How do you keep motivated, driven, inspired, and energized after working in the same modality for so many years? Do you find it gets old or boring, are you exhausted at the end of your day? Is it frustrating when your clients don’t take your advice and seem like they aren’t moving forward? Do you ever question your authority on the matter? Is it difficult to be compassionate to your clients without internalizing their physical, mental, or emotional issues?
Working in the health and wellness industry can be physically and emotionally demanding. Sustaining a career in your specific field requires great commitment and, no matter your modality, burnout can be common. As a Pilates instructor in Summit County since 2004, with more than 17,000 hours of teaching experience, I’ve realized some very helpful tools to keep inspired, energized, and healthy to sustain a career for the long haul.
Become an expert in your practice
Once you’ve been professionally trained in your field, deepen your expertise by constantly expanding your knowledge. Absolutely acquire plenty of continuing education, furthermore learn from the perspective of the client to fully embody your practice. For me, I try to practice Pilates three to five times a week, working on concepts and intentions that I ask for from my clients. Additionally, use other authorities in your field. On vacation, I always go to a Pilates class to experience what other teachers have to offer. Learning from the standpoint of the student will develop a true finesse in your field. No doubt, having a mentor in your modality can be very thought provoking and inspiring. Do all you can to become an expert, the more knowledge and tools you have the more interested you and your clients will be in your modality.
Meditate to be present
Your version of meditation can be absolutely anything that suits you. The more you meditate outside of work, the more grounded and present you will be while working with your clients. The response you get from your clients when you are wholeheartedly committed to your practice will be immense. They will trust you and work fully with you to achieve amazing results. Deep presence also helps to stave off exhaustion. The less you take from, and bring with you, to each client the more you can focus on exactly what you are here to do, which in turn leaves more energy for you at the end of the day.
Allow your modality to teach you
Acknowledge that you will never stop learning. You’ve been drawn to your practice because you’ve received something powerful from it. Be open to the vastness of what you do, there should never be a day that you don’t learn something new. Let that interest and amazement feed you daily.
Wash your hands
Simple, yet effective, wash your hands to reset between clients. This is, of course, a healthy habit to reduce the spread of germs, but it also works as a barrier between you and your client’s mental and emotional health
Make it your own
Once you’ve been on your journey to become an expert for a while, it’s time to start doing your work from the heart. Start exploring other modalities and arts. I love all types of movement, energy work, and meditation. Since expanding my knowledge, I now have a voice and comprehension that is unique to me. I can draw from myriad of experiences and lessons that help me relate to all sorts of clients while keeping me totally excited about teaching Pilates.
Take a moment for yourself
Each day before work, I take a walk. The fresh air, the gentle movement, and the time without talking lend me the strength and energy it will take to get through my day. Find out what that is for you so you can provide a stable space for your clients, because, who knows, you might be giving them that same moment for themselves.
I feel forever grateful to love what I do and do what I love. I’ve used these tools to keep me inspired and driven and fully committed to Pilates. I hope this will help motivate you and shine through to your clients to help you make a long career out of what you love.
Bridget Crowe is the owner of Body Essentials Pilates in Dillon. She has over 2,000 hours of training from the Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado and works extensively with her mentor Kim Haroche. Bridget has completed her Master training and is a host advisor for the Pilates Center. In 2014, Bridget was trained as a Ballet Barre instructor and in 2016 became certified to teach Aerial yoga. Pilates, Ballet Barre, and Aerial yoga have helped shape Bridget’s unique and comprehensive teaching style.