Pilates is for everyone’s Body. It has the ability to help anyone from those rehabbing from accidents, injury or surgery all the way to the highly trained Olympic Body.
Joseph always said “Pilates is not to be the only thing in your life – it is to enhance everything in your life.” Therefore if it is taught properly people will find they carry their Pilates education and applications with them every waking hour of their lives.
I danced professionally from the age of 15 to 24. At the same time I mentored various children’s dance troupes; some of whom went on to work professionally as well.
After having taught dance for 47 years the Lord touched my shoulder and encouraged me to shift into straight bodywork as in Pilates and CranioSacral Therapy. I had over 1200 hours of training by the time I got my Pilates Certification and, at that time there were only 150 of us in the United States. During this period I was privileged to learn from and at times teach along side Romana Kryzanowska who inherited the method from Joseph Pilates himself. Even though many “liberties” have been taken with the original Pilates method I continue today teaching it in it’s PUREST FORM. As I continued my education I concentrated my study of Anatomy on the Musculoskeletal System which has greatly enhanced my teaching.
During my 20 plus years of teaching Pilates and doing CranioSacral Therapy I have worked with many difficult situations from a mind, body and emotional standpoint and have always put my trust in the Lord to guide me in assisting each person. It is truly an amazing privilege to be able to help people have a better quality of life.
I teach with respect and enjoy getting respect from my students, but most of all I encourage them to respect themselves.
I don’t “give Pilates” – I TEACH it. Under all circumstances I try to help my students approach each exercise with the appropriate muscles and understanding thereby helping them to achieve success.
Everyone in my care gets one-on-one hands on assistance whether in a private session, duet or class.
I believe in establishing a relationship with my people that culminates in sincere caring about their mental, emotional and physical well being and will at all times do my best to help them achieve their goals.
I educate my students anatomically speaking regarding names of muscles, how to fire them and the appropriate way to use them. In this respect they will, if they apply themselves, end up getting “More benefit with less effort and NO injury”.
I push all of my students to the nth degree, but never beyond what they are capable of nor to a point of body dysfunction or injury.
What Does It Mean to be a Certified Instructor?
Certified Pilates Instructors:
- Are highly trained professionals who have invested hundreds of hours studying Pilates.
- Learn over 500 exercises for the mat and all Pilates equipment
- Are taught the philosophy and theory behind each movement-spending considerable time observing and mastering proper form and sequences
- Serve an apprenticeship to fine tune their teaching skills
- Pass a rigorous written and practical exam
- Learn more than just a series of moves; such as how to assess their students’ posture, how to adapt exercises for various body conditions, and how to customize the optimum Pilates program for each individual.