Hello Body Somatic Pilates Reformer Teacher Training 2024

Welcome to our Somatic Pilates Reformer Teacher Training, where we fuse the principles of somatic movement with traditional Pilates techniques, all underpinned by the insights of Applied Polyvagal Theory. Our programme is designed for aspiring instructors seeking to deeply understand the mind-body connection and lead transformative reformer Pilates classes.


A Comprehensive Training with Certification Opportunities

This is not a course where you will learn to simply memorise knowledge and tactics and apply them onto your clients. In this course, you will learn to open up your awareness to some of the what's and why's on how people choose to do things in certain ways. You will hone your ability to assess, adapt, and problem-solve as you begin your journey as a Movement and Pilates teacher.

  • 48 hours of in-person training
  • 52 hours of practicum, self-paced observation, self-practice, teaching practice, and examination.
  • Equips you to be prepared for a national certification title
  • Graduates of this course may also be offered the career opportunity to be Hello Body's in-house teacher
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I feel well supported and confident by the quality instruction and extensive knowledge of Charis.

F. Cheong
Student from Hello Body Pilates Teacher Training 2023 Intake

Timeline and Programme Breakdown

In-person Training (Jul - Oct 2024)

  • 1A: Foundations of Embodied Anatomy (6 hours)
    27 Jul 2024 (Sat)
    1pm to 7pm
  • 1B: Applied Polyvagal Theory in Somatic Pilates (6 hours)
    28 Jul 2024 (Sun)
    1pm to 7pm
  • 2A: Reformer Pilates Fundamentals (6 hours)
    24 Aug 2024 (Sat)
    1pm to 7pm
  • 2B: Somatic Movement Integration (6 hours)
    25 Aug 2024 (Sun)
    1pm to 7pm
  • 3A: Progressive Reformer Sequencing (6 hours)
    28 Sep 2024 (Sat)
    1pm to 7pm
  • 3B: Teaching Methodology and Cueing (6 hours)
    29 Sep 2024 (Sun)
    1pm to 7pm
  • 4A: Prehab/Rehab and Case Studies (6 hours)
    26 Oct 2024 (Sat)
    1pm to 7pm
  • 4B: Business and Ethics of Teaching (6 hours)
    27 Oct 2024 (Sun)
    1pm to 7pm

Practicum and Examination period (Sep 2024 - Jan 2025)

  • Practicums (15 hours)

    Practicum Sessions
    6 Sep 2024 (Fri) - 7pm to 10pm
    20 Sep 2024 (Fri) - 7pm to 10pm
    4 Oct 2024 (Fri) - 7pm to 10pm
    18 Oct 2024 (Fri) - 7pm to 10pm
    1 Nov 2024 (Sat) - 7pm to 10pm
  • Self-paced Observation, Self-practice and Teaching Practice (33 hours)
  • Practical In-person Examination (4 hours)

You are encouraged to take the examination within 5 months after the completion of your last module.

In-person Training Modules

1A: Foundations of Embodied Anatomy

  • Experiential learning of functional anatomy (learn to embody the behaviours of your Joints and Fascia through movement and imageries).
  • Explore the mind-body connection within movement practices.
  • ⁠Delve into relevant anatomy and biomechanics to enhance understanding.

1B: Applied Polyvagal Theory in Somatic Pilates

  • Understand how Polyvagal Theory informs movement practices and fosters resilience.
  • Apply Polyvagal-informed cues and practices to create a safe and nurturing environment.
  • Integrate Polyvagal Theory concepts into teaching methods for enhanced client connection and well-being.

2A: Reformer Pilates Fundamentals

  • Master the essentials of the reformer machine through hands-on experience.
  • Learn fundamental reformer exercises and variations.
  • Adapt alignment cues and modifications for diverse bodies and abilities.

2B: Somatic Movement Integration

  • ⁠Integrate somatic principles into Pilates reformer sessions for a holistic approach.
  • Explore breathwork and mindfulness techniques for enhanced body awareness.
  • Foster experiential learning through mindful movement practices.

3A: Progressive Reformer Sequencing

  • Design dynamic reformer Pilates classes with a focus on progression.
  • ⁠Develop class formats to engage clients of all levels.
  • Utilise embodied learning techniques for effective sequencing.

3B: Teaching Methodology and Cueing

  • Refine communication skills for guiding clients through movement experiences.
  • Practice hands-on adjustments and tactile cueing techniques in a safe and respectful way
  • Cultivate a teaching style that fosters confidence and connection.

4A: Prehab/Rehab and Case studies

  • Apply principles to adapt exercises for diverse needs and limitations.
  • Learn to explain pain in simple terms in the movement teaching context.
  • Recognise and address common injuries with a focus on client education and safe practices.
  • Foster a safe and inclusive teaching environment through effective teaching practices.

4B: Business and Ethics of Teaching

  • Explore strategies for building a successful Pilates teaching career.
  • Develop marketing strategies that resonate with clients seeking movement experiences.
  • Integrate Polyvagal Theory concepts into teaching methods for enhanced client connection and well-being.

Practicum and Assessment

  • Engage in hands-on teaching practicum and peer feedback.
  • ⁠Demonstrate understanding and proficiency through written and practical assessments.
  • Graduate with certification as a Somatic Pilates Reformer Teacher, embodying the principles of somatic movement, Applied Polyvagal Theory, and mindful teaching practices.

I like that I am able to learn more about myself, so I can make improvements and adjustments to my lifestyle, and also my teaching methods as a dance instructor.

M. Lim
Student from Hello Body Pilates Teacher Training 2023 Intake

Add-ons or Extension of the Programme

Additional Private Sessions

In these in-person training module sessions, while we endeavour to cover as much as possible within the 100+ hour programme scope, we understand that some students may require additional private sessions beyond the 100+ hour time frame to better prepare for the examination. Please note that these additional private sessions beyond the 100+ hour scope will be chargeable separately.

Retaking Modules

Students or graduates of the programme who decide to retake any of the modules will be offered a 40% discount for those modules when they retake them.

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About the trainer

Charis Koh

Charis Koh is a passionate advocate for the transformative power of movement. Over the past 12 years, she has dedicated herself to sharing the love of movement through teaching groups and coaching individuals on a personal level. With a client-centric approach, she not only trains people but also empowers them with the tools and knowledge to take control of their own physical health and fitness goals.

One of Charis's core beliefs is that movement is for everyone, regardless of age or starting point. She firmly believes in the inclusivity of movement, and she enjoys working with absolute beginners who are embarking on their own movement journey. Whether it's coaching for better performance in activities like climbing, dancing, or playing tennis/golf, or providing post-injury rehabilitation and managing long-term physical health conditions such as Scoliosis and Osteopenia, Charis is dedicated to helping individuals move with greater ease, fluidity, and confidence.

Charis emphasises that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to movement and healing. Having experienced similar results through various methods, she believes that it is a matter of choice and precise timing. She is committed to journeying with individuals on their healing path, discovering more about themselves in the process.

Charis's approach to her work reflects her deep curiosity, open-mindedness, and grounding. She values authenticity and recognises the interconnectedness between disciplines and modalities. By exploring this relationship, she discovers practical and simple solutions to seemingly complex issues, acting as a bridge between science and art.

The collective wisdom of Charis's experiences is woven into everything she practices and offers to her clients through her platform, Hello Body. As she enters a new phase of her work, she aspires to guide and mentor aspiring Movement and Pilates teachers, sharing her 12 years of experience, acting as a guide, sounding board, and cheerleader. Together with them, she aims to uncover their unique wisdom and gifts, enabling them to make a positive impact in the world through this transformative work.

Tools and methods under her belt include but are not limited to:
  • Polestar Pilates Studio Comprehensive Certified
  • Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science
  • CoreAlign L1&2
  • Animal Flow L1 Certified
  • FRC Mobility Specialist
  • FRA Certified
  • Stick Mobility L1 Certified
  • Kinstretch Certified
  • Explain Pain Clinician Course
  • Scolio-Pilates L1
  • FM (Franklin Method) Educator
  • Anatomy Trains In Motion Training
  • Currently studying (BSc Psychology)

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