Balanced Body Education: A Fresh Digital Frontier

Balanced Body Education: A Fresh Digital Frontier

With change comes unavoidable speed bumps but also powerful possibilities. If you are a student, you may have come across a speed bump or two this summer while registering or attending one of our courses. Balanced Body has upgraded its internal education IT system and some of our administrative functionality was temporarily impacted, and our response times slowed. However, with the hard work of our internal IT and education teams, the support of Ken and our Educators, Balanced Body Education is primed and ready for an eventful 2024.

The first of our 2024 education initiatives will be to bring you a state-of-the-art community wide education portal. As an industry, we have realized just how powerful and impactful digital tools can be, especially as they apply to Pilates and Pilates education. We have seen this and in response, we have been developing a fresh new digital platform as a complement to the new website. Initially, this platform will be a seamless and unparalleled user experience designed for our students, graduates, Authorized Training Centers, and Balanced Body Educators, to enrich the Pilates education experience. Beyond this, we are crafting this platform to also support our industry partners and leaders because we are far better when we work collaboratively and collectively. We will start testing with our educators shortly and be inviting students into the site for testing. It’s MUCH more than a container that holds information and materials or video on demand. It promotes interaction, community, learning, growth, and partnership with others. We are so excited and will be even more excited to have you experience it.

We believe Pilates education is a responsibility to a profession, and yes we are a profession. With this comes the responsibility to maintain integrity in learning and encourage the sharing of ideas. Our digital tools should never replace or take away from the in-person experience but should augment and support ongoing growth and development. From our core Pilates curriculum to deeper dives in anatomy, for business growth and development or for unique CEC opportunities, the Balanced Body Education portal is designed to be a comprehensive place to stay engaged at all levels in your movement career.

This is a massive undertaking, and we still have some work to do to smooth out those initial IT speedbumps, but I am very confident that during the first quarter of 2024, you will be seeing and hearing much more about the opportunities that will spring from the educational universes this state-of-the-art portal will provide.

Stay tuned for more coming soon on this exciting new endeavor, and thank you for your patience with us. We can’t wait to embark on this new digital frontier together.

Learn more about Balanced Body Education here

Joy Puleo is Balanced Body's Director of Education. In July of 2013, Joy moved, with her family, from New York to Sacramento, California to join Nora St. John and the rest of the Balanced Body team to work on developing curriculum and educational programming. Joy has been teaching Pilates teachers since 2002 and in the health and wellness industry since 1996. Joy earned her MA from Columbia University in Applied Physiology. As a lecturer she presents at conferences and studios across the country and abroad and with Balanced Body, she is a regular at most Pilates on Tours. In addition to her degree Joy is A.C.S.M. certified and is able to provide ACE credits for students who take her classes. She is a fully qualified Balanced Body Pilates Instructor and teacher trainer, CoreAlign and Bodhi Suspension System master trainer and a graduate of the PhysicalMind Institute. Joy was also trained on the GYROTONIC,® Level I and the Ladder. In 2011 Joy founded Body Wise Connection, a not-for-profit which works with women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Body Wise Connections sole purpose is to remind women that even in the throes of a diagnosis and treatment for cancer the body can heal and strengthen. Body Wise Connection works to restore physical self-awareness and empowerment through gently, rhythmic Pilates based movements. Though Joy is no longer in New York, Joys work has expanded to include all cancer patients regardless of the primary cancer diagnosis. Joy believes that movement changes lives and that education is the key to unlocking potential. Joy is thrilled to be working with Balanced Body on the shared mission of elevating mindful movement as a component to long term health and wellbeing.



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