In 1928, Joseph Pilates emigrated to the USA from Europe and coincidentally opened his studio in the same building as the New York City Ballet. The dancers of the company were among his clientele and they discovered that his Method was ideal for rehabilitating their many dance-related injuries. Soon his exercises became part of the dancers daily strength and conditioning routine, for ultimately preventing injury and future-proofing their bodies and in this case, careers.
Pilates for Prevention Today
Now practiced worldwide, the Pilates Method is ideal for preventing injury, not only in the dance world but can be extremely beneficial to both elite and amateur athletes of all ages. There are numerous benefits for the general population who want to enjoy a high quality of health and fitness throughout their lives and remain fit and active during retirement. As is the case in my own studio, many people use Pilates as an alternative to surgery such as joint...
A Tough Lesson
A healthy balanced diet is such an important part of life for so many reasons and for me, something that had to be learned the hard way, by experience. Everything changed for me following a severe bout of Glandular Fever at the age of 27 leaving me bedridden for 6 weeks. My current diet and knowledge of food were born out of necessity to assist my recovery as it was a long and tedious process and as anyone who has had glandular fever severely and then goes on to develop Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is aware of, something you always have to be mindful of and constantly managing. I'm sharing my story to inspire others who may have similar issues with food, that it's possible to change your tastes and your diet at any time and adopt new healthy habits which will improve your overall health and well-being in ways you may have never experienced before.
Growing up, I was a fussy eater, and...
Allana started Pilates with me in April 2010 knowing that she needed to improve her core stability and improve her overall general health and well-being.Having been diagnosed with cancer almost 5 years earlier and gone through treatment, she had successfully beaten it and was now ready to take charge of her body and move forward. She had several goals she wanted to pursue including preparing for an upcoming trek she had planned in Central Australia and she wanted to be in peak physical condition for maximum enjoyment.She worked hard and applied herself to Pilates and soon she was beginning to see some great results. One of the most challenging aspects for her was improving her body awareness and her ability to sense, feel and connect with different parts of her body. Having dealt with the trauma of cancer it can be understandably quite challenging sometimes to be able to re-acquaint yourself with your body and view it in a positive light.However, Allana’s...
As I set of on my walk this morning I noticed an elderly woman, lets call her Eva, ahead of me on the footpath with a walking stick pulling a shopping trolley behind her obviously heading for the local shops a couple of blocks away. She was struggling to walk in a waddling, side to side movement and was clearly in pain. At every second house Eva would stop sit and rest on the front fence for a minute or so before continuing on. Walking was clearly difficult and her joints looked painful and stiff, this daily activity of walking had become a major issue for her.
When I see people in Eva’s situation I want to help them and let them know for the vast majority, there is another way! Unfortunately in our culture it is widely accepted that ageing involves pain, loss of fitness and lack of mobility but it’s not true! This is where Pilates comes in. This unique method of exercise strengthens from the inside out by developing core stability and can be tailored to any fitness level...
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