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Stretching – We know we should do it but why?!

When in doubt ... Stretch it out!  All too often we hear (or are told) that we need to stretch out more! This may be to fix our posture, lengthen a tight lower back/hamstrings - or better yet - be able to touch our toes!!! Stretching is one of those activities that is...

The Tips & Tricks of Active Wear

The Tips & Tricks of Active Wear

Over the past few years of teaching hundreds of pilates classes including mat, reformer and tower as well as gym fitness classes this blog post has been manifesting in my head. I have written a blog about this previously but felt the need to freshen it up. There are A...

Happy, Healthy Holidays 2019

Happy, Healthy Holidays 2019

As the holidays approach we seem to get a little busier before we allow ourselves a chance to stop. During the holidays it is important to disconnect from the outside world and allow your mind, body and spirit to relax. Time away from work, chores and errands allows...

Tea Time – the benefits of tea for our mind & body

Tea Time – the benefits of tea for our mind & body

Then someone says tea...I think of warmth, relaxation and a sense of well-being. I love tea and I love my tea drawer at home. Peppermint, oolong, white, green, black or earl grey they all have a time and day and all make me feel amazing. The link between tea and our...

Let’s Get Oily – PART 2

Let’s Get Oily – PART 2

Here is Part 2. This is the blog where we talk about specific oils. I have learned bits over the years and from workshops. I have experimented and tried numerous blends (and not all were good - trust me!) and I have read the book Modern Essentials a few times. I learn...

Let’s Get OILY!

Let’s Get OILY!

This meme has been around before - and it is one that makes my husband and I laugh - because I am that person. I was first introduced into essential oils when I was working as an OT assistant with Queensland Health in 2015. At the time I was working 8 hour days,...

Our Wrists & Our Mat

Our Wrists & Our Mat

At AWPilates are are all about keeping happy & healthy during this time, particularly when we do not have access to equipment classes or gyms like we are use to. We all know that Yoga & pilates are a common practice that benefits our physical, mental and...

Our Lymphatic System – and why I need to care for it!

Our Lymphatic System – and why I need to care for it!

The Lymphatic System: What It Does — And How To Keep Yours Healthy! As an Occupational Therapist this was a system we studied, but never gave more than a lecture or two too. However, this was a system that fascinated me then; and does now! The power and strength of...

The Principles of Pilates

The Principles of Pilates

Ahhhhh - the 8 founding principles of Pilates as introduced by Joseph Pilates. I first learned about these principles during my Pilates training with Studio64 & the BASI method. Till then; I had not heard of them despite having attended numerous Pilates classes...

Does Pilates REALLY help you to loose weight?

Does Pilates REALLY help you to loose weight?

Pilates as part of a healthy lifestyle program and help maintain a healthy body weight. It helps burn calories but not as many as a cardio based class which will increase the heart rate a lot more. Pilates is my all - time favourite and a very popular low-impact...

Breathe In & Breathe Out

Breathe In & Breathe Out

Breathing is one of the fundamental principles of Pilates. As Joseph Pilates stated, “Before any real benefit can be derived from physical exercises, one must first learn how to breathe properly.” Breathing can have a profound impact on both our mental and physical...

5 Myths of Pilates

5 Myths of Pilates

Pilates and yoga are the same thing First of all, yes, pilates and yoga focus on many of the same goals however THEY ARE DIFFERENT EXERCISE REGIMES! They both work on strength, flexibility, postural alignment and stability (which is amazing; and what I love to teach)....

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