I have been on a kind-of “sabbatical” from teaching due to contract restrictions after the sale of my equipment studio. To say I am excited to be back is an understatement but I do feel the last 8 months has been a bit of an eye opener for me personally and professionally and I have come to some important realisations which id like to share with you…

 

1 – Pilates is more than just an exercise class…

I have spent the last 10 years teaching Pilates and absolutely love it, I love all exercise but Pilates has a special place for me. It’s not about performing the perfect Teaser or learning to love a back extension its about understanding it’s principles and why they are the backbone of the technique. When taught effectively, Pilates principles creep in to your psyche without you even realizing.

The 6 principles of Pilates are:-

  1. Flow
  2. Centering
  3. Concentration
  4. Breath
  5. Control
  6. Precision

I find myself employing the principles all the time in “non-pilates” activities. – Swimming yesterday I was able to really focus on drawing strength from my trunk – specifically the core and “lats” – not relying in the weaker extremities.

 

Sitting at a desk last week I found myself propping cushions behind my back so that I could maintain length through my spine.

 

When running I work hard to control my breath and use this to help my pacing and focus.

 

I have helped my daughter to perfect her handstands by teaching her an awareness of her tummy and how this can help her balance – it comes pretty naturally to a 7 year old which is incredible to see.

 

So even without weekly teaching Pilates in my life and in my body, the habitual nature of the technique has remained part of me helping to keep my body strong, safe and injury free for which I am grateful.

 

2 – I am a “front-line” person…

During my sabbatical I have been exploring other income streams and revisiting old professions. I thought I might enjoy doing something else for a while and maybe even find something I prefer… My main role has been dabbling back in the world of Marketing and this has been a huge wake up call because I have realised 2 things:-

1 – I love to write. I don’t even need to enjoy the subject matter. I just love putting words on a screen and seeing where it goes. I have taken on a few commissions and this will be something I continue to do. You can of course expect plenty of blogs too!

2 –I love working the front line. Positioning myself behind a computer 8 hours a day and sending marketing material out into the ether is NOT for me. I would rather get on my feet and go chat to people. I’m inherently nosy so working with people is a must for me. My regular clients over the years will, I hope, testify to the fact that I care about the individual and I hope this comes across in my teaching.

 

And so, Studio Scoop is back and I can’t wait to see you all on the Mat!

C x