4 Teaching Tips

April 23, 2008 at 7:17 pm 3 comments

Take these 4 tips and fly for a while with them.  See what you learn from them and let me know how you fare! 
1 – Don’t be afraid to teach!  You are the reason your clients are coming to the session.  You’re the authority.  Make sure you command the session (with kindness) and do not let the session be over taken by your client.
2 – Honor what your clients say, but limit story-telling.  When they want to talk the session away, remember that the through-line has got to be the work out.  I tell my clients who need to talk (and some really do need to talk) that they can keep talking as long as they keep moving.  Usually this makes them stop talking and we can get down to the business at hand:  their Pilates workout! 
3 – Teach thematically.  Within the first couple of exercises you already know what your client needs for the day.  Perhaps you even figured it out beforehand based on the previous session.  With that, pick one thing to work on for the session and do not overwhelm your client and yourself by picking on everything.  Maybe it’s just working the Powerhouse in every exerecise or that and shoulder girdle or opposition, breath, precision.  Pick one thing to focus on in every single exercise and you will have a successful session.
4 – Late clients.  Sometimes your client actually needs to be late.  Sometimes they can’t handle a full 55 minute session.  First, talk with your client and remind her that she will benefit so much more if she can get in the full session.  If your client continues to be late all of the time, be compassionate and realize that either physically or emotionally she can’t do more than what she’s doing.  Be glad that she’s do that much.

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