Instructor of the Month
Introducing Anne Staffiere
My background is in training horses and riders. I have a real interest in posture and alignment as this is crucial to good technique in horse riding. I persistently suffered with a weak back. I discovered Pilates. This was a turning point. The method has bought me confidence, strength and awareness with great results.
I have practiced Pilates for many years and qualified as a Pilates Instructor with the Pilates Institute in London, also attending classes with Malcolm Muirhead who, with Michael King co founded the Institute. I see training and learning as a constant journey and therefore still attend classes in London to continually update on Pilates methods and practices.
To find our more or make an appointment, please contact Anne here.
Q & A Session:
How would you describe your style of teaching?
When teaching, I do really like to focus on technique, but feel there is only so much information that a beginner can take on board. As the client progresses I am constantly refining their understanding. Once they get to know the moves we can then concentrate on the flow, not only of the move itself but the choreography between the moves. I like to keep my classes fun, there is definitely plenty of concentration but alos lots of giggling and humour.
What is your client base like?
My clients are all age groups and abilities, ranging from a Personal Trainer who runs her own ‘Boot Camps’ to a lady with double hip replacements. I have a few male clients who are very happy to be in mixed groups. They are made very welcome and each class ends up being a big group of friends.
I teach both Private and Shared Private Mat and Reformer in my studio at home, which I really love. These can be people with specific issues where a class would not be appropriate, or, sometimes clients come for a private session on the Reformer alongside what they do in class.
After your level 3 training what other training have you done?
During Level 3 I did lots of speciality Anatomy days focussing on Clinical Posture, Back and Pelvis, Shoulder girdle and Knee and Foot. I then continued on to do my Masters which included all the Studio Equipment.
What are you planning for 2013?
I am now planning to attend CPD days about Fascia and the Anatomy of Pilates and to expand into offering Pilates for horse riders. These sessions will consist of observations of the rider whilst on the horse and then a Pilates class to address any postural asymmetries.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a pilates instructor?
The most rewarding part of being a Pilates Instructor is when a client has come to me not really sure or very confident in their own ability but after a few sessions they start to feel really empowered…I love that……and I still have that feeling myself…..even after 13 years of practicing Pilates.
If you could give one piece of advice to a new instructor what would it be?
If I had to give one piece of advice to a new Instructor it would be;
Always be willing to keep learning.
If something crops up that you are not sure about, research it thoroughly or seek advice. Also, prepare for your classes and keep it fresh , progressive and inspiring!