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.

9 Tips for Surviving and Thriving During Your Diploma

9 Tips for Surviving and Thriving During Your Diploma

The Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT) is a government accredited, internationally recognised course that equips you to teach Pilates in all settings:

  • Matwork programs
  • Reformer programs
  • Pregnancy and Post Natal programs
  • Studio Pilates programs: including apparatus
  • Clinical rehab applications
  • Postural analysis and applications, and more

Completing this course is no small feat!

This course is designed to be completed in 12 months based on an average weekly study commitment of seven work experience hours per week. The beauty of all our courses is that your study commitment can be structured to suit you: after all, life doesn’t just stop!

PTI wants  you to not “just” survive your year with us, but thrive! So, we compiled the top nine tips from our Faculty, for surviving and thriving during your Diploma:

  1. Military-level organisation

The juggle is real: most of our students are balancing work (full-time and part-time) and family commitments with study.

As a rule, maximise organisation to minimise stress, and make the whole experience more enjoyable!

  • Map out your commitments.
  • Set goals.
  • Prioritise tasks.
  • Be realistic: balance your schedule (as much as possible).
  1. Be open

Balancing family, work and study takes a village! Open communication with the people who will be most affected by your new study commitment (employer(s), friends, family) is the best thing you can do for yourself. If you are honest about your availability, people are more likely to be understanding, supportive and helpful!

  1. Be productive

Ask yourself: “What could I be doing right now to make my life easier tomorrow, next week and beyond?”

  1. Invest in self-care

There are no medals for doing it tough! Be smart: take care of yourself.

See: Joseph Pilates’ principles for optimal health:

  • Proper diet and sleep must accompany exercise.
  • Fresh air and sunshine daily.
  • Wear loose clothing outside and embrace the sun’s rays.
  • Always have food on hand, but only refuel when nutrients are needed.
  • Do not fear the cold in winter.
  • Do not overdo exercise: muscle fatigue can ignite poisons in the body.
  • Sleep: use a firm mattress, no more than one pillow, and have a quiet, dark room.
  • Baths: clean your pores! Dry brush daily.
  1. Be flexible

Proper preparation may prevent poor performance: but sometimes life has other plans. A happy, full life often means being willing to adapt.

  1. Ask for help

Some days, weeks and months will be more challenging than others and that is perfectly ok! Do not be afraid to ask for help from your support network and the PTI family.

  1. Invest in relationships

The Pilates community is your greatest asset. Put yourself out there; build relationships; take advantage of mentoring opportunities and engage with your community. There is so much support, knowledge and friendship to be gained, and this professional network will serve you well throughout your career.

  1. Surround yourself with learning

Read widely. Listen to podcasts. Think critically. Talk shop. Surround yourself with people who inspire and challenge you.

  1. Have fun!

Remember why you’re here. Breathe. Relax. ENJOY YOURSELF!

4 Types of Cues

4 Types of Cues

What is cueing? It’s the heart of the method as a uniquely mind-body discipline. It’s complex and powerfully individual (check out Pilates Cuing is An Art insights from industry leaders).

That’s what makes it so very interesting!

Cueing is a learned communication skill. In practical terms, it is about using communication devices to help a client move through an exercise with specific intention.

Effective Pilates Instructors hone cueing skills throughout their career, and constantly challenge their repertoire according to experience, trial and error, and intuition.

While there is no one “right” way to cue: the aim of the game is to be well versed in different types of cuing, in order to be accessible to and provide effective instruction for each individual client.

What are the four main types of cues, and how can they work for clients with differing learning styles? Pilates Elder and BASI Pilates Founder, Rael Isacowitz, MA, explores this in an article for IDEA Health and Fitness Association.

  1. Demonstrative cues

Visual learners respond best to demonstration: this means Instructors must always be adept at executing an accurate example of an exercise or movement.

Here we see the importance of knowing the work in your own body! You must further your own practice in order to “stay connected with the movements physically, mentally and viscerally.”

  1. Explanatory cues

Auditory learners engage most effectively with explanatory cues: articulate a movement using words. Types of verbal explanations include:

  • Analytical cues: often science based, these verbal cues are broken down against an objective and delivered with clarity, in logical progression.
  • Figurative cues: relies on imagery to help the client make sense of a movement or exercise. Imagery is a powerful tool that acts like a communication short cut, simplifying an otherwise complex concept and making it more accessible for clients. Rael says that for figurative cues to be effective, they must closely align with the concept: broad or general imagery can be confusing and counterproductive.
  1. Do then tell cues 

Clients who learn through experience want to launch into the exercise straight away. In this case, it is often most helpful to allow the client to experience the work in their body before offering direction or correction. “Step back and let the process “happen.”” Then follow with reason, says Rael.

  1. Touch cues

Tactile learners prefer touch prompts from the Instructor in order to make sense of a movement or exercise. Rael says touch cues are the most valuable of all methods in Pilates: however, it should be applied with care to avoid misinterpretations. Not all clients will be comfortable with touch cues. Always be professional, deliberate and confident.

Rael sums up: “Ultimately, the effectiveness of your cuing will determine the effectiveness of your teaching. No one is just a visual learner or just a tactile learner. In the best-case scenario, you will be well versed and competent in all modes of cuing and able to combine them in subtle ways for the best effect.”

It is only with practice that you gain confidence, and become skilful at selecting the right cueing tool for the task and client before you.

10 Things Pilates Instructors Know To Be True

10 Things Pilates Instructors Know To Be True

  1. Creeper status: high

Hyper-awareness of how people around you stand and move can be an occupational hazard, particularly in social settings. The urge to help people stand and move better, is strong and always on, which means sometimes our helpful, postural creeper status is a little high. Sorry, not sorry.

  1. Active wear on point

There is an expectation that Pilates Instructors always have strong active wear game. (Like we need an excuse to spend on active wear!) #Blessed to spend all day in comfort and style; sorry bank balance!

  1. Not so neat feet

*Looks down* Yikes! When was the last time I got a pedicure?

  1. I can do anything you can do, better

You will, inevitably, encounter the amazing, hot, super fit client who can do your moves better than you! But that’s cool! We value and prioritise self-mastery, find challenges within on our own practice and do so at our own pace. It’s not a competition!

  1. Sporadic loss of numerical literacy

How many more reps? Where were we up to? Just keep going.

  1. Loopy cues

Sometimes even our most well-versed, go-to cues go missing during class, often resulting in substitutes being invented on the fly.

You know, the ones that kind of make sense, but they don’t quite fit because they’re either super random, morbid, silly or (accidentally) bawdy? On the plus side, they’re generally the cues that make clients laugh most!

  1. Demo drama

Even the most practiced Instructors have “those” days when mind, body and mouth don’t quite connect and demonstrations come unstuck. “Do it this way, but don’t do it this way!” You can only laugh!

  1. You secretly have a favourite class

We’re a social bunch, so it’s only natural to develop a rapport with clients you see sometimes multiple times a week!

  1. You’re a 24/7 Pilates Oracle

Family, friends and strangers will ask your advice on injuries, performance, fitness, weight loss, pregnancy (you name it!) because you’re a magical Pilates Oracle that can solve all manner of problems!

Tip: learn to say no (nicely), early.

 10. Pilates is life

You can’t switch it off! You take it with you and find that it informs all aspects of life and the way you think about everyday tasks, and it makes you giddy with happiness! The End.

The Balancing Act: Gender in Pilates

The Balancing Act: Gender in Pilates

The misconception that Pilates is somehow a feminine discipline perhaps comes from the fact it was adopted early, in the mainstream, by the dance community: a traditionally female industry.

In actual fact, Joseph Pilates used the method to train army troops, interned prisoners and men from all walks of life, as much if not more than he trained women and dancers. And nowhere in his books does he state or even allude to the discipline supporting a gender bias.

Joseph’s fitness empire is built on creating the perfect balance of body and mind to create health and happiness, for all!

Today, attitudes are shifting and many training institutions, like PTI, prioritise inclusivity in their recruitment and training models; and we’re pleased to report that interest from men is on the rise.

In fact, Founder and Director of PilatesITC (and mentor to PTI Directors Suzanne and Frances), Sally Anderson wrote a blog for Body and Soul this month detailing 5 reasons why men do Pilates.

Overwhelmingly it seems men are increasingly recognising that the discipline’s health benefits are not exclusive to the female population, and are embracing Pilates as an effective way to supplement fitness and conditioning:

  • Increase flexibility
  • Improve functional strength
  • Prevent and rehab (non-acute) injuries
  • Address muscular imbalance
  • Improve posture
  • Build a strong core from the inside-out (hello, six-pack!)

A growing number of professional and elite level athletes have recognised Pilates can play a pivotal role in performance.

The likes of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, Andy Murray, James Magnussen, David Beckham, Venus and Serena Williams, have adopted the practice. Pilates has well and truly found a place in modern training regimens across codes and around the world, including: NBA, NFL, AFL, Rugby League and Union.

Joseph said it best: “You will develop muscular power with corresponding endurance, ability to perform arduous duties, to play strenuous games, to walk, run or travel for long distances without undue body fatigue or mental strain.”

‘Real men do Pilates’ is an increasingly common buzz phrase these days, but we want to bring it back a notch (what is a ‘real man’ anyway?!).

Men do Pilates. Mean teach Pilates. Men are an essential part of our Pilates community.

Our industry is at a pivotal point in its history: Pilates is exploding in popularity, we’re visible, accessible and investment is steady. We are also in our most inclusive state, as a culture and discipline, to date.

At PTI we want more men through our doors for Instructor training; we want more men leading classes, we want more men to be active in driving our industry forward!

In a discipline that values balance in all forms literal and figurative, let’s strive for more of it between the sexes! After all, Pilates knows no gender.

The final training intake for 2017 kicks off in September. For more information or to enrol, contact Katie on hello@pti.wa.edu.au.

Course dates for 2018 will be released shortly.

Mindfulness Matters

Mindfulness Matters

‘Modern mindfulness’ is a booming industry. In this hyper-connected, 24/7, fast-paced world, mindfulness has become part of the modern survival kit. To live with less stress, greater focus, and some semblance of balance, most of us accept that we must take/make time to find some peace in our world.

But what is ‘mindfulness’, exactly?

Unlike the practice of meditation, mindfulness is less about spirituality and more about concentration. In a nutshell, it encourages active, open attention to the present moment and physical awareness.

Mindfulness techniques can be applied in many formats, it is easy to do, accessible (hello, apps!), fun and these days it’s everywhere: it’s in our schools, workplaces, homes, board rooms and in sport across all codes.

It’s also being built into new fitness formats and packaged up as ‘mindful exercise’. This is one of the hottest fitness trends in 2017, and it is all about mind-body connection.

Let’s cut through the marketing noise for a moment and look at what makes an activity distinctly ‘mindful’. According to Ralph La Forge of Duke University, it should include:

  1. A self-reflective, present moment and non-judgmental sensory awareness.
  2. A perception of movement and spatial orientation.
  3. Focus on breathing.
  4. Attention to anatomical alignment.
  5. Awareness of intrinsic energy.

Sound familiar?

Turns out, Joseph Pilates brought us mindful exercise with the Pilates method, long before it was even a thing!

At the heart of the Pilates method is this idea of harmony between body and mind that is achieved only by combining mindful thought and awareness of breath, with the physicality of athletic movement.

This emphasis on mindfulness occurs across the six, core principles of Pilates:

  1. Centring: the mind creates focus and initiates energy to the centre of the body.
  2. Concentration: the mind must be present.
  3. Control: the mind connects with the body to create control of movement.
  4. Precision: the mind signals to the body to create precision in movement.
  5. Breath: the body and mind connect through breath to create rhythm and intention.
  6. Flow: the mind and body must work together in coordination, to create flow of movement.

There is growing recognition of the value of Pilates as a mindfulness exercise, with benefits spanning both clinical and every day contexts.

Studies show that mindfulness practice in Pilates can help people to:

  • Improve memory.
  • Train the brain: challenge body and mind at the same time.
  • Improve nervous system health by firing up deep muscles and movement chains.
  • Calm mind, body and spirit:
  • Relieve anxiety and depression.
  • Treat insomnia.
  • Improve focus.
  • Unlock creative thinking.
  • Relieve stress.
  • Assist chronic pain management.
  • Reduce negative emotions/boost mood.
  • Lower blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health.
  • Help emotional regulation.
  • Improve self-awareness.
  • Boost confidence.
  • Enhance happiness.

There is something deliciously cleansing about mindfulness in Pilates movement. The beauty of this method is that these skills translate so easily outside the studio, and can help you cope with life’s ups and downs.

Living mindfully is the way of the future!

Joseph Pilates said it best: “A body free from nervous tension and fatigue is the ideal shelter provided by nature for housing a well-balanced mind, fully capable of successfully meeting all the complex problems of modern living.”

Thanks Jo!

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!