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

How to fast track your Pilates career with Charlotte Griffin

By | Business, Pilates industry, Pilates teaching

 

3 years ago Charlotte Griffin walked in the door at KX Pilates Norwood as a client. She had no savings and no Pilates experience.

Now she is co-owner of both KX Magill and The Fit Space, and has become a powerhouse in the SA fitness and Pilates industry.

In this conversation, Charlotte talks through the ups and downs (mostly ups!) of her meteoric career in Pilates and fitness so far. She also shares her occasional mistakes, doubts, and honestly reviews what got her so far so fast.

Charlotte is an incredibly down-to-earth, humble, and warm person. I loved talking with her and I think you’ll be fascinated and inspired by her story.

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Feel Comfortable and Let Go with Sarah Michael

By | Pilates industry, Pilates teaching

 

Sarah Michael is the founding trainer of VIVE Active in Sydney Australia, where she is all about giving the client the best experience.

In order to do this her philosophy is to let go; let go of all the baggage of who you think you need to be, which way your toes are pointing or, for Pete’s sake – safety.

This was a real, hilarious, liberating conversation that will be highly relevant for you if you suffer from anxiety, imposter syndrome, or feel a pressure to fit yourself to a mould shaped like someone else.

@viveactive
@sarah_elezabeth

Identity through micro-limitations

By | Pilates industry, Pilates teaching

 

This conversation with Anula Maiberg from Anula Maiberg Pilates & Things grew out of an email conversation, that we both felt was a conversation that needed to be had in public.

Together, Anula and I consider whether as a profession, Pilates instructors have a compelling value proposition, or even a clear definition of what it is that we offer our clients; why we feel the need to define ourselves by reference to made-up pathologies and special micro-limitations, and of what, precisely does good studentry consist?

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Pregnancy, continence and how to do a proper pelvic floor contraction with Sarah Haag

By | Biopsychosocial care, Pilates teaching, Pregnancy, Urinary incontinence | No Comments

 

Sarah is a women’s health physiotherapist, and co-owner of Entropy Physiotherapy and Wellness in Chicago, Illinois. Sarah graduated from Marquette University in 2002 with a Master’s of Physical Therapy. She went on to get a Masters of Science in Women’s Health and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University in 2008.

In 2009 Sarah was awarded the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP) from the Section on Women’s Health, and Board Certification as a specialist in women’s health (WCS).

Sarah and I talk about pregnancy and exercise, what you should and shouldn’t do with a pregnant client, pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain, and what you as a group exercise instructor can do for your clients with pelvic girdle pain. We talk about diastasis recti abdominis or abdominal separation, and finally we spend quite a bit of time on Sarah’s favourite topic, urinary incontinence, on which she has recently published a book.

Towards the end of the interview Sarah gives in-depth instructions on how to do a pelvic floor contraction, and how to cue one. And, when to cue pelvic floor and when not to mention it!

You can follow Sarah on Facebook and Twitter @SarahHaagPT.

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