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CCHIP Strategies for teaching Pilates

Over many years of teaching teachers, I realize that the Pilates Method not only holds a special place for so many people but it’s interpretation by everyone is vast. We see so much more on social media that we’ve never seen, which is creating ongoing discussions within the community, such as what is classical or contemporary Pilates? How do we define it? Who are the ones who are the deciding forces in these discussions? If we apply some sort of trickle down theory how does it affect each and every one of us who teaches Pilates? Uses the Method for purposes such as rehabilitation, therapy or exercise? Or teachers simply riding the coattails of a trends like the reformer, jump board and wunda/tower classes that are gaining more and more momentum. Movement is vital but movement for movements sake isn’t what we strive for in the Method. Copying what we see on youtube and pushing our clients where we are teaching all Yang and no Yin isn’t sustainable. So how do we create guidelines and teach authentically? (more…)

THE HOOP & WHEEL better known as THE MAGIC CIRCLE

The wheel is a most primitive and mechanical structure. It’s very nature lends it to a wide variety of uses and tasks. Radiocarbon dating places the oldest known wheel in human history at 5,150 years old. The oldest circle is called the Ljubljana Marshes Wheel. It is a wooden wheel with an attachment that would have connected to some type of an axle used in the vertical fashion for load bearing work. Even it’s name is beautiful, Ljubljana Marshes. This particular wooden wheel was found in Slovenia, an area with some of the oldest and richest history of Europe. Human habitation is dated back to 250,000 years ago, predating the Romans. You may see such a disproportionate amount of time between the prehistory of Slovenia and the date of the Ljubljana Marshes wheel but one must realize the circumstances for wood to last and last for more than 5,000 years is quite a feat. (more…)

BECOMING A PILATES TEACHER

A career change is so many things. It’s a life changing event but not always in a way expected. Over the years I’ve seen career changes rise like a phoenix out of the ashes of illness, separation, death, inspiration, desire. Their stories are our stories, stories of people who had a teacher inside of them and it took something particular to open that door and to have the mindfulness to step through it instead of allowing the fear or the unknown to make you step back and watch the door slowly swing shut in front of you. (more…)

WHAT ARE “PROGRESSIONS” IN PILATES?

Advancing clients, even healthy ones, can be a complicated skill not only for new teacher but for those with experience. We can easily go on automatic, caught up in old habits, not quite aware of the easy patterns we can find within the Method that are like road maps for us as teachers. We find ourselves teaching what’s familiar over and over and miss the connections. (more…)