Transform Yourself Through Pilates
Trigger Warning: This episode contains discussions around mental health and eating disorders. If you or someone you know needs help please reach out to a qualified professional.
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Today’s guest is Dani Font, a Pilates instructor who has experienced personal transformation through Pilates education. This chat with Dani is candid, touching, and uplifting as she explains what Pilates has done for her on her journey of recovery from an eating disorder. It’s a story of thriving and flourishing through challenges, hoping for the future, and finding joy and self-discovery through movement.
What You Will Learn:
- Dani’s journey of personal transformation through Pilates education
- The impact of perfectionism in the Pilates industry
- How someone can look healthy or “normal size” but still be suffering from an eating disorder
- The stigma surrounding eating disorders and the many challenges of seeking help
Anxiety and Perfectionism
Dani and Raph chat about anxiety and perfectionism in the Pilates community. Dani shares how anxiety and perfectionism go hand in hand with eating disorders, and how Pilates has been integral in her journey through recovery. There can be a lot of perceived pressure in the Pilates world to be flexible, strong, and to look a certain way. Dani and Raph discuss what Pilates is really about, and why there is no such thing as a “real” Pilates teacher.
The Power of Learning
A major piece of Dani’s recovery journey has been her Pilates education. Even though she already had qualifications to teach, Dani still pursued training with Breathe Education. She explains why education is so important to her personal growth and the role it’s played in helping her to rediscover her identity. Dani explains how Breathe Education’s courses pushed her to overcome some hurdles and make positive, lasting changes.
About Dani Font:
Dani Font is a Pilates instructor and Breathe Education grad. Dani had been involved in movement and sports all her life before entering the Pilates world soon after finishing high school. She has a background in dance, dance instruction, and acrobatics coaching. Throughout her journey, Dani has continued to place a high value on continued education and finding her own voice. Dani’s “why” is guiding clients through making small, daily gains in their physical health which lead to great improvements for their overall quality of life.
How to Connect with Dani:
- Find Dani on Instagram
About Raphael and Cloe:
Raphael Bender, CEO, Breathe Education
Raph believes everyone deserves the opportunity to transform into a better version of themselves. His main strength as a teacher and movement professional is the ability to distill complex research findings into a simple, science-based approach to help people move fearlessly, thoughtlessly, and painlessly. He LOVES running, weights, cycling, and Contrology.
Raph holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation), a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science, Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy, and STOTT PILATES full certification.
Cloe Bunter, Trainer, Breathe Education
With 8+ years in the industry, both teaching Pilates and nurturing new instructors, Cloe is passionate about empowering new and seasoned instructors to think critically and move fearlessly. Empowered instructors empower their clients, and in turn, change lives.
She finds great joy in building connections with clients, students, colleagues, and the broader movement and rehab community. Co-hosting the Pilates Elephants Podcast, with Raphael Bender, has provided an incredible platform to bust common Pilates, movement, and rehab myths whilst creating a worldwide community of critical thinkers who are elevating health literacy.
Cloe is fascinated by movement in general, and its ability to enhance our lives, at any age. Her own movement practice includes Contrology/Pilates, running, weights, and kettlebells. She has a Diploma of Clinical Pilates, Cert IV in Pilates, and Cert IV in Training and Assessing.
How to Connect with Raphael and Cloe:
- You can find Breathe Education on Instagram here: @breathe.education
- You can find Raphael Bender on Instagram here: @the_raphaelbender
- You can find Cloe Bunter on Instagram here: @cloebunterpilates
Raphael Bender’s New Book:
- Strengthen The Person Not Just The Body Part here
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