Giving feedback to students is a necessary method to bring recognition into a student’s mind about their own body mechanics and shine a light on any constructive criticism that will be beneficial to them.
Feedback can help the students prevent injury and will deepen their communication and trust with you as their instructor.
During a training session or class setting, if a student is performing a movement or posture incorrectly you can:
1) Say the adjustment out loud to your client or class, without mentioning the client’s name. This allows for auditory cues to be processed and gives your client the opportunity to intrinsically feel what you are communicating.
2) If the specific student or clients does not adjust, say the adjustment once more while standing right next to them. This is to encourage active listening skills and body awareness again.
3) If still needed, walk up to your client/student and say their name while helping them adjust their movement or posture.
4) Give positive feedback verbally while adjusting a student. This will help create a safe environment with trust from the student that where they are today is perfect for them.
When handled with intention and structured communication, your clients and students will feel supportive and excited to receive any adjustments and feedback needed to continue progressing.
That’s it for now!
The NESTA/Spencer Institute Team
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