Pilates: The Art of Teaching Methods
To train someone is a big responsibility, and to train mentors is a double responsibility, this is an exam for you personally, a kind of test for what you really know.
When we receive a certificate for the first time after long courses, studies and exams, this feeling is incomparable. We rejoice, feel omnipotent – of course, because we deserve it, it was hard work and we have something to be proud of.
Very often I hear the following – “that’s it, now I can educate others, I am entitled to honor and increase salaries, because I have a certificate!” I am happy for these people, but I can’t help but think at that moment – “yes, now you are finally ready to start.”
A little time passes and they begin to call me – “How am I afraid! I’m starting to realize that I still know very little. ” I love this moment most of all – the moment of enlightenment, and I understand well what they mean, and I believe that they will once become good teachers.
The process of cognition is endless. It never ends, and no one teaches us as well as our own clients – they are the best teachers. It will take years to learn to “see”, think critically, analyze and understand the real needs of the client, as well as confidence, wisdom and the ability to transfer their knowledge in an accessible form for every person. Ease of communicating with a client is indispensable. Knowing the anatomical terms only increases your self-esteem in your own eyes, if your client is not an expert, then for him it will sound just like an incomprehensible set of words. Joe never talked like that! Very often I observe how instructors lead the lesson, and it reminds me of a lecture on anatomy. The client needs to feel that we know how to help them, and we need to convey this information to them in the simplest form possible.
When I started my program, PMMP, after 50 years of Pilates practice, it happened because for several years I was constantly asked about a course where you could dive into the details of the method more deeply, learn from a person who knew Joseph himself Pilates, as well as share your fears, experiences, “discoveries” and concerns.
Those who are interested in further exploring the method usually become very good teachers. They are better than those who say – “I already have one certificate, why do I need more?”, Or “why do I need it?” Anyway, they won’t pay me anymore. ” Training is a wonderful experience, because we are growing in our development. It’s always nice to do what makes you happy. Otherwise, the work turns into a dull routine.
They say that you need to learn something new every day. And it is true! It is training that motivates us, makes us keep our nose upwind, and supports enthusiasm. And makes us younger !!! Despite how old you are. When you start to think that you already know everything and cannot learn anything else, then yes – you are old, despite the fact that you don’t have much on the calendar.
Joseph Pilates, until his death, invented new exercises, variations of exercises and came up with different new equipment. He was an inventor to the end, despite the fact that he was upset by the fact that his system did not receive due recognition during his lifetime, he was a man ahead of his time. He never gave up!
My main desire and goal of teaching teachers is to motivate them to continue to learn and grow forever! It is very important to understand that we are now in good positions, that our skills can help others live better. How nice to hear from the client that his life has changed for the better, that they feel much healthier and more confident. Such a review is worth any money, it is this that gives an incentive to develop further and grow in your professionalism.
Educating teachers is no less fun. It is so pleasant to look at their faces when your words confirm their knowledge and justify their hopes. When you pose a new question or task for them, and they are ready to dive deeper into the method and explore. After all, the research process is exciting!
Sometimes, the idea that you are so respected and so believe in your knowledge that they want to learn from you is a little scary. I think those of you who have children will understand what I mean.
It’s still nice to see how the faces of the audience change when I tell them about my personal experience with Joe, Clara and Carola. They were unusual people, multifaceted, their spirit continues to live, while we continue to share what they gave us. This is exactly what I want, what I SHOULD share, and if I manage to convey this spirit to my students, it will breathe life into our work, make it deeper, more interesting and exciting.