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Teachers Clubhouse 6—Verbal and Tactile Cueing

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Teachers Clubhouse is an open workout and forum in which instructors from any Pilates background can learn and share. In this session, there are teachers who are at different stages in Vintage Pilates’ Teachers Education program, The Work. Today’s discussion centers on the homework that these teachers must do to learn the exercises in their own bodies and the different strategies they are all using to do just that. Filmed at Vintage Pilates, Los Angeles, CA.

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  1. creativejai 1 year ago

    I am a Pilates Teacher Apprentice and one of the things I am ‘weak’ in is knowing how to give tactile cues – and this video has really helped me a lot! I’ve already watched it twice, taken lots of notes, and will likely return to watch it again in the future … as each time, I take a little more away from it. Thanks for this great topic and training!

  2. Erica Van Stralen
    Erica Van Stralen 5 years ago

    So much to learn, I love it.
    Quote from you: “Observation is key, key, key in your cueing!”
    Thank you so much, Sandy!

    Happy 100’s from Holland, Erica

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Hi Erica in Holland! I am so happy that you picked up that crucial truth. Enjoy putting it to work!

  3. Nicole Smith 5 years ago

    I really loved this teachers clubhouse!! Thank you Sandy!!
    I like the discussion about the stages of cueing….. beginners are certainly different from more advanced students. I think the challenge as a teacher with this in mind is backing off and not saying as much and allowing them to put all that has been said in the past into place for themselves.
    I also loved the bit about the more you allow the body infront of you to give you the cues required helps you know what you don’t understand about an exercise!!
    Continue to learn from others is sooo important to continue to grow and become a better teacher. Thanks again!

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Nicole, I am thrilled that you got so much out of this Clubhouse, and I am certain that your students are reaping the benefits of your understanding and mindful cueing.

  4. kati 5 years ago

    This clubhouse is my favorite because this is a challenging topic for me as a teacher. There is so much information in this and I have been watching this many times. Sometimes it is hard to choose what to correct and how to correct what ever is going on in a client. What instructions to give, when, how, what’s the benefit for the client etc. It is so important to let the client move and not correct too much and that is the hard part! We as teachers will need to build the confidence into our clients by letting them move, not correcting them too much. It is hard to keep that in mind sometimes…Also, I think that it is important to be consistent in our cues. Not change them too often, especially during the lesson. I believe that with experience, being able to work with different bodies and seeing the different bodies move will make us better in cueing as well!

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Kati – believe me, I understand your journey. In my opinion, at some point it becomes the best part of teaching. You pick something and watch that idea transform the body before you. It is the joint effort of you and your client to achieve one valuable thing each time they do a workout.

  5. cat0607 6 years ago

    Hi Sandy, Great club house. Of all of the clubhouses to come across I stop on this. Just what we were talking about. Thank you for sharing. I will come back to this one often. Much information to be thought over. Especially liked the stages of learning explanation. It holds so true.
    Tracy M

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      cat0607 – Oh yes, I love marinating in information that needs to seep in. It makes the understanding that much yummier!

  6. Kimberly Mills 6 years ago

    This clubhouse was fantastic and is one that I will return to often. Having worked with Sandy for some time now, I’ve always loved how she focuses on one thing for that day and emphasizes it throughout the workout – whether it be achieving the bottom part of the two-way stretch, the use of the handles in each exercise, etc. It’s so true that you have to observe a client as they enter the studio and start moving and then plan their lesson from there. I remember as a beginner teacher coming prepared with a lesson for each client and soon learning that that wasn’t the best idea, as I always tended to deviate from that plan. I think my favorite comment of this clubhouse was using your voice to cue energy, which leaves you the wording of the comment to focus on something else. Brilliant! Thank you, Sandy, for this wonderful class!

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      You are so welcome, Kim! It pleases me that you gained so much from this Clubhouse and that you were able to relate the class discoveries to your own learning process. Bravo. I love working with you!

  7. susannafoustok 7 years ago

    This is one of my favourite Teachers Clubhouses. Mastering cueing is so important for teachers as it is our way to translate the work to our client’s bodies. Simple but effective cues come from the deep understanding of the exercises and result in a visible change in the clients way of moving. I loved hearing about how cueing shoudn’t be generic but it comes from observing the body in motion. Again, intelligent teaching from a very intuitive teacher! thank you Sandy!!

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Susanna, you are welcome! Isn’t it comforting to know that you already have the words inside of you that will be your most effective cues? I find it infinitely more interesting to focus on seeing what is going on in the body before me, and cueing to help them get there. That view is endlessly fascinating.

  8. Thank you so much Sandy for this great class!!!
    One of the best things I am learning working with Vintage is that teaching is not a matter of which words you use to teacha certain exercise, but which exercise you choose to change and help a certain body! This means that you have to THINK!!! to obesrve, to understand and to know the work!! And also means that you have to understand whom you are teching to, which kind of person, which kind of body, which kind of day for that special body… I find all these things soooo stimulating… your way to teach changes and grows with you and with your understanding of the work… That’s the magic and the big luck of teaching PIlates!!!!
    So thank you again Sandy… for sure I will watch this video more than once, to catch deeper particulars each time:)

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Gloriag – I love the way you emphasized the need to THINK. At first this must have felt like a lot of effort and it surely changed the flow of your teaching. But you took the time to get the hang of it and I am sure your students have benefited greatly. Perhaps now they too can think, observe themselves, and understand how their body feels and works. All this is Pilates.

  9. atmock 7 years ago

    This was a great reminder for me as a teacher not to “over cue.” I appreciated how Sandy roamed around the room and only when something came to her attention worth mentioning she used her words or touch to get the outcome she was looking for, then let them continue to find it on their own. Less is more! I also enjoyed how when a student may have been already doing a great job Sandy offered a little tactile feedback to help them get deeper into the work and feel something more. You can only do so much on your own so that little extra “help” or “spot” can really go a long way!


    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Aubrey – less is more…what a pertinent mantra. Not only is it confusing and ineffective to over cue a client, it means that the teacher’s mind and attention may be focused on finding faults. Instead, I sometimes I start with observing what is working well, and see if my eye catches something that is either preventing the movement, or can improve what the student is already doing well.

  10. Ynowak 7 years ago

    The discussion at the end was wonderful. I really like your suggestion to not only make a note of a cue that sounds like a good idea. Rather to make note of cues that you see lead to a change in the body being worked.

  11. arlene
    arlene 7 years ago

    Wonderful! Learned tons from watching this. Now I feel even more prepared for my lesson with you, Sandy, tomorrow.

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Arlene, so glad that you found the topic and exercises helpful. I love learning from the example of others! Until soon…

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