Pilates Teachers' Manual

Olivia Bioni

Pilates Teachers' Manual is your guide to becoming a great Pilates teacher! I discuss everything about being a Pilates teacher, from certification, class preparation, and scheduling, to working in studios, gyms, and in clients' homes, online and beyond! This podcast is for YOU if you are a current Pilates instructor, an aspiring Pilates instructor, or anyone who wants to learn more about the world of teaching Pilates!

Building A Therapeutic Alliance
Jul 22 2022
Building A Therapeutic Alliance
In my teaching experience, having a relationship with clients that's built on trust, mutual respect, and shared goals is key in better helping our clients. The research also supports this idea, including an awesome systematic review by Lin et al. that includes building a therapeutic alliance with clients as part of best practices for working with clients with any musculoskeletal pain or injury. Tune in! I want to hear from you! Share your thoughts and follow the podcast on Instagram and Facebook @pilatesteachersmanual. Full show notes, episode transcription, and chapter markers can be found on the podcast website here: Be sure to subscribe to the podcast for updates, and rate and review wherever you listen!  Episodes now available on YouTube: * pilatesteachersmanual@oliviabioni.com with your feedback.   Show Notes:Check out my Masterclass series: Foam Roller Fun On The Mat and join in live or check out the replays! Starts July 6th, 2022. Two articles are referenced in podcast are:  What does best practice care for musculoskeletal pain look like? Eleven consistent recommendations from high-quality clinical practice guidelines: systematic review by Lin et al.  My favorite research article, which is about back pain not knee pain: Enhanced Therapeutic Alliance Modulates Pain Intensity and Muscle Pain Sensitivity in Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain: An Experimental Controlled Study by Fuentes et al.  Support the podcast:    Visit to take advantage of some sweet savings!Episode Music:This episode uses NCS music in compliance with Tobu - Good Times [NCS Release]Music provided by NoCopyrightSounds.Watch: Download / Stream: Tobu & Itro - Sunburst [NCS Release]Music provided by NoCopyrightSounds.Watch: the show
Special Guest - Raphael Bender
Jan 27 2022
Special Guest - Raphael Bender
Today Raphael Bender of Breathe Education and Pilates Elephants podcast joins me on the show. He shares how he got into Pilates (kicking and screaming), some excellent teaching strategies (like not worrying about the footbar setting), and some serious myth-busting about pain and injury (they're not the same thing!). This conversation had so many lightbulb moments and I definitely learned a few cool new things talking with him. Tune in! I want to hear from you! Share your thoughts and follow the podcast on Instagram and Facebook @pilatesteachersmanual. Full show notes, episode transcription, and chapter markers can be found on the podcast website here: Be sure to subscribe to the podcast for updates, and rate and review wherever you listen!  Episodes now available on YouTube: * pilatesteachersmanual@oliviabioni.com with your feedback.   Show Notes:Raphael Bender is an exercise physiologist, Pilates instructor, and movement educator. He was first certified as a fitness trainer in 1998 and has been a full-time movement professional since then. He is the CEO of Breathe Education, which certifies Pilates instructors in our comprehensive program, and teaches movement professionals to implement the Whole Person Framework in the Diploma of Clinical Pilates. All the training is 100% online, with trainers all around the world (and soon to be me!). Learn more about Raph's book here: to Raph's podcast, Pilates Elephants, here: with him on Instagram: @the_raphaelbenderSupport the podcast:    Visit to take advantage of some sweet savings!Episode Music:This episode uses NCS music in compliance with Tobu - Good Times [NCS Release]Music provided by NoCopyrightSounds.Watch: Download / Stream: Tobu & Itro - Sunburst [NCS Release]Music provided by NoCopyrightSounds.Watch: the show (
Special Guest - Danica Kalemdaroglu
Oct 29 2021
Special Guest - Danica Kalemdaroglu
Danica Kalemdaroglu joins me on the podcast to discuss her journey to becoming a teacher, important differences between apprenticeship and other types of teacher training, her secret sauce to teaching, and practical advice to building a fulfilling Pilates teaching career. Tune in!I want to hear from you! Share your thoughts and follow the podcast on Instagram and Facebook @pilatesteachersmanual. Full show notes, episode transcription, and chapter markers can be found on the podcast website here: Be sure to subscribe to the podcast for updates, and rate and review wherever you listen!  Episodes now available on YouTube: * pilatesteachersmanual@oliviabioni.com with your feedback.   Show Notes:Danica is the owner and teacher trainer at Pilates 804 in Virginia, USA. She has taught Pilates for over 15 years and dance for over 25 years. She has a deep passion for movement and how the body works (and doesn't work), and has made it her mission to apply anatomy and kinesiology fundamentals in her Pilates classes. She offers in studio and online classes, workshops, and continuing education for Pilates teachers.You can find Danica on Instagram at @pilates804 and online at the podcast:    Visit to take advantage of some sweet savings!Episode Music:This episode uses NCS music in compliance with Tobu - Good Times [NCS Release]Music provided by NoCopyrightSounds.Watch: Download / Stream: Tobu & Itro - Sunburst [NCS Release]Music provided by NoCopyrightSounds.Watch: the show (
Special Guest - Bre Dumke Helfrich
Oct 1 2021
Special Guest - Bre Dumke Helfrich
Bre Dumke Helfrich joins me on the podcast to discuss the impact of Pilates in her life recovering from a severe mountaineering accident, how she found her voice and place in the Pilates world, and what's most important when it comes to teaching movement. Tune in! I want to hear from you! Share your thoughts and follow the podcast on Instagram and Facebook @pilatesteachersmanual. Full show notes, episode transcription, and chapter markers can be found on the podcast website here: Be sure to subscribe to the podcast for updates, and rate and review wherever you listen!  Episodes now available on YouTube: * pilatesteachersmanual@oliviabioni.com with your feedback.   Show Notes:Bre is the owner of Movement Design Lab in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Having survived a mountaineering accident in 2010, it was Pilates that took her rehabilitation beyond her expectations. Upon graduation with her M.S. in Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, she moved to Denver to further study Pilates. Bre completed her comprehensive Pilates training through Balanced Body in 2011 and has since taught Pilates at several studios in Colorado, South Dakota and now Utah. Forever a movement nerd, Bre decided to take her teaching knowledge further in 2013 and began her training in the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®. She is now a Certified Level 1 & 2 GYROTONIC® Instructor and is also trained to teach on all accessory equipment; the Archway, GYROTONER®, Jumping-Stretching Board, and Leg Extension Unit. Additionally, she is currently a GYROKINESIS® apprentice teacher. She is also back in school completing her PhD at the University of Utah in Health & Kinesiology with an emphasis on Cognitive & Motor Neuroscience. Forever grateful to those who have helped her along her teaching and healing journey, her teaching is infused with a deep sense of patience, curiosity, and joy.You can find Bre on Instagram at @movement.design.lab and online at the podcast:    Visit to take advantage of some sweet savings!Episode Music:This episode uses NCS music in compliance with Tobu - Good Times [NCS Release]Music provided by NoCopyrightSounds.Watch: Download / Stream: Tobu & Itro - Sunburst [NCS Release]Music provided by NoCopyrightSounds.Watch: the show (