“Whether in a private, or class setting, I want to provide a challenging, fun and safe atmosphere for everyone. I also encourage people to leave their daily stresses at the studio door so they can really enjoy the time they spend at Pilates Tonic.”
Q & A Session with Naomi
Q: What is your favorite part of a private Pilates session?
A: Private sessions allow me to get specific with the work. It’s a more intimate setting which lets me focus on client needs, or challenge points, and work on ways to help them get over their hurdles.
People often tend to be more open, or vocal in private sessions than in a class setting and will ask more questions about how to perform the various movements. I love someone’s reaction when they’ve been working on something for any extended period of time and then it finally clicks with them.
Q: What is it that makes your work unique?
A: I focus on improving the health of the whole body so you can find ease of movement and good functionality within your daily life.
I never stereotypically classify clients into a particular group and I think this means I’m better able to clearly see each person and how best to help them achieve their unique physical goals.
Though physical change is a positive result, I think that how you feel and function in your body is also important.
Q: Who is your ideal client?
A: Someone who is motivated and open to new things. They listen to the instructions and work to make those connections in the body.
I think sometimes clients feel the instructors want to hear certain answers to our questions, so I also appreciate honest client feedback when they do NOT understand something.
I strive to have as much open-ended dialogue as possible so that each person gets the most out of their session. I also enjoy working with people who like to challenge themselves and understand that a lot of the work we do in the studio needs to be practiced in their daily lives, outside the studio, for optimal results.
Q: What are your biggest challenges when conducting a personal training session and how do you overcome them?
A: Learning to work with each person’s unique personality is the first challenge. Each person who walks through the door is completely different and has different things going on, both physically and emotionally.
Learning to read people and interact with them so that they feel comfortable communicating their needs is a constantly evolving process, which I welcome since it really helps me create the best possible outcome.
It can be a challenge to address specific questions or concerns, especially if someone has (or has had) any types of injuries. This, again, is a constant learning process, but I’ve realized that it’s ok to say “I don’t know” and then do the research to create a customized solution for that person.
Having great resources (in print and in person at the studio) is a big key to my continued success in this area.
Q: Anything you’d like to add?
A: Whether in a private, or class setting, I want to provide a challenging, fun and safe atmosphere for everyone. I also strive to encourage people to leave their daily stresses at the studio door so they can really enjoy the time they spend at Pilates Tonic.
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