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Pilates Matwork teacher training (week 13): Reflections

Sometimes in our lives, we learn things that make us doubt if it would be useful in the future, but thankfully, Pilates Matwork teacher training program wasn’t as such. The comprehensive knowledge gained from the course benefited me whether or not I embark on the path to teach Pilates. In my case, I was able to […]

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Pilates Matwork teacher training (week 12): All about the Spine

The movement of the spine is a complex process. One goal of Pilates is to achieve precise and sequential movement of one vertebra to the next vertebra, which we called the spinal articulation. To enforce that idea, I had my students do a standing roll down while facing the wall, with a Roller standing near […]

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Pilates Matwork teacher training (week 11): Progressing well

This week, I taught 2 classes back to back. It gave me ample time to work on my students’ bodies. CLASS 1 My objective for the first class was to have the class be able to do Roll Over with Leg Spread, hence, I had to stretch their spines, hamstrings, hips as well as warm […]

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Pilates Matwork teacher training (week 10): planning ahead

This week, for the class I’m teaching, I decided to focus on mobilizing the Hip in all directions. I included variations of lunges, upwards and sideways pulses of the Hip in my warmup. We did Hip-related pieces such as One Leg Circle and Tick Tock. As I would like the class to do Rolling like […]

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Pilates Matwork teacher training (week 9): the benefit of hindsight

This week, we challenged Swan Dive! As Swan Dive engages multiple muscles in the lower body such as the glutes, hamstrings and quads, I had the students in all fours and did some kicks with a flat back for a start. After the legs are warmed up, the students had to balance with alternate legs […]

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Pilates Matwork teacher training (week 8): Delving deeper

Rather than introducing new pieces, I focused on improving my practice clients’ skills for the pieces they have learnt before – Side Bend Kneeling, Side Kick Kneeling, Open Leg Rocker, Rollover and Swan. As they have done Side series for the past few classes, the verbal cues are more in-depth rather than directional, for example, I […]

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Pilates Matwork teacher training (week 7): Improving slowly but surely

This week was slightly special because I had to teach two classes back to back to fit my students’ schedules. It was more challenging because I had to plan for two different classes, especially when there are hardworking students who want to do two classes consecutively. Well, who am I to say no to their […]

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Pilates Matwork teacher training (week 6): Putting the Cart before the Horse?

With the new knowledge and information still fresh in my head, I planned the class with the intention for my practice clients to learn Rollover and Side Bend. Don’t put the Cart before the Horse! Like what Kris has emphasized throughout the Matwork program, I made sure I understood the intentions of the 2 pieces […]

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Pilates Matwork teacher training (week 5): More than one Right way

3rd Oct 2015 (Sat) Another nerve-wrecking Matwork teacher training weekend because it is time to showcase our teaching skills and performance after a month from the start of the program. I was the “lucky” first one to start teaching the class. Nervousness got the better of me and I ruined the breathing warm-up. I was too […]

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Jasmine’s journey to be a Pilates Matwork teacher (week 3)

As mentioned in my previous post, it was a nightmare when I was faced with different types of bodies, different levels of skills, and varying degrees of body awareness, ALL AT ONE TIME. Also, I had difficulties in introducing breathing to my students. To ensure these problems will not surface in my next class, I […]

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