PILATES HOUSTON ASSOCIATION is a community of Pilates and mind-body professionals dedicated to inform, motivate and transform the public through healing movement systems. We support our members through education, networking and professional development.
The Pilates Houston Association (PHA) began in 2008. It was a grassroots collection of Pilates teachers and studio owners from various Pilates backgrounds and affiliations. A local community developed, and it has grown to include bodyworkers such as massage therapists, physical therapists and Yamuna body roll practitioners. Soon the PHA will begin applying for non-profit status.
On this website you will find a listing for Pilates instructors and bodyworkers in the Houston area who are all PHA members. You can also find a page on “What is Pilates” and things you should look for in a qualified instructor.
The PHA has a quarterly newsletter. Articles are written by various teachers and experts in the Houston area. You can access the current newsletter or find past articles on the most recent Newsletter page.
From the beginning, one of the goals of PHA has been to offer reasonably priced quality continuing education for Pilates teachers. PHA has hosted annual workshops in which it has received continuing education credit approval from the international Pilates Method Alliance (PMA®). On the workshop page, you will find the latest on the best local workshops.
On the “Jobs / For Sale” page, find the latest listings. To post a job at your studio/gym or to sell a piece of Pilates equipment, please visit the Contact page and send us the details. PHA will post on the website at no charge, but donations are suggested for the Pilates for Patients Fund, which allocates funds for breast cancer patients toward Pilates sessions with Pink Ribbon certified teachers.
PHA has been active in fostering the professional community and in reaching out to the larger Houston community. The local PHA has been proud to support the international Pilates Method Alliance® (PMA)® in celebrating Pilates Day® in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. “Pilates Day was created by the PMA to promote awareness of the many benefits that the Pilates Method brings to every age group, and to promote healthy living.”*
The PHA has organized local studios to offer a free or discounted class on Pilates Day as a way to introduce newcomers to the method and to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Locally, PHA has turned Pilates Day into a charity event. All the proceeds from the Pilates Day classes that did have entrance fees were donated to a designated charity. In 2009, it was St. Jude Children’s Hospital and in 2010 and 2011 it was Child Advocates and the Jake Loper Trust. In 2012 we raised funds and awareness for Houston Area Women’s Center, and in 2013, we worked for the scholarship fund at Amazing Place.
With the help of the local Pilates community, through the donations for Pilates Day classes and a silent auction held on Pilates Day, PHA has helped to raise nearly $3,000 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital in 2009, $800 for Child Advocates in 2010/2011, $150 for the Jake Loper Trust in 2011 and over $1700 for Houston Area Women’s Center in 2012. In 2013, over $1875.00 was raised for the scholarship fund at Amazing Place.
In addition, PHA arranged for classes at Sally’s House, a local women’s shelter. Various teachers within the PHA volunteered their time and expertise to teach weekly classes for the wonderful women at Sally’s. Classes ran from summer 2008 – 2009.
In 2013, 7 volunteer members teach classes for the friends at Amazing Place. The mission of Amazing Place is to provide fellowship, memory care and wellness for adults with mild to moderate memory loss and support to their families and the community.
PHA also reaches out to the Houston community with presentations. In June 2010, Texas Women’s University invited the PHA to do a presentation on the stress relieving benefits of Pilates. The Association is pleased to enhance the local community through the Pilates Method.
*Source: Pilates Method Alliance, Pilates Day Kit™
Pilates Houston Association Officers 2014-2015
President | Melody Morton-Buckleair (The Good Space)
Vice-President | Alicia Gordy (Washington Avenue Pilates)
Treasurer | Kimberly Campos (The Me Body)
Secretary | Heather Erdmann (Pure Body Studio)
Congratulations to the new board!
These studios are proud sponsors of the Pilates Houston Association: