I usually work with groups. I┬┤d would like to hear suggestions for the first private class to a new client
My experience is mostly with yoga, but there are some similarities to Pilates. I also typically work in a group setting, though I will work one on one when someone has a particular need or desire to do so.
Have you worked with them in a group setting? If so you will have some idea of their needs, baseline, goals, old injuries, and so on, and you should have the original paperwork to look at to get some idea of this. If not I would suggest getting them to do their paperwork in advance, so you can take some time to familiarize yourself with it. Sometimes I have someone with a sport connection I am less familiar with, or a medical condition I am less familiar with, and I will take a little time to do some extra research before meeting with them.
I also like to figure out with them in the beginning whether they want guided workouts on an ongoing basis, or, do they want a single session to make their group work better focused, or do they want a series of workouts to prepare for a particular event…. a race, or a wedding, or summer vacation, for example.
It is normal to be a little nervous anytime you try something new, but trying new things makes us better at what we do, and more flexible as we confront the exigencies of daily life. There are very distinct differences working with one or many, but as long as you love your work and you enjoy connecting with people, and really know your material you should do fine.