TEXAS PILATES ASSOCIATION is a professional organization dedicated to provided our members quality education opportunities, networking, community and professional support. The TPA is growing through grassroots volunteer efforts.
The Texas Pilates Association, formerly the Pilates Houston Association (PHA), began in 2008. It was then and is now a 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 rolling practitioners.
The TPA has been active in fostering the professional community and in reaching out to the larger Houston community. The Texas Pilates Association has been proud to support the international Pilates Method Alliance® (PMA)® in celebrating Pilates Day® in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. “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.”*
For 2016 the TPA has begun the task of including the entire state of Texas in our Pilates Day community mat class efforts. We hope to introduce hundreds of Texans to the method and to encourage a healthy lifestyle.
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 | Heather Erdmann (Pure Body Studio)
Treasurer | Kimberly Campos (The Me Body)
Secretary | My-Hanh Nguyen (Washington Avenue Pilates)
Regional Member, Austin |Shoshana Goldstein (Joy Moves Studio)
Board Member | Kevin Bowen (Core Dynamics)