Posted by: bodywisecoach | October 5, 2009

Recession-proof Pilates Coaching

One of my goals for my clients is to encourage you to practice at home—I teach some specific Pilates moves / non-reformer movements that you can take home and do on your own. This post will demonstrate how I coach you to personal exercise independence.

Personal Exercise Independence (PEI) is based on the age-old principle of practice, practice, practice.  You just need to know WHAT to practice, WHY you are practicing, HOW to practice, and WHERE to do the practice.

The first session of your Pilates workouts is an external (from me, your coach) and internal (from you, the client) assessment of what you want from Pilates training, you will develop, PEI goals and take home exercises the  first day of our meeting.

Mindbody Awareness Begins with Pilates Basics and Concrete Learning

During our first meeting you will learn:

  • Why spine health is so important—movement originates in your spine… That is what you sense as your backbone or back of your body.
  • In general, we spend a lot of time assessing how we look from our front side. During Bodywise Coaching sessions we will together map your movement through your backbone (better known as your spinal column).
  • Breathing supports mindful movement.
  • Breathing is a movement that you have already been practicing.
  • You have 26 bones in your back and they ALL move!

You will leave your Recession-proof Pilates Coaching session with three exercises that will support you until our next session!

See you then.

Building a better world one BODY at a time,

Deborah Iole

Bodywise Coach

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Posted by: bodywisecoach | July 23, 2009

How Will Bodywise Coach Pilates Method Help You?

The mindbody principles that Joseph Pilates defined in his book “Return To Life” are an integral part in “Teaching” the Pilates Method.

What is the Pilates Method?

I will explain how I utilize the Pilates Method in my coaching practice, yet will that explain what the Method actually is? If I could channel Mr. Pilates I would possibly have an answer. This is NOT my arena. So I do what I believe a solid practitioner would do. I study his writings and add my own personal brand of teaching and coaching.

When I first meet a new client we begin a relationship, and that relationship is built on trust and communication..

Okay—By now you may be wondering …where does the exercise enter? Remember, we are not just our bodies!

It’s Inspiring How Healing Mind Body Fitness Can Be

Most people are referred to me from physicians or are client referrals. The new client usually presents to me their personal “body” goals they would like to achieve through Pilates workouts…

  • I want to tone
  • I want to eliminate this nagging low back pain when I wake up
  • I want to be able to roll around on the floor with my grandchild or child
  • I want to be able to walk and enjoy life
  • My doctor says I need to exercise more
  • or I just want to feel great and have a beautiful mobile spine until I move on!

I listen carefully, I observe body language, energy, and emotion while clients tell their stories. I have my hunches and intuitions about how to begin…and I proceed to ask the big first question…What do you like about yourself, and what do you like about your body?

From here we have everything we need to move forward.

Building a better world one BODY at a time,

Deborah Iole

Bodywise Coach

Posted by: bodywisecoach | July 17, 2009

Alignment of Body and Mind Through Physical Pilates Workouts

Mindbody Pilates routines have healed and promoted core strength and spine health for decades. The principles of movement that Joseph Pilates understood to be significant in truly achieving a healthy state of “Being” are:

  • Whole-body Movement
  • Breathing
  • Concentration
  • Control
  • Centering
  • Precision
  • Rhythm and Fluid Movement

Pilates Method to the Madness

How I incorporate these Pilates training principles in my personal movement is simple, but not easy. When I begin my Pilates routine, I first adjust my attitude by centering through breath. I use my basic meditation practice to focus on the quality of my breath…in with the breath and out with the breath—quiet, not forced.
I notice how my body feels during the process.

Starting My Day with the Pilates Method

To move the body I must discipline my mind. Breathing…. I slowly wiggle my toes. I find a big stretch and let my body move in bed. I imagine my body as a fine golden necklace with few knots that just need to be encouraged to let loose . I start to wiggle and jiggle…(very scientific terms!!) exactly as you would loosen a knot from a necklace, you can loosen the knots from various parts of your body.

The release comes and then I move out and up to spend 10 minutes with spinal exercises.

The pelvic curls and lifts are my two morning Pilates technique favorites.

More on that later…

Building a better world one BODY at a time,

Deborah Iole

Bodywise Coach

pilates-pictures-bodywise-philosophyHi, I’m Deb Iole. In the years that I’ve been teaching the Pilates method, I’ve found a common thread in my students. They want to become fit, but most of them start off not recognizing the mindbody connection.

Pilates workouts are not only core strengthening programs. It is a way to connect with your authentic self. In doing so, you will live the healthy and mindful life you may not even realize you were missing!

I’m using the Pilates method as a bodywork modality of movement therapy. My 7 Principles of Movement are what  lead you to your mindbody connection.

Body Energetics that connect Alignment, Attitude, Discipline, Perseverance, Skill, Technique, and Creativity are all intrinsic elements of my mindbody Pilates training and teaching.

Fitness Mind Body Spirit

Alignment

Alignment is established when the principles of movement, thought, energy, and action intersect.

Attitude

Fifty percent of our strength comes from knowing and believing that we are strong.

My clients learn to feel intimately connected to their bodies by developing the skills to achieve their desired outcome.

Attitude is the most critical element to their success.

Discipline

One foot in front of the other. Again, again, and again—until we have walked the distance. We then look up and realize, we have made the journey.

Skill

The ability that comes from the focused use of knowledge, aptitude, and practice.

Perseverance

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”

—Maryanne Radmacher

Technique

The ability to fully express the whole of the matter.

Creativity

All of these mindbody principles enable you to deeply communicate to the world who you are and how you want to walk though this life.

Your body is your temple while you’re on this earth—you have much to contribute! Why not feel beautiful, healthy, and strong!

Call me for a complimentary consultation or to schedule your next group event at 720.351.8574.

Building a better world one BODY at a time,

Deborah Iole

Bodywise Coach

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