(gtag.js) Why Choose Pilates? How to be Fit and Healthy at Any Age

Pilates - A Last Resort?

As a Pilates practitioner, I work with a wide variety of people who choose to do Pilates for vastly different reasons.  However, one of the constants throughout the years is a steady stream of people who have been told there is nothing more that can be done for them medically or that the pain they are experiencing is unexplained.  The only solution offered to them is pain relief medication and the people I see are searching for something more than a lifelong dependence on medication, that in many cases, isn't even an adequate solution.  This is where Pilates comes in and offers hope to these people and this is why Pilates is often considered "the last resort".  They may get relief from other therapies but it's only temporary so if Pilates doesn't work for them, there is nothing else left for them to try, which is a very daunting prospect.  Fortunately for the vast majority of people that I have worked with over the years in this situation, Pilates or...

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Pilates & Incidental Movement

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We've all found ourselves looking at the clock only to realise we've been sitting, working on the computer for far too long and are beginning to stiffen up and zone out.  It's a similar feeling to sitting passively in the car on a long journey.  On arrival at our destination, it always feels so good to finally move around and feel the blood pumping around our bodies again.
Heart disease and type 2 diabetes are just some of the health risks involved with inactivity.  However, in a world where we are constantly being encouraged to move less as everything becomes more automated, we need strategies we can put in place to ensure we don't get caught in this dangerous cycle of inactivity.  If we divide movement into two categories, planned, such as Pilates and incidental such as taking the dog for a walk, it will help us see areas where we can discreetly factor in some more movement into our daily lives.  We will also look at how Pilates...
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Client Spotlight - Meg's Pilates Journey

pilates & knee pain Sep 20, 2020
 
When Meg started Pilates with me back in May 2016 she was experiencing knee, back and hip pain which was interfering with her ability to enjoy life completely.  Her husband Bruce had been attending my studio for many years with great results travelling from quite a distance, so when they moved closer it was the perfect opportunity for Meg to begin her Pilates journey too.  Meg is a very young 68 year old with a wide variety of interests including challenging group walks, dancing, attending theatre and art exhibitions as well as travelling both within Australia and overseas.
As a hands-on grandmother of 3 young children, Meg needs to be able to care for and keep up with her grandchildren as well  participate in and enjoy her activities.
Pilates has assisted her to take control of her pain and she now has the tools to manage any flare ups with home practice.  Meg was a little surprised when I asked her if she would be willing to share her Pilates ...
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Pilates & Self Care

pilates & self care Sep 06, 2020

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Making your own health and fitness a priority is not selfish, but vital, not only for yourself but also for the people who rely on you for love and support.  We've all heard the old saying cautioning us to take care of ourselves first, as we can't pour from an empty cup.  Well, actually you can try and many of us are constantly ignoring warning signs and pushing beyond our limits.  However, continually giving to others when you are completely emotionally and physically depleted yourself leads to both short and long term health issues.  A wise practitioner once used a very effective analogy when she said told me it was like continually adding charges to a credit card for years on end without making any repayments. There will come a day when you will have to repay the debt you have amassed or take the consequences of losing your house or declaring bankruptcy.  In other words, if you neglect your own health needs, you are...
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Why Do I Teach Pilates?

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Judging by the blank or confused reactions I receive when I tell people I teach Pilates it's still considered a slightly out there, mysterious profession.  Most people look a little confronted and are not quite sure what to say next.  "Do you mean Yoga?"  or  "Wonderful!" are fairly standard responses.  When I ask them if they know what Pilates is, they usually say unconvincingly that they have heard of it or it's something celebrities do.  Nowadays it's becoming more widely known, but I definitely wasn't dreaming of becoming a Pilates practitioner as a child because back then, I hadn't heard of Pilates either.  So why does anyone decide to become a Pilates Instructor?  

Like so many of my fellow Pilates practitioners, who have experienced the power of Pilates for regaining their own health and fitness following an injury or illness, I am no exception.  I don't know about you, but when I discover something incredible that...
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Stress Less With Pilates


One of the reasons I'm so passionate about Pilates is because there are so many different aspects to it.  Relieving stress and anxiety is just one of the many amazing benefits Pilates provides.  Pilates breathing techniques are powerful and I use these techniques myself to stay calm when I'm dealing with stress.  I've lost count of the number of clients who have also successfully used their Pilates breathing to restore calm either for a one-off situation or to control ongoing anxiety.  Deep breathing triggers a physiological response that helps to calm the nervous system and quieten the mind.  It's not only the breathing techniques that help restore calm but the combination of breath and movement when we practice Pilates allows us to relax and go within and focus on staying in the present moment.

I wish I had known about Pilates during my teen years.  The relaxation aspect would have been so helpful in dealing with all the challenges teenagers...

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Client Spotlight - Kathy's Double Knee Replacement Journey

 

When Kathy started Pilates with me in January last year she was dealing with ongoing, painful knee issues and was extremely motivated to find a solution and become pain-free.  She had already been attending a Pilates mat class for about 18 months when she came to me but she felt she needed additional specific strengthening to assist her condition to avoid surgery or delay it as long as possible.  As an active 69 year old grandmother of 6 young grandchildren, including a set of twins, she wanted to be physically strong and fit to enjoy caring for and playing with her grandkids, without constant pain.  She also enjoys challenging walks and travel so knee pain was really preventing her from living her best life possible.  Kathy continued her mat class and followed JS Mind Body Pilates Online, my online studio, initially with exercise suggestions from me.  She was extremely diligent with her Pilates practice and she...

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Pilates - Perfect For Pre & Post Surgery

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Being faced with the prospect of requiring surgery can be a daunting experience for many people.  The more physically and mentally prepared you are in the lead up can really assist with the initial surgery and recovery period and Pilates ticks all the boxes for this.  Over the years, many of my clients have practiced Pilates to avoid surgery and for the vast majority, this has been enormously successful.  With appropriate strengthening based on individual needs, many people have been able to delay or completely eliminate the need for surgery such as spinal or joint replacement surgery for example.  However, for some people,  surgery really is the only option to allow them to live their best life possible or in some cases, save their life.  If this is the case, Pilates is the perfect preparation in the lead up to surgery and is then equally beneficial for effective recovery.

Pilates & Elective Surgery

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Healthy Winter Comfort Food

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As we head deeper into the coldest part of winter in Australia, it's very tempting to stay curled up under the doona with some decadent, sweet treats to eat only venturing out to top up supplies and see if spring has sprung.  Being confined to our homes in April and May during uncertain times, for many, resulted in overindulgence of comfort food.  Follow this with winter which is traditionally a time of richer food and drink anyway and many are battling with declining health, unwanted kilos and are looking for a way out of this downward spiral.
If you are already practicing Pilates, maintaining your health and fitness is a priority for you, so here are some healthy comfort food solutions to help you stay on track and complement your training.  If you are committed to improving your own health and fitness and want to start your Pilates journey,  join JS Mind Body Pilates Online,  take the free 10 day trial now, self cancel at any time.

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Pilates Online - The New Normal?

pilates online Jun 14, 2020

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Maybe I'm naive, but of all the potential threats our planet could have faced, a pandemic wasn't something that I'd ever envisaged.  The 2016 feature film "Pandemic" is described as an American science fiction thriller, yet suddenly what should have remained science fiction has now become our reality.  Covid-19 has been devasting on both a humanitarian and economic level in varying degrees in almost every country around the world.  Our way of life has changed, requiring us to adapt to this new normal and the way we do Pilates is no exception to these changes.  As many Pilates studios are preparing to re-open now as restrictions ease, does that mean the end of Pilates online?

What Does Pilates Online Mean?
When Pilates studios were forced to close in March this year, Pilates instructors around the world scrambled to come up with online options for their clients as quickly as possible.  The first option is live classes on either Skype or...

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