Pilates is taught in a progressive format.
A client feels as though they have accomplished something when they begin to understand a movement. Help clients understand the lifelong benefits of Pilates. Remember that we all learn at a different pace and that each body is unique. So, remind clients to remain patient and allow their body to transition at a natural pace. Some clients will understand and move perfectly from the beginning, but, for others, it may take multiple sessions to reach that point. However, don’t push the body beyond its capabilities. Let the body move and develop on its own. Avoid forcing clients into doing something they are not physically or mentally ready to handle. The beauty of Pilates is the manner in which the body works through movements to reach optimal performance. If you step back as an instructor and give positive feedback, in a handful of sessions, you and the client will see and feel the rewards. Many Pilates’ professionals constantly correct clients making them feel as though they will never master a movement. This approach often generates frustration forcing clients to give up and abandon Pilates. Avoid this method of teaching realizing there is NO WRONG way to teach. Each client will perform exercises differently, yet the benefits will ultimately be the same.
Reward each movement!