As Pilates instructors, we are constantly faced with the challenge of reaching our clients’ bodies through their minds. Sound esoteric? It is. As instructors, we have specific knowledge about bodies and bones and muscles and force couples and joint mobility and axial elongation and…do I need to go on? Our clients don’t have this same knowledge (that’s why they pay us). Because of this gap in knowledge, instructors need to get creative about how they communicate with clients.
Would your clients understand what you were after if you ask them to put their acromioclavicular joint in optimal alignment in order to allow proper overhead arm movement. Ah, no. (Well, at least not the vast majority of them.)
In order to be better teachers, we need to be able to speak a language that our clients can relate to. What happens if you ask the client to SMILE across the collarbones? – Their acromioclavicular joint settles into alignment. That’s what!
Asking the client to call on the image of a “smile” to initiate getting into the proper alignment grounds the instruction in a visual cue that is familiar, common and relatable. This is our goal with cueing.
Cueing Theory has set out to make speaking that language easier for you, and us. Our day job here at Cueing Theory is the same as yours. Pilates instruction. This site was born out of our need for better and more creative ways to reach our clients.
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As with anything, we are only as strong as the bricks that lay beneath us. Here is an ever-expanding list of the people, methodologies, books, podcasts, courses, etc. that only begin to scratch at the foundation upon which Cueing Theory is built.
- Joseph Pilates (that’s a gimme)
- Polestar Pilates (Polestar Pilates Asia)
- Benjamin Degenhardt and 360 Pilates
- Liberated Body Podcast
- The Thinking Body by Mabel Elsworth Todd