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 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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Become a Pilates Matwork Teacher

As Pilates becomes more popular and well known, there have been more enquiries to become a qualified Pilates Teacher. Most if not all Pilates teaching training programs in the market today require 12 to 18 months of commitment to become a fully qualified Pilates teacher. This is largely due to the number of movements on

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Understanding Knee Pain Due to Misalignment for Pilates Teachers

Over the years of being a Pilates teacher, I observed that knee pain complaints from clients are getting more prevalent. Within this week, I have two clients with knee pain (on the inside) which they have not experienced before or have not experienced for quite sometime. Probing further I found out they experienced knee pain

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