Observation (Balanced Body Pilates only)
Observation hours include watching experienced instructors teach group classes or private sessions (instructor & client permission required). You may observe either an online or in-studio class. Observation is a great way to understand verbal and manual cueing, program sequencing and to hone your teaching skills.
Mentees may be allowed to count classes or Pilates personal training sessions they have already taken to their required self-practice requirements after a course. Committing to a personal Pilates practice is an essential part of becoming an effective and inspiring instructor. Mentees can work on their own skills with self-practice during off-peak hours at our studios or as per studio availability (booking required).
We highly recommend taking a private session once a month with a Master Instructor to ensure that you are on the right track towards attaining your certification.
Mentees can practice teaching skills with friends, family members, classmates or others whom they bring to the studio. To encourage mentees to practice with different bodies, we recommend mentees to work with the same body for a maximum of 3 lessons only. However, mentees may request to continue with one client especially if it helps teach more advanced exercises or see progress over time.
*Practice Bodies are required to complete The Moving Body’s Registration Form prior to starting their first session. Mentees and bodies are expected to abide by The Moving Body’s Studio Policies & Procedures.
Regular Group Classes
Mentees are also encouraged to attend The Moving Body’s scheduled group classes.
Mentoring Group Classes, Privates, Semi-Privates
Besides Private Sessions with a Master Instructor, mentees also have the option of forming their own semi-private or group classes. These custom classes are conducted by a Master Instructor, either as a class led by the Master Instructor to hone the mentees’ execution of exercises, or for the Master Instructor to supervise Mentees practicing their teaching skills on one another. You can be flexible and discuss with your partner(s) what you would like to be covered in each session.
Mock/Final Test-out (Balanced Body Pilates only)
Mentees are highly encouraged to do a 90 min Mock Test-out that consists of a 1 hour practical exam scenario and a 30 min feedback session with the examiner to determine if they are fully ready to register for an actual Test-out. Once a mentee has completed all their required hours and are ready for Test-out, they are required to apply directly to Balanced Body for approval after which they can set an exam date with The Movement Academy. The actual Test-out consists of a 60 min written paper done one day before or after the practical teaching exam, as well as a 60 min practical teaching exam and 15 min feedback session.
All mentees are required to find at least two bodies when taking a mat or reformer exam. All other exams only require 1 body. Should they require help looking for a body, The Movement Academy cannot guarantee but will try to look for one.