How were you first introduced to STOTT PILATES®?
I had been trained in classic Pilates in NYC and had practiced this for about 11 years but had never been in the right place in my life to get certified. When I got married, I moved to Texas and my husband and I talked about it and decided this would be a great time to get my certification. When I was looking to see what my options were within a reasonable commute, the STOTT PILATES LTC in Dallas, TX was one of the options. After doing some research on STOTT PILATES, I applied to the IMP course and was accepted.
What made you decide to start training in the STOTT PILATES Method?
After taking the STOTT PILATE IMP course I wasn't sure about making the switch from classical Pilates to STOTT PILATES. It was really taking the ISP course with Sally Belanger a few months later that made me decide this was the training that would help me to make a difference to my dance students and Pilates clients. The depth of the knowledge Sally had to be able to make the material so understandable and relevant was inspiring to me and made me want to be part of an organization that promoted the values of knowledge and staying up to date with current research. That was 11 or 12 years ago and I've been fortunate enough to meet and work with many other amazing educators within the organization.
What Specialty Tracks have you currently completed?
I have completed all of the Specialty Tracks, Athletic Conditioning, Golf Conditioning, Post Rehabilitative, Conditioning, Active for Life, Group Matwork, Group Equipment, Dance, except Pre-Post Natal which I am scheduled to complete on June 16th.
What made you want to become a Specialist in these fields?
I think it's important for all instructors to continue to expand their knowledge and keep current with their education. A lot of the workshops I took were to gain insight for specific clients and others because I was interested in seeing what they were all about. As a Lead Instructor Trainer, I feel there is a responsibility to be well rounded and knowledgeable about the programming offered through MERRITHEW™ so that I can provide accurate information and appropriate guidance to the students coming to me for their education.
What are some of the best moments as a STOTT PILATES Specialist?
Seeing the expression in a client or student's body movement when something clicks and they have that "ah ha" moment. Hearing people say, "Wait, that's really Pilates? I thought we were just going to lay around and breathe." Learning from my clients and students every day that I teach.
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