Instructor in Focus: Nadine Kent

Nadine Kent

Nadine Kent

PAA Principal Member, Pilates and Movement, Marcoola QLD

Instructor Name: Nadine Kent

Studio you work at: Pilates and Movement

Location: Marcoola, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Instructor Training: Polestar

PAA Level: Principal

What originally motivated you to try Pilates and then go on to train as an instructor?

From 8-16 years old, I was monitored with a joint condition in my knee and then diagnosed with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome when I was 18. I had constant pain in my joints and was told to limit sport, but continued to dance, as I loved it. I knew I needed to find something to help strengthen my body, and one day whilst working for Channel 9, I saw a story go to air about Pilates, and knew it was for me. As it was 1994/5, there were very few studios in Queensland, so it still took me a few years to do my first class when I moved to Sydney in 2000.

What did you eat for breakfast?

Eggs plus a green juice

In one word, describe your first Pilates experience?

Promising

What’s the best thing about your job?

Helping people to understand the mechanics of their body, and seeing how that knowledge can mentally and physically strengthen.

Your ‘go to’ website for all things Pilates (other than PAA)?

Pilates Anytime

The best advice you’ve ever had?

To use my ears, not just eyes, when teaching a group of people. Even with your back turned, you can still listen to a client’s breathing and whether they are holding tension.

An indulgence you can’t do without? I’d be lying if I didn’t say Chocolate.

How long have you been a member of PAA and how did you hear about PAA?

Since October 2006. I was working at ‘Powernouse’ (Polestar Sydney headquarters), when Sally Anderson and other industry leaders founded the Alliance.

Do you have a motto?

Not really a motto, but I try to always practice honesty, compassion and open mindedness.

What is the most challenging aspect of your job?

The juggle of ‘business administrator’, ‘teacher’ and ‘me’.

How do you use the PAA?

For industry support and great learning opportunities.

Who is your Pilates idol or would love to meet, and why?

I love Madeline Black’s work. As a visual learner, her way of deconstructing the body to explain the finer details of movement resonates with me. Unfortunately I missed her last time she was in Australia.

What do you appreciate most about your body?

That it keeps going. 😉

The book you are currently reading?

Three-Dimensional Treatment for Scoliosis by Christa Lehnert-Schroth, and Healing Light of the Tao by Mantak Chia

Will you be our next Instructor in Focus?

We’d like to get to know you and how Pilates fits into your life. Each newsletter we’ll highlight a PAA member as our Instructor in Focus on our website and on social media channels.

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We look forward to getting to know more about our PAA community!

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Questions
1. What originally motivated you to try Pilates and then go on to train as an instructor?
2. What did you eat for breakfast?
3. In one word, describe your first Pilates experience?
4. What’s the best thing about your job?
5. Your ‘go to’ website for all things Pilates (other than PAA)?
6. The best advice you’ve ever had?
7. An indulgence you can’t live without?
8. How long have you been a member of PAA and how did you hear about PAA?
9. Do you have a motto?
10. What’s the most challenging aspect of your job?
11. How do you use PAA?
12. Who is your Pilates idol or would love to meet, and why?
13. What do you appreciate most about your body?
14. The book you’re currently reading?

When you’ve answered the questions and gathered the photos, email them to info@pilates.org.au