Teaching with a theme within a Pilates instructional field

Teaching with a theme within a Pilates instructional field

The Pilates teaching field has emerged over the past century and has encouraged instructors to find a means of presenting material designed by Joseph Pilates. There are valued standards of presentation, some adhering meticulously to a specified regime and others using the prescribed formula that evolves from individual needs. Finding the means to describe and teach this information reinforces the common goal of finding essential tools of communication; this is the objective that unites the Pilates teaching field. One of these tools is to use a theme throughout the class to reinforce one or more ideas and communicate effectively to the Pilates student. With this in mind the work becomes enhanced, which is then implemented... Continue ...

Posted on June 18, 2011 By

Teaching the ABC’s of Pilates

Teaching the ABC’s of Pilates

We’ve all seen it happen. Some clients can only afford a handful of private Pilates sessions. Oftentimes, these are the bodies crying out for help with pain, misalignment and poor body mechanics. After working with thousands of clients from all walks of life, I’ve developed a unique teaching style that serves both the short-term client and the ongoing client. It uses a system of A-B-C vocabulary that is easy to remember and quite empowering for teachers and clients alike. Here’s how it works. Begin cueing with A, then move to B, then move to C. A = Anchor Point These help us manage body mechanics. We anchor each movement to make it more efficient and effective. Example: arm movements need to be anchored at the armpit,... Continue ...

Posted on April 30, 2010 By

Balancing Pilates with your Commitments

Balancing Pilates with your Commitments

Amanda and her family I am one of the many, many Pilates Instructors who teach because I love the Method, not because it earns me a living.  To do that, I have a full-time job.  In addition, I have two children under the age of two.  Because teaching Pilates is such a personal choice, not often looked at as a “job,” Pilates Instructors must constantly search for ways to better balance their many commitments. Here are some tips that I, and other teachers I know who wear multiple hats, have found to work: Organization: Whether you have a paper planner or you use an electronic system, you MUST know where you are supposed to be and when, and with whom. I use an iPhone and have all of my classes and private lessons... Continue ...

Posted on October 6, 2009 By

Zen of Teaching Pilates – working through a negative mindset

Zen of Teaching Pilates – working through a negative mindset

There is a reason Pilates is called “mind-body” work.  Not only does the mind work in conjunction with the body to create flowing movements and firing specific muscles, it also sets the tone for how a session proceeds.  But what happens when your client’s mind is: Dead set on being negative Insistent upon speaking, through complaints or otherwise, throughout an entire class Convinced he or she does not or will not move beyond the comfort zone of familiarity Any of the above situations can set the tone for a long 55 minutes. Running out the door isn’t an option when a client comes in with a huff and a, “I guess I’m ready for you to torture me now.”  This is where the instructor’s mind-body work begins. Even... Continue ...

Posted on July 7, 2009 By

Hit the Pilates Books

Hit the Pilates Books

We are mid-year 2008 and planning our continuing education for the rest of the year. There are many educational opportunities still to come this year, so get your calendars out and prepare to expand your horizons! John Garey Summer School Special Become Stott Pilates® Fully Certified this Summer Starts July 7 Liz Koch Psoas Workshops and Retreats Summer TeleClass Starts July 8 2008 IDEA World Fitness Convention July 8-12, 2008 Las Vegas Hilton Las Vegas, Nevada DCAC Fitness Convention July 30- Aug 3, 2008 Hilton Alexandria Mark Center Alexandria, Virginia Gyrokinesis Pre-Training with Victoria Limadibrata July 18-20 and 25-27, 2008 La Verne, CA Contact: Victoria Limadibrata at 562-607-8599 or email integratedmovt@aol.com $550... Continue ...

Posted on July 2, 2008 By