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Mastering Pilates: The Pursuit of Teaching Excellence

What does it mean to be a highly skilled Pilates teacher?

It starts with completion of a comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training program that includes at least 450 hours of classroom instruction, observations, and practice teaching supervised by Master Teacher Trainers.

It continues with ongoing professional development and collaboration with colleagues to deepen instructional skills and knowledge of how to use various exercise modalities to counter the effects of osteoporosis, scoliosis, and other physical challenges.

At Holly’s Pilates Village, we take great pride in the quality of our teaching team. Throughout the year, our teachers are continually learning and then sharing their newfound knowledge with each other. The collaborative teaching approach that we follow mirrors the way university “teaching” hospitals use senior faculty to guide new physicians throughout their training.

(Photo above: Pilates Teacher Jessica Goldstein adjusts props for a client with scoliosis while Pilates Teacher Deena Neimat observes the instruction.)

Here are just a few examples of how our Pilates teaching team has deepened its knowledge and skills during the past year:

  • Jessica Goldstein is in the final stages of completing requirements for becoming an official Scolio-Pilates practitioner. Founded by Karena Thek, Scoilo-Pilates uses evidence- based exercises and techniques to help those with scoliosis find more movement in their bodies, experience less pain, and grow stronger. This work is an effective and non-invasive way to manage scoliosis and help clients move their spines closer to center and create a neuro-muscular new normal.

  • Deena Neimat completed Level 1 and Level 2 CoreAlign training through Balanced Body and will soon complete final certification exams to become a certified Balanced Body CoreAlign instructor.

  • Kristie Goodwin earned distinction by becoming a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher. This designation means that Kristie has met the industry’s highest standards, including passing a 3-hour qualifying examination through a third-party assessment system.

  • Dawn Adcock started working toward a second comprehensive Pilates certification to deepen her understanding of the classical methods developed by Joseph Pilates.

  • Elizabeth Austin and Tiffany Clay