The great questions keep pouring in. We are asked this question a lot, and as an instructor, you will also be asked this often by your clients. This is one of those questions that can result in a stammering attempt to defend Pilates as a method, and also your skills as a teacher. Here are some ideas to address it without defending:
1) Review the client’s goals with them, and discuss with the client how long they think it might take to address each. Make the client part of the process.
2) Explain that the patterns that have led to pain and dysfunction are developed over a long period of time, years. It will take time, patience and some well-chosen movements to return to proper functioning.
3) Explain that Pilates is a lifestyle program intended to keep the client moving well for the long term. They can expect to start feeling the benefits almost right away, and more and more the longer they practice.
How have you addressed this question with your clients? We would love to hear your strategies.
Did you know that Body Harmonics offers mentoring for Pilates Teachers and Movement Professionals? In-person and virtual sessions available at convenient times each week. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
Holly Wallis, Certified Movement & Rehabilitation Specialist, PMA®-CPT
Director of US Operations, Body Harmonics Pilates & Movement Institute
Studio Director, ReActive Movement, 6200 LaSalle Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
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