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

Change Your Brain With Pilates

 

Most people turn to Pilates to improve their physical fitness without being aware of the additional benefits it can provide for our mental well-being which becomes an added bonus.  Originally called "Contrology" Joseph Pilates designed his unique method of exercise to benefit the mind as much as the body and referred to it as "the thinking man's exercise."  One aspect of this mind-body connection is that you can take control of your body using your thoughts to create positive change which benefits your overall well-being.  Even though we still have lots of unanswered questions about the brain that are yet to be uncovered,  Joseph Pilates was ahead of his time and instinctively knew that the mind and body shouldn't be thought of as two completely separate entities and said that "Pilates is complete coordination of body, mind & spirit."  Let's look at some of the ways that Pilates can change and improve our brains.
 
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Pilates - Adaptable For Every Body

 
What could an injured electrician, a woman in her 2nd trimester of pregnancy, an athlete preparing for a marathon and someone with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) possibly have in common?
On the surface, it would seem almost impossible to find anything these people would all have in common but if you dig a little deeper you will find something that links them all together.
They all rely on Pilates.  Pilates means different things to different people and everyone that I've mentioned above has specific needs and requirements in order to maintain their health and fitness and Pilates can cater to all of these requirements. So let's take a look at some of the usual and not so usual ways that Pilates can be of enormous benefit to such a wide variety of people.

Prevent Injury with Pilates

I've always believed it's far better to prevent yourself from becoming injured wherever possible than to deal with an injury, just like the old saying, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of...
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Pilates & Staying Hydrated

 
You are practicing  Pilates and making your health a priority, but something as simple as ensuring your daily water intake is sufficient could really improve a large number of health conditions.  Most of us know the importance of drinking water to stay hydrated and start out with the best of intentions for keeping up our water intake.  However, it's so easy to get sidetracked and even slight dehydration can exacerbate many health issues.  Over the years, I have seen so many clients in my Pilates studio improve their health and wellbeing, by adjusting their daily water intake to ensure it is sufficient for their individual needs.  So let's look at the reasons why water is so important and which conditions respond well to adequate hydration.
 
Why is it so Important to Stay Hydrated?
Around 70 % of the adult human body is made up of water and at the most basic level, dehydration starts to occur when the volume of fluids that your body is using or...
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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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