Language is a way to communicate. Body Language by definition is non verbal communication; bodily mannerisms, postures, and facial expressions that can be interpreted as unconsciously communicating somebody's feelings or psychological state. As teachers and students of Pilates this is a part of our every day consciousness.
While teaching PPS I in Istanbul reading body language became more important because of our language barrier. By observing the participant?s body language I was able to see if they were obtaining the information given. I especially paid close attention to their facial expressions. Their faces told me if they had a question, were frustrated, had a loss of attention or had an understanding of what was being communicated through the interpreter. This is an important in all aspects of teaching Pilates globally or locally. When instructing a client or group class it is key to have a sense of how the student is physically and emotionally. Their body language is our nonverbal insight into how the body and brain is feeling that day.
Our body language as teachers is just as essential. Posture, professionalism and making sure your nonverbal cues match your verbal cues. Facial expression is a major component of body language. Be sure that your face corresponds with what you are saying and that your touch assists the cue that you are giving. Be professional inside and outside the studio. Your appearance and behavior is your calling card. This is all part of The Five Part Formula for Success. Take note of your client?s body language and your own. Body Language is a universal language and it speaks volumes.
One of the most vital parts of teaching Pilates is doing Pilates. Our posture should convey our Pilates practice. There will be more on this in my next blog.
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