A Stunning (and Simple) Reminder…
At the start of each workshop, I ask the participants “Why do people come to Pilates?” It’s important to remember what we’re doing and why. Before each session, I recall why this client has come to the studio.
So…ask you to recall: Why do people come to Pilates?
The many of you ready this will all have different answers, but are likely akin to the following:
1 To get out of pain – they hurt somewhere and have been told Pilates will make them feel better.
2 For core support – they were told they need “core support”…whatever that is. They likely don’t know what that is but believe it has something to do with abdominal strengthening.
3 To get flat abdominals – Sure…they hear that in Pilates you develop strong abdominals.
4 To get a “Pilates Body” – That means as long and lean a body as is possible.
5 For exercise – Pilates is their exercise of choice.
6 For better posture – Some people have had a lifetime of poor posture and are finally ready to break out of their habits and get more upright.
These and many others are the reasons people come to Pilates. Note that they are all looking for movement, strength…exercise.
Of course…you know this. But taking a moment, a mere moment, before each session to remember why your client is coming: her goals…and your goals for her (because you might have additional goals for your client…you likely do).
It’s easy to slip into the instruction stupor. You drone in and out of one session into the other. Bear with me here: you are bored and boring…(I say that with love). That’s just that you’ve forgotten your goals. Perhaps your only goal was some extra work on the side or work while you wait for something else to come along. That’s OK…but why not take on the goal of the Pilates session…and the session will be effective.
When you have purpose in a session (and in life), then each hour is of value. There is always a great answer to “what are we doing here?” We’re working toward something. Something spectacular.
Of course “what are we doing here?” is the question of The Ages. A philosophical endeavor. But let’s narrow it to the universe of Pilates…and we can really focus: we are exercising, working to develop a strong and supple body, attaining fitness and health goals (specific to the client)…
So…a mini-blog/article/post while I travel down to Washington, D.C. to teach in Bethesda, MD for the weekend…let’s just remember what we’re doing each hour. Your goals for your client, your goals for yourself!
Here’s what’s coming up in the next few months:
Full details are on my website: http://www.TheVerticalWorkshop.com
Washington, D.C., Bethesda & Rockville, MD, USA: March 16-17, 2013
Boston and Northborough, MA, USA: April 20 & 21, 2013
London ENGLAND: April 26-28, 2013 (Pilates on Tour); sessions at Pi Studios
Rhinebeck, NY, USA: May 19, 2013
New York, NY, USA: May 28, 2013
Chicago, IL, USA: June 1, 2013
Denver, CO, USA: July 12-14, 2013 (Pilates on Tour)
Again, full information on all of these workshops is on my website: http://www.TheVerticalWorkshop.com
Please keep your eyes peeled for upcoming products I will be introducing to continuing your education from your own home!
If you have any questions about Pilates, injuries, biomechanics…just email me at info@TheVerticalWorkshop.com I will always work to get you answers.
Thanks for taking the time to read!
– Shari Berkowitz
The Vertical Workshop
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