"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye to hard."
- A.A. Milne (Winnie The Pooh)
Today I'm writing to share bittersweet news that I am no longer teaching for Egoscue University and have resigned my teaching position.
But first, a little background info to better explain why.
Some of you may not know all of the things that I do here at Pain Free Posture MN.
I am a true hybrid instructor, and each day I teach can include everything from my role as a Corrective Exercise and Posture Alignment Specialist, to Mobility, CrossFit Coach, Foundation Training, Pilates, Yoga, or Group Fitness Instructor. I know, I wear a lot of different hats!
One of my most rewarding roles I've had for the last three years has been that of an Adjunct Instructor at The Egoscue University. As an Adjunct Instructor, my primary responsibilities were to:
- Lead and participate in hour-long Egoscue University Insider conference calls for Posture Alignment Specialists and students of Egoscue University worldwide.
- Present 8-hour P3 workshops to the general public.
- Teach in class Level 1 or Level 2 Posture Alignment Specialist Certification Seminars to students of The Egoscue University. Each courses is three full days in duration, with 24 hours total of in-class learning.
- Lead private mentoring and tutoring sessions upon request.
- Put together hour long Egoscue University Insider Study Groups with conference calls.
I LOVED teaching and spending time with students enrolled in the workshops and PAS seminars. There's nothing like that one-to-one impartation of wisdom and insight, and watching my students grow into experienced Certified Postural Alignment Specialists. One of my greatest joys is to see a student go from memorized knowledge to gaining a whole new awareness and understanding through practical and real world application.
Those 24 hours of instruction time together always went by quickly, as there's so much useful information that gets packed into those three short days. It is hard work and a real labor of love, but worth every minute of it.
Students who've trained with me know I'm very fond of saying that "posture alignment therapy is a science AND an art-form."
The science part is easy. Memorize the information and apply. Anyone who works with a human being will quickly tell you that unfortunately, it isn't as simple or formulaic as that. To me, and in my experience, people are affected by a trifecta of bio-psycho-social factors. The ability to navigate these factors while working on correcting a person's posture and functional movement is what makes posture alignment therapy art. In my opinion, it simply cannot be taught online or memorized but is a skill that comes with working with a real time, in class and experienced professional in the field.
In early 2013, the Adjunct Instructor role at The Egoscue University changed in ways that no longer meshed with personal and professional core values and teaching style. So after much introspection and prayer, I chose to respectfully resign my position as an Adjunct Instructor as of July 2013.
As sad as I was to leave my teaching role, it gave me peace. The changes at EU ended up being a blessing as I found a freedom that I didn't understand or realize I needed at the time. I cannot possibly convey how GRATEFUL I am for my time spent working at Egoscue University. I've met, worked with and taught fantastic people, some of whom have become valued friends. I LOVED teaching for Egoscue University and consider it an extreme privilege to have the opportunity to speak into the lives of so many. Some of my students have become respected colleagues and even better good friends whom I still interact with today. Additionally, I am acutely aware that each student I've worked with will impact hundreds of lives in the future for the better!
I wish The Egoscue University and remaining Adjunct Instructors all the best with their new format and new business decisions, and personally, thank each and every single student around the world I've had the privilege of teaching.
I know your next questions is: What does this mean to my former students, current and future clients and blog subscribers?
The good news is that for the most part, nothing has changed at all. I continue to teach:
- Corrective Exercise. I've expanded my repertoire even further and added two new posture certifications which encompass the bio-psycho-social model. I continue to see clients on a daily basis and work diligently to meet their chronic muscle, and joint pain relief, posture restoration, and athletic performance or activities of daily living enhancement requirements through the modality or combination of modalities that is right for them.
- STOTT Pilates
- Foundation Training which is the PERFECT addition to a person's Corrective Exercise repertoire
- Yoga for Athletes
- Mentoring and Tutoring upon request anyone who needs additional instruction or guidance on how to develop their understanding and application of posture alignment therapy using the Egoscue Method or other modality
To my former PAS students and Egoscue University Certified PAS whom I've mentored, I will do my best to continue to be here for you as I've always done! Although I can no longer teach the PAS1 and PAS2 Certification Seminars or P3 Workshops anymore, I am happy to mentor and share.
I'll admit, it will be hard for me - it's a gift to be a teacher, and there is very little I love more than training up the next generation of instructors.
However, rest assured, just as before, I am available for pre-course, pre-certification or post-certification private mentoring to anyone who needs it. That will never change. Why? Because as I always say "We're in this TOGETHER, and I am HERE TO HELP." If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me, or leave a comment in the box below.
With great love,
Stock Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com
Head Photo Credit: Melissa Thome Photography
Author: Deb Preachuk is a Certified Foundation Training & STOTT Pilates Instructor, Corrective Exercise & Posture Alignment Specialist, and the founder/owner of Pain Free Posture MN.
You can follow Deb on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, or subscribe to her YouTube, Pinterest or Instagram pages.