Yoga removed from its foundations, sports coach on sale … As the market explodes, its actors are less and less prepared. Focus.
The problem arose a few years ago with acupuncture. In China, where the discipline was born, or in Taiwan, acupuncturists train at the medical school for seven to eight years. But in France, you can study the practice in a few weeks. “There are more and more private training courses, very expensive, open to all without a minimum level required and without any control exam at the end”, testifies Ling-ya Hsu, acupuncturist and professor at the Faculty of Medicine of Paris Seine. Denis. However, if the conditions for becoming an acupuncturist were unclear until then, the state has now ruled. “Now, he continues, two or three years of university training is required, open only to doctors and midwives. However, there are many who continue to provide counseling without having studied medicine beforehand. “With the risk of“ losing serious pathologies ”. So, do we need more checks?
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Four years ago, all sports educators holding a state diploma were subject to verification by the Ministry of Sports. “Twice a year for fifteen years for me an agent came by surprise to see our diplomas and our professional cards in the clubs where we worked. But for four years no one has ever come to check on me ”, is surprised Ludivine, sports coach of the Paris region. At the same time, from the first birth, the number of people who improvise as coaches and train on social networks is multiplying. The phenomenon is also spreading in Pilates studios, where you can come across teachers who have never been trained. Franck Bonarel, chief operating officer of the prestigious Parisian clubs Blanche, Klay and Ken for thirty-five years, deplores this state of affairs. “When we test prospective teachers for our institutes, we see that the level is much lower than before. In question? There are a lot more people on the market and the training is not uniform. Some students study more than 700 hours to become coaches, while others teach after just 100 hours. The problem comes from some unions who want to reduce training times, and this is a real danger. As for those who hold courses without a diploma, the risk of injuring practitioners due to poor positioning and exercises and lack of anatomical knowledge is enormous ”, specifies the specialist.
Élodie Garamond, founder of the Tigre Yoga Club, makes the same observation. “We are terrified of the quality of the training. People have been practicing for just two years, then they want to teach and train quickly without being subjected to any selection. But the reality is that after 200 hours – the current learning format – you have no experience, no theory, no eye. The courses don’t offer enough philosophy, anatomy or text studies, ”she explains. It must be said that, for eight years, in France, the demand has been multiplied by 5 (9.7 million declared practitioners in 2021) and the offer by 10 (studios, sports halls, companies, training). Sport and wellness are in vogue, which is why the profession of coach is increasingly attractive. As a result, training institutes, attracted by the lure of profit, constantly thrive, but are not always solid. “Today we try to make yoga dependent on a ministry so that the training is supervised. We are working with many federations to promote the quality of this discipline and put an end to online training, because this is the worst thing, ”concludes Élodie Garamond.
SUDDEN MASSAGER IN 48 HOURS? Learn massage or lymphatic drainage techniques in a weekend and get your first clients on Monday morning, that’s what certain training courses promise that are currently a hit, all for a pretty penny. “You shouldn’t blame them, but be careful when they guarantee ultra-fast retraining and a fabulous salary. The secret is to multiply them and train a lot “, says Emmanuelle Rodeghiero, founder of the Little Biceps Institute (59, rue du Temple, Paris IVe, littlebiceps.com ).
THE KEYS TO THE RIGHT CHOICE First, we get advice from those around us, we collect opinions. So let’s not hesitate to ask for the course and diplomas of the person who teaches. Finally, if we don’t feel properly cared for, we listen to each other and test discipline with someone else.