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Pilates for Hernia and Diastasis Recti Workshop


Pilates for Hernia and Diastasis Recti Workshop for Teachers - Sunday, July 10, 2016 1-4pm at Real Pilates Soho

Training clients with hernia and diastasis recti requires a small shift in thinking and approach for many Pilates teachers. It is crucial at the beginning that these clients avoid increases in intra-abdominal pressure (IAP), yet almost all beginning Pilates exercises involve working with just that.
This is a really fun and useful workshop!

Register for Pilates for Hernia and Diastasis Recti Workshop – July 10, 2016

From the Last Workshop

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What is a Hernia?

According to the NIH,

A hernia is a sac formed by the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum). The sac comes through a hole or weak area in the strong layer of the belly wall that surrounds the muscle. This layer is called the fascia.

Basically, a hernia is an area where the intestines start to protrude through a weak area in the abdominal wall. Hernias are named for location (inguinal – groin, umbilical – belly button, hiatal – upper abdomen, femoral – upper thigh).

Hernias are caused by straining while abdominal pressure is increased – it can happen on the toilet, opening a window, or even lifting weights and/or doing abdominal exercises incorrectly.

What is Diastasis Recti?

Diastasis Recti as defined by the NIH:

Diastasis recti is a separation between the left and right side of the rectus abdominis muscle, which covers the front surface of the belly area.

Most diastasis recti is seen in pregnant women, where the muscle separates as the woman’s belly expands, but I have also seen it in men, and is also present in some infants.

Pilates Can Help IF It Is Taught Correctly

Luckily, it is easy to modify exercises and cue your clients to work in a way that helps.
In this workshop, I will share the successful modifications and techniques that have made me lower Manhattan’s most sought out classical Pilates specialist for people with diastasis recti and hernia. This 3 hour workshop includes anatomy, lecture, and practice on mat and apparatus.
You will leave with many, many tools to help your clients literally pull themselves together!
*You must be a Comprehensively trained Pilates instructor to register for this workshop.
Cost: $150 without PMA CECs / $180 with 3 PMA

How to Charge for Pilates - Sessions, Packages, Monthly


How to Charge for Pilates for Teachers and Studios - Sessions, Packages, Monthly? A guide...

Once you decide how much to charge, based on the simple calculations in my Pricing Pilates post, then you need to decide how to charge for pilates.

1. Per session or package.

Historically, Pilates teachers and studios charge either by the session or in a discounted package. If you do this, you must be sure that the package price is what you need to earn.

For example, I charge $160 per session, or $1440 for ten. Most of my clients buy ten, since the savings is significant. Sessions are pre-paid and it easy to charge for late cancels and no shows.

The downside is that if people go away or are less frequent, you will wait longer for the next payment, which can be a budgeting problem.

Some studios and teachers offer 5 session, 10 session, and 20 session packages. I just need to keep things simple for myself.

2. Per month.

I am strongly considering a shift to monthly billing for steadier income. This model can be a bit more complex at the beginning, but I think the benefits can outweigh the extra work.

Under the monthly model I would charge each client monthly for a certain number of sessions. Those sessions will not "roll over" - if they are not used they are gone. Any additional sessions over the minimum will be charge at the end of each month. Paypal, as well as other processors, will handle auto-billing.

So, for my clients who come in 2-3 times per week (8-12 sessions per month), I would charge them monthly for 6 sessions (at my current lowest price that would be $864). At the end of each month charge for any extras.

For a client who comes once per week, I would set up an auto-bill for 3 sessions per month.

My commitment will be to ensure the client gets the minimum sessions in a month, even if some are by video chat.

The down-side to auto-billing is you will pay some processing fees to the bank or service. However, the steady income that comes whether your client is there or not may make the 2-3% loss worth it. I do know some teachers who charge their clients the extra percentage for the convenience of using a card, so that is also an option.

Do you use one or more of these methods? Do you have a billing method outside of these examples? I would love to hear about it!

Pilates Teachers - On Celebrity Clients and Overseas Teaching


Pilates Teachers - On Celebrity Clients and Teaching Overseas. Expand your horizons!

Last week I presented a Business Development lecture to a group of lovely NYC pilates teachers.

Most of them were interested in working overseas at some point, and all were fascinated by the idea of retaining at least one celebrity client.

Regarding celebrity clients:

  • Up your customer service! No sloppiness, no lateness (even if they are always late), no uber-familiarity, no mixing of personal and business.
  • Be prepared for last minute scheduling, scheduling of friends, late minute cancels, and possible travel.
  • Set your price so that you are comfortable with the above. And think about what costs you will have to cover if you have to travel or cancel your other clients.
  • Network (especially in NYC and LA) with your nail salon, massage therapist, acupuncturist, trainer.... Let them know you are open to celebrity clients and would appreciate referrals.
  • Be solid and comfortable in what you teach. The first session will be a test.

Regarding working overseas:

  • Try to experience all brands of Pilates equipment. You never know what you will get overseas (including homemade stuff), so be prepared.
  • Be solid and comfortable in your own teaching. You may be the only one on your little island.
  • If you work at a resort, be prepared to always be on. You will be living and working with everyone. Want to hit the beach on your day off? The guests will be there.
  • Be prepared for a 1-2 year contract. It costs a lot to bring someone in from overseas, so it's not usually worth it for a short term contract.
  • Beware of Fitness Travel companies, or any company that asks you to come through immigration as a tourist when you will actually be working. There will be dire consequences for your future ability to travel and work overseas should you get caught.