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

Client Spotlight - Introducing One Of My Very First Pilates Clients

Recently some of my clients were discussing how long they had been practicing Pilates which led me to wonder which one of my clients had been coming to my studio the longest.  That honour goes to Joanna who has now been coming to Pilates twice weekly since her Initial Assessment with me on 3rd February 2006.  At the time of writing, she has been practicing Pilates at my studio for just over 13.5 years.  At 61 years young, she often says she feels so much fitter and stronger now than she did 15 years ago and she is constantly increasing her fitness all the time. 

She is a perfect example of how patience, persistence and consistency really pay off and Pilates has become a way of life for her.
 
What Brought Joanna To Pilates?
It was during a very stressful time in her life that Joanna made the decision to start Pilates with me. She had been attending a Pilates mat class but knew she needed something more personalised to achieve her goals.  Having...
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Know Your Body Better - Anatomy Catch-Up

pilates & anatomy Oct 19, 2019
 
Before commencing my Pilates training I studied Anatomy and Physiology intensively for 1 year which was a prerequisite for my course.  It was fascinating learning about the bones of the skeleton,  the muscles and their origins and insertions and the systems of the body.  It was something I'd always been curious about and this course provided plenty of detail.
It also made me realise just how limited my knowledge was previously and similarly, how little the majority of my Pilates clients know about their bodies when they start out.

What Are The Benefits Of Knowing Your Body Better?
As the Pilates method of Exercise is a mind-body connection, the more you can visualize the various structures of your body the easier it is to connect with them which improves body awareness.  This makes taking control of your body and creating positive change much easier.  The greater your body awareness becomes too, the more likely you are to be able to detect any unusual...
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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.
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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.
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