Trauma-Informed Pilates Approach
A course for Pilates teachers who want to offer their students an elevated, Trauma-Informed experience
What is Trauma-Informed Pilates?
People experience all kinds of trauma in life that affect how we interact with and respond to others.
When a Pilates teacher learns about how trauma affects people, and then applies what they learn to how they teach, that is Trauma-Informed Pilates.
It does not mean changing the entire way you teach or falling into guilt and shame that you’ve been doing everything wrong.
A Trauma-Informed approach often means doing small, simple things to give the student power:
- Asking before hugging or touching a student
- Giving students space when correcting form or offering feedback
- Not expecting or demanding “progress” from students
Trauma-Informed Pilates means a better, more uplifting experience for students and teachers.
Does trauma-informed mean we’re treating trauma?
You understand that trauma exists, but don’t alter your teaching practice
You understand the effects of trauma and change your teaching + interactions
You specifically treat or address trauma
Therapists, counselors, etc.
Being Trauma-Informed means we change how we interact, speak, and work with our clients. It’s not our job to address potential trauma, treat it, or ignore it. We simply accept that trauma exists for many people and do what we can to make our actions and words less harmful and more supportive for anyone who may be affected by trauma.
“After completing the Trauma-Informed Pilates Approach course, I have more awareness of the surroundings and ambiance of my room/studio from a Trauma-Informed Approach. The language I use empowers my clients, and has changed the flow and energy of my classes. I have more women come to me asking if they can bring their significant other or their children to class because they feel safe and think their loved ones would benefit from my approach.”
– CYNTHIA H
This Trauma-Informed Pilates Approach Course Includes:
✓ 6 self-paced core modules
✓ Lifetime access – instant access to updates and added content
✓ Live trainings and Q&A – recordings available if you can’t attend live
✓ Bonus modules and continuing education
✓ Certificate of Completion when you finish the course and quiz
You get all of this when you join the course
Inside the Trauma-Informed Pilates Approach, We’re Learning
To develop a broad scope and understanding of trauma – never diagnosing.
How to hold space for students instead of being triggered by what we perceive as rude behavior.
A framework for understanding trauma that can be applied to teaching in endless ways.
Best practices for helping our clients decide instead of deciding for them ourselves.
Trauma is the loss of power and control.
Pilates is a system that’s built on core connection, power and control, and mind-body connection. What better place to help someone affected by trauma regain their power and control?
Pilates isn’t a rigid system of exercises that are only done one way. Our teaching is flexible, adaptable, and should flow.
A Trauma-Informed approach to Pilates is exactly the same. It’s not a “check-the-box” education, but instead, a broad framework that we’re always trying to apply to our practice.
The good news? It’s not something you have to “get right.” It’s more about having a deeper understanding of how trauma affects those around us and always applying what you’re learning to how you teach, interact, and communicate with your students.
Teachers Who Have Completed The Course Are Saying…
“This course has given me more insight into understanding my clients. It made me think more about the use of tactile queuing, and I will be altering my enrollment forms, making changes to my website, and even looking at my colour choice in my home studio.”
“After completing the Trauma-Informed Pilates Approach, I feel more confident than ever. Some of the words I’ve used will be reframed or updated. Before TIPA, there was no program to explain to me how to make classes more inclusive and accessible to those who deal with trauma.”
Meet Your Trauma-Informed Pilates Teacher
Hi, I’m Beth, founder and certified BASI Pilates teacher at Trifecta Pilates.
I had been a Pilates teacher for 7 years, but never felt like I had quite enough education or training to really impact my students in the way I wanted to.
Through professional connections with college organizations, I realized what was missing from my Pilates education: a Trauma-Informed approach.
Students dealing with all different types of trauma were getting help from on-campus organizations, but then they were going out into the world without the support they needed outside a clinical setting. And I knew many of these students would end up in a Pilates class just like mine.
So I started researching. I found a lot of resources for Trauma-Informed yoga, but that wasn’t enough. I wanted a Pilates-specific training. It just didn’t exist.
I used all the education and knowledge I had from creating Trauma-Informed frameworks for other organizations outside of Pilates, and started applying it to our practice. And the Trauma-Informed Pilates Approach course was created!
My background in health education, Pilates, and trauma are all rolled up into this engaging, effective training for Pilates teachers. I’m so honored to spread this work through the Pilates world, giving you and your students a more elevated experience.