Workshop: Pilates & Eating Disorders
From Marie Miller:
As a Pilates instructor and Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in eating disorders (ED), I see the daily devastation that EDs create in people’s lives. I also know firsthand that being a Pilates instructor increases the chances you will teach people struggling with an eating disorder.
Unfortunately, while our goal is to make people healthier, we might be doing harm without realizing it.
Becoming educated on eating disorders can empower you as a Pilates instructor to be part of a positive change instead of part of the problem.
It is estimated that 20 million women and 10 million men will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Eating disorders affect the individual mentally and physically being one the leading causes of death for mental disease. In this workshop you will gain a general understanding of eating disorders, the myths surrounding them, and how to spot red flags.
You will also learn what to do if a client reveals they are suffering with an eating disorder. We will cover how language affects people with an eating disorder and ways to be more intentional about your cueing and conversation in order to avoid harm and potentially exacerbate someone’s illness.
You will leave the workshop with greater awareness, tools for your cuing, and resources if you would like more information.
Disclaimer: This is for educational purposes only and is not intended to teach instructors on how to diagnose eating disorders.
Mitzi (Marie) Miller: www.marietmiller.com
Qualifications: Certified under Brett Howard with the New York Pilates Studio Teacher Certification since 2006. The same year I opened my own studio in Media, Pennsylvania, Pilates on Jasper, and operated it until 2020.
In 2009 I was fortunate enough to work with elite athletes, and this is where I was first introduced to the world of eating disorders. After witnessing many young athletes suffering with eating disorders, I sought advice from an eating disorder expert at CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania). Shortly after, I began collaborating with the clinicians at CHOP to help recovered anorexics safely resume exercise. Teaching Pilates to anorexics in recovery led me to my second career as an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor). I graduated from La Salle with a MA in Counseling in 2017. Part of my clinical work is dedicated to working with patients with eating disorders and collaborating with their clinical team. Having the experience of teaching Pilates to recovered anorexics and working with clients diagnosed with an eating disorder in my counseling practice gives me a unique insight and knowledge.