Are they male or female? We all have our own ways of communicating conciously & un-conciously. Try to read the person’s personality, I diffuse alot of unwanted contact with slight humor. Its can be as simple as what u say and how u say it. Body language and direct eye contact are what people look 4 n communications (reply’s), remember that and make sure to convey ur feeling strongly that way. Top it off wit a lil smart [email protected]# humor, not playful, direct, without the uncomfortable body language & c what reaction u get.
If subtle doesn’t work, some only learn from the direct approach. All n all, I feel if you are a professional demand/command that respect from all. The $ is never worth more than my respect.
I believe it is best to approach the situation immediately by saying something like,”It makes me uncomfortable when you…”.
Perhaps he/she has an explanation, however, by stating how you personally feel about the situation, the individual doesn’t feel that you are attacking them directly.
Best to you.
I would have a conversation with the person, I would make sure I keep my professionalism and maintain a professional relationship at all times with my client. I would review my behavior and make sure I am not putting out any vibes that are being mis interpreted.
I would not be alone wilth this client, and may refer them to someone else, I would ask another trainer to evaluate one of the sessions with this client and get other opinions.
Listen to your gut!
now that you have explained some of the sources of your discomfort, I would suggest an additional option. You mention that you feel that clients stare at you. This is difficult to address when you are an instructor demonstrating exercises because you expect to look at you; unless they are truly staring at your breasts.
You can try to diffuse a situation like that by asking something like: “I notice you keep looking at ….. Please tell me if you see something wrong.” This will put the burden to explain on them and you can then ask them to stop with an easy explanation. “You are making me very self-conscious.” That way you have given words to ‘looks’ and have put the person on notice.
I wish you good luck with your new studio.