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Lesson 6


Ethics of being a Teacher
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Now that we have more knowledge to share with our students, let's chat about somethings.


If a student indicates pain due to a specific movement, check to see that they are performing the movement correctly. We can give a modification if the person’s range of motion is decreased. However, if a student comes to you for advice about an existing physical ailment (either diagnosed or not) do not try to treat them. We are not doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, or chiropractors, and we do not have the tools or the training to heal the large variety of physical ailments that can exist in the human body. The most we should ever do is try to give modifications and if that doesn’t help, refer the client to an appropriate channel.

Muscle fatigue is okay, joint pain is not okay. Remember, we are here to help people get stronger! We exist as part of a large community of people who do this and we must stay within our role.

“Clicking Hip, Shoulder or Elbow” - Some students may feel a little click on the inside or outside of their hip, during shoulder rotation or in the elbow when bending under weight or when performing certain movements. Often, this is simply caused by a muscle or tendon moving over a bony protrusion in the area.

If this is the case, for the hips, the student can angle one or both legs differently, decrease turnout, or soften the knee joint as they move.  For the shoulder, decrease speed or weight and for the elbow, angle fingers in or out in a push-up, or decrease weight.


There are circumstances where this type of clicking can be a symptom of a greater issue, and if the student is experiencing pain in the area as they move, or the clicking is occurring often and can not be modified, it is always best to refer them to a medical professional.

For lower back pain, remind students that they can hold on to the barre to decrease work in the back and ease some low back tension. Also, remind students to stabilize from the core. Often low back pain is from compression in the lumbar spine or "dumping" in the back. 

Pregnancy and Barre

Barre can be a very effective movement class for anyone pre-natal and post-natal because of its safe, effective, low-impact design.  Barre focuses on improving functional core strength, improving your posture and balance. The core is engaged throughout most of the practice and works to strengthen the stabilizing muscles that support the spine, pelvis and hips. 

However, keep in mind:

  • Body feels a bit different during pregnancy and after birth. This can be a bit shocking and overwhelming - body awareness is different.

  • During pregnancy, the body produces more relaxin hormone. Pregnant moms are more likely to turn an ankle or be wobbly because of the increase in relaxin. This often leads to over-stretching.

  • During Floor Barre, we may modify here to stand up

  • Core work like compression (crunches) may need to be modified or avoided altogether. Table top variations and working on isometric holds is a great way to modify.

Test Questions

Lesson 6 Wrap up

1. Name all eight ethics of being a teacher.

2. If a student asked you something out of your scope, how should you respond?

3. If a student is experiencing a clicking hip, how can we modify?

4. Name three phrases to avoid saying in class.

5. What hormone is produced more during pregnancy, and how does this affect movement during barre?

6. During pregnancy which part of barre should be avoided or modified?

7. What are two modifications for a crunch/compression?

8. If a student indicates pain during a movement how, can we help?

9. Is muscle fatigue okay?

10. Is joint pain okay?

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