“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”
― J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan
What are doubts but opportunities to face fear?
Air Control Pilates Founder, Debbie Robbins has been a teacher of the Pilates Method for nearly 20 years and a student of the Pilates Method even longer. Debbie is also an aerialist with decades of performances behind (and in front of her) including In Her Shadows a dance-mindscape piece, featuring aerial and physical theatre and supported by stunning visual projections and haunting music.
When Debbie first started offering Air Control Pilates Teacher Training three years ago she had more than a few moments of self-reflection. She says that one of her lingering thoughts about aerial Pilates was “Is this a thing or not a thing?”
The thing is….
Aerial Pilates as interpreted by Air Control Pilates involves practising Pilates exercises in the air by suspending the body, or parts of the body in an aerial hammock. The aerial hammock is suspended close to the ground at the height of the hips to the knees.
Air Control Pilates Teacher trainees (and new students) start by practising the Pilates Mat exercises on the floor with the assistance of the Air Control Pilates hammock, then gradually advance to exercises that require full body suspension.
Aerial fitness is a fun and challenging workout, but it has the potential for injury if it is not taught with an eye on alignment, spine stability and control. The Pilates Method is renowned for teaching students to create stability in the body before mobilising the body.
The Air Control Pilates training program offers qualified Pilates teachers the opportunity to experience and then teach the fluid artistry of aerial arts combined with the precision, safety and specificity of the Pilates Method.
Who can enrol on the Air Control Pilates teacher training course?
- Qualified Pilates teachers or physiotherapists with Pilates training who have some personal experience of using an aerial hammock.
Air Control Pilates use a soft hammock that supports 1,000 lbs to suspend your body in a way that supports your body weight against gravity to lengthen, strengthen, contract and extend muscles. This will improve your posture, add gentle traction effects, allow you to explore safe optional inversions and align joints.
Benefits of Air Control Pilates
Other than novelty, what does Air Control Pilates offer?
Students who practice aerial anti-gravity work will find a release from tension in their spine, and this is especially true for those who suffer from back problems or sit at a desk all day. Air Control Pilates develops core and upper body strength which makes everyday activities much easier. More importantly, you will experience an incredible sense of physical and psychological freedom practising aerial Pilates in the Air Control Pilates way.
For instance, many Pilates teachers and students are not always psychologically ready for inversions, but the hammock helps students feel more stable, supported and secure.
The hammock helps teacher trainees and their clients become more aware of the orientation of their bodies in space. With a solid emphasis on anatomy, anyone who comes to an Air Control Pilates Teacher Training will experience greater opening of certain areas in the body while strengthening and toning their body.
Why you should register for Air Control Pilates teacher training:
- Discover a new and exciting way to practice the movements that you have learned in the Pilates Method
- Reach places in your body where your Pilates regular practice cannot (yet) take you
- Enjoy the excitement and challenge that a new form of movement modality can offer you (and your clients)
- Leave the training walking taller and feeling even more supple in your spine and more confident in your life
- Be empowered to include aerial fitness training methods in your Pilates or fitness studio.
When are the next Air Control Pilates teacher training courses?
April 11, 12. 13 and 14 April 2019
August 8, 9, 10 and 11 August 2019