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As a learning tool in Pilates
By Ivon Dahl

Health professionals appreciate critical analysis learning methods over memorization or “Tech-Training” because it addresses the client/patient needs and abilities.
TRAINING YOUR EYE to recognize subtle variations in movement takes time, however teaching one to think; analyze, evaluate and modify, takes patience.
The last step in developing an ELITE Pilates instructor is building effective communication skills, which is always inspirational.

THE 6 STEPS to understand HOW Pilates WORKS… and DOESN'T

OBSERVE what is going on in your body when you perform the exercise and then in others.
This is the act of gathering information and training your eye.
Encourage others to give honest feedback; collect informative observation from a variety of sources and points of view.

REFLECT on the information you have gathered.
Decide what information is relevant and what is not; most people have a similar response while some vary due to special considerations.

THEORIZE about why you respond one way while others respond differently and what modifications you can make to change those responses.
Form your ideas into a specific purpose for this exercise.
Allow yourself to compose creative solutions such as adjusting alignment, pace or how one thinks while performing the exercise.

EXPERIMENT with various approaches to solving your problem.
Be pro-active in achieving the desired response for your purpose.
Focus on a particular Pilates’ Principle that your own experience/observations tell you might work safely.
Time is an essential element in any process involving the body (you don’t want to prematurely cool down); simply changing the breathing pattern is often effective and fast.

ANALYZE your results.
Try your modification on others to find out if your solution works for everyone or is specific to special populations.
Be honest and thorough.
Use common sense to identify cause and effect.

COMMUNICATE your ideas and findings to others (this simply means sharing).
Expect discussion and criticism.
Keep in mind that what may apply to you may not necessarily be the answer for someone else.
It is the quality of the process of searching for truth that counts.

Recognize that as new data becomes available, we are required to re-evaluate prior beliefs and information.
YOU can contribute to this body of knowledge.
The Six Steps to Understanding a Pilates Exercise are meant to expedite the process.
We all will gain by every effort put forth.
It is your responsibility to give the best care you can to your body and your clients’.
An idea must immediately be put into action or it will lose the drive behind it.
This is one way to begin doing so now.

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