Oh sorry that's music!!!...
Movement does it too and writing this after Pilates on Tour in Korea, I have once again been reminded of the power of movement and coming together with people who share the same passion for teaching it..
Pilates on Tour is a Movement Conference hosted by Balanced Body - the 'Pilates' body under whom I educate. I put Pilates in inverted commas, simply because they are more than Pilates. With CoreAlign, Bodhi, MOTR, Orbits, Oovs as well as the classic Pilates equipment, Balanced Body are awesome at looking at the body and movement as a whole whilst not losing sight of great principles.
I wasn't sure I wanted to go at first and was a bit grumpy about it - I was going through one of those phases in which I wasn't enjoying a few things in life and found it hard to get excited by going away and as is my default - I found the negative in many things, including this trip. I know why I went into the negative and I've got it sorted after some open conversations with others and myself. The power of openness and coaching….
Back to the tour.
My main purpose of going was to do the update on the CoreAlign as the format has changed - and wow what a great change. Totally awesome and for those who haven’t tried it - do! In the process I spent 2 full days with Nora St John, the big mama of Balanced Body, shared the experience of learning with my boss and had very open chats with her, shared a room with colleague and more importantly friend, been taught by 2 other amazing professionals in the industry, met up with my old boss from Hong Kong, met new people and learnt new stuff. WOW. I also realised I immediately doubt myself as a trainer (and often person) and go into the negatives about myself and situations; as opposed to be excited and accepting where I am, in the knowledge I am doing the best I can and am seeing new perspectives about things...... That little voice that says 'not good enough' got a but louder the last few weeks.
Back to the purpose of the blog - movement and more importantly movement with a good set of eyes on you that really see how and where you're moving from and give you the direction and space to learn a more optimal - efficient - maybe pain free way to move.
A voice as well as a good sets of eyes that empowers you with feedback, changes that you can take into the world and homework that improves your quality of life - that's powerful.
To put it in the simplest terms - it is PRICELESS.
Having a trainer who cares about who you are, how you move, is dedicated to you for the hour, listens to your words and your body and that you leave feeling heaps better than when you started- it's hard to put a value on it.
Being around those who have been in the movement industry for years, and branched out into education and presenting - I ‘d like to share that it's not a mega bucks industry and it is not why we do it.
We do it because we have a whole lot of heart and care and passion in what we do and we care, we care that we all do the best we can for the person in front of us whether they are a rehab client, a 'healthy' body, a mum to be or new mum, or a trainer in training. It is not the “easiest” profession at times, but the eureka moment with clients far outweighs anything else.
I have had the privilege over the years and in these last few days, to meet again and spend time with some of the most caring professionals in the movement industry and I am so grateful that I came and had this opportunity.
To all those who have a personal trainer, can I ask you to check in on their passion level for what they do and I truly hope they are. To trainers in any modality, check in with yourself why you decided to embark on the journey of teaching movement.......
After 13 years and ups and downs, I'm still doing it - and my love for it is rekindled when I attend these conferences. Yes I want to do more too and I will - with coaching and workshops and mentoring and Asiaworks and these blogs and however else I can to keep learning about myself and others.