Kensho Boutique Pilates, Bulimba QLD
Emerging Instructor in Focus
Instructor Name: Elaine Simpson
Studio(s) you work at: Kensho Boutique Pilates
Location: Bulimba, Queensland
Instructor training: PITC Diploma Of Professional Pilates Instruction
PAA Level: Professional Level 1 Membership
What originally motivated you to try Pilates and then go on to train as an instructor?
I have always loved to move my body, however, I didn’t try Pilates until I emigrated to Australia from Scotland 9 years ago. As soon as I realised I didn’t have to lift heavy weights or bash my body to feel strong I was hooked.
What did you eat for breakfast?
A blueberry and banana smoothie.
Describe your first Pilates teaching/ apprentice teaching experience?
I taught 2 people on my balcony in Hanoi, Vietnam. It was nerve wracking, very sweaty but absolutely fabulous!
What impact has the recent COVID-19 virus had on your world?
Not seeing my family in Scotland since May 2018 has been the most challenging. The roller coaster on mental health for myself and everyone in the world is going to be so far-reaching and impossible to comprehend.
How have you handled your Pilates training with COVID-19?
It was disruptive, everyone rallied though which was great.
What was the most unexpected part of your training?
Being nervous with peoples bodies.
Your ‘go to’ website for all things Pilates (other than PAA)?
I began my teaching journey in Hanoi, Vietnam and there were no face to face workshops or learning to be had, and at that time not an abundance of online either. Pilates Anytime was a godsend for me. I love the history, the stories that teachers tell learning from the Pilates elders and standing on shoulders of great Pilates role models.
The best advice you’ve ever had?
Just start teaching, the confidence will come.
An indulgence you can’t live without?
How long have you been a member of PAA and how did you hear about PAA?
I’ve been a member for nearly two years. I found the PAA over 4 years ago when I began researching Pilates training.
Do you have a motto?
In Pilates, less is more.
What’s the most challenging part about learning to teach?
The most challenging part about learning to teach is the amount to learn and prioritising what to do first. It can become overwhelming but getting a good mentor to talk it through and help prioritise was key for me to get through it.
How do you use PAA?
A database for information, training and hopefully, when we can all get back together again, community.
Who is your Pilates idol or would love to meet, and why?
Mari Winsor she sounded like such a fun lady.
What do you appreciate most about your body?
I appreciate being pain free. I have clients who have chronic pain and I am grateful every day for the ability to move freely and without pain.
The book you’re currently reading?
Humble Leaders – Women’s Network Australia
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