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Make Pilates imagery magic

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Make Pilates Imagery Magic
“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, visual, or tactile cues. While others relate best to imagery. So, getting good at pulling imagery out of your teaching toolbox is important.

Holly Furgason Pulls a Pilates Rabbit from her hat

Here are some of my favorite imagery cues:

Exhale through pursed lips like you’re blowing out a birthday candles.

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Go from teacher training to your first class with confidence.

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♥ Written by Mary CobbGo from teacher training to first class

You’ve completed your first Pilates teacher training course.

Hurrah!

My first course was with STOTT PILATES® on the reformer. Now that my in-course hours are done, I need to also complete additional self-guided study. For my program I need to complete 40 hours of physical review, 25 hours of practice teaching, and 10 hours of observation.

Gulp!

Gulp So Much To Study

You’ve just done a ton of work learning new vocabulary, anatomy, and over 100 pilates reformer exercises – not to mention navigating your way through breath patterns. It can feel like a lot of information, but these practice hours will help solidify all the new concepts you learned in class.

Here are some tips about what to do when teaching your first class.

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How One Simple Trick Can Help You Convert More Clients Into Regulars

Estimated reading time 5:00 minutes

SImpleTrickToConvertMoreClients

You know those teachers that always seem to have a full schedule and clients fight to get on it? Those teachers whose clients refer to them all their friends and family? And their schedule is booked way in advance?

Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret.

In my experience those really good, busy teachers, the “Pilates Superheros” with full schedules, are the teachers that personalize each session their clients.

These “Pilates Superheros” not only address the client’s goals but they also personalize the program for the client’s postural needs and their adjust their cueing to speak in that client’s language.

To convert the client, you need to communicate the goal of the exercise and connect the goal to the client. Boom.

So, I want to share with you an insanely simple trick to get started taking your teaching up-up-and-away! Read More

I Teach Pilates Everyday.

In the wake of recent events, I’m taking stock.

Everyday I teach Pilates.

Yes, it’s “just” exercise. But in these uncertain times, I’m realizing it goes beyond fitness. Let me start with a little background.

About ten years ago I set out to open a Pilates studio in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. Both the location and the name of my business were no coincidence. I came up with the name “Blue Sparrow Pilates” out of the idea that the sparrow is a symbol of love, freedom, integrity, and commitment. I also connected to the idea of the sparrow symbolizing journey and homecoming as I pondered, what would it feel like to to be completely at home in one’s own body?

Fast forward to today, I still aspire to embody these “sparrow” characteristics, as well as help to bring them out of everyone who walks through my studio doors. I see these ideals demonstrated in this studio community through small acts of love and mutual support.iteachpilates_hollyfurgason

As Pilates teachers, we don’t often impact the world through big acts.It’s really years of teeny, tiny acts that positively affect how people feel.

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How to Capture Clients & Intensify Your Core Message

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Let’s talk messaging.Fit4Real Teach On-message Pilates Holly Furgason

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 question to a few Pilates instructors. They said:

The function of transversus abdominis;
The benefits of core strength;
Understanding what is proper alignment;
The importance of training the smaller muscles;
Stability vs. mobility;
The Basic Principles of Pilates;
Creating balance in the body or balancing out habitual motions.

And so forth. You probably have a few additional ideas to offer. Please share them with us in the comments below.

As a Pilates instructor it’s extremely important to stay on message. To stay on message means to be persistent in getting your key points about Pilates across. It also means promoting the studio you work at and keeping clients coming back for more. Read More