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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 new “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 the western world, and lower back pain is more common than the ....

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  • Got Text Neck? You Need Pilates!

    Got Text Neck? You Need Pilates!

    We are living in the technology age and there is no getting away from the fact that nearly all of us spend a significant amount of time either looking at our phones or on a laptop/desktop. Ongoing neck and shoulder pain and tension is so common these days that we now have a new term, “Text Neck Posture” Do you have it? If you’ve ever experienced neck of pain, you know that it’s not fun and can potentially lead to issues further down the track that leave you with chronic pain and a diminished quality of life. Not only does Text Neck Posture have the potential to cause these issues…well, it’s just not a good look! And let’s face ....

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  • The ONE Thing That Will Get You Fit

    The ONE Thing That Will Get You Fit

    Are you fit and healthy sometimes? The ONE thing that will give you health and fitness success 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 ....

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  • Top 3 Reasons Pilates Will Fix Your Back Pain

    Top 3 Reasons Pilates Will Fix Your Back Pain

    Pilates is now widely recognised for its ability to help overcome back pain and build core strength. But do you know why? Here are the top three reasons why Pilates can fix back pain and get rid of those daily aches and pains. 1. Pilates develops balanced muscle strength
    “Perfect balance of body & mind” is the foundation of the pilates method of exercise. Now back pain could be the result of an acute injury (car accident), or the most common reason is due to an imbalance in the development (or lack of), muscle strength. Either way, when you have back pain, your deep postural muscles that support the spine become weak and stop doing their job. ....

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  • You Are Only As Old As Your Spine Feels

    You Are Only As Old As Your Spine Feels

    At least that's what Joseph Pilates used to believe and I have to say that I agree with him. His exact words were..."If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young." Back pain is the most common complaint that takes people to the doctors, even more than colds and influenza, so I'm sure that at some stage in your life, you have experienced tightness or stiffness in your back or neck. It may have been for just a short time, or it could be a daily occurrence, but there is one thing for sure...if you have back stiffness and tightness it reduces the quality of your day to day life and in extreme cases, stops your daily life completely, ....

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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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  • How Strong is Your Spine?

    How Strong is Your Spine?

    The Pilates method of exercise is renowned for its ability to develop core strength. In fact, it’s the number one goal of our clients…to have a strong core. But what about your spine? We know that the term core strength includes all the muscles of the trunk and torso, including the spine muscles, but is spine strength your number one focus? Joseph Pilates described the spine as “the ridge pole” of the body, which requires incredible strength and flexibility, (both with equal importance) to keep us upright and to enjoy a healthy and happy spine over a lifetime. “Civilization impairs physical fitness” is a quote from Joseph that is still so ....

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  • Pilates - It's a Lifestyle!

    Pilates - It's a Lifestyle!

    The Pilates method of exercise is amazing! That’s why it has exploded globally and is now a mainstream exercise option. It’s the results it gives…there truly is nothing else like it. But as Joseph Pilates himself states, the desired outcome of practicing pilates is to live as long as possible in normal health and enjoy the benefits of a useful and happy life.
    The pilates exercises are the foundation of “normal health”, as Joseph describes it but he also talks about the lifestyle you need to live on top of practicing the exercise. What he was talking about nearly 100 years ago is still very relevant to what we are dealing with today in regard ....

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  • 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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  • Mat Pilates - It's Not About the Legs

    Mat Pilates - It's Not About the Legs

    One of the guiding principles of the Pilates method of exercise is to develop all the muscles in the body to be capable of performing their role in the movement and function of the body. Another is to create great movement and function by placing the highest importance on developing the muscles of the trunk and torso…followed secondarily by developing the limbs. The mat pilates journey of mastering the traditional exercises, like The Scissors, takes you very deeply in to these principles. Whilst The Scissors does involve you moving your legs, and you do need to use the muscles of the legs…the essence of the exercise is not about the legs! As always, you initiate ....

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