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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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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - How To Prevent An Injury

    How To Prevent An Injury

    If you've ever been injured, you'll know that recovering and getting back to where you were with your fitness can be a challenge. Nobody wants to be injured! It’s painful and frustrating and can incapacitate you either in your daily life or in the sporting activities you love to do. So how do you prevent an injury from happening? Let’s first look at the different types of injuries there are before we answer that question. The most obvious is an acute traumatic injury that occurs from an outside force. We’ve all seen elite sports people get carried off the field, having been knocked over by another player and ending up with an acute injury. Or you might be ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - Do You Train For Change?

    Do You Train For Change?

    What’s your ultimate end game with your health, fitness, and wellness? Do you exercise and eat well to change or are you happy just getting by? One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to think that what you are doing with your fitness now will still be relevant and get you results in the future. We all get older! That is an undeniable fact! And as we age, our body changes, whether we like it or not. And as the body changes, it’s needs change. Now we can not generalise about what those needs are, every person will have very specific needs as they age. A person who has never exercised until they hit 40, will have different needs to a person who has always ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - What's Winning? Your Mind or Body?

    What's Winning? Your Mind or Body?


    Have you ever experienced the battle of the mind and body when it comes to health, fitness and wellness? It can happen to people who are fit and very experienced at training their body and people who’ve never exercised at all. So what is this battle? It’s when your mind wants your body to do something it’s not capable of or when your mind doesn’t “tune in” and pay attention to what your body needs and is screaming at you to do. Sounds obvious right? But, the battle can be subtle and in all my years of working with people, complete balance of mind and body is illusive to many people and the importance of it for health and quality of ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - What is a Pilates Retreat?

    What is a Pilates Retreat?

    Pilates Plus opened it’s doors in October 2009, but it was really “born” 1 year before, when I sat down and made the decision to bring Joseph Pilates’s vision and life’s work to as many people as I could. I’ve always had a passion for helping people with their health and fitness. This comes from a personal passion for being fit and healthy myself and my “happy place” is when I’m being active, whether it’s in the pilates studio, spin room or outdoors. I made a career out of it and pushed the boundaries of my own physical capabilities and loved it! Life is so much easier and enjoyable when you are fit and healthy! The ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - So You Want Flat Abs?

    So You Want Flat Abs?

    We’ve all seen those photos. You know the ones. Lean and fit people flashing their flat washboard “six pack” all over social media telling you that if you do what they did, you too could have flat abs. If you google “how to get flat abs” over 8 million sites pop up! And on YouTube over 1 million videos. What’s the appeal of flat abs? Why do we want them? Having a lean, fit and healthy body not only makes us full of vitality and energy, but it makes us feel confident in our appearance and we feel strong within ourselves, and flat abs are a part of that. As a fitness and pilates professional, I’m more concerned with the implications for ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio - Why You Need Balance

    Why You Need Balance


    Unfortunately, balance is one of those aspects of fitness that doesn’t become important to someone until they suffer the consequences of not actively working on it. This usually comes in the form of a fall that results in injury, sometimes quite a nasty one at that. Wrists, elbows and shoulders end up being “brakes” for the falling body and cop a lot of the damage resulting in sprains or sometimes broken bones. Really, any part of the body can get damaged from what appears to be a simple fall. In the elderly person, the hip and pelvis are especially vulnerable. Unless a structured rehab program is followed, it can leave the person susceptible to future ....

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