Joseph Pilates was a very fragile child; he suffered from asthma and used to be very skinny. He therefore developed a system of exercices which were intended to strengthen the human mind and body. He truly believed that mental and physical health were interrelated. Among his students were many ballet dancers (especially from the American Ballet School of New York because when he moved to the USA, he actually rented a studio in the same building as the school) and they went on to teach his methods and open studios. But unlike yoga, there is not official patent or exam to become a Pilates instructor.
To cut the short story, today, you or even I for instance can become a so-called Pilates instructor after a week-end of training. And Geneva has many of those fake instructors (just for your information, I have tried more than 9 Pilates classes in our city).
To avoid taking a class giving by a bad instructor, head to Impulse Pilates in Carouge. Don’t expect to queue to get in (like in many Geneva’s fitness centres), this is a little school with Big skills and know-how. You will be greeted by Joana and Steven who are both classical ballet dancers. Though Joana also taught modern, jazz and tap dance classes (and Reiki and meditation, she’s a star. Just have a look at the mindbodyintuition.ch website) . Steven on the other hand is also a contemporary dancer and a practitioner (with a legal degree and certification) of Shiatsu. Together, they teach Pilates, stretching, Shiatsu and Reiki classes from Monday to Friday. You can be alone with them, or take a friend with you; you can attend a class of three people and up to 7 for collective classes. And Impulse Pilates is VERY flexible: Joana and Steven (given that the class isn’t full yet because at the beginning of each semester, they tend to be sold out very fast) will adapt to your schedule and what you want to do in terms of exercices.
Special mention goes to their choice of music; just give it a try (it will cost you 30.- for a try-out class) and you will know what I mean.
Passage de l’Intendant 8, 1227 Carouge