What is your favorite part of private sessions?
My favorite part of working with clients in a private setting is getting to know their specific needs and watching them blossom. Not everyone responds to the same cues and exercises the same way. In a private setting I’m able to try different ways of saying things and I can completely adapt an exercise to help a client connect. It’s also really fun to set goals with clients and watch them achieve those goals as we work together.
What is it that makes your teaching unique?
I am passionate about alignment and helping people connect to their deepest core structure. You must have this foundation in place before you can build more complex and challenging exercises and movements on top. I have hypermoble joints and have suffered with back pain over the years so I deeply appreciate the rewards and the opportunity to help others with similar issues.
What are your 4 best attributes?
Who do you find yourself working with most often?
My most successful client is open to learning a new way of feeling and working in their body. They are patient with themselves and aren’t looking for just another workout. They are looking to build a body that they’ll live comfortably in, and with the widest possible range of motion, for a long, long time. This is a journey, not a race.
Do you work with special conditions?
I have a particular passion and interest in working with people with scoliosis and hypermobility.
Pilates is known for improving posture and helping muscle imbalances formed as a result of scoliosis and/or hypermobility. What I enjoy is helping my clients, with scoliosis and/or hyper mobility, to improve their alignment as well as educating them about good posture and proper body mechanics. It is so satisfying knowing that I am helping people get stronger and reduce their pain.
What are your biggest challenges when conducting a private session and how do you overcome them?
My biggest challenge normally starts at the beginning of a relationship with a client.
Most people who come to the studio have never done the kind of work we do and have no idea what to expect. We make deep connections and work from the inside out. This feels very different from working the big muscle groups the way most people are used to.
You have to be willing to feel a little awkward, since these new ideas and movements can make you feel a bit unsure of yourself, both during and after a session. But this is a great sign! Feeling unsure and a little uncomfortable means you’re creating new neural pathways in your brain and new movement habits in your body. This means you’re actually feeling what it feels like to create a new version of your body.
Communicating all this, in the beginning, can certainly be a challenge, but it’s even more rewarding when we make the connection and then start making major progress.
I love showing people the benefits of working in their body in new and better ways. And the best part is that they don’t have to sweat like crazy and push through extreme pain to reach the goals they want to attain.
This process is a journey that’s worth taking!
What are your classes like?
My classes are very small and limited to 10 people. On average I have between 3- 8 people in a class. Depending on the time, and the day, there are some classes that tend to be smaller. My classes often have a particular theme where we think about our body and its movement pattern in a particular way. We layer on challenges as we progress. Importantly, my classes are relaxed and fun.
I am Joni and I am the founder of The Pilates Company. My Pilates journey started over 12 years ago while working as a commercial Lawyer in Sydney. Instantly I was in LOVE. I had been a dancer from a young age through to university, and I enjoyed movement and how it made me feel, but Pilates took it to a whole new level. I am hyper-mobile so it's always been important for me to be kind to my joints. Not only did Pilates help me create a stronger body, overcoming the negative effects of sitting at a desk for much of the day, it reconnected me to my body, helping to reduce the stress and anxiety caused by my demanding job.
What my training with Body Control Pilates did for me was appreciate how important alignment and helping people connect to their deepest core structure really is. You must have this foundation in place before you can build more complex and challenging exercises and movements on top.
For me working with people who have Scoliosis, hypermobility, back pain and foot and ankle alignment issues are something I feel passionately about. Many people can do Pilates for years not having a clue what they are truly doing. My aim is to help them “get it” and appreciate the huge rewards that come with this.
Level 3 Diploma Matwork Body Control Pilates teacher
Level 3 Diploma in Pre and Postnatal Pilates
Pilates for Hypermobility (currently studying for Specialist Teacher in hypermobility qualification)
Workshops and Courses:
Pilates for Scoliosis
Joseph Pilates was born in Dussledorf in the late 1800s. As a child he suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. He was determined to combat his ill heath by experimenting with various forms of exercise. Joseph created the method of exercise (then known as contrology) by taking what he believed to be the most effective features from yoga, gymnastics, skiing, self-defence, dance, circus training and weight training and combining them to form his own system that reflected a perfect balance of strength and flexibility. His drive and determination to overcome these ailments led him to become a competent gymnast, diver and skier.
Joseph based his work on three principles: breath, whole-body health and whole-body commitment; with the whole-body incompassing mind, body and spirit.
It is in the honouring of the Pilates Principles that the depth of the work is achieved. These Principles are traditionally cited as:
Centring (core connection)
Having benefited himself from his new form of exercise, he stared teaching these techniques to others. Today the technique is utilised in a wide variety of body conditioning applications.