"I want to take this opportunity to thank Rosemary at Ranges Pilates, and Patrick Kuhn from Emerald Osteopathy for all of the great pre-op work that they have done with me to prepare for the operation. I'm sure that without this work, I would not be so advanced with my recovery..."
One of the hardest parts of Pilates is getting the smaller stabilising muscles working, particularly if you have an injury.
What makes it especially hard is that you can’t feel them working. If you are used to feeling the “burn” at a gym, you won’t with these stabilisers. It makes sense, if you did feeling them working, and it would be very distracting and painful as these muscles are always activated to some degree, just holding your body together in alignment.
Invest in yourself. Joseph Pilates quoted “If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young”
Our bodies are amazing and they put up with a lot. We abuse them with poor food choices, with sedentary lifestyles and yet we are surprised when we get an injury. Often these injuries don’t just happen out of the blue. That tight and painful back or (insert what aches……!) would have built up over years, or even decades. We are not even aware our posture has deteriorated. Our amazing body compensates for a while, using not quite the correct muscles, but there comes a time when we get a bit of tightness, this becomes a bit of a niggle and then this can progress to pain.
Here is a great article about feet, written by one of the experienced Podiatrists at MSE Podiatry, Nicole Sutcliffe. They have rooms at Emerald and Monbulk. Feet are incredibly important, not just for themselves, but when not working correctly they can potentially cause problems with knees, hips and your back. Pilates is great for your feet, we pay particular attention in making them strong and flexible. But sometimes they need additional help.
Spring has been delayed this year, but it sure is making up for it now. With all the rain and now warm weather every weed seems to be on steroids. As we clean-up for the coming summer, it’s really important to also look after your body when you garden. One of great things I like about Pilates is that you can use the techniques in everyday life, and it is also incredibly useful when doing more physical tasks such as gardening. Here are my 5 tips
It is great more people are surviving cancer, but with the treatment there are short term side effects during the treatment from the chemo therapy such as hair loss, nausea, fatigue and muscle pain. Some of the side effect can also be long term
To get the most from your riding, whether it is dressage, eventing, western or pleasure, you need to have a properly aligned spine, pelvis and shoulders. If there is incorrect posture or imbalance when riding, your horse will be getting mixed signals; your body will fatigue quickly and you may even have pain as you try to force your body into position.
Many people think that Pilates is about mainly strengthening you core, which is made up of your deep abdominal muscles, deep spinal stabilisers, pelvic floor and diaphragm. A stronger core, you may have heard, will help your riding, but Pilates is much more than this.
There is a huge misconception that Pilates is just for women. That it is gentle and just involves stretching. Nothing could be further from the truth, after all Joseph Pilates was a man. While remedial Pilates is great if you have an injury, Pilates can be tailored to your ability where it can be very gentle and progress to be incredibly challenging. Here are just a few reasons why men should do Pilates.
The glutes or buttocks are made up of 3 major muscles, Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Medius and Gluteus Minimus, plus a group of 6 smaller but no less important deeper glute muscles. Problem is, these muscles can become weakened from sitting, and poor movement patterns.
Pilates can assist in getting the most out of your next skiing or snowboarding trip and help prevent injuries. The stronger and fitter you are the less likely you are to be injured. Knees are the most commonly injured joint skiing, but while snowboarding is kinder to the knees - wrist, shoulder and head injuries are more common. Other injuries you can get on the snow are with hands, elbow, shoulders, and ankles including fractures.
Pilates is a very effective way to help prevent and treat Osteoporosis. This condition currently affects over 1 million Australians, mainly women, but men can have Osteoporosis as well. Often know as a silent disease because it doesn't have any symptoms until a fracture, and these fractures can be incredibly painful and debilitating.
It seems that pretty much most of us either sit or stand and use a computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone for a large proportion of the day.
The posture of how we sit and stand has a huge role in neck, upper back and shoulder pain. Your head weighs between 4.5kg and 5kg which is actually quite a lot to carry about on top of your neck. But did you know that when your head is just 15 degrees forward, the muscles in your neck and upper back have to work as if your head weighed 12kg, this work loaded increases for every degree forward. For 30 degrees forward your head becomes 18 kg, and for 60 degrees forward which is not unusual for some people using a smart phone, your neck and upper back muscles have to work as if your head weighs an enormous 27 kg.
Did you know that the pelvic floor is one of the most important parts of the muscles that make up your ‘core’. The other muscles are the Transversus Abdominus (deepest abdominal layer), the Multifidus (deep spinal stabiliser) and the main breathing muscle, the diaphragm. At Ranges Pilates we have a strong focus on the Pelvic Floor.