As I got more and more confident in teaching Pilates, I was able to move away from the disciplined thought pattern of "Right and Wrong". Instead I was able to use my skills as a kinesthetic dancer and learner to sense what a client's body needs as they start to move. Basically I feel in my body what to do next with my Pilates client.
I recognized early on that this ability was similar to dancing in "unison" on stage. This is the ability to dance exactly at the same time as the dancers near you on stage. You start to develop imaginary large antennae to pick up what the group is doing, or what your dance partner is about to do before a big lift.
My original Pilates training gave me a good outline of what to do in a session. This worked well in the beginning years of teaching as I got to follow a given path of progression of exercises. However, as I grew in my previously mentioned confidence I have successfully layered in my dancing experiences which allowed me to break free of the static choices of exercises. I highly respect my original training, yet I absolutely love to layer in what has become natural to me. This newer layer is all about taping into my intuition.
Jennifer Pollack teaches Pilates in Fairfield, CT. She is dedicated to the science and art of the Pilates Method, which she has taught 17 years.