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Let’s Make Pilates imagery magic

June 14, 2017

“Now, do the same movement as though you’re pulling a rabbit from a magician’s hat.”  As soon as the words left my lips, both my client and I burst into laughter.

Ok this may be a hilarious, even borderline ridiculously example of imagery. But imagery is such a powerful tool as a Pilates instructor. What makes sense to one client may not to another. Some clients need anatomical,…

New Teachers Pilates Teaching Skills

How to Capture Clients & Intensify Your Core Message

November 1, 2016

Let’s talk messaging.

During a Pilates session, what is the most important message you aim to communicate to your clients? Or to say it in a different way: What are the key points about Pilates you want your clients to be thinking about during the session (and perhaps outside of the session later on)?

Seriously, take a second and write down a few ideas. I’ll wait…

So, I asked this same…

Business

Is it the End of the Community Pilates Studio?

February 25, 2016

For as long as I can remember, I have been working on becoming a better Pilates instructor. But I have to level with you. Lately I’ve been in a funk. Heavy with doubt and uncertainty about my chosen field. Why?

With all the competition in the San Francisco Bay Area fitness industry it has felt like I’ve had to move faster and faster just to not get left behind.…

Pilates Teaching Skills

Why Pilates instructors are more like Narwhals than Unicorns

December 21, 2015

Ah yes, the magical unicorn stands as a fabulous yet distant symbol of our modern obsession with a magic pill that will “fix” you. The lore around unicorns stretches way back to the ancient Greeks. Nowadays we see it everywhere with double rainbows coming out of its eyeballs. If you find your magical unicorn and possess the mystical candy canes, its special healing powers will heal its rider.

We…

Teachers In Training

Lessons Learned From Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone (& Why You Should Take Your Pilates Certification Exam)

November 3, 2015

I just returned from a week of learning and testing at the STOTT PILATES® headquarters in Toronto, Canada. I was being tested on my knowledge of the Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels in order to increase my Instructor Trainer credential to include teaching instructors on these apparatus. It was a ton of work to prepare both physically and mentally, but now that it’s all said and done,…

Teachers In Training

Certification Exam Study Tips for the Busy Student

May 23, 2015

Chances are you’re busy. There is no doubt that balancing work, family, and daily commitments while training to be a Pilates instructor can be a lot. So it’s important to find ways to squeeze in study for your certification exam. But I bet if you dedicate a few minutes everyday towards preparing for the test, you’ll make steady progress.

Erica, Blue Sparrow Pilates’ Education Coordinator and recently STOTT PILATES®