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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

The advantage of elective...

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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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Client Spotlight - Anita's Cancer Journey

pilates during cancer May 31, 2020

 

Last November as we began winding down in the Pilates studio and heading towards end of year celebrations, Anita received the news that everyone dreads.  She had been diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer.
Anita would have to be one of the very last people I would have expected to be in this situation and I'm sure I was just as shocked as she was.
Having been attending my Pilates studio for 6 years at the time of her diagnosis,  I knew that with her fierce determination and positive attitude she would beat this.  In October 2018, I first featured Anita in a blog post entitled  "Anita Takes Control Of Her Health & Fitness - A Pilates Journey" which describes her dramatic weight loss and her Pilates and fitness journey.  I've always believed that maintaining your health and fitness at the highest level possible is vital for a good recovery if faced with an unexpected injury or illness and Anita's experience reinforces this theory...
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How Can Pilates Help Arthritis?

pilates & arthritis May 17, 2020

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If you have arthritis and are looking for an effective way of exercising which allows you to build strength and improve flexibility while supporting your joints, then Pilates is the answer.  Over the years I've witnessed so many of my Pilates clients reduce their joint pain and stiffness and greatly improve their quality of life with this unique method of exercise.

What Is Arthritis?

Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints that can also involve swelling and pain.  There are more than 100 different types of Arthritis,  with Osteoarthritis being the most common type.  This can be caused by wear and tear of the joint structure when joints are put under strain due to poor alignment, obesity or an injury for example.  The condition often worsens with age and results in pain,  stiffness and swelling in varying degrees.  The second most common form is Rheumatoid Arthritis which is an autoimmune disease.  In this...

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5 Ways To Keep The Pilates Momentum Going

pilates momentum May 03, 2020
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In my last two blog posts, I've discussed ways in which we can use our time in lockdown to keep moving wth Pilates and make our health and fitness a priority.  But what about those of us who are struggling to construct a routine out of a situation that is not of our choosing?  Even though we may have the best of intentions, sometimes our Pilates practice becomes pushed aside to deal with unexpected work or family issues and there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day.  How can we overcome these obstacles and ensure that we schedule time out for ourselves and factor in some all important Pilates practice time?  In this post, we are going to look at ways in which we can successfully accomplish this.
 
Remember your "Why"
Your "Why" or your reason for doing Pilates should be powerful enough to give you the motivation to follow through with your practice.  When I have a client dealing with back pain for...
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Move Forward With Pilates

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“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” ― Martin Luther King Jr 

 
Most of us don't have much control over the current world health crisis which has restricted our former way of life.  We can, however, control how we react to these changes and ensure that we are still moving forward and focusing on the new possibilities that are available to us during this time.  One of my clients of more than 13 years, who commenced Skype Pilates sessions straight away during lockdown said she was keen to keep up her Pilates training and was looking forward to being challenged in a different way.  Four weeks later, it has been amazing to see just how much she can achieve in a 30 min session.  In addition, I suggest which videos on JS Mind Body Pilates Online she should practice between sessions and she is...
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Living In Lockdown? Pilates to the Rescue!

pilates in lockdown Apr 04, 2020

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Life has certainly changed dramatically for everyone since my last blog post, as we live our lives in lockdown in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  On a personal level, my physical Pilates studio has now closed temporarily and I have offered my clients' Pilates sessions on Skype.  For those who aren't already members,  I have suggested they join JS Mind Body Pilates my Online Pilates studio.  The main priority is that my clients are able to continue their Pilates training, which is essential for those who rely on Pilates for managing their various health conditions,  until the studio can re-open.  With the situation changing daily,  most of us are dealing with a sense of helplessness as we no longer have control over our daily lives resulting in fear, sadness, anxiety and disturbed sleep.  Some are overwhelmed with working from home whilst supervising and schooling their children.  Others are separated from...

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