After having Kim as my mentor in the Polestar Pilates Teacher Training Cohort, I feel incredibly prepared to seek employment and jump into the workforce as a new Pilates instructor. Her wealth of knowledge on the repertoire and the body is truly a gift that any student would be lucky to have. Kim fosters a safe and fun learning environment, where students feel supported and able to explore. By the time students have completed their training with her, they are ready to succeed as teachers. Her energy lights up the room and inspires new generations of Pilates instructors.
Kim Gibilisco has a unique ability to speak a language that your body understands. She motivates and encourages while providing the necessary framework in order for us to be successful in the Polestar Pilates program. She is a treasure and we are lucky to have her as a teacher.
Kim is truly a movement whisperer. She possesses a keen understanding of the body and movement in all ranges from normal to injured. Kim is an amazing teacher and every session with her has been helpful and inspiring to me in my Pilates training. I’m grateful to have her as my mentor in the Polestar Pilates Transition program.
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Kim. For starters, she is a fantastic motivator. She engages you and gets you excited about the material you are learning, regardless of how difficult or challenging it may be. Kim is very supportive and patient and she will help you find your way back on track. What really stand out to me about Kim though is how she truly wants all of her students to succeed. She believes in what she is teaching, and she wishes to impart this knowledge upon all of her students so that they may experience success, good health, and prosperity.
I am so grateful for the information provided in Chantal’s Pushing Power workshop. The accessibility of the content was perfect for any momma-to-be. My favourite part was hearing Chantal’s approach to the last phase of pushing to allow the natural rhythms of the body to flow which can reduce tearing and honours the woman’s body.
Being a Certified Pilates Teacher I attended Chantal’s Pushing Power workshop for professional advancement and because I was pregnant too. Often in Pilates we focus so much on global movement that we overlook the deeper soft tissue that is constantly changing as are the biomechanics in pregnant women. Chantal’s workshops provide great insight to the mother’s journey. She teaches the importance of pelvic alignment and muscle balance as well as control over the pelvic floor and its connection to breath. All which are necessary tools to help clients prepare for labor and restore pelvic health. I would highly recommend any of her workshops. Her knowledge is invaluable.
Chantal was our doula for the birth of both of our daughters, born 16 months apart. (We would most certainly recommend her to any of our friends in that capacity!). I used an epidural and had some tearing with our first daughter because I did not effectively control my pushing and I lost control of my breathing. The recovery was long and painful. And not surprisingly, I had quite a bit of anxiety around the 2nd stage of labor the second time around. Intending to deliver naturally with our second, I attended Chantal’s Pushing Power class (and educated myself in other areas she had recommended as my doula). The class familiarizes expecting moms with the anatomy of the pelvis, what happens as baby moves into the pelvis, and importantly for me, how to effectively move the baby down and out with minimal intervention using positioning and breath. As a second time mom, some of the material was repetitive. And for me, the repetition is what helped me to remember how to control myself when the time came to breath and push our second little one down and out. I did not use an epidural, and using the cues that Chantal had taught, was able to control my pushing and breathing. I had an incredible (albeit intense) birth experience. I did not tear at all. And I felt like “myself” within hours of delivery. I would definitely recommend adding her Pushing Workshop to your birth preparation toolbox.