AMA 23 October 2020

By | Motor learning, Pilates teaching, Rehabilitation & Pain science

Topics in this video

  • 01:59 Pilates for Parkinson’s Disease
  • 07:03 If you take supplements does your body just make less of that nutrient?

  • 18:37 If technique doesn’t matter in Pilates why cue ANY movement?
  • 27:24 What are the limitations of scientific research?
  • 33:12 What to do for sciatic nerve pain

Topics in this video

  • Do disc bulges calcify?
  • Can you avulse a vertebral endplate in neutral?
  • Guidelines for hip ROM post hip replacement

  • Touching / hands on assists – can it get weird?
  • Shin splints
  • Is it hard to get work if you’re pregnant?

  • Do ice baths work?
  • Does menopause cause sore joints?
  • Exercises for neck strengthening

Ask Me Anything 16 October 2020

By | anatomy, biomechanics, Biopsychosocial care, Business, Injury prevention, Motor learning, Pilates teaching, Rehabilitation & Pain science

Topics in this video

  • 02:55 PRP injections for elbow pain
  • 10:43 Mind / Muscle connection
  • 24:24 Cueing breath
  • 29:39 Do Pilates instructors charge GST?

  • 31:46 How to strengthen a bruised knee
  • 35:35 Cerebellum ectopia
  • 40:39 Spinocerebellar ataxia
  • 45:40 How long should you raise your heart rate every day?

AMA 10 October 2020

By | anatomy, biomechanics, Biopsychosocial care, Injury prevention, Pilates teaching, Rehabilitation & Pain science

Topics in this video

  • 00:22 Hiatus hernia
  • 09:12 Is muscle compensation real?

  • 27:26 Are Breathe Education courses recognised internationally
  • 30:36 What causes lateral pelvic tilt?
  • 39:20 Can you train yourself to flex your hip like a gymnast?

  • 44:12 How soon can you flex your spine after microdiscectomy?
  • 52:14 Knee pain when running – my knees roll in!

Send your questions to ama@breathe.edu.au

AMA 2 October 2020

By | anatomy, biomechanics, Business, Motor learning, Pilates industry, Pilates teaching

This Week’s Questions:

  1. Pilates considerations for Crohn’s disease
  2. What are the benefits and drawbacks of active and passive stretching?
  3. Why do people say “flex your ankle to protect the knee” during a figure 4 glute stretch?
  4. Exercise considerations for arthritis in the hip
  5. Do I need a permit to run Pilates sessions in my home, or at the park?
  6. Pilates considerations for spinal fusion
  7. How to retrain movement for a below-the-knee amputee
  8. Can I work with children under 18?
  9. What are your recommendations for books on the mental side of Pilates, and mindset in general?

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Book recommendations:

  • Finding Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg
  • The ONE Thing by Gary Keller
  • Change Maker by John Berardi
  • Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss
  • Motivational Interviewing by William Miller and Steven Rollnick

AMA 18 September 2020

By | anatomy, biomechanics, Pilates teaching

Topics in this video

00:14 – Abdominal separation error correction
02:20 – What reformer should I buy for home, and for commercial?
08:56 – Dislocated knee – should I get surgery?
12:43 – Pins and needles in the sacrum

15:40 – What gives way when you dislocate your shoulder, and what do they fix in surgery?
22:12 – The Pilates In America Study
24:53 – Is PRP injection helpful for tennis elbow?
28:56 – Adenomyosis and Pilates

AMA 4 September 2020

By | anatomy, biomechanics, Pilates industry, Pilates teaching, Rehabilitation & Pain science

Topics in this video

  • Why can’t I do the roll up?
  • How to prepare for an initial client session
  • What to do for an injured neck with arm pain

  • What is my Pilates journey?
  • What to do for nausea with exercise
  • Why does my lower back feel tight and jammed?

  • Why can’t I get up off the floor from a kneeling lunge?
  • How to do diaphragmatic breathing
  • Is protein powder helpful for strength training?

Caged Lion – The Interview with John Howard Steel

By | Pilates industry, Pilates teaching

John Howard Steel is about to upend many things you thought you know about Pilates.

John learned Pilates directly from Joseph Pilates. He practiced at Joe’s gym on Eighth Avenue from 1963 until Joe’s death in 1967. After Joe died, John was instrumental in the continuation of Contrology; along with two others he formed a committee that kept the gym going and supported Clara, and he single-handedly convinced Romana to take on the starring role as Joe’s successor.

John’s book Caged Lion is the surprising and delightful history of Pilates, from Joe’s mysterious early life, through his time in New York and John’s experience of learning Pilates (Contrology) from Joe, and striding arm-in-arm with Joe through the streets of New York, listening to Joe lecture about his favourite and only subject of conversation, Contrology.

But the book goes far beyond Joe’s life, it is the story of Pilates itself – how it transcended Joe’s personality and his lifetime, and became a worldwide phenomenon bringing happiness to millions.

I have been teaching Pilates for 16 years and I was repeatedly surprised by Caged Lion, not to mention entertained. It is an enthralling read; a genuinely well-written book which brings the characters to life in 3 dimensions. If you have even a passing interest in Pilates you absolutely must read it, trust me.

In this interview John and I discuss Joe’s personality, his teaching style and what it was like to learn from him, we talk about what defines Pilates and ultimately how it doesn’t matter what kind of Pilates you do, but rather HOW you do it.

Raphael Bender
CEO Breathe Education

AMA 24 July 2020

By | anatomy, biomechanics, Pilates teaching, Urinary incontinence

Topics in this video

(In order)

  • Where did you study exercise physiology online
  • What can Pilates instructors claim on tax?
  • What sound and video equipment do you use?
  • What exercise intensity for cancer survivors?
  • Exercise for dementia, traumatic brain injury and epilepsy

  • Uterine prolapse and pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Can you build muscles when breastfeeding?
  • Should we cue pelvic floor?
  • Will I get a certificate for the anatomy course?
  • As a Pilates instructor can you create your own moves?
  • Is Pilates enough, or do I need to do cardio too?

  • What should you do if you suspect a client is over-exercising?
  • What if you find equal amounts of evidence for both points of view – which one do you believe?
  • Can focussing on individual muscles cause injury?
  • Can nerve injuries cause symptoms?
  • Can vitamin C help with hypermobility issues?

Wrists need to get stronger too

By | biomechanics, Biopsychosocial care, Pilates industry, Pilates teaching

I had a wonderful question in my Saturday matwork masterclass for Breathe Education where we opened up a discussion about feeling discomfort in wrists. I’m sure that we’ve all been there. You’re about 5 planks into a sequence and all you want to do is drop down to your forearms. Often at times we see our clients sit back after a long stretch series and gingerly roll their wrists. Maybe, if you’re lucky, you’ll get an eye roll too.

Let’s begin the process of reframing the way we look at value of discomfort in different parts of our body.

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AMA Ask Me Anything 10 July 2020

By | anatomy, biomechanics, Injury prevention, Online teaching, Pilates industry, Pilates teaching, Pregnancy, Rehabilitation & Pain science, Uncategorized

Topics in this video

  • How to find clients for your online classes
  • Neutral vs imprint – why?
  • When/if it’s important to cue breath
  • What to do for tenosynovitis of the thumb
  • When rehabilitating an injury, should we also work the uninjured side of the body?

  • Can a snapped Achilles tendon heal without surgery?
  • Exercises to help someone with abdominal separation
  • Is high intensity weight training safe during pregnancy?
  • Pilates considerations for Scheuermann’s disease

  • Exercise considerations for low PAPP-A during pregnancy?
  • Why do my hamstrings always feel tight despite stretching and rolling?
  • Exercises for degenerative knee arthritis
  • Sacroiliac joint sprain
  • What should I study next?

Does an assessment actually add any value for clients with low back pain?

By | anatomy, biomechanics, Biopsychosocial care, Pilates teaching, Rehabilitation & Pain science

Mitchell Gibbs is a PhD candidate at Western Sydney University where he researches chronic pain, pain science, and exercise. Mitch also has a Master of Research in chronic pain and exercise, and a bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.

Mitchell’s 2018 paper Buy In For Back Pain – Does Individualization Matter?  had some very surprising findings in relation to the benefits of doing a thorough physical assessment on clients with low back pain. The paper was published in the Journal of Clinical Exercise Physiology.

In this conversation Mitch talks through the research process, and discusses what he thinks the findings mean for clinicians.

You can find Mitch on Instagram @mitchgibbs.aes @rethink.mvmnt

The New Future of Pilates with Lesley Logan

By | Business, Pilates industry, Pilates teaching

 

In this conversation I talk with Lesley Logan of Profitable Pilates and Online Pilates Classes. We share our thoughts on the current situation with COVID-19 lockdown and the closure of Pilates studios around the world.

Both Lesley and I see this as an amazing opportunity to “Reset to Factory Settings”, to let go of things you have been holding on to out of fear or inertia. It is also an incredible time of change and opportunity in the Pilates industry. Things are not going to return to the way they were before – here’s how we think you can take advantage of this seismic shift and turn this into an amazing opportunity for yourself, your teaching, your clients and your business. And we want to encourage you to charge what you’re worth!

Manifesto For The Pilates Industry

By | Business, Pilates industry, Pilates teaching, Uncategorized

These beliefs are our compass: We think they should be yours too

Challenging times call for clear vision, optimism, creativity and agility

  1. The value of an instructor lies not in equipment or premises but in the client’s experience, results, and emotions
  2. Classes are not a public service but an exchange of value and should be priced as such
  3. People can learn physical skills to a high level in a purely online format
  4. The present restrictions will probably continue until the end of 2020
  5. This situation represents a fundamental paradigm shift and a massive opportunity for Pilates instructors, studio owners and the Pilates industry
  6. After restrictions are lifted, things are unlikely to return to the way they were before: The industry worldwide will have new norms, new technologies, new competitors, new consumer expectations, and ultimately a vastly different competitive landscape
  7. We don’t know what the world or the Pilates industry will look like in 12 months, so the best way to prepare for success is to develop agility, resourcefulness and resilience
  8. Instructors and studio owners who wholeheartedly welcome the challenges and leap into the new opportunities inherent in these times will flourish

Online classes have many benefits for clients and instructors including:

  • greater class numbers without crowding
  • no travel time, transport cost, or parking required
  • because of no travel time, classes can potentially be done at any time of day including during work hours
  • increased opportunity for social connection
  • increased geographical catchment area
  • multiple clients in same family can workout together potentially for one price
  • no child-minding needed
  • no queue to sign-in or use the change room

Free Template Liability Waiver & Release for Teaching Pilates Online

By | Business, Pilates industry, Pilates teaching

Clearpoint Legal have provided this free liability waiver for you. All you need to do is add your ABN and send it to your clients.

Here is some further general advice from Helen at Clearpoint:

To be effective, the waiver needs to be informed – so participants need to be provided the waiver prior to completing their first class so that if they aren’t comfortable providing the waiver then they can elect not to participate;

Instructors should keep a record of exactly who the waiver has been provided to by ensuring they collect full names when people register, and cross check this against the names of class participants;

Even though the waiver and release is being completed, Instructors should still take a reasonable level of care, so if there is generic advice they are able to give about things like how much space participants should clear prior to starting the class, this would minimise the risk of participants trying to make a complaint notwithstanding the waiver;

There is a line around use of video footage/photos for promotional purposes, so that if participants don’t consent they should let the Instructor know. Best practice however, if any of the instructors want to use footage or stills for social media or other marketing, is to get the specific consent of anyone who can be identified in the footage;

Obtaining insurance would further reduce any personal risk to instructors, as I imagine a lot of them will be operating as sole traders in their own name, so won’t have the limited liability that operating through a company offers. This might be more of a “nice to have” at the moment though, as it could be a large expense;

Instructors should also familiarise themselves with regulations around advertising their classes so that they avoid potentially misleading conduct, the ACCC has some useful resources here, as well as ensuring they comply with any relevant Facebook, Instagram etc. terms when advertising their business.

Resources For Teaching Pilates Online

By | Business, Pilates industry, Pilates teaching

How to keep optimistic

  • Do things for other people
  • Avoid negative news, movies, books and people
  • Start your day with something that inspires you – read a book, workout to music, meditate
  • Write down or tell someone 3 things you’re grateful for each day
  • Contribute to your community

How to add value to your clients and your community

Don’t just try to do what you did offline, but take it online. People need a whole constellation of things that aren’t included in “here’s a sequence of moves to do”

  • community
  • socialising
  • routine
  • accountability
  • motivation
  • encouragement
  • challenge
  • goal attainment

Practical examples and information to get you started

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