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  • Pilates At Home - 3 Tips

    Pilates At Home - 3 Tips

    So here we are in a point in time where staying fit and healthy has NEVER been more important. Body, mind and spirit health now have equal importance. The amazing pilates method of exercise that Joseph Pilates developed over 100 years ago, is NOT just a bunch of exercises for your body. It’s a way of life that has a FOUNDATION of balance and health in body, mind and spirit with the purpose of living a happy and purposeful life for the duration of your life. The pilates mat exercises were developed specifically by Joseph Pilates for EVERYONE to be able to develop a balanced body and mind without having to leave home! Again, way ahead of his time. Here are 3 ....

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  • Why Pilates Mat Matters in 2020

    Why Pilates Mat Matters in 2020

    Joseph Pilates wrote a little book in 1945, Return to Life Through Contrology. It wasn’t and still isn’t a “best seller” but it should be. Essentially, it’s a “how to” manual on how to attain and maintain your optimal health, fitness and wellness with the only financial cost being for the book, no equipment needed and there is absolutely NO NEED TO LEAVE YOUR HOME. There are 34 pilates mat exercises which are illustrated in the book with very specific instructions on what and how to do them. You’re advised by Joseph that if you perform these exercises four times a week for 3 months your body development will be approaching ideal, ....

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  • Can't Do A Push Up? This Is Why

    Can't Do A Push Up? This Is Why

    The Push Up… It’s one of the best exercises you can do for many reasons. Joseph Pilates knew this and included The Push-Up as one of his original mat exercises that he wanted people to do at home. So why do so many people struggle to master this exercise? In a nutshell…core strength and gravity!!! Gravity is a huge force on our body and “pushes” us in to the ground, stopping us from floating away in to space. If we don’t actively work at counter acting this force, we start to experience changes in our posture and a kind of “compression” of the spine…I’m sure you’ve seen older people who have an ....

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  • Pilates and Your Health

    Pilates and Your Health

    Joseph Pilates was right. In 1934, that’s heading in to nearly 90 years ago, he wrote a little book with the title YOUR HEALTH. The intention of the book was to introduce the world to a new revolutionary approach to having optimal health, fitness, wellbeing for body, mind and spirit and ultimately happiness. He was outraged at the lack of quality education on how to attain and maintain health for daily life but also for the duration of your life. He understood that we had come to accept being in optimal health and fitness as the exception and being unhealthy as the norm, and he wanted to change that. He was a humanitarian and wanted to impact the world through ....

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  • 10 Tips for Healthy Aging

    10 Tips for Healthy Aging

    Most people DON’T want to end up incapacitated with a poor quality of life when they are “older”. You have the power to decide how you want to age. Check out these 10 tips and don’t just read them…do them! As the great man, Joseph Pilates said… “We retire too early and we die too young. Our prime of life should be in the 70’s and old age should not come until we are almost 100.” 1. Take inventory of your habits and write down everything you do over the course of a few days, or even a week. How many of your habits contribute to your health and wellness and how many are destroying your health and wellness? Get real with ....

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  • Are You Fit Enough To Sit At A Desk?

    Are You Fit Enough To Sit At A Desk?

    How’s your desk fitness? Yes, desk fitness! Do you have any idea how hard your body has to work to stay upright in a seated position…very! This isn't the type of fitness you get by going to the gym, this is postural fitness. Here’s how you can test your desk fitness. Sit with your feet on the floor pointing directly forward and your spine not resting backwards on the chair at all. Firstly, can you do this without any discomfort in your body and secondly, how long can you do it for without any aches or pains? If your body has postural strength, length and balance, this shouldn’t present any problems and it will be easy to do for hours at a time. If you cannotdo ....

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  • Ten Tips To Avoid Text Neck Posture

    Ten Tips To Avoid Text Neck Posture

    When was the last time you used public transport? Nearly everyone is on a mobile something…phone, tablet, laptop or reading a book/magazine etc. And nearly everyone had TEXT NECK POSTURE! So many people start a pilates program because they suffer from ongoing neck, shoulder and upper back tightness and pain. If you’ve ever experienced this type 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 it, we all want to look ....

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  • Core Strength V Core Stability

    Core Strength V Core Stability

    Did you know that core strength and core stability are not the same? The term “core strength” is well known and most people who participate in pilates classes do so to “strengthen their core”. And there is no doubt that the pilates method of exercise will develop a strong core, but what can sometimes get overlooked is core stability. So what is the difference? Core stability is posture and core strength is movement. The word posture relates to the position that your body is in at any given time, without you thinking about it because posture is not a conscious “thing” that you do. If you have great core stability, all the joints in your ....

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  • 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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  • Do You Suffer In Silence? And How Can Pilates Help!

    Do You Suffer In Silence? And How Can Pilates Help!

    Do you suffer in silence? And how Pilates can help…
    Are you one of the 4.8 million Australians who suffer a decreased quality of life due to poor pelvic floor function which leads to issues with the bladder and bowel? And what does this have to do with Pilates? (Keep on reading the entire article, because we don’t get to this until the end). Well, first let’s explore what the issue is… The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that live in the area of the body that we never really want to talk about…”down there”! Now every single muscle in your body is there to do a job. Just like a person who works in a big company, the role that ....

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