Instructor of the Month
Introducing Bethany Lucas, owner of Bethany Lucas Pilates
It is hard to put into words just how passionate I am about the benefits of Pilates and how much it has enhanced my strength and wellbeing.
Having discovered Pilates years ago as a natural complement to dance, it soon became an important and essential way of life for me. So strong was my passion to share the benefits of Pilates with others, I decided to complete the JPilates Pilates Masters Programme (encompassing the Level 3 Matwork Diploma and studio equipment repertoire), followed by Level 3 Pre & Post Natal Training and Small Equipment qualifications.
When I first discovered Jo and JPilates back in 2011 and started my teacher training, I knew it was the start of something special but I didn’t realise quite how fulfilling my role would be. Years on, I am still delighted to help make a difference for clients, whether helping them to manage pain, improve their posture and wellbeing or supporting mother & baby through pregnancy, birth and beyond.
How would you describe your style of teaching?
Above all, my teaching style is very inclusive. Ensuring that class members/private clients feel at ease and comfortable is important to me and key to their ability to focus on the quality of their technique. This then progressively evolves into a more natural sense of fluidity and flow. With a dance background, flow and alignment play a natural part in all of my classes and I love watching everyone's faces as their mind-body connection takes over and they feel the true benefits of Pilates.
My teaching is focused, yet it’s also important to have an element of fun and humour in class, at the right moment, to help relax and prepare mind and body. Smiling is good for you! Through my teaching, I aim to provide not just a class or session but a rewarding experience, one with context and a clear focus on technique. Top of my mind is to, ‘make it meaningful’ for everyone.
What is your client base like?
I teach a complete range of clients throughout the week, which is lovely. Clients range in age (16-80s), gender and level, with varying fitness, health and wellbeing goals - including runners, golfers, extreme sports enthusiasts, dancers, ramblers, equestrians, gardeners, teachers and more. Currently teaching a combination of 15-20 group classes and private sessions (one to one & small groups) per week, I greatly enjoy teaching a variety of Matwork, Pre & Post Natal and Reformer sessions.
What are you planning for the next 12 months?
I have a number of plans and goals for 2015. I will be continuing to expand my class schedule, working further with local health and wellbeing practitioners and staying focused on enhancing my personal development and knowledge, through regular workshops, webinars and conferences. The next workshop will be the latest on “Pilates for Bone Health” in January.
What do you find most challenging about your work and how do you overcome this?
The most challenging aspect is fitting in all the classes that I would ideally like to teach. As a conscientious person and teacher, I always feel I would like to do more for everyone. This is coupled with the ongoing challenge of maintaining a good balance of young family life and teaching. Planning and diary compartmentalisation is key! There is nothing quite like the adrenaline of a double school run, immediately followed by a double class, to keep you on your toes!
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Pilates instructor?
Hearing from clients about the difference Pilates has made in their lives. It is so rewarding to know that I am helping clients, whether achieving personal goals that were thought impossible or returning to a sport/hobby due to Pilates, after illness or surgery. These moments are just as rewarding for me, as they are for my clients.
If you could give one piece of advice to a new instructor what would it be?
To live, love and learn what you do, every day. Keep learning and evolving as a teacher, to help your clients do the same.
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