Gratz Pilates has initiated a series of interviews with some of our prominent instructors to allow them to tell their story and discuss the current challenges in our industry. We are proud to present an interview with our friend and brand ambassador, Clare Dunphy Hemani
Gratz had an opportunity to learn more about the “Influencers” and high profile teachers in the Pilates community to share their experiences in 2020-21. We interviewed Clare to tell her history, present situations and hopes for the future.
Like most kids I experienced the world through my senses: touching, tasting, smelling and especially moving. I was a kid on the move all the time. My competitive swimming career began at age 7, summer and winter all the way through high school which then also included diving (pictured here). In junior high, field hockey and lacrosse entered the picture ushering in not only a new phase of my development but taught me discipline, sportsmanship, self respect, leadership and patience. This marked the beginning of my curiosity into self-mastery.
In high school, I recall making a conscious link between physical activity and how it magically and consistently balanced out my mind and teenage emotions. Every sport season brought new life lessons and I was thrilled to be varsity captain for several consecutive seasons. I was awarded a full athletic scholarship to Northeastern University for lacrosse, and it is probably no coincidence that I choose Physical Education as my major.
"At the end of my training program, I bought my first apparatus fromanother company because it was less expensive. Once it was delivered, Iwas under the carriage trying to figure out how to change the wheels,springs and anything I could to make it feel like a Gratz, to no avail.So I bought a Gratz reformer for my home use"
Going forward, I hope to see a new generation of teachers engage with 2nd generation teachers (and 1st gen too!) and take the time to continue learning, fill in some of the gaps from their education and take the next big step to get feedback on their own teaching from a mentor. I believe that will help us into the future to keep the work alive and well.