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

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

The Art of Cueing – Oh, Those Words

The Art of Cueing – Oh, Those Words

Consider the awesome power of words. Just to begin the discussion, think of the many meanings of words. The same word can have many meanings and be interpreted in lots of ways. The word “position”, for example, can refer to the arrangement of your body in space, your job description, or a situation you find yourself in due to circumstances. Words have different connotations that leave them open to miscommunications. They may imply, hint, and suggest with subtle changes in meaning. Most importantly, words have power. They are the means of effective communication and make an incredible difference in the success of a trainer. Think again of the word “position”. Consider it as the frame of reference for your client that... Continue ...

Posted on October 21, 2008 By