Incline Health, Leichhardt NSW
Instructor Name: Elysha Manik
Studio(s) you work at: Incline Health
Instructor training: PITC
PAA Level: Professional Level 2
What originally motivated you to try Pilates and then go on to train as an instructor?
I first started Pilates as a teenager. My ballet teacher suggested I start as a way to help improve my strength. I was naturally drawn to undertaking instructor training. It felt like a great partnership alongside my professional dance career. I wanted to know more about how to keep my body strong and injury free so I could get through the rigours of an 8 show week.
What did you eat for breakfast?
A soy Chai Latte (the real kind made from leaves) and a hot cross bun.
In one word, describe your first Pilates experience?
What’s the best thing about your job?
I love helping clients achieve their goals. I enjoy the puzzle of it all. Working out where the client is at that day and how I can best assist them to walk out the room feeling better than when they came in. I particularly like working with clients with chronic injuries. If they come in saying they have gone a week without pain…that’s the best.
Your ‘go to’ website for all things Pilates (other than PAA)?
Pilates Anytime of course.
What’s your favourite Pilates podcast? Why do you recommend it?
I can’t say i have delved into the work of Pilates pod casts. I’ll put that on my To Do list.
The best advice you’ve ever had?
This came from my agent when I was working on a show but I think it applies to how we can approach Pilates.
“Take it one step at a time. Don’t get overwhelmed by the end game and if things go wrong, acknowledge then let that go”.
An indulgence you can’t live without?
Soy Chai Lattes
How long have you been a member of PAA and how did you hear about PAA?
On and off I have been a member of the PAA since 2014. I heard about the PAA when I was studying to become an instructor.
Do you have a motto?
Leave your ego at the door.
What’s the most challenging aspect of your job?
Remembering to take the time to get on the mat myself.
How do you use PAA?
I use it to stay up to date with what workshops are coming. Keep up to date with relevant information. I’m currently doing my TAE and I have found a lot of the articles and information on education really useful.
Who is your Pilates idol or would love to meet, and why?
I would love to meet Karen Clippinger. Dancer.
What do you appreciate most about your body?
I appreciate that it has let me have a really great career in the performing arts industry.
The book you’re currently reading?
Harry potter series. I’m a millenial. It’s a go to at stressful times.
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