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  • Is Your Posture Good or Bad?

    Is Your Posture Good or Bad?

    Do you think of your posture as being good or bad? Here at Pilates Plus, we don’t think of posture as being “good” or “bad”. Posture is not being anything…it just is! The word posture relates to the position that your body is in at any given time. Then we have a look at how aligned your posture is to the “ideal” position for the body to be in to create great movement and not put stress or strain on any muscles or joints. Your posture is the result of either having a balance of length and strength in all your muscles and joints…or not! We are all born with a postural “profile” which may be seen in other ....

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  • Why Pilates Flattens Abs

    Why Pilates Flattens Abs

    Pilates is universally known for its ability to increase core strength, and giving you flat and toned “Pilates Abs”. But do you know why? Well, firstly let’s get one thing clear. Core strength is not the same as abdominal strength! This is a big misconception that many people have. The definition of core strength is: “The balanced development of all the muscles of the torso, including the very deep postural muscles. All these muscles need to work in harmony and with just the right balance of strength and length and include the abdominal, back, hip and shoulder muscles.” So as you can see, core strength is pretty complex and abdominal strength ....

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  • Why Pilates Prevents Injuries

    Why Pilates Prevents Injuries

    It’s almost become “normal” to have some type of physical injury or issue these days. You only have to look at how many allied health professionals there are to know that many people struggle with some kind of ache or pain and going to the physio/osteo/chiro is routine. Why? Well Joseph Pilates talks about “normal health” in his books and that it’s a natural condition that we all have the birth right to attain. But as the world has developed over the past few hundred years, it’s been at the cost of “normal health”. As a consequence, our modern lifestyle actually causes poor health. This includes the health of our joints, ....

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  • Why Fit & Active People Should Do Pilates

    Why Fit & Active People Should Do Pilates

    Why fit and active people should do pilates
    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 ....

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  • What Is Pilates?

    What Is Pilates?

    You mention the word pilates these days and most people at the very least would have at least heard of it. It’s hard to believe that although it’s a widely accepted form of exercise now, when Pilates Plus opened in 2009, it was a still on the fringe of mainstream fitness options and a big mystery to a lot of people. With the explosion of pilates industry in the past few years, there's also been a big expansion in how you can experience pilates and along with that, a misconception that by participating in a class with the word pilates in it, that you are “doing pilates”. Classical pilates, contemporary pilates, authentic pilates, mat pilates, reformer pilates, ....

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  • 5 Reasons Why Losing Weight Will Improve Your Core & Posture

    5 Reasons Why Losing Weight Will Improve Your Core & Posture

    As we start to move out of restrictions, it's quite timely to talk about how losing weight can have a big impact on your core strength!! Below are 5 reasons why getting those few extra "iso" kilos off, will not only make you look and feel better, but create a body that is capable of performing day to day tasks with ease, and also capable of supporting and preserving joint health…including the spine. When you read through them, see how many reasons you can relate to. Then make a conscious decision to take action and do all you can to support and nurture your body…after all you only have one and it needs to last a lifetime! Here we go… 1. Belly ....

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  • 4 Tips for a Healthy Spine

    4 Tips for a Healthy Spine

    How do you know if your spine is healthy? I’m sure most people would say that if you don’t feel pain, then you have a healthy spine, but that’s not always the case. Usually by the time you’re feeling pain, your spine has been losing “health” for an extended period of time and the pain you feel is the spine telling you it’s had enough! One of the foundation principles of the Pilates method of exercise is being pro active about your health and not waiting for something to go wrong before you give your health some attention. This also applies to the health of your spine. There are some simple actions you can take to ensure your spine ....

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  • Breathe To Get A Strong Core

    Breathe To Get A Strong Core

    You can not have a strong core without effective breathing! Really? Yes, really!!! This is why… There are six traditional movement principles that are the building blocks of Pilates.
    Concentration
    Control
    Centering
    BREATHING
    Precision
    Flow Having a “strong core” isn’t just about strong abdominals…to read what core strength actually is CLICK HERE
    It is complete co-ordination of all the muscles in the body…including the breathing muscles. Now, Joseph Pilates had a firm belief about breathing and health, and how a lack of correct breathing contributed to illness and a lack of energy. So, as always with Pilates, the ....

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  • 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, let's 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 “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 many people, and lower back pain is one of the most common health ....

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  • 10 Best Benefits of Pilates

    10 Best Benefits of Pilates

    Why is Pilates so good? What’s the difference between Pilates and other types of exercise? With so many fitness options available these days, why would you start a pilates program versus a traditional fitness program? Below are 10 benefits that only Pilates can give you. We’ve seen hundreds of people here a Pilates Plus in Highett achieve all of these and much more! 1. Posture
    No other exercise method is based on correcting postural imbalances. This is the foundation of the Pilates method of exercise and correct posture is the foundation of good movement capability. 2. Core Strength
    Who wants flat abs? Pilates teaches you how to use your abdominals ....

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