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

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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Breathe & Stay Calm!

 

One of my lovely clients presented me with an amazing Christmas gift last year.  It was a custom made cut out wooden sign,  that said: "Breathe".  She said I was always talking about the importance of breathing,  so she thought this would be a perfect addition to my Pilates studio.  I was overwhelmingly touched by her thoughtfulness and her treasured gift is now on display in my Pilates studio as a constant reminder to everyone just how important breathing really is, not just at Pilates, but it's essential for life itself.  In these uncertain times, with a COVID-19 pandemic that attacks the respiratory system, sweeping the world, being in control of your breath has never been more important.  In this post, I will share with you, a very simple but effective breathing technique to help you maintain calm at this difficult time.

As Joseph  Pilates said 'Breathing is the first act of life and also the last.  Our very life depends on...

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Pilates & Rotator Cuff Injury


Recently I received a distress call from a client, "Help! I've rotated my cuff during my gym session.  When can I come to Pilates?  "  Unfortunately, my client had overloaded her shoulder joint when she lifted a weight that was too heavy for her. Fortunately, she put it back down when she realised,  minimising,  but still causing a minor injury to the rotator cuff muscles of her shoulder.
One of the most commonly occurring issues in my Pilates studio over the years has been injuries to the rotator cuff muscles.  It can affect everyone from young elite athletes to new mothers and the elderly.  Fortunately,  Pilates provides all the necessary tools for both rehabilitating these injuries and preventing further injuries in the future.

What Is The Rotator Cuff?

The Rotator Cuff is a group of 4 muscles, supraspinatus,  infraspinatus,  teres minor and subscapularis that surround and stabilise the shoulder joint.  Each muscle has...

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4 Observations Of A Pilates Practitioner - My Last 15 years

pilates practice tips Feb 22, 2020

As I approach the upcoming 15 year anniversary of launching my Pilates studio in Sydney Australia, I was looking back at all the observations I've made over the years. The majority of my clients are long term so it has been amazing for me to share in their Pilates journeys but also to be able to narrow down the most effective methods to assist them in achieving their goals.  Here are just a sample of these observations that may be of assistance in improving your own Pilates practice.

Patience & Persistence Really Do Produce Results
Over the years, I've assessed new clients who I thought had the ability and motivation to achieve their Pilates goals with ease only to be surprised and disappointed that they lacked the discipline to follow through.  On the reverse side, I've seen other new clients who were dealing with complex health issues and facing many limitations in life but were determined to apply themselves to Pilates and achieve their goals.  These clients...
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Client Spotlight - Graham's Pilates Transformation

client spotlight Feb 09, 2020
Graham started his Pilates journey with me in May 2007 after his wife Joanna, who had already been practicing  Pilates with me for just over a year, started to experience life-changing results and you can read Joanna's story here.  When Joanna became pain-free with Pilates she began to envision her future filled with amazing experiences and travel adventures such as walking tours in various locations around the world.  I shared her enthusiasm for her new life filled with possibility but raised an important point with her  "What about Graham? He doesn't do any exercise and he has back pain.  You don't want to use your newly gained fitness to push him around in a wheelchair in your old age."  Joanna's face said it all as she realised Graham could prevent them from enjoying an active future of travel.  Less than a week later Graham booked in for an Initial Assessment with me,  and in February 2020,  as he is about to...
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Pilates - Only For The Rich & Famous?

 
Recently one of my clients of 10 years was running late for her session as she dealt with an urgent phone call from her brother about a family issue.  Finally, she told him she really had to go as she should have been at Pilates 10 minutes ago.  "Pilates?!"  he said "Isn't that only for the rich and famous!? "
"No! Definitely not!" she said.  It was so funny to hear her say that, as this was a commonly held belief several years ago and after some quick checks, a myth that is alive and well.  So why does Pilates have this reputation, and how much truth is in this belief?  Here are some of the reasons why the Pilates method of exercise came to be associated with the celebrity lifestyle and why it was originally designed for everyday people to enjoy its life-changing benefits. 
 
Which Celebrities Practice Pilates? 
 
The list of well-known people who are adopting a Pilates lifestyle is continually growing and recently in the...
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