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  • Semi Private Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Fitness Studio - Garuda Method v Pilates Method

    Garuda Method v Pilates Method

    We love the Pilates method of exercise and truly believe that it should be the foundation of any health, fitness and wellness program. It creates inner, postural core strength, flexibility and mobility and develops a strong and functional connection of the mind and body. Joseph Pilates was way ahead of his time when he developed his exercise method, and thanks to his commitment and dedication to his vision, millions of people around the world now benefit from practicing Pilates. But we are on the precipice of a brand new approach to human movement. This is a result of a few things… Technology has allowed us to learn at a level beyond anything we have previously ....

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  • Semi Private Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Fitness 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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  • Semi Private Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Fitness Studio - How's Your Mobility?

    How's Your Mobility?

    Being a Pilates studio, we get quite a few people coming to us to try to get a more flexible, mobile body. They have googled stretches to do and maybe do them for a few weeks, then life gets busy and they forget about stretching, and it didn’t really make much difference anyway. Then something happens, an injury, or the build-up of daily pain and discomfort becomes too much and they decide to take action again…Pilates is good for stretching right? Well yes, but getting a mobile flexible body is much more than just stretching. Firstly, there is a difference between flexibility and mobility. Mobility is about range of movement of your joints and your ....

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  • Semi Private Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Fitness Studio - Can you touch your toes?

    Can you touch your toes?

    It’s a question many people ask themselves in relation to flexibility, but is touching your toes a good measure of flexibility? Well, yes and no! Let’s start with the “yes” first. Bending forward in either a seated or standing position will definitely give you an idea of how long the back of your body is, including your spine, hamstrings and calves. It’s very important for the back of your body to have length for function, to minimise postural imbalances and potential for either chronic or acute injury. But having great flexibility and mobility involves the entire body, not just the back of it. You might naturally have length in the back ....

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  • Semi Private Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Fitness Studio - 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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  • Semi Private Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Fitness Studio - Want to Run Faster?

    Want to Run Faster?

    Are you a runner? What type of runner are you? A recreational, “I just want to get fit” runner? Or… A recreational, “I love competing in fun run events”? Or… You are serious about and love the challenge of half and full marathons and trail running? It doesn’t matter what type of runner you are, improving your performance only makes the running experience more enjoyable. Improved running performance doesn’t necessarily just mean running faster. It includes running more efficiently and using less energy to go the distance, with effective technique that won’t contribute to getting a running injury. And ....

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  • Semi Private Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Fitness Studio - What Is Pilates?

    What Is Pilates?

    You mention the word pilates these days and most people at the very least would have 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 has also been a big expansion in how you can experience pilates and we now have a bit of a misconception out there 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 ....

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  • Semi Private Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Fitness Studio - 2 Tips For A Healthy Spine

    2 Tips For A Healthy Spine

    Everybody wants one! A strong, healthy upright, flexible spine, no humpy bent over posture, no pain or stiffness. But are you prepared to do what’s required to have a healthy spine? Most people would say yes, but most people don’t do these two things on a daily basis. Let’s use the analogy of your body being like a car that requires a certain amount of maintenance to keep on performing at it’s best. You need to put fuel in it, check the water and oil and get it serviced regularly and drive it, because a car that isn’t used will develop problems. With your body, you feed it nutrients, hydrate, stay on top of your health checks and keep it moving, ....

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  • Semi Private Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Fitness Studio - What Is Strength?

    What Is Strength?


    Have you ever thought about what strength is and how you get it? The Joseph Pilates definition of strength, is having a uniformly developed body with every single muscle strong and functioning to it’s maximum capacity and working in synergy. These days we call this functional strength. When you have functional strength, there are no limitations or restrictions to your movement and you can perform daily tasks easily and efficiently. It’s the natural, normal state your body should be in!And this is what the Pilates method of exercise is designed to do. Unfortunately, these days, we have come to think of having functional strength as the exception rather than ....

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  • Semi Private Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Fitness Studio - How To Practice Pilates At Home

    How To Practice Pilates At Home

    It’s one of the most common questions you get asked as a Pilates instructor. What Pilates exercises can I do at home? And that’s great to be so motivated that you want to practice Pilates at home, but there’s one big issue that keeps on presenting itself and prevents people from doing any personal Pilates practice at home. People!!! I’ve been working with people’s health and fitness for many decades and have seen people be successful in achieving lifetime fitness and health and many people who don’t. The people who do succeed, have an open mindset about what they need to do to get results and make changes in their daily habits, then take action ....

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