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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - Do This One Thing Every Day

    Do This One Thing Every Day

    Stretch! Why do you need to stretch every day? It’s a natural, normal thing for your body to do in response to being still or inactive for a period of time. It prepares it to get moving again and lubricates and mobilises joints and primes muscles for movement. Think of a dog or cat waking from a sleep, the first thing they do is stretch. An animal doesn’t wait until there is a spare 5 minutes in it’s day and then decide to do some stretching! It does it in response to the needs of its body. This is something that as a society, we have really lost touch with and one of the BIG philosophies of Joseph Pilates. Having great flexibility and mobility is not ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - The C-Curve V The Hump

    The C-Curve V The Hump

    The term “C-Curve” gets thrown around a lot in the pilates world. It’s used to describe the shape you are trying to achieve in all the rolling exercises we do in pilates, including the rollup. If you struggle with the rollup, chances are the shape of your spine when rolling is more of a hump than a c-curve. Our spines have natural curves and the lower back has a curve that goes in to the front of the body. When we do any rolling exercise, the challenge is to engage the abdominal muscles deeply and effectively to take the lower back in to an opposing curve in to the back of the body. Why do we need to do this “unnatural” curving of the spine? ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - Can't Do A Rollup? This is Why!

    Can't Do A Rollup? This is Why!

    Perfecting the rollup requires learning the technique of the movement as well as committing to working on your flexibility, mobility and abdominal strength with other exercises. Ah yes, the rollup. Such a simple exercise but can be such a challenge for so many people in the beginning of their pilates journey. It’s a very important exercise to master for the function of your body and the health of your spine. Every day, we bend forward, whether it’s to pick something up from the ground, roll out of bed in the morning or even something as simple as leaning over the basin to brush your teeth. Developing flexibility, mobility and strength to do this movement ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - The Magic of Mat Pilates

    The Magic of Mat Pilates

    Pilates has literally exploded as an industry and as a mainstream form of exercise over the past five years. This is awesome! For me, it’s the start of the realisation of Joseph Pilates original vision of every person in the civilized world having access to his work and all the amazing benefits you get from it. But so many people these days associate the Reformer Bed with Pilates, and miss out on the magic of the mat work, which is the essence and foundation of the exercise method called Pilates. Reading Joseph Pilates two books, Your Health and Return to Life through Contrology is immensely inspiring and motivating for me. He was a true wellness warrior, wanting ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - Pilates for Sports Performance

    Pilates for Sports Performance

    Pilates has been around for over 100 years now and has shifted from an “alternative” exercise method to a training tool used by most professional athletes and a growing number of “recreational” athletes who are learning the difference between training smarter…not harder! So what is training smarter all about? One of the key functions of Pilates is to get the balance of strength between the supporting or stabilising muscles, and the more dynamic or moving muscles happening. So many sports that “weekend warriors” participate in are highly repetitious. For example, when you go for a bike ride, you pretty much do the same movement over and ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - Are You Healthy Every Day?

    Are You Healthy Every Day?

    The power and compounding effect of consistency. One of the many keys to success in any endeavour is consistency. It’s the bridge between where you are today and where you aspire to be in the future and is the sum of compounding efforts repeated every single day, over and over to get the result you want. Quite often these efforts are boring, monotonous and tedious! The success you see some people achieve with their health and fitness is based on them doing activities that they simply don’t want to do every day, but they do them anyway. This is the defining difference between success and failure with health and fitness. Some people are willing to do what others are not, ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - How Healthy is Your Spine?

    How Healthy is Your Spine?

    We all have one! Most people aren’t too aware of it until it starts to cause pain and discomfort either as a little daily niggle, stiffness…especially first thing in the morning, or as a full blown acute “back” injury If you have ever experienced any of the above, you’ll know how debilitating it can be to have an unhealthy spine. Not just from a pain perspective but from a loss of functional mobility, in other words, being unable to do daily activities either effectively or at all. A couple of simple example of this would be…
    Being unable to bend over to put on your shoes and socks.
    Not being able to turn your head to reverse the car.
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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - Why Do You Exercise?

    Why Do You Exercise?

    Everybody knows that you should do it to be healthy, increase fitness and maintain a healthy weight. The most important question you can ask yourself is why do you exercise? Do you feel obliged to do it because you “know you should” and to compensate for lifestyle choices that are adding to the deterioration of your health? Or do you understand that exercise is about maintaining your physical fitness and well-being to enhance, support and add to your life experience…for the duration of your life. Organic v Artificial Movement
    The human body hasn’t changed that much over time but what we do to it certainly has! Our modern lifestyle has drowned ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - Proactive or Reactive? Which one are you?

    Proactive or Reactive? Which one are you?

    This concept appears to be so simple and easy to understand yet when it comes to health, fitness and well-being, there’s a vast majority of people who really don’t get this.
    This is a generalisation of course, but we have been and still are, experiencing a global health crisis in western society and many of the health issues are preventable. So, are you proactive or reactive about your health, fitness and well-being? Here are some questions to ask yourself about which approach you are inclined to take.
    Do you go to the doctor when you are sick to get a cure? Or do you go to the doctor to work out a plan with her/him to prevent yourself from ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - Why Don't You Stretch?

    Why Don't You Stretch?

    Here’s how the conversation goes… Client: “I’m really tense and tight in my neck and shoulders, they ache at the end of the day and then keep me awake at night” Me: “Do you do any stretching at home?” Client: “No…I know I should” (sheepishly) Me: “OK, do you think you could start doing some simple stretching to release you shoulders before you go to bed?” Client: “I can try, but…….” (Just insert whatever excuse comes straight in to your head) So you might think I’m being a bit harsh, but I have had this conversation over and over again and I find it perplexing that ....

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