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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - Why You Need To Do A Pilates Retreat

    Why You Need To Do A Pilates Retreat

    If you read Joseph Pilates books and do a bit of research on his life, he spent a lot of time away from his studio which was in the heart if New York. He had a little shack in a place called Jacobs Pillow. This is where he would invent, create and build the equipment we now use universally in Pilates. He wrote a lot about the concept of what we call today “work-life balance” and the relevance of “work, rest and play” to our health and wellbeing. Life today is so biased towards work which unfortunately contributes to a swag of health and well being issues like stress, mental exhaustion, sleep issues, body aches and pains and a feeling of “never ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - Injury Rehab Mistakes

    Injury Rehab Mistakes

    It’s now five weeks since I broke my wrist and time to think about starting a rehab program. It got me thinking that probably most people don’t have an in depth understanding of the rehab process and the specific steps that are required to get full movement capability returned to not only the injured area, but to the body as an entire system. This lack of understanding can lead to some mistakes being made which may contribute to a longer than necessary rehab time or even worse, sending the injury rehab back a few steps. The first phase of any injury…is when the injury happens! This is when you apply the “rest is best” principle to control ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - Your Butt & Back Pain

    Your Butt & Back Pain

    How healthy is your butt? I’m not talking about how it looks, but how functional are your butt muscles? Technically, they are a group of muscles called the gluteals, or more commonly known as your “glutes”. To simplify what we’re talking about, I’m going to stick with the term…butt! Your butt muscles play a key role in helping control and support movements of spine, pelvis, hips, and legs. Unfortunately, our new “sitting lifestyle” means that we’re sitting on our butt for long periods of time, leading to tight and weak hip muscles. It’s a major issue for the western world, and lower back pain is more common ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - Reformer Pilates vs Mat Pilates

    Reformer Pilates vs Mat Pilates

    Pilates has literally exploded as an industry and as a mainstream form of exercise over the past five years. This is awesome! Pilates is an exercise methodology and an approach to developing great movement capability, correcting any postural imbalances and rehabilitating injuries or issues in the body. It doesn’t matter if you are using the pilates equipment or using just a mat to do the work, if you are just performing the exercises without fully understanding the method behind them, then you are not practicing pilates! There are many ways that you can practice pilates. Right now, there is a lot of attention being placed on what’s called “Reformer ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - Learn This From My Injury

    Learn This From My Injury

    It can happen to absolutely anyone…including me! One minute you’re going about your day, the next minute you’re on the ground rolling around in shock and pain. I’ve always had a very strong confidence and belief in my physical capability, so when I get injured (which has happened quite a few times over the years), it’s a shock that it’s actually happened. When I did a backwards free fall stepping off a chair after fixing a blind, it was in the blink of an eye that I knew I had done a lot of damage to my wrist but was also outraged that I had fallen at all! Could I have prevented the fall? Maybe if I had stepped back with more care. But ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - Why Walking Isn't Enough

    Why Walking Isn't Enough

    We are in fact the only creatures on the planet that do it! Walking is one of the most fundamental and natural movements we can do as human beings. An infant moves from crawling to walking without having to “learn” how to do it, they just do it naturally, we are wired to do it and it’s part of our innate ability to survive. Then we get to the other end of life and our ability to walk becomes significant for our survival also. Nobody wants to become so incapacitated that they are no longer able to walk either unaided or at all. Our survival then becomes fully reliant on other people taking care of us and our daily life experiences diminish significantly. ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - Do you have happy feet?

    Do you have happy feet?

    Everybody talks about wanting a strong core, which is awesome. Core strength is the foundation for great movement capability, health and wellness and to prevent back pain. But what about your feet? Well, your feet are what you stand on and help you to walk, run and play. Sooo many people have issues with their feet, with Plantar Fasciitis being one of the most common very painful complaints. But, we’re not going to talk about all the different feet issues, there’s a mountain of info you can access very easily online about that. We are going to focus on preventing issues from happening at all. One of the biggest problems feet have these days is our sitting ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - Do you feel healthy and fit?

    Do you feel healthy and fit?

    There is soo much information and talk about health and wellbeing at the moment, which is really great but what is health and fitness and how do you define it? Joseph Pilates believed that “normal” health and fitness was the birthright of every person and health and happiness were partners and one couldn’t exist without the other. Gaining and maintaining health and fitness requires simple choices every day and consistent effort which results in a compounding effect, which then results in a lifetime of health, fitness and wellness. You might be making great daily choices and feeling the benefits, taking for granted that you are fit and healthy. But the ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - Who needs private pilates sessions?

    Who needs private pilates sessions?

    There are so many ways that you can practice pilates these days, but one thing remains the same no matter what style or type of pilates you participate in. Let’s first talk about what the Pilates exercise method was originally designed to do. Joseph Pilates was passionate about people experiencing optimum health, fitness and wellness by using his exercise method as a foundation for life. The very clever way that he created the exercises and the equipment, meant that it took care of injuries and postural issues, whilst developing the strength to tackle life, for the duration of your life. There is no need to create different ways of practicing pilates, as it’s very ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - Do you have weak wrists?

    Do you have weak wrists?

    Have you ever thought about how much you use your wrists during the day? Just about any time you move your arm and hand, your wrist will be actively involved. And in our modern techno world, our wrists can be involved in typing, texting, swiping and scrolling for hours and hours daily. Based on this fact alone, you’d assume that most people would have mega strong wrists, right? So why do so many people struggle with wrist pain when they attempt to do any kind of exercise where weight is placed on the joint? This, of course, excludes people who have injuries or bio mechanical issues with their wrist joint, let’s assume we’re talking about healthy, uncompromised ....

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