One to One
Who can benefit from a one to one session?
Who can benefit from a one to one session? Really everyone can, we get clients in who have chronic pain, recovering from an injury or operation through to sports people. Women who are pregnant and into the postnatal period often find they need a personalised approach to help them move effectively as their body goes through rapid changes. Our clients are any age, from young teenagers through to people in their eighties.
Everyone is motivated in different ways. Some people respond to being in a class – the social aspect of meeting the same people every week, exercising alongside people of the same ability as you. Others prefer a more personal approach, with the direct relationship with the instructor a key driver to turn up and make improvements. Some say that people who train in small groups are more likely to stick at exercise than those who are part of larger groups where they feel more anonymous. The smaller the group, the more accountable you feel. In a one-person group, you can’t hide at the back or get away with not turning up one week!
Many people, especially those new to exercise, can feel a bit shy in a class, thinking that everyone around them is an expert and they are a novice. Of course, the reality is that everyone else is only a few weeks ahead of the newbie and too busy trying to do it right themselves to judge anyone else! However, the perception can be a powerful one and our emotions often over-ride our good sense. So, a one to one environment can feel more supportive and build skills and confidence to the point where you would feel fine about going into a class. Equally, many people choose to stick with personal tuition.
Every one to one session is personalised to the client’s needs and wishes; regular classes, a programme to work on at home or a combination of both. Some people have sessions three times a week, others come once a month to fine tune their programme and make it more challenging as they are able. Every session is different and tailored to individual’s needs. In the private environment of a one-to-one session a client can also discuss more sensitive issues which they would not want to raise in a class setting.
A client of ours had struggled with neck and shoulder pain for years and been to various Physios, chiropractors and osteopaths before giving Pilates a go. We have given her a programme of one-to-one Pilates sessions twice weekly as well as a few key exercises to work on at home. In the one-to-one sessions, she has very close supervision of her positioning to ensure she gets the best out of the exercises. She has found that each session’s effects are lasting longer as she continues working with us, and we have been able to progress her to challenging exercises. Her posture has improved, pain reduced and movement in her neck and shoulder is now much better. She reports that Pilates has been much more beneficial than any previous treatment.
Another client who runs regularly and suffers from back pain from time to time came to see us to check his alignment in the exercises. We incorporated various pieces of equipment into the exercises and encouraged him to work in front of a mirror to help him to monitor his own alignment. He is now making great improvements knowing what to look and feel for, and his back pain has not recurred.
What about those with longstanding chronic conditions? Sometimes the level of a class can be too demanding and people find they need a level that is easier than beginner. In the one to one setting we can look very closely at the positions that are causing discomfort, and start to find positions of ease. These positions are then used to very gradually build up the challenge of the exercises within their abilities. It is a slow process and demands patience from the client while they make steady improvements, usually over months. We focus more on activity than pain as often people find they improve in everyday activities before pain starts to decrease. The strong foundation that Pilates builds means that the person can function better with everyday activities.
Another client was at such a high level he had no challenge from going to class and felt he could no longer gain from practice. Once he started with one to one sessions, he again begun to feel benefits and improvements in his body.
We can be versatile in our approach to a one to one session, so if you’ve got something in mind, why not give us a call and talk through your ideas?!
Is one to one right for you? If you want to personalise your yoga practice with the guidance and experience of a Yoga teacher then a private session could be very useful.
If you want to focus on your individual needs and explore the different areas of yoga practice such as postures, meditation, breathing exercises and chanting. Maybe you’d like to find some space to understand and heal deep emotional conflicts and address any issues to do with your physical, mental, or emotional health.
A one to one class is a private meeting between you and the teacher. There are no rules as to what will happen and in what order, that depends on your needs. Often, the class will start with a discussion, to allow the teacher to get to know you and to understand your aims, needs and abilities.
During a one to one class, the teacher designs a practice suitable for your abilities, so whether you are a complete beginner or you are a yoga student with years of practice this way of teaching will adapt itself to you.
You may like to record yourself in the session on your own device. This is useful for your own personal recall but we ask that you do not for broadcast on social media or share elsewhere.
Your practice will be designed to help you reach a goal. Here are just a few reasons why people practise yoga:
- To improve or maintain their physical, emotional or mental health.
- To recover from or learn to live with a health problem.
- To improve their self-confidence and their relationships with others.
- To gain greater concentration skills and increase vitality for work or study.
- To improve their performance in a particular sport: Yoga can be used as mental or physical preparation, a way to strengthen a particular part of the body, or relieve over-strained muscles.
- To calm anxious nerves before going on stage.
- To relieve insomnia
- To heal an emotional wound, or resolve emotional conflict.
- To stay healthy during pregnancy, and gain calm and confidence for the approaching delivery.
- To relieve the symptoms of the menopause.
- To increase or regain their everyday happiness and emotional stability
How often you see your teacher will depend on your own personal progress. Some people only ever take one class and don’t ever feel the need to change their practice. Others like to come back once every few weeks to adapt their practice to their changing needs and goal.