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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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  • 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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