I run out of things to say when I'm teaching
Can I Ask You A Question?
"I'm in a teacher training program (not yours) and am practicing on my home reformer. I came across your website and like your vibe so I thought I'd submit a question. I'm getting more comfortable teaching and am introducing some Intermediate exercises to people who have been coming for a few months. But I find I run out of things to say or cue. I say things like "switch switch switch", or just count because I've run out of other cues. Do you have any suggestions?" ~ Sincerely, At a Loss for Words
Dear At A Loss for Words
Becoming a Teacher is a challenging endeavor and I applaud you taking the steps to pursue this career path and committing to getting better for both you and your clients.
With the absence of a studio where you can observe and get inspiration, I can see why you are finding this to be a challenge. Dead air represents the opportunity to take a movement from good to great. It's the space where the magic happens.
I have an organization to how I cue a movement that has worked for me and seems to work for my student teachers. Feel free to try it out for your sessions and let me know how it goes.
- Set up the movement or its prep (where do the arms, legs, straps, etc. go)
- Cue the exhale and begin the movement (Exhale and press. Exhale and lengthen. Exhale and lift)
- Repeat step 2 one more time - say it again with a modulation to your voice. Setting your rhythm
- Make the movement better with one body cue "Draw your shoulders down"
- Repeat step 2 "Exhale and lengthen"
- Repeat step 3 "Deepen through your abdominals"
- Repeat step 2 "Exhale and press"
- Repeat step 3 "Hug the inner thighs"
- Add a count: "And 4, 3, 2, and 1"
- Set up the next movement or the full movement and repeat the steps above