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

What's So Unique About Pilates?

pilates is unique Oct 05, 2019


More than 17 years ago I started Pilates when my friend who had already been practicing it for several years told me on multiple occasions that I had to do it too.  When I asked her what it was exactly she couldn't tell me.  Just that it was something that would benefit me greatly, would change my life and I would probably want to become a Pilates Instructor.  What was she talking about?  She also said it would take some time for me to grasp it and not to expect too much to begin with but once I did get it, I would love it. Finally, without  Google to help me back then and no other information I bravely fronted up for an Initial Assessment at an extremely reputable Pilates studio and have never looked back.

Why Was It So Hard For My Friend To Explain What Pilates Is?
Pilates can mean different things to different people.  So I'm going to outline in this post what I believe are the benefits of Pilates that set it apart from other movement or exercise...

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Are All Pilates Classes Equal?

Recently one of my clients commented, "there is Pilates and then there is PILATES!!"  What did she mean by this statement?  She was comparing her own experience of twice-weekly studio Pilates sessions to that of a friend who attends a large weekly mat class at her local gym.  Needless to say, their experiences of Pilates were vastly different and my client was confused about her friend's description of Pilates as it was so different from her own.  In short, not all Pilates classes are equal and there are a variety of options available in the marketplace. In this post, I will explain what is on offer and who it is suitable for. 

Small Group Studio Pilates Sessions  

The Pilates studio is a fully equipped space with machines and equipment that use spring-loaded resistance such as the Reformer, Wunda Chair and Trapeze Table (Cadillac).  There are also a variety of arcs and barrels and small equipment such as rollers and balls.  Held in small...

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My Organic Day On A Plate

organic lifestyle Sep 07, 2019

In my last post, I looked at 5 ways to improve our health that would complement our Pilates training and one of these was to reduce the consumption of processed foods.  While you are focussing on this by increasing your fruit and vegetable intake, should you choose organic or conventional produce? What is the difference? In today's post, I look at the benefits of an organic lifestyle and show you my typical organic day on a plate.

Why Choose  Organics?
After attending a health retreat in 2009,  I made the decision to switch to an organic diet.  After hearing the evidence of the numerous benefits of organics and the shortcomings and potential harm by consuming conventional products, I was completely convinced it's the best investment I can make for my health.  Try researching this for yourself as it's important to feel confident in your decision if you choose to adopt this lifestyle.  One of my clients who also has an organic diet, was telling me how her...

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Pilates & 5 Other Healthy Habits

When you are practicing Pilates regularly and taking responsibility for your own health and fitness, you will experience many physical and mental benefits.  In order to maintain our health at an optimum level, what other ways can we continue to care for and nourish our bodies and minds to support our Pilates training?

Here are 5 practical ways to improve your overall health and well-being that both myself and my clients have used successfully. 

1. Stay Hydrated - Water Is Essential For Good Health

This is a lesson I learned the hard way when at 15 I was hospitalised with acute pain which turned out to be kidney stones.  Back in the day, drinking water definitely wasn't cool and this attack hit me after a dance class during a particularly hot summer.  Drinking water was the prescribed treatment and as I couldn't wait to get out of pain and hospital I started to drink lots and lots and water, a habit I've continued to this day.  Each morning, fill a...

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Pilates & Pregnancy? A Perfect Match!

pilates & pregnancy Aug 11, 2019

Pilates and pregnancy are truly a harmonious union and practicing Pilates during pregnancy provides so many advantages both physically and mentally. 
If pregnancy is something that is not personally relevant to you,  take a moment to consider any friends or family members who are either already pregnant or preparing for pregnancy, as this information could be of huge benefit to them. It could mean the difference between a smooth pregnancy, labour and delivery or ongoing health issues that could impact them for the rest of their lives. Just as a marathon runner trains for a race, a woman needs to prepare for the arrival of her new baby and Pilates can assist perfectly with this crucial preparation.
Over the past 15 years, I've had the pleasure of assisting so many women to exercise safely and effectively during pregnancy and just some of the benefits include:

Strengthening of the Abdominal & Pelvic Floor Muscles

These muscles are under constant strain during...

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Pilates Balance Training - Essential for Life


How Common Are Falls?

Having good balance can literally save your life. I don't want to scare you but according to the World Health Organisation, each year,  646 000 people die from falls globally of which 80 % are in low and middle-income countries.
Adults greater than 65 years of age suffer the greatest number of fatal falls.
37.3 million falls occur each year that are severe enough to require medical attention.
I could go on but these are pretty sobering statistics. In other words, falls are far too common but on the plus side, they can be prevented and balance can always be improved, so let's look at ways to achieve this.

Why Do We Need To Maintain Our Ability To Balance?

Around the age of 6, walking around the top of my backyard perimeter fence was one of my favourite pastimes. A lap & cap fence provided me with a 12 cm wide platform perfect for 6-year old feet.  I didn't know it at the time but I was challenging my balance and proprioception - my body's ability to...
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What is an Online Pilates Studio?

Recently while catching up with old friends for the first time in 2 years we shared stories of our current career projects.  They were intrigued to learn about  JS Mind Body Pilates, my Online Pilates Membership site which is an Online Pilates Studio. Why did I create it when I'd already had a bricks and mortar studio for the past 15 years?  Who is it for and how does it work?  Here are the answers  to some of those questions:

What is an Online Pilates Membership Site?
It's basically an Online Pilates Studio which is a library of continually expanding videos personally designed and presented by me and is accessible 24 hours a day.  One of my clients recently said the Online Studio felt like I was in the room with her telling her what to do, just like I do in the bricks and mortar studio.  There are 6 courses: Pilates Basics, Intermediate Course, Advanced Course, Exercises for All Levels, Pre-Natal Pilates and  Post-Natal Pilates.
It starts at...

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Want To Be Pain-Free? Check These 5 Things to Reduce Pain Now

5 ways to reduce pain Jun 30, 2019
 
Pilates is perfect for assisting many people to take control of their health and live pain-free lives. For some people, however, the results can be slower with more flare-ups along the way.  What other factors could be influencing this?
Here are 5 key areas to examine in your daily life to ensure you are giving yourself the best opportunity possible to be pain-free. Sometimes just a small change to your daily habits can significantly decrease pain levels.
 
Sleep
Ensuring you have consistent levels of high-quality sleep is essential for good health. Research has confirmed that inadequate sleep can significantly increase pain levels, as we become less resilient to pain with insufficient rest, magnifying the pain level. Unfortunately, if you are in pain, sleep can be difficult but relaxation in the form of breathing or meditation techniques, to calm the nervous system before sleep, can really assist in achieving better quality sleep.
Check your mattress is on the...
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Pilates for Awesome Ageing

 
Why Do We Associate Ageing With Such Negativity?
We've all seen 90-year-old gymnasts and 100-year-old ballroom dancers on social media who are extremely fit and agile and appear much younger than their years. But why is this the exception rather than the norm? There are many factors that contribute to a long healthy life such as genetics, diet, exercise and a positive mindset. Many people automatically fear ageing and associate it with a massive decline in health and well being and a restriction on all the activities that they previously enjoyed.  I have heard healthy 50-year-olds declare that old age is a terrible thing as they attribute any pain or stiffness to the ageing process. Sadly, for some people who are suffering from a debilitating and serious illness that severely impacts their quality of life, there are limitations they face which leaves them with very little control to improve their situation.  The majority of the population who are in good health,...
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Pain-Free Necks With Pilates

Having been involved in a series of car accidents from the age of 19 onwards  (none of which were my fault, just for the record! ) I've experienced numerous whiplash injuries and understand first hand what it's like to have a vulnerable, painful neck. It can be quite debilitating and interfere with your quality of life. Chiropractic treatment had, in conjunction with Pilates, kept my neck pain well under control over the years until early 2009. My trusted Chiropractor went on leave and her replacement gave me an overzealous neck adjustment with such force that I thought my head was going to detach from my body. I saw stars and it was extremely painful. This was not at all what I was used to and as I drove home I knew I had a serious issue as I couldn't turn my head to change lanes without severe pain. It became worse the next day and I began to experience nausea too as I later learned the vagus nerve had been affected. This was the start of 7 to 8 months of neck pain. After one...

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