Continuing Education: Helen New

In early June, renowned Scoliosis specialist Helen New paid a visit to PilatesITC HQ in Perth to deliver a series of Studio sessions and the main event, Curvy Bodies: A Scoliosis Workshop, for WA Instructors and Students.

Pilates is an intelligent system and PilatesITC has the academic edge in vocational training and continuing education, attracting high-profile local and international “movers” to ensure our Pilates family is always learning, in all ways – no matter where you are in your career!

Continuing Ed isn’t “just for” qualified, experienced Instructors; to illustrate this point we sat down with PilatesITC WA Educator and Pilates Practitioner, Lora Rainey and PilatesITC Diploma Student, Nikki Ramm to reflect on their continuing education experience with Helen New.

First thing is first: which events did you attend with Helen New?

Lora: I had a Studio Duet with Helen, and went to the Scoliosis Workshop.

Nikki: I did the Scoliosis Workshop, and was lucky enough to be a body for most of it.

For those who haven’t worked with Helen before, how would you describe her?

Lora: Helen is lovely! She’s warm and approachable. Not surprisingly given her background, she’s a wealth of knowledge and presents very well. I enjoyed her style of delivery: she’s practical and clear.

Nikki: I agree, she was relaxed, very clear, easy to understand and happy to answer questions.

What was your experience with Scoliosis prior to your session(s)?

Lora: My Diploma and Advanced Diploma studies equipped me with a solid base of knowledge; what Helen does is next level and added a whole new practical dimension to working with Scoliosis clients.

Nikki: We’ve covered Scoliosis in our coursework, and I have experience the condition in my own body and how that affects my comfort and functionality. 

Did you have any “lightbulb” moments working with Helen?

Lora: Multiple “Ah-ha” moments! The Duet was particularly valuable for me in terms of my own self-mastery. Under Helen’s direction I found myself able achieve techniques I typically find challenging; a testament to her communication style and smart, intuitive cueing. She’s great at breaking it down and building it up again. Sometimes as Instructors our self-mastery becomes an after-thought, so a Duet like this is useful for reconnecting with our own bodies.

The central theme of the workshop was “de-rotating” people and being able to make strategic corrections on a variety of bodies in motion. It’s a big, complex topic: there was lots of information to absorb and process on the day. When I was in the Studio the following day I felt a bit like a mad scientist because it all clicked into place mentally!

Nikki: I have Scoliosis myself, so the “prop what’s dropped” technique was a revelation! Such a smart way to assist a client with imbalance by propping the body with pads to help realign and provide some relief from that awful, heavy tension.

It’s “Rose and Thorn” time: what was your highlight?

Lora: That next day when the content all clicked into place in my mind. I felt really empowered by everything we learned with Helen.

Nikki: It was a pretty unique situation to be a Scoliosis body for the workshop and a Student simultaneously; so, for me the highlight was gaining a deeper understanding of Scoliosis as an Instructor and in my own body.

Thorn: something you’ve taken away from your session(s) with Helen that you find challenging/you’ll continue to work on?

Lora: It’s not a case of now I know it and pack it away as “done”. Helen has equipped us with fantastic new skills and intelligence, but now the real work begins – identifying opportunities to apply it responsively for clients. That in itself is challenging: understanding this complex condition and applying it safely in the real world.

Nikki: As Lora said, it’s a complex condition and unique to the individual. Learning how to assess other Scoliosis bodies – everyone is different – and understanding how to help them is a big practical challenge. It’s a bit daunting but something I now have a frame of reference for and a place to start, thanks to Helen.

What was your favourite skill/tip/trick for working with Scoliosis clients?

Lora: Even for someone with mild scoliosis, I found some of Helen’s techniques extremely effective in addressing my own neck and back pain. It’s hard for people without Scoliosis to understand, but the element of relief for these clients cannot be underestimated. It’s a game changer for me, I can only imagine how relieving that would be for someone with Scoli more serious than my own!

Nikki: Again, the propping: so simple and effective!

For Instructor Students: a good piece of advice about Scoliosis?

Lora: It’s a 3D posture/condition, so it’s not a one size fits all type deal – that’s why it is so difficult to understand in the context of our undergraduate course work. It’s a LOT to fit into your course.

These are skills we all need, but they need to be applied intelligently. Don’t do something if you don’t fully understand it: especially where it concerns a condition like Scoliosis, you will likely make it worse for the client.

Nikki: The information you take away can be overwhelming, but the best way to understand it and retain it is to put it into practice ASAP. Apply it on friends, family, other students; talk it over and practice and it’ll stick.

Favourite Helen-quote or anecdote?

Lora: I loved her analogies. Especially “the bossy side” as a playful way to reference the imbalance in the Scoli body.

Nikki: I agree! Her analogies were so fun and useful and have stuck in my mind! “Prop what’s dropped!”

Why is it important to do Continuing Education with people like Helen New?

Lora: The learning doesn’t, or shouldn’t, stop when you graduate. We need to invest in this type of learning to protect ourselves, our clients and the reputation of the industry.

Students, don’t be afraid to yourself to throw yourself into it! Instructors who haven’t done Continuing Ed for a while, get back to it!

Invest in learning and understanding from people like Helen, arm yourself with the proper tools and feel powerful for doing so! These sessions are a great way to enhance your learning mix no matter where you are in your career.

Nikki: From a Student’s perspective, the more tools in the Pilates tool box the better! It gives us a competitive edge, makes us more employable and more competent going into the work force. At the end of the day, having these skills will help to attract, retain and make a difference in the lives of a broader range of clients.

Jess The Bird: Pilates Touring + “thinking big”

HKI > RA > PAR > LDN > SYD > BALI

Six weeks, six cities and a blistering schedule: it reads like a Pilates rock tour (coincidentally, the trip was informally called “The Pilates Rockstar Tour”). But for PilatesITC Faculty Mentor Jessica Romano, it was all business assisting Anula Maiberg on her European tour.

We sat down with Jess to chat about her trip, “thinking big” and more:

Welcome back to Perth! How are you feeling after such a marathon trip?

Pretty good! It’s good to be home and reset for a minute*; see the family, catch up with Students, (my clients are my students) and the team.

It was an intense experience, super tightly scheduled and there wasn’t much time for rest but we had such good momentum so we just worked through it.

*Jess is off for an eight-week, US tour with Anula in early June.

What exactly did you get up to?

Worked hard! Travelled and assisted Anula with professional development workshops and masterclasses for Pilates Teachers. Drank a lot of coffee. Laughed heaps. Made new friends. Saw rad places. Every minute was full. It was a great time!

For those who aren’t across your friendship “origin story”; you and Anula met after her visit to Perth with Pilates Training Institute in February 2018 and started working together following this.

This was your second tour with Anula, how have you found your friendship and working relationship has evolved?

We speak between visits so when we get the opportunity to see each other in person we work well. Our friendship goes from strength to strength every trip.

I have worked hard to contribute to and be a part of sessions on this tour. Talking to and working with an international audience of Pilates Teachers is a big deal for me personally and for my career. It means a lot to be given the opportunity to travel and learn from someone who’s opinion I respect and care about.

The learning from Anula never stops. There’s always so much and then so much more. Touring with her has reminded me of the power of observation and how to be a student. Watching someone like Anula is quite a learning opportunity.

Participating myself is an added bonus. I’m always wide-eyed and ready to play ball. I was given the opportunity to teach a few exercises throughout the tour which culminated in teaching a full class during our time in Bali. It’s always a daunting experience when you’re putting your skills on the line, but it’s the only way to learn, reflect and improve.

 

Being in each other’s pocket all day every day for six weeks would be challenging for any strong relationship, did you ever fight or get sick of each other?

I think when you’re around someone 24/7 and within five inches of them at all times, you learn to respect each other’s space and when they (or you) need time out. We didn’t kill each other so I take that as a good sign!

Let’s play “thorn and rose”. What was the thorn of your trip?

This is a tough question! There wasn’t one stand out low light: every day had its own challenge. Anything from the travel logistics to scheduling, self-care or just navigating cultural differences in the Pilates Studio.

If you were following my or Anula’s social media during the trip you might have seen the clip of Vito – he’s a legend, on the Swedish Bars when we were in Italy and how difficult the language barrier could be.

However, as we are teachers of movement skills and a method of exercise, there is a universal non-verbal understanding of how to try to participate in what is being taught. Relying on a translator had difficult moments for everyone involved. Disruption of communication flow is inevitable but it also made it equally tough for the person doing Pilates. Laura, our translator, was such a good help!

Your rose?

If I was to summarise I would have to say that a trip like this is wholly positive because it challenges your perspective and makes you have to think a lot about why, what and how you are teaching. This kind of thinking applies equally to teaching in a small studio to a conference, and even the state of the industry. Lots of productive thinking and some not-so, but it’s all relevant in the end.

Actually, one stand out was teaching Pilates gymnastics on the Mat and apparatus. Swedish Legs, handstands and backbends all the way!

Biggest take away from the trip?

It has made me think deeply about what our job is. More specifically, where Pilates stands as a Method and in what context. What are we teaching people to do?

At the beginning of nearly every session Anula will ask a group of teachers “What is your job?” and for some people it is a tough question to answer. It’s ok to not have an answer straight away – but this should spark your curiosity to find out why you don’t have one!

I’m interested in the evolution of the Pilates Method from what Mr Pilates created to what we have today and where it will go from here.

What about two pieces of advice for PilatesITC Student Instructors?

  1. Self-practice. Do it. Do Pilates and be ready to move in other ways.

Pilates is an exercise methodology. The best way to learn and learn to teach is to try something out in your own body. Even if you try and potentially fail. It gives you something to work for. As Teachers, it is easy to become caught up in only teaching and participating in what we enjoy. Get uncomfortable sometimes and be ok with it.

  1. Ask questions and be curious: of yourself, peers and Mentors.

Challenge yourself in the process to find out why. After all, becoming a Teacher isn’t about teaching a bunch of Pilates-type exercises, anyone can do that. Quality education is about understanding the systems, knowing the Method and teaching with that in mind.

Thanks for your time Jess. Safe travels for the US leg, we can’t wait to see what you guys get up to!

We’ll keep you up to date on Jess’ travels via @pilatesitc. Or, follow Jess and Anula’s progress direct on Instagram @jessthebirdpilates and @anulamaiberg.

For more information on Pilates Instructor training with PilatesITC in your State or Territory, contact our Student Admin team on (08) 9330 4570 or drop us a line at info@pilatesitc.edu.au.

10 Reasons Why You Should Become a Pilates Instructor with PilatesITC

The spectrum of career change is broad and motivations for trying something new or starting fresh looks different for everyone. Whatever it is driving you to become a Pilates Instructor, PilatesITC has a selection of vocational qualifications (undergraduate and post-graduate) to enrich your potential and propel you forward in your new career direction.

In a world where we’re spoiled for choice, why should you become a Pilates Instructor with PilatesITC?

(Because we said so, plus 10 far more convincing reasons…)

  1. We offer the original and longest standing Pilates qualifications in the world!

PilatesITC courses and pathways were developed and continue to be Mentored by Sally Anderson, and are today delivered nationally by Directors Suzanne Newby and Frances Cahill, and our National Faculty in NSW, ACT, QLD, TAS and WA.

  1. Our Courses and Instruction Pathways are accredited.

What does “accredited” mean, anyway?

In practical terms, PilatesITC courses are recognised and endorsed by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA): the national regulator for vocational training, in accordance with the VET quality framework. ASQA regulate quality standards, that’s why when you select an accredited course, you enjoy quality assurance.

An important note for those in the depths of researching courses: only Registered Training Organisations can deliver accredited training. So, no RTO number, no accreditation!

Pilates International Training Centre’s RTO No. 40941.

Choosing an accredited course affords other benefits, including:

  • No expiry date on your qualification! It’s yours for life.
  • The industry’s peak body, the Pilates Alliance Australasia (PAA) recognises accredited training due to quality assurance.
  • Qualifications are recognised Australia-wide, and internationally via partnering with international bodies, like the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) in the United States.
  • PilatesITC courses can articulate directly into higher education streams.
  • Flow on effect to Private Health Funds: although this is currently under threat. Watch this space.
  • High-quality qualifications help us to promote and maintain high standards of Pilates instruction in Australia, and around the world!
  • Accredited Instructors are inherently more employable (more on this below).
  • Students are protected by the quality assurance of the regulating body, ASQA.
  1. Our qualifications are widely recognised and highly regarded.

Our undergraduate and post-graduate qualifications and Instruction Pathways are recognised by the industry’s peak body, the Pilates Alliance Australasia (PAA); the American Association, the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and all reputable employers in Australia and internationally.

  1. Employers prefer our Instructors.

We don’t just teach you a bunch of moves and set you loose on the world: our Instructors are comprehensively trained. PilatesITC courses, as developed by Sally Anderson, deliver a smart and accessible blend of theory and practice, so our students graduate with a sound and well-rounded understanding of the Method, their scope of practice, and where Pilates fits and is most useful in the Allied Health chain.

Our Instructors graduate ready to teach and equipped with the micro and macro-level skills necessary to deliver a targeted, responsive and corrective Pilates experience for clients. Quite simply, we produce Instructors who clients and employers love: they fill classes and retain clients!

  1. Flexibility: figuratively and metaphorically

PilatesITC Grads can teach in all settings, including but not limited to: Pilates Studios, gyms, in wellness tourism (retreats, clinics, cruises etc), community halls, from home, in a mobile arrangement, for corporates, alongside Allied Health (Physio Clinics), in schools, and more!

We have Grads working across this spectrum and doing amazing things in Australia and around the world!

  1. We keep things at the cutting edge.

PilatesITC students have access to the most current teacher training applications, delivered by leading Educators in some of the finest facilities in the country. Our teachings honour the essence of Joseph Pilates’ teachings while encouraging them to be informed by contemporary art, science and kinematics; so, our Pilates is modern and multidimensional.

  1. The best of all (learning) worlds.

Online and off: our flexible and intelligent course design cherry picks the best bits of online and in-person content delivery so our Grads enjoy a supported learning experience.

PilatesITC students have access to a library of online resources and ample opportunities to get hands-on with content in a mentor and peer supported environment through our National Training Locations and Work Experience Affiliated Studios.

When you graduate with us you don’t just walk away with a piece of paper, you take with you a refined and intelligent style of instruction that clients and employers love, and potential to take your career to new heights.

  1. Our point of difference.

Why PilatesITC?

  • We connect you with job opportunities.
  • We support self-employment.
  • Our training is highly regarded and our Grads enjoy a 100% employment rate.
  • The learning never ends: our Grads enjoy the best access to higher learning pathways, professional development programs and Mentoring.
  • You’ll make long lasting friends and forge valuable relationships that will last your whole career.
  • Combo delivery: the best of both worlds, online and off.
  • Mentor culture: you’re not out in the wilderness on your own, we’re with you every step of the way.
  • All work experience included under our guidance.
  • No hidden fees.
  • Our courses are comprehensive but achievable.
  • Learn to teach in a style that clients LOVE.
  • Work anywhere in the WORLD!
  1. A Movement Mentorship.

We’ve mapped out the end goal: to be a capable, comprehensively trained Pilates professional. But, how do you get there? We believe the best learning outcomes are achieved in a mentor-supported environment: guidance from some of the industry’s finest Pilates bodies and minds goes a long way to ensuring our students’ success!

“The PilatesITC community, across the country, plays a huge role in keeping our students motivated, on-track and enriching their learning experience through Mentoring. It underpins everything we do, and it continues to motivate our PilatesITC family to be the best training centre on the market today!” said Suzanne Newby.

  1. The perks of the career are many!

Why become an Instructor? Let us count the reasons!

  • No two days are the same, it’s never boring.
  • Enjoy great income for short shifts.
  • Forget being tied to a desk all day!
  • Join a healthy, wellness-forward professional culture.
  • Rewarding having a positive impact on peoples’ quality of life.
  • Work in many different settings: gyms, wellness centres, community centres, wellness tourism, Pilates Studios, alongside Allied Health and more!
  • Work all around the world.
  • You can fit it in around having a family.
  • Teach full-time, part-time or casually around other work.

We are here to support you wherever you are in your Pilates journey: don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Student Support and Administration team if you have any questions or concerns on (08) 9330 4570.

Visit your State or Territory’s Dates + Enrol page for more info, or to make your move and enrol today!

The Instructor Body: Self-Care

“Self-care”: it’s so much more than a buzzword bandied around by marketers as a way to sell wellness products.

At its core, self-care is any activity undertaken with the intention to improve and or maintain our mental, emotional and physical health. We see this very concept in the Workplace Health and Safety unit (HLTWHS001) of our Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT) and associated Instruction Pathways. Here we explore the importance of self-care for Instructors, in an operational context, and ask you to identify activities, practices and consider strategies for supporting your wellbeing as a professional.

It is best practice for Pilates Instructors to develop a personal self-care plan to enhance health, manage stress and sustain positive mental and physical health in the long term.

It all begins and ends with Pilates: but it’s about more than what you do in the Studio.

Joseph Pilates was “Physical Culturalist”; influential in the three-wave Physical Culture Movement originating in Europe in the 19th Century and including European Gymnast- (Germany, 1800s), Strongman- (England, 1914), and Somatic Physical Culturalists (New York, 1926 onward).

Physical Culturalists were the ultimate teachers of self-care, and we see many of their ideas threaded through the Pilates Method. You only have to read Return to Life Through Contrology to see the common themes!

  1. Proper diet and sleep must accompany exercise.

“Always have food on hand, but only refuel when nutrients are needed.” Pilates Instructors spend all day taking care of clients, it is important to nourish your body to ward off fatigue and keep you going.

Tips:

  • Pre-prepare meals and snacks.
  • Have healthy, wholesome foods handy at home and work.
  • See an accredited Dietician for dietary advice if needed.

Pilates said “guide your eating habits with all due respect to the required amount of food you need to keep yourself physically fit…” (Return to Life Through Contrology, p37.)

(The original mindful eating movement!)

With tightly scheduled and long, physical days Instructing, restorative sleep is of the utmost importance for body and mind.

  • How many hours do you sleep each night? Are you getting enough?
  • Evaluate your sleep routine: how can it be improved?
  1. Fresh air and sunshine daily.

Pilates tells us to breathe fresh air to free your blood of the “debris” of fatigue: what a powerful image!

But it’s about more than the physiological act: Pilates talks about letting the skin breathe through exposure to the outdoors and sunshine.

“By all means never fail to get all the sunshine and fresh air that you can. Remember too, that your body also “breathes” through the pores of your skin as well as through your mouth, nose, and lungs” (p18).

Take breaks whenever you can and:

  • Go outside! Take a walk around the block.
  • Sit in the sunshine: “embrace the sun’s rays”
  • Fill your lungs with air.

Pilates also talked about wearing loose fitting clothing. Archival footage and photographs suggest he didn’t wear much of anything, but this was never about ego, but health – allowing the skin to breathe.

While workplace standards today might not allow for Jo’s style of get-up, fashion choices are something worth questioning. Modern activewear is typically form fitting which is great for Pilates because it allows us to see the body in motion and assess alignment in our clients: however, wearing tight leggings day-in day-out Instructing can be oppressive and negatively impact digestive health and reproductive hygiene (particularly in women!)

Tips:

  • Incorporate some looser fitting (workplace appropriate) fashion choices into your teaching wardrobe.
  • Bring an alternative outfit to work so you have the option to change into something looser during the day.

  1. Good hygiene

Pilates was a frequent bath-guy: cold for a tonic, hot for cleanliness, and he loved daily dry brushing with the open hands, brush or towel to “bend, stretch and refresh” the skin.

Cleanliness is again linked to “breathing”: bathe to stimulate circulation, and keep your pores open and free of toxins.

Beyond the therapeutic benefits, personal hygiene is an important feature of workplace health and safety in a public-facing industry, especially one where we engage physically and closely with other people. While not everyone loves a bath as much as Jo did, it is undeniable that keeping clean will keep you healthy!

Tips:

  • Bathe or shower regularly.
  • Have a bath at the end of your working week to relax.
  • Try dry brushing!
  • Treat yourself to new bath/shower products.
  1. Move your body

Students often assume that working Instructors do Pilates themselves, all the time. The reality is rosters and client load means most Instructors struggle to find the time or opportunity to schedule their own work outs!

Instructors spend all day making clients feel good, it is essential they “make” time to put themselves back together with Pilates! Sometimes this is easier said than done, but it is a priority.

(Doing Pilates isn’t only important for Instructors’ health and wellbeing, it is also self-mastery. We are always learning, in all ways, and commitment to self-mastery and professional development is at the heart of this.)

Pilates stressed the importance of consistently doing exercise that worked the complete musculature of the body, aka “full-body work outs”, and encouraged people to seek this out in all formats: at the gym and on the athletic field, in addition to the Studio.

Tips:

  • Schedule your self-mastery: non-negotiable!
  • Aim to complete three classes or sessions each week as a minimum.
  • Put yourself “back together” at the end of every shift: find three exercises to release and realign your body and complete before you go home.
  • Do other things! Take up other fitness formats and sports. Diversity in movement makes you a better mover; and time away from the Method is sometimes well spent!
  • Listen to your body: seek exercise that makes you feel good and gives you what you need.
  1. Mind/Body

Thinking is a powerful factor in health and can be constructive or destructive in equal measure: it can build you up or tear you down. Taking care of your mental health care is important! What form this takes is up to the individual, but:

Tips:

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help from a professional!
  • Confide in your colleagues and Pilates community.
  • Set boundaries and be realistic: don’t over-extend yourself!

“Work-life balance” is a misnomer: it doesn’t exist. All we can realistically hope for is to find a state of being where work and personal life are in relative harmony, and our bodies and minds are in good health.

Self-care isn’t self-ish. It is not only about considering our needs; but rather it’s about knowing what we need to do in order to take care of ourselves, and as a result being able to take care of others as well.

Without self-care, we can’t give our best in our professional or personal lives!

Just ask: What Would Jo Do? (WWJD?) Have you written yourself a personal self-care plan?

Links:

https://www.movementhealth.com.au/news/physical-culture-movement/

https://www.movementhealth.com.au/news/joseph-pilates-and-the-physical-culture-movement/

 

Course Design: What’s a Practicum?

“Intelligent course design”: what is this, exactly?

It comes down to accessibility and equity: we want our courses to be accessible to all people, from all walks of life. And life, as we know all too well, can be messy!

Our courses have been designed to be completed, like all vocational training, parallel to a full-time work commitment as standard.

However, the reality is: no two peoples’ work-life balance looks the same. That’s where our intelligent design features come into play.

Work Experience hours are course specific, but similarly divided into:

  • Observing: “Pilates in-action” – students spend time observing group class, private and semi-private Studio delivery to gain insight into repertoire, programming, teaching style, cueing, client management and Studio operations.
  • Teaching: a combination of self-scheduled (with your own clients in the Studio environment) and co-instruction of group classes and Studio sessions alongside accredited Instructors.
  • Self-Mastery: your own ongoing practice under the direction of an accredited Instructor in group class and Studio environments.

Self-scheduled teaching hours are often the most challenging logistical aspect of work experience. Practicums are an optional add-on and have been developed to lighten this load by helping students to expedite the completion of these teaching hours in an open, mentor-supported environment.

Practicums are led by national Faculty and delivered in teaching clinic format against set topics (units of competency) including:

  • Matwork
  • Postures
  • Reformer
  • Joint Health
  • Ageing and Bone Health
  • Initial Consultations
  • Reformer and Cadillac
  • Wunda Chair and Barrels
  • Pregnancy
  • Spine Conditions

These sessions provide students with a unique opportunity to practice teaching in a mentor and peer-supported, Studio environment. Work through the aspects of repertoire, delivery and foundations that are challenging you; workshop ideas with your peers; enjoy the benefit of immediate, constructive feedback from Faculty. Hone your teaching skills, build your confidence and tick-off teaching hours in the process!

Practicums run for five (5) hours in total. For each hour students accrue four hours of approved teaching experience.

1 hour = 4 hours of teaching experience.

It is possible to complete all required teaching hours by attending all offered Practicums (subject to availability: please refer to course dates for your State or Territory).

These sessions are not included in the total cost of your course, and can be added to your schedule at your convenience for only $75 per session. Practicums can be booked online at the point of enrolment, or later.

Life is busy. We understand. Intelligent and flexible course design means we can go that extra mile to create a course schedule that works for you.

View available Practicums on the Course + Enrol page for your state, and click Enrol to register.

The Student Support and Administration team is on hand to help in any way we can, give us a call on (08) 9330 4570 or email administration@pti.wa.edu.au.

STATEMENT: PilatesITC to auspice WA’s PTI in delivery of accredited courses from 2019

OFFICIAL STATEMENT

17 December 2018 – PilatesITC is delighted to announce that from 2019 we will be collaborating with WA training organisation, Pilates Training Institute (PTI) in the delivery of accredited courses and pathways across Australia.

PTI is a long-time licensee of Pilates International and under the direction of Frances Cahill and Suzanne Newby have established a strong, vibrant presence in the continuing education and training space in the West.

Frances and Suzanne are now positioned to expand their training offering across the country under the auspice of PilatesITC.

“With over 20 years’ combined experience, Frances and Suzanne lead a fantastic business team including an amazing Faculty, who will combine with some of PilatesITC national Faculty for course deliveries,” said PilatesITC CEO, Sally Anderson.

PTI Directors, Frances Cahill and Suzanne Newby add, “We have great wealth and depth of talent behind PTI and PilatesITC.

“As our training family grows nationally, our students have access to the best and brightest minds and bodies in the business. It is very exciting times!”

Enrolment for Advanced Diploma of the Pilates Method (10538NAT), Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT), and accredited pathways: Professional Matwork and Reformer Instruction, and Professional Matwork Instruction, are now open for 2019/20.

Subscribe to the PilatesITC website and social channels to keep up to date with news and training announcements.

Visit Pilates Training Institute to get to know our new family members, and take a look at their social media for training tips, inspiration and more!

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Contact:

PTI (WA)
hello@pti.wa.edu.au
(08) 9330 8900

PilatesITC
(ACT, NSW, TAS, QLD)
info@pilatesitc.edu.au
(08) 9330 8900

Dates and Enrolment information:

PilatesITC Training Locations:

PILATES FITNESS INSTITUTE

MYAREE HQ

9a/248 Leach Highway

Myaree, Western Australia 6154

 

THE STUDIO SALAMANCA

17 Gladstone Street

Salamanca, Tasmania 7004

PILATESITC BROADWAY

Suite 7, Level 2, 13 – 15 Smail Street

Ultimo, New South Wales 2007

 

THE STUDIO SOHO

273 Davey Street

South Hobart, Tasmania 7004

 

PILATES CANBERRA

14 Macquarie Street

Barton, Australia Capital Territory 2600

 

MOVEMENT PRINCIPLE PILATES
BRISBANELevel 2/45 Adelaide Street Brisbane, Queensland 4000
MOVEMENT PRINCIPLE PILATES
PADDINGTON1/129 Latrobe Terrace
Paddington, Queensland 4064
 

PilatesITC National Faculty:

Andrew Aroustian: Sydney
Victoria Becka: Sydney
Sonia Crisafulli/Owens: Sydney
Natalie Southwell: Canberra
Dianne Hawkins: Canberra
Jeni Williams: Canberra
Anita Thompson: Brisbane
Catherine Neal: Brisbane
Frances Cahill: Perth
Rachel Dekuyer: Perth
Joshua Minden: Perth
Suzanne Newby: Perth
Lora Rainey: Perth
Jessica Romano: Perth
Maryann Taraborrelli: Perth

Pilates Heaven: New York City 2014

PTI Faculty and our Directors practice what they preach when it comes to professional development: but when you live and breathe the method, seeking out growth opportunities is a joy! To demonstrate this point we’ve rebooted an archived blog from 2014, written by Director Frances Cahill, detailing her month of Pilates heaven working with some of the method’s elders in the spiritual home of Pilates: New York City.

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Training with PTI: The Gift of Style

Training with PTI: The Gift of Style

Pilates Training Institute (PTI) has a reputation for delivering world-class Instructor training, with some of the highest exacting standards in the market today. PTI believes that to honour the discipline and achieve optimal learning outcomes for all, Instructor training should be physically interactive and delivered in a mentorship community.

This is also what makes our training so special!

At PTI, students learn from career Instructors in a studio environment providing greater opportunity for meaningful, ‘hands-on’ engagement with theory and physical-intelligence aspects of the discipline (how to “do” Pilates). We believe that investment in ‘self-mastery’ is essential to developing proper understanding of biomechanics in our own movement, and ultimately creates world-class Instructors.

And of course, our PTI community plays a huge role in keeping our students motivated and on-track. We invest in our people and our students! When you graduate with PTI you don’t just walk away with a piece of paper, you take with you a special style of Pilates Instruction.

Our style goes a long way to informing what students can reasonably expect from training with us; and provide insight into the culture of instruction they will take with them into the industry.

The PTI style is defined against seven criteria:

  1. Dynamics

We favour ‘well-rounded’ workouts that build on natural dynamics by prioritising active and sustained movement. From here we adjust variables like pace, types of muscle contractions and breathing techniques to add challenge and progress performance.

  1. Progression

Technique and progression are key to performance: but progression is unique to the individual. To ensure no man or woman is left behind, we have built a learning environment that values inclusivity and works with the skill and fitness level of our students. This way our teaching and learning community enjoys sustained, optimal learning outcomes.

  1. Function

PTI is a technique-forward training organisation and our style therein very specific: all programming approaches facilitate precise function.

  1. Flow

Flow (fluidity in movement) is at the heart of enjoyment! It also plays a significant role in safety: protecting joints, and performance: the execution of prolonged muscle connections.

  1. Communication

Communication is the foundation of any good relationship. ‘Effective’ communication is a skill and something that is constantly tested and honed throughout a career. At PTI we fast track our students into ‘Communication Chameleons’ who can listen, negotiate and be responsive in all situations, for a diverse selection of clientele. Of course, the communication skills our students take away from training with PTI extend beyond the studio, and are an asset in building relationships that work, personally and professionally.

  1. Creativity

Always learning, always growing. Our students and Faculty are encouraged to ‘think outside the box’ and evolve programs to ensure ongoing, meaningful engagement.

  1. Blend of traditional and contemporary methods

Ideologically, PTI is built on a foundation of traditional Pilates principles applied in combination with contemporary methodologies, health and lifestyle advice to keep our Instructors at the cutting edge of the industry.

PTI provides the highest quality instruction available in WA today and we would love to welcome you to the family! For more information about Instructor training with PTI or sign up for the final intake of 2017, contact Katie on hello@pti.wa.edu.au.

Course intake dates for 2018 will be released soon!

8 Blogs You Should Be Reading

8 Blogs You Should Be Reading

Pilates mastery is earned, not bought.

“Mastery” shouldn’t be confused with the practical “doing” of Pilates: learning choreography and pedagogy. There’s so much more to it. After all, just because you’ve got the moves, doesn’t mean you’ve mastered them.

Underneath professional delivery is mastery from years of (ongoing) study that comes only from investing in relationships (mentoring and community), learning the work in your body, honing skills over time, and seeking out knowledge.

We want you to always be learning, in all ways; and the importance of reading to this process cannot be understated.

Read, and read widely!

To help you on your way, we’ve compiled a list of eight blogs/bloggers you should be reading on your path to personal mastery:

  1. Madeline Black

The “teacher’s teacher”, Madeline Black is a go-to for PTI and PFI Instructors.

Madeline is known as the “synthesizer” for integrating movement science, osteopathic theory, manual therapy, and energy work to create a unique, interdisciplinary approach to Pilates, Yoga and Gyrotonic. A champion for quality education in our industry, Madeline is a must, especially for those interested in developing skills in clear instruction.

A prolific and articulate blogger, she touches on everything from “general” Pilates topics, to teaching; training specific body parts (shoulder, spine, pelvis etc); and niche topics like biomechanics and movement.

(Madeline’s book, Centered: Organizing the body through kinesiology, movement theory and Pilates techniques, is available for purchase from Myaree HQ.)

  1. Anula Maiberg

Philosophical, intelligent, and funny: we love Anula! There’s something transfixing about the way she brings together the traditional elements of Pilates method with modern approaches to movement, and challenges us to question everything about our practice and our bodies! She’s mythbusting and kicking asses all over the globe, literally, with her global tour schedule in full swing.

You can find Anula on the Balanced Body blog, and featured on sites like Pilates Glossy International, Pilates Style, and of course her own Sixth Street blog.

She’s a podcast regular too; catch her on What’s Going on With Dance & Stuff, Moving Well, Thinking Pilates Podcast and Pilates Unfiltered, to name a few. Search “Anula Maiberg” or “the potato method”, and there’s no shortage of great, engaging content to enjoy.

Better still, we will be welcoming Anula in the flesh, at PTI from 15 to 18 February on her first ever Australian tour. Tickets may still be* available, check online! (*hurry or tickets might be sold out!)

  1. Pilates Style

Pilates Style is the leading (and only) magazine dedicated to Pilates: their website is a wealth of information on all things Pilates: from teaching, to exercises and advice; as well as wellness and nutrition. There is no shortage of blogs, videos and other handy content to help keep you connected with industry and create your best Pilates life!

  1. Stop Chasing Pain

Two words: movement mojo. Stop Chasing Pain is led by Dr Perry Nickelston and looks at how fundamental movement patterns can restore your body’s strength and resilience. Dr Perry’s blog looks at performance, movement subsystems, inhibition, corrective exercises, gait, performance testing and so much more. His approach is fun and easily integrated into everyday life and teaching.

  1. Hannah Moves

Follow Nick Hannah! He is a Registered Physiotherapist practicing out of London, ON Canada, whose main platform is education on the myths and misconceptions common in health care, exercise and rehabilitative sciences. Through Facebook, Instagram and podcasts Nick provides a valuable insight into the complex world of pain and helping people navigate it. An asset to your learning, plus his content is super fun.

  1. Nutritious Movement – Katy Bowman

Nutritious Movement is all about helping you move better: Katy Bowman, “Part biomechanist, part science communicator, and full-time mover, Katy Bowman has educated hundreds of thousands of people on the role movement plays in the body and in the world.” Her blog (and website) is rich with content relating to exercises, alignment, adjustments and habitat changes to optimise quality in movement and life.

  1. Pilates Unfiltered

Available on Spotify and Apple podcasts, Pilates Unfiltered is a Podcast for Pilates people, by Pilates people. If you love a podcast, this one is for you! Pilates Professional, Jenna Zaffino is joined by industry leaders in spirited discussion on the Pilates culture and industry today. It’s funny, insightful, challenging and useful! “The pulse of the Pilates community!” Get on it!

  1. James Crader

James Crader is a Movement Coach specialising in Pilates and Myofascial Release Therapy, among many other things! His M.O is quality in movement, Pilates as a practice, and how we teach it. His blogs and podcasts on Thinking Pilates are engaging, current and edgy: enough to make any Instructor stop and reconsider “how they do what they do”.

9 Books You Should Be Reading

9 Books You Should Be Reading

We’ve previously talked about Pilates “mastery” being the product of years of (ongoing) study, and seeking out knowledge.

Reading, and reading widely, is so crucial to this process!

So, we thought we’d bring you part two: nine books you should be reading on your journey toward Pilates mastery.

  1. Return to Life, Joseph H. Pilates

The Pilates Bible!

The original Pilates exercise book written by the creator and visionary of the Pilates method, Joseph H. Pilates. This book reviews the conceptual basis and philosophy of the Pilates method or ‘Contrology’, and the original matwork exercises Mr. Pilates taught in the studio on 8th Avenue and 55th Street in New York City. The model featured in this book is Mr. Pilates himself at the age of 60!

  1. Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology, Karen Clippinger

All dancers are looking to achieve optimal performance—and Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology will help them do just that. This text offers valuable scientific knowledge and understanding for dancers, helping them to blend anatomical and kinesiological principles with artistic expression. Such a blend of science and art will empower dancers to realize their potential and expand their artistic vision.

Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology is useful for dancers to learn anatomical and biomechanical principles as they apply to dance performance. It focuses on optimal dance movement and the related principles for understanding the function of body joints. And by applying those principles, dancers can help reduce their risk of injury and enhance their performance longevity.

  1. Centred: Organising the Body through Kinesiology, Movement Theory and Pilates Techniques, Madeline Black

This book provides explores the complex interconnectedness of the musculature, fascia, and joints, and the implication of these deeply intertwined systems for movement through Pilates, yoga, and other fitness disciplines.

Black’s richly illustrated presentation style allows the Instructor to grasp the biomechanics, underlying posture and dysfunction and hence to enable change and improvement.

A fantastic read; and available for purchase at PFI HQ in Myaree.

  1. Daring and Disruptive, Lisa Messenger

Not a Pilates-specific text, but a great read for anyone who wants to succeed as much as they want to breathe!

After decades of success in multiple industries, Lisa Messenger recounts personal stories and important business lessons: from why money is not the only currency, to how to fail well.  Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur, seasoned game changer or a corporate ladder-climber dreaming of creating your own gig; this book will inspire you to dig deep, stay on track, back yourself, be true to your ideas, and ensure that if you’re thrown to the wolves, you’ll have the strength to come out leading the pack.

  1. Diastasis Recti: The Whole Body Solution to Abdominal Weakness and Separation, Katy Bowman 

Biomechanist Katy Bowman explains explores Diastasis Recti as a symptom of a whole-body problem, including: body alignment; frequency of movement; the effects of all-day forces, like intra-abdominal pressure; and why a few exercises simply aren’t enough for long-term success. This text challenges us to learn a new way to move for an improved set of core muscles.

It includes over 30 exercises and habit modifications, designed to improve both the appearance and the function of the abdomen: a very useful reference text for all Instructors, but especially important pregnancy and post-natal!

  1. Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement, Katy Bowman

Another gem from Katy Bowman; Move Your DNA explains the science behind our need for natural movement – right down to the cellular level.

It examines the differences between the movements in a typical hunter – gatherer’s life and the movements in our own. It shows the many problems with using exercise like movement vitamins instead of addressing the deeper issue of a poor movement diet.

Best of all, Move Your DNA contains the corrective exercises, habit modifications, and simple lifestyle changes we need to make in order to free ourselves from disease and discover our naturally healthy, reflex driven selves.

  1. Pilates Anatomy, Rael Isacowitz and Karen Clippinger

“Pilates as you’ve never seen it before!”

This text is a must-read for anyone with aspirations to teach Pilates: a one-of-a-kind reference text. Pilates Anatomy takes you inside the exercises and programs that will tone the body, stabilize the core, improve balance, and increase flexibility; and uses detailed descriptions, step-by-step instruction, and stunning full-color anatomical illustrations.

Using the original mat work of Joseph Pilates, it explores how key muscles are used; variations and minor adjustments can influence effectiveness; and how breathing, alignment, posture, and movement are all fundamentally linked – and more!

Available for purchase from PFI HQ in Myaree!

  1. Pilates, Rael Isacowitz

This text, by Pilates royalty Rael Isacowitz, explore the full range of Pilates exercises to strengthen, lengthen, and sculpt your muscles.

Starting with the foundation for all the exercises, this text provides an in-depth treatment of the full range of Pilates apparatus, including photo illustrations and detailed breathing instruction to help you perform movements correctly:

  • Reformer
  • Cadillac
  • Step and ladder barrels
  • Magic circle
  • Wunda chair
  • Ped-a-pul
  • Arm chair

The complete repertoire includes a customized grouping of exercises in blocks that progress from the fundamental level through the intermediate and advanced levels to challenge you at all stages of Pilates development.

Pilates is the most comprehensive guide available on the Pilates method!

  1. Pelvic Power: Mind/Body Exercises for Strength, Flexibility, Posture, and Balance for Men and Women, Eric Franklin

The pelvic floor, it’s so important! This text combines scientific principles with movement and imagery exercises to create a stronger body by toning the pelvic floor.

Focusing on the biomechanics of the pelvic floor, Pelvic Power shows how the pelvic floor plays an important role in almost all movements, balance, and body posture. Included exercises train the muscles and joints and improve the tone of the organs, thereby increasing energy flow, eliminating incontinence, and keeping sexual organs healthy.