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.

Anula, Anula, Anula: Why we love her so

Anula, Anula, Anula: Why we love her so

Philosophical, intelligent, and funny: safe to say, we love Anula so we’re thrilled to be the first stop on her first ever visit down under, from 15 – 18 February.

While WA’s, nay Australia’s, Pilates community is buzzing from her imminent arrival, her visit isn’t to solely serve up professional development to WA pros: she’s here for everyone!

But who is Anula Maiberg and why is she so special?

Anula was born in Israel and relocated to New York City in 2001 to pursue photography, but soon experienced a change in professional trajectory, as her interest in and enthusiasm for Pilates morphed into something: a game changer.

Unlike many of those who have come before her, Anula’s Pilates CV reads like holy scripture for Pilates nerds. On paper and in person Anula’s professional experience is enviable and admirable in equal measure, as she’s trained in the most prestigious Pilates lineages (Kathy Grant) and under the biggest names in the business.

Anula graduated from the Kane School for Core Integration (Kinected) in NYC in 2009; the Kathy Grant Heritage Training Program in 2014 and has worked with American Pilates Masters and wisdom keepers, including but not limited to Cara Reeser, Kelly Kane and Deborah Lessen.

Nothing short of amazing.

But a couple of lines in a professional blurb doesn’t do Anula justice!

There’s something transfixing about the way she brings together the traditional elements of Pilates method with modern approaches to movement. She challenges us to question everything about our practice and our bodies, and wraps it all up in a lovely, inclusive package.

She’s of the people, for the people: and we love it. Pilates is, after all, for every body, and this is exactly how she approaches it: as a lifestyle, as a culture, and a method of movement.

Anula is myth-busting and coming in hot with all the big, loaded questions that we need to be asking in order to be better as an industry, as practitioners, and in our own practice:

Where should I be feeling it?

Let’s look at the language we use to discuss our bodies: pain, activation, harm, sensation.

How can we improve our delivery for our clients?

How can we tailor more to their needs so every body really benefits?

And more.

Over three days, Anula will be running workshops, some open to both Pilates Instructors and Clients (general population) including:

 

DAY ONE | Friday 16th Feb. 2017

SESSION ONE: Matwork Masterclass

Clientele: General population and Instructors.
SESSION TWO: Reformer Masterclass

Clientele: General population and Instructors.
SESSION THREE: Workshop

Topic: Where Should I Be Feeling This? Reformer class for uncertain times.

Clientele: Instructors only.

 

DAY TWO | Saturday 17th Feb. 2017

SESSION ONE: Marathon Matwork Masterclass
Clientele: General Population and Pilates Instructors
SESSION TWO: Workshop

Topic: Mythbusting Your Pilates Practice: how to gain or regain confidence on and off the Mat and apparatus. 

Clientele: Pilates Instructors only

 

DAY THREE | Sunday 18th Feb. 2017

SESSION ONE: Reformer Masterclass
Clientele: General Population and Pilates Instructors
SESSION TWO: Workshop

Topic: Thoroughly Modern Mat
Clientele: Pilates Instructors only.

Learn more about available sessions on the PTI website; but hurry, spaces are limited. Studio appointments and observations hours are sold out! Contact Jackie to be placed on the waitlist.

If you would like to learn more about Anula, you can find her work 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.

Want even more? Check out the following links:

Mr. Pilates:

https://www.facebook.com/orpresmanpilates/videos/1798079126886856/

Marth Graham:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFTNmGBKC2Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CA91fGV9LEo

Interview with Deborah Lessen:

https://www.pilatesanytime.com/workshop-view/3252/video/Pilates-Pilates-Industry-Questions-by-Deborah-Lessen

Skillful Teaching Podcast:

http://skillfulteaching.com/ep_43_where_history_art_and_potatoes_collide_a_lesson_anula_maiberg/

Kathy Grant and Ron Fletcher:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2BSt3zjdxs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNvOkoZ5D8o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU75SbVOCYM

Letter to Eva Hesse from Sol LeWitt:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTGvbhqWoFI

Welcome to PTI: New Look, Same Family

Welcome to PTI: New Look, Same Family

Pilates Fitness Institute (PFI) has been the ‘mother brand’ for a diverse selection of specialist Pilates services including studio and rehabilitative methods, and accredited Instructor training programs (formerly registered as ‘PFI Training’).

While PFI has served us extremely well, the Training arm of the business had outgrown the brand and needed its own in order to really exercise its potential.

So, we bring you: Pilates Training Institute (PTI).

This new brand allows us to evolve our training offering and consolidate our reputation as the leading Registered Training Organisation in Western Australia.

 

NEW LOOK

PTI’s new logo was inspired by the Alocasia or Elephant’s Ear: ‘the tree that grows up to the heavens’, a remarkable plant with eastern and western symbolism for seizing opportunities and taking risk.

An explosion of greenery, its elegant and airy leaves are punctuated with thick, white veins that to us, mirror the structure of the human ribcage; a source of structure and protection: hard but soft, supportive yet flexible.

It all comes together to embody hope, renewal and growth: personal and professional, through Pilates.

 

SAME MENTORS

The PTI family is led by Directors, Pilates Instructors and Training Faculty, Frances Cahill and Suzanne Newby.

Under Frances and Suzanne’s direction, PFI now PTI has developed a reputation for delivering high quality training programs that produce the best and brightest Pilates Instructors in the state. It is the winning combination of business acumen, passion for Pilates, style of practice and a commitment to culture that makes PTI one of the most coveted and inimitable Institutes in WA.

A testament to the quality of our instruction, PFI has been sought out by Cirque de Soleil to train performance athletes in the 2017 Perth season of Kooza; and previously for seasons of Totem.

Our culture draws heavily from traditional Pilates values that prioritise quality and consistency in learning, delivered with care, for a community of people.

PTI approaches Pilates as an intelligent discipline and we empower students, Instructors and Faculty alike to seek out growth opportunities, personally and professionally, through mentorship and ongoing education.

Of course, a culture like this begins and ends with passion, and the PTI family will bend over backward, literally and figuratively, to help you get where you need to be.

 

INTRODUCING FRANCES CAHILL AND SUZANNE NEWBY

Frances has been teaching Pilates since 2005 and completed her Advanced Diploma of the Pilates Method, and Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction through the Pilates International Training Centre (PITC) under the mentorship of the legendary Sally Anderson.

She also has a Bachelor of Science (Nutrition) and a Postgraduate Diploma of Dietetics through Curtin University. Frances has a dance background, and loves the Pilates method for its technical focus and transformative power.

 

Suzanne has a long history in the fitness industry and has been active in Instructor training for over 10 years. She is passionate about holistic biomechanical movement, and has been strongly influenced in this field by Karen Clippinger and Sally Anderson. Suzanne has an Advanced Diploma of the Pilates Method from PITC where she too was under the direction of Sally Anderson.

Known as a real pacesetter in WA’s Pilates scene, Suzanne has served on the Pilates Alliance Australasia (PAA) committee and instructs across all training courses offered at PTI.

A dynamic duo, Frances and Suzanne are passionate about training, be it moulding the new generation of Instructors or leading professional development for PFI’s team of professionals.

 

TRAINING WITH PTI

Pilates Training Institute is a Registered Training Organisation and delivers only specialist Pilates courses with accredited outcomes.

The highest level of Pilates training available in WA today, our Diploma is compatible with higher levels of study (tertiary), meaning our graduates are typically more employable at home and abroad.

Courses include:

  • Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction
  • Certificate in Pilates Matwork Instruction
  • Certificate in Pilates Matwork and Reformer Instruction
  • Basic Anatomy and Physiology

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 nature of the discipline and achieve optimal learning outcomes, training should be physically interactive and delivered in a community environment that prioritises a mentorship.

At PTI students learn from the best in a studio environment which allows for greater ‘hands-on’ engagement with theory. It also provides greater exposure to and awareness of the physical-intelligence aspects of the discipline (how to “do” Pilates), and opportunities for students to commit to self-mastery; a crucial element of being an effective Instructor.

The PTI community plays a huge role in keeping our students motivated and on-track with study. We also coordinate students’ work experience hours through Pilates Fitness Institute (PFI), and are well positioned to help graduates secure jobs once accredited.

PTI STYLE

Our style of Pilates goes a long way to informing what prospective Instructors can reasonably expect from training with us. PTI’s style is defined by:

  • Dynamics: we favour well-rounded workouts that build on natural dynamics by prioritising active and sustained movement. To this, dynamics like pace, types of muscle contractions and breathing techniques can be added to challenge and progress practice.
  • Progression: technique and progression are key to performance. PTI ensures the learning environment is matched to skill and fitness level to produce best results for the whole community.
  • Function: an emphasis on technique. Our style is very specific, all programming approaches are chosen to facilitate precise function.
  • Flow: flow informs enjoyment. It describes fluidity of movement that ensures protection of joints, comfort and prolonged muscle connections.
  • Communication: our delivery style is unique because it revolves around the ‘why’ and ‘how’. Honed communication skills create Instructors who make their clients feel confident and can progress their practice in a safe and enjoyable way.
  • Creativity: ‘think outside the box’; evolving programs ensures ongoing, positive engagement.
  • Blend of traditional and contemporary methods: our offering 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.

Pilates Training Institute provides the highest quality instruction available today, for more information about training with PTI or to join our family, contact Katie at studentsupport@pti.wa.edu.au or call 9330 8900.

Final intake for the year is set for September, with 2018 dates to be released soon!