This article will give you a basic understanding of PilatesEVO and NLP Representational Systems.

There are many aspects of NLP that we teach during the three levels of PilatesEVO educations both online and in our educations around the world. For this article we want to give you an overview on Representational Systems. This is just one part of NLP, but it is very important as when we can understand how we and other people learn, it can have a dramatic effect on how we teach. This is a really simple principle but it is incredibly powerful for you as a teacher, and for dealing with your clients.

We have all experienced meeting someone who we either “clicked” with straight away, or who we just did not feel comfortable with. This can happen at work, in a bar, and crucially during an exercise session. I have heard people leaving fitness classes many times say things like “I just didn’t get that” or “I could not connect with the teacher”. These people will have no conscious awareness why they have such feelings, but by reading this article you will begin to gain conscious awareness and know one of the reasons why. This knowledge is very powerful and it can transform your teaching, and how successful you are.

 

PilatesEVO and NLP Representational Systems: Classification of Representational Systems
We process information in four distinct ways; Visual, Auditory, Kinaesthetic and Auditory digital. These are ways we represent the world through our five senses and how we typically communicate them back to the world. When information reaches our brains, it is given meaning and forms a subjective experience of the world. This is our representation otherwise known as our perception. Although we use all of the representational systems, we tend to have a preference.

So what are the four types?

Visual Representation System
Visual people memorise by seeing pictures, so they find it difficult to remember verbal instructions because their minds tend to wander. They are less distracted by noise and they use visual phrases.
Visual people must see things to understand them, they like visually based feedback, and use gestures.

Auditory Representational System
People who are predominantly auditory memorise things in steps or sequence and like to be told things and hear feedback in conversations. They tend to use auditory phrases and are interested in what you have to say. They can be excellent listeners and enjoy music and spoken voice.
The auditory person likes to memorise by steps, procedures, and sequences. They like to be told how they’re doing and will respond to a certain tone of voice or set of words.

Kinaesthetic Representational System
Kinaesthetic people process things that are said to them to determine the feelings they get. They respond well to touch and physical rewards. They are interested in how you feel and memorise by walking through the process or by doing it.
Kinaesthetic people will respond to the programme if it “feels right”. They are very physical people and like to be touched. They learn by being helped through a new idea step by step.

Auditory Digital Representational System
Auditory digital people talk to themselves a lot and like to make sense of things and understand them. They place a high value on logic and also like detail.
AD people need to understand why they are doing what they are doing, new ideas must make sense and be logical to them before they engage fully.

Simple PilatesEVO Representational Test
There is a simple test you can do at home that will give you an idea as to which systems you prefer. Just email the PilatesEVO team on evolve@pilatesevo.com and we will send you the test to try. You can also give this test to your clients. The results will make you realise why you are attracted to certain people and things. This is a very powerful thing to know.

You will probably see that you are a mixture of systems, but with one or two dominant ones. Statistics suggest that in a developed country, people are predominantly 60% Visual, 20% Auditory and 20% Kinesthetic. This explains why pictures on Facebook adverts get higher response rates than only words can ever do. So it is worth remembering this when creating marketing or advertising material, and most importantly when delivering your Pilates class.

The representational system that we use predominantly is our own special language of our experience and it embraces all the mental processes of thinking, remembering, imagination, perception and consciousness. By understanding these more clearly, it allows us to communicate better with ourselves and others and control the way we interpret things. So once you understand more about how you represent things to yourself, you can improve your learning and your teaching by focusing on your favourite method and developing the other methods.

PilatesEVO NLP Brain

How to use the Representational Systems
So if you only teach mostly using visual or auditory methods (as many teachers do), it will now be no surprise to you why some people in your sessions do not respond to your teaching, and this may well be because they prefer the other systems that you are not using.

PilatesEVO is unique in that it uses all four types of representational systems in its delivery. PilatesEVO teachers are trained to present the system so that all participants will engage and will enjoy the exercise and maximise their training potential. So how do we do that? On the simplest level it is actually obvious:

Visual people must see things to understand them, they like visually based feedback, and use gestures. So we make sure that we give clear demonstrations of movements.

The auditory person likes to memorise by steps, procedures, and sequences. They like to be told how they’re doing and will respond to a certain tone of voice or set of words. So we make sure that we give clear spoken instructions when we are explaining movements.

Kinaesthetic people will respond to the programme if it “feels right”. They are very physical people and like to be touched. They learn by being helped through a new idea step by step. So we make sure that we touch people to make sure they understand how their body should be aligned, how it should be moving and where they are likely to feel sensations.

Auditory Digital people need to understand why they are doing what they are doing. New ideas must make sense and be logical to them before they engage fully. So we fully explain not only what we are doing, but exactly why we are doing it.

Of course there are many other considerations when dealing with representational systems, and these are dealt with in much greater detail during the PilatesEVO educations. But even with this basic knowledge you can begin to think about how you deliver your classes and the link between PilatesEVO and NLP Representational Systems .

PilatesEVO is really revolutionary in using NLP throughtout the system. During your training as a PilatesEVO teacher you will learn many techniques that will help you become a better teacher, and that will help you retain your clients and attract new clients.