I was recently in Phoenix and Pilates and Rehabilitation conference. With the excitment of planning our new home for 2014, I was a woman with a mission.
I completed an agreement with BASI Pilates to be a host facility for their instructor training courses. This means that we will be the facility where aspiring instructors or Pilates enthusiasts come to learn how to teach Pilates. Our first course will be in October of 2013.
BASI Pilates is a company that operates out of California, and like STOTT or Polestar for example, they certify instructors to teach. I have been studying their system and philosophy for a few years now and have selected them for their excellence in teaching.
The one thing that stands out at Pilates conferences is the pure passion everyone has for what they do. Each person I speak with has exciting business ideas to share, client successes and queries, and a thirst for learning.
Physiotherapists seek out Pilates instructors to share and collaborate with in regards to exercise prescription, cueing and teaching tools. Pilates instructors will seek out Physiotherapists to collaborate with in regards to assessments and protocols.
Friends are made, contacts established and our circle of support expands each time I attend a conference like this.
While I now have another dozen assessment tools and exercises and new cues in my tool-kit, one of my most profound take away pieces from day 2 is to focus the client on what they can do and not to let a diagnosis determine their future.
While understanding a diagnosis is helpful to guiding a client, as movement specialists, we focus on how the client moves and what is happening in their body on any given day. Our goal is to provide a positive movement experience without pain that exceeds our clients expectations. When this occurs, constraints are removed and the client shifts their focus into possibilities of what their life can look like as a healthy body.
When I worked at a naturopath clinic many years back, patients would come into the clinic wanting to know “what they have”. The doctor would simply say “let’s see what it is that your body needs and give that to it. This will get you well and then it won’t matter what you have anymore.”
All of the instructors at this conference stated that for clients to have marked improvements, they need to do something everyday with 3 days a week of a structured Pilates session. My youtube video’s provide you with home exercise routines to keep you in shape and feeling great between your Pilates sessions at the TWC. www.youtube.com/lindamallard.
If you have any questions, or simply want to share, please contact me at 604.943.8823.