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

What Is Fascia?

pilates & fascia Nov 30, 2019
Fascia is something that is a mystery to most people and that's hardly surprising considering that until quite recently it was just as mysterious to scientists and researchers too.

Originally, during dissections of cadavers in the anatomy lab, fascia was regarded as little more than ‘packing material’ and discarded in order to get to the so-called “important structures” below.  The First International Fascia Conference was held as recently as 2007 at Harvard Medical school and since then ongoing research has emphasized the importance of the role fascia plays in the body. 

What Role Does Fascia Play In The Body?
As well as giving the body its shape and support, fascia is a medium of communication between all the systems of the body and is richly supplied with proprioceptive nerves that communicate with the brain. Due to its plasticity, fascia shapes our posture and movement, is both...
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Pilates & Our Children

pilates for children Nov 16, 2019

Joseph Pilates' dream was to have his method of exercise taught in every school and every hospital around the USA,  if not the world.  All these years later he could never have imagined how popular his unique method of exercise would become,  but in the modern world,  the need for children's  Pilates classes has never been greater.  Many of my clients who started Pilates well into adulthood have often commented that they wished they had the opportunity to learn these valuable Pilates skills and been educated on how to move their bodies more efficiently as children and their lives would have been so much easier.

"Civilization Impairs Physical Fitness" - Joseph Pilates
Unfortunately, many children are just as sedentary as adults now, due to their overuse of electronic devices.  Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, carer or a concerned friend, we all owe it to the younger generation to guide and encourage them to move as much...

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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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