Hello Pilates People!
If you’ve walked through the doors of Pilates Methodology in the past few weeks, you know big changes are happening every day. From our staff to our studio space, we are flourishing. I couldn’t be more proud of Methodology’s thriving footprint in Dallas, and in the greater classical Pilates community.
I am so excited about taking over the other side of the house! I have been working towards this goal for the last 3 years. And now, here we are. I hope you all enjoy the changes we’ve made and as always let us know what you think! Enjoy walking through our new door!
As I watch the changes happening around me, I’ve realized that change also has to happen within me in order to adapt to all of this growth. I’ve been teaching Pilates for almost 20 years, and one thing I have never wanted to do is teach or offer a Wunda Chair group class. But, for the first time, I feel like I have the studio and staff to make it happen. Besides I had a bet with Raechel aka Tabs 😉
For our students who have worked out on the Wunda Chair, you know that perhaps it is the most dynamic and challenging Pilates apparatus. There is very little lying down on the Wunda Chair. One misstep can go very badly, and safety is always my priority. Beginner students certainly don’t jump right into — or onto — Wunda Chair. When I see that some fitness studios offer large group classes on contemporary versions of the Wunda Chair and allow first timers to hop on, I can’t help but cringe.
However, we have a wonderful group of students who have been dedicated to their practice for a long while, and I know will benefit and have fun in this challenging class. That is a testament to our fantastic staff, and to your dedication as Pilates practitioners. excited for the progress I know our students will make with this new class, but there is a big caveat here. Our Wunda Chair class will have a prerequisite of 10 somethings at Methodology (mat & equipment classes, private or semi-private lessons), or comparable outside Pilates experience with instructor approval. Although Joe Pilates didn’t specify an order for working out on the Wunda Chair like he did for Reformer and Mat, the format of the classes will still be structured to ensure everyone is getting a great workout while being safe!
Several of our instructors have been bursting at the seams to teach a Wunda Chair class. With “patience and persistence,” two of Joe Pilates’ favorite qualities, they have convinced me to purchase a fourth Wunda Chair and add the class to our schedule this summer. Class will be on Fridays and Sundays at 1PM, starting June 23rd.
As Joe himself wrote, “Change happens through movement and movement heals.” Our studio is moving forward, and that means I will move forward. I think if Joe were alive today, he’d say, “Move or get off the Wunda Chair!”
Rachael Lieck Bryce