PILATES EXERCISES ARE NOT FOR EVERYONE – RTE is reporting that a Pilates instructor in Dublin has been removed from teaching a Pilate course after the organisation was alerted to a video of the teacher allegedly abusing a student.
The video shows the teacher hitting the student in the head with a pole while instructing the student on how to sit on it.
The instructor allegedly says “the best way to keep the knees straight is to use your hands”.
RTE has also reported that the teacher’s name was not disclosed to the school.
It is understood that a complaint has been made to the Independent Education Authority.
The Independent Education Organisation (IEA) has confirmed it is aware of the matter and is investigating.
RTE understands that Pilates instructors are not allowed to teach on Sundays, but there has been no official notification that a student was disciplined.
The school, in Rathdown, Dublin, has an undergraduate course and a graduate course, and was told by the IEA that the course was being closed to ensure the safety of students.
A Pilates course can be taught by any student who has completed a compulsory programme of Pilates, according to the ITA.
The student’s parents have also contacted RTE to demand an explanation.
“It’s a serious matter and it’s time that the Irish public got a real look at this,” said RTE Ireland’s general manager, Jim Walsh.
We have made no further comment. “
Pilates is a highly structured exercise, so any teacher who would do this is not qualified to teach a Pilatas course.”
We have made no further comment.
The IEA has confirmed to RTE that it is investigating the matter.
“The video was filmed in March, just weeks after the school received an anonymous complaint about the teacher.
The complaint stated that “a woman with a red bandanna was holding a pole which was being used for Pilates and was slapping the student to the head.”
The complaint said the woman was “screaming” at the student.
A report into the matter by the school’s board of governors has yet to be made public.