Is it the End of the Community Pilates Studio?

Fit4Real_IsIttheEndFor 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?…

How to Create Kick-Butt Programs for Individual Alignment

How to Create Kick-butt Programs for Individual Alignment (2)Just like a table won’t stand without all four legs, your effectiveness as a teacher stands on your understanding of four components:

1- Your understanding of the exercises and their goals

2- Your ability to assess alignment

3- Your ability …

Maintaining the Core During the 3rd Trimester of Pregnancy

PrenatalPilatesThe other day I was having lunch with a friend who is in her third trimester of pregnancy. The moment we sat down she leaned in as if she were going to tell me a secret. “During my pregnancy, I …

What’s the Difference Between “Neutral” and “Natural”

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Recently, one of my amazing students at Mills College asked a great series of questions. I wanted to share them with you. She said:

“What I’ve noticed is that a neutral pelvis looks very different on each individual body. What

Using Postural Assessment Every Day

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Today, we have a contribution from Kristi Milner Quinn, STOTT PILATES Lead Instructor Trainer and co-founder of Body Center Studio in Seattle, Washington:

Most Pilates instructors learn how to perform a postural assessment during their certification training, but many discontinue …

First Steps in New Client Programming

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One of the most important pieces of the teaching puzzle is programming. A program is targeted and specific to an individual’s postural needs and training goals.

During the STOTT PILATES® foundation courses we discuss programming. You’re given the tools to …

Posturing for Success

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Recently I watched a wonderful TED Talk by social psychologist Amy Cuddy, “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” (available on Netflix, TED, and YouTube). I found this talk not only helpful information to share with our clients …