Pilates training. The list of our members can be found here.
The Finnish Pilates association typically provides two annual training workshops, in order to facilitate and support the on-going professional development of our members. In addition, we organise monthly online classes, which are free of charge for our members.
Below you can find the minimum criteria for becoming a member of the Finnish Pilates Association. In order to qualify as a professional member, one needs to have completed certified Pilates instructor training and to agree to our terms and conditions.
The minimum criteria to qualify as a professional member are:
- Length of training; minimum of six (6) month
- Training needs to consists of at least 300 hours of teaching and self-practice, for example:
100 hours of practical teaching about Pilates method; which includes original and evolved exercises and principles of the Method
100 hours of theory, which needs to include functional anatomy and teaching skills
100 hours of self-practice, which needs to include class observation and teaching assistance.
Membership fee and application
The current annual membership fee is €40. If you are interested to become a member, wish to participate in our training workshops, or simply have a question to ask, please contact us.
Unpaid membership fees will result in one being expelled from the Finnish Pilates Association, which is being authorised by the board of trustees.