Yearly Archives: 2016
Becoming a pilates teacher – one teacher’s story on earning her pilates diploma
Tue,Dec 20, 2016 at 01:26PM by Laura Veal
A progression from triathlons … to back pain … to earning a pilates diploma and becoming a pilates teacher How on earth did I end up earning my pilates diploma? This wasn’t what I’d originally set out to achieve. Wind back the clock – it was January 2014 and I felt like I was at the peak…..
What relationship is that? Ethics considerations for pilates teachers and studio owners.
Thu,Dec 15, 2016 at 06:08PM by Carla Mullins
Blurring commercial and client /student relationships with social media I remember as a child watching television and this toothbrush ad would come on, there would be this man’s back (because of course a dentist would be male) and we were told we could not see his face because he is a dentist. As a child…..
Achilles tendinitis – causes and treatment options
Tue,Dec 13, 2016 at 10:05AM by Carla Mullins
What is Achilles tendinitis or Achilles tendinopathy? Quite literally Achilles tendinitis is tendinitis of the Achilles tendon. Also called Achilles tendinopathy, it’s typically caused by overuse of the affected limb and often occurs in athletes that train under suboptimal conditions. What are the signs and symptoms of Achilles tendinitis? Symptoms of achilles tendinitis can vary from a simple…..
Lower back stretches using pilates equipment
Thu,Dec 08, 2016 at 07:36AM by Carla Mullins
Lower back stretches and pilates Pilates is a great way to achieve lower back stretches. The pilates equipment in particular is a great way to decompress the joints by creating traction or by supporting the person against gravity so that the muscles can release. Pilates Trapeze Table lower back stretches In this video we show a…..
Pilates Reformer Exercise of the Week for Golfers
Wed,Nov 23, 2016 at 05:03PM by Carla Mullins
The snake is an Advanced Pilates Exercise that we cover in a fair bit of detail in the Reformer 4 Resource Manual . However its challenge means that very few people are taught the exercise or perform it correctly. This Exercise of the Week was developed so that clients can enjoy the abdominal challenge and the…..
Headache relief through massage; headache causes and symptoms
Sun,Nov 13, 2016 at 01:07PM by Laura Kinmont
Headache relief – causes and symptoms of common types of headaches Headache relief is top of mind when you’ve been gripped by that familiar pain and tension. There are a number of more common types of headaches as well as various treatment options to help provide relief from headaches. We discuss the common types of headaches…..
Spinal flexion – what it means for bad backs and osteoporosis
Fri,Nov 11, 2016 at 02:48PM by Carla Mullins
Let’s talk about flexion of the spine Flexion of the spine appears to be one of those discussion points at ever so many training courses. It is not the topic of the course mind you, but the sort of question or idea that people raise and the conversation seems to be about ideas that need…..
Pilates exercises for children
Fri,Nov 11, 2016 at 06:52AM by Carla Mullins
When working with pilates exercises for children it is important to incorporate upper body strengthening work. Children under the age of 8 years benefit from bear walks and wheelbarrow exercises as a way of helping them to achieve upper limb strength and stability. Remember that the bones in toddlers and children are different to adults……
Pilates exercises for the thoracic spine and diaphragm
Wed,Nov 02, 2016 at 12:30PM by Carla Mullins
The thoracic spine and diaphragm – important considerations for people with scleroderma, asthma or pneumonia In August 2005 my father died from Systemic Scleroderma, a complex autoimmune condition that markedly restricted the mobility of his lungs and diaphragm. In working with him many years ago I realised that there are many limitations in the way pilates teachers…..
Hand arthritis exercises for mobility, strength and control
Fri,Oct 28, 2016 at 02:20PM by Carla Mullins
Hand arthritis Grip, cut, twist, pinch, unbutton, squeeze, wring, prune, chop and type; these 10 things are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the huge array of tasks our hands are capable of performing. Unfortunately for many Australians, hand and wrist arthritis can challenge both the ability to use the hands…..
Pilates reformer training courses for health professionals
Fri,Oct 28, 2016 at 11:23AM by Carla Mullins
Body Organics provides a series of intensive teacher training courses for exercise physiologists, massage therapists, physiotherapists and osteopaths wanting to obtain an understanding of the repertoire and how to teach clients using the apparatus. The series of courses is divided into distinct units that can be undertaken individually or as a set over a period of…..
Pilates hamstring exercise using the Trapeze Table
Wed,Oct 19, 2016 at 05:25PM by Carla Mullins
The hamstrings are an essential group of muscles when we walk and run, and in particular during the “toe off” stage of gait. Unfortunately many people are not as strong in their hamstrings as they should be and can tend to use their back extensors when walking. In such situations people start to complain about…..
Pilates to improve balance and vestibular response
Mon,Oct 10, 2016 at 04:23AM by Carla Mullins
Why do this balance exercise? In this exercise we have adapted the pilates apparatus to help improve the balance and vestibular responses for the client. We have used the pilates arc to create an unstable surface so that the client can improve their toe extension by walking back and forward on the arc. To increase…..
Pilates exercises for multiple sclerosis
Wed,Sep 28, 2016 at 02:50PM by Carla Mullins
The exercise of the week has a focus on helping improve range of motion in the ankle and hip, generally known as dorsiflexion. It uses the traditional pilates apparatus known as a Wunda Chair. The exercise was modified for a pilates client with multiple sclerosis. For whom does the exercise apply? The exercise modification can…..
Hamstring strain exercises from a pilates perspective
Fri,Sep 02, 2016 at 12:45PM by Carla Mullins
Hamstring strain exercises from a pilates perspective: treatment and exercise to promote optimal healing With an increased participation in the various codes of football, Autumn (Fall) can often mean a rise in hamstring injuries; in fact a recent report from the Australian Football League (AFL) found that hamstring strains are still the number one injury…..
Osteopathy open Saturday
Mon,Aug 15, 2016 at 01:43PM by Michael Schwarer
Osteopathy now open Saturday We now have osteopathy available every second Saturday morning at our Chelmer clinic. So if it’s urgent or you can’t make it for osteopathy treatment during the week then come in for osteopathy on a Saturday. Osteopath available on Saturday can treat a range of issues Our experienced osteopaths can treat females and males of all ages and fitness levels. They can help…..
Pilates strategies for patella fractures
Fri,Jul 15, 2016 at 05:26PM by Carla Mullins
It seems that sometimes that you just get a flurry of clients, all with a similar issue requiring you to think about how you can modify pilates exercises and pilates equipment to get the best solution. These last few months it has seemed it was going to be the “year of the patella”, with multiple…..
Pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy
Fri,Jun 10, 2016 at 12:06PM by Body Organics
During pregnancy, the body goes through many weird, wonderful and sometimes uncomfortable changes. In particular, a hormone called relaxin is released to prepare the body for childbirth. Relaxin softens the ligaments in the pelvis and other joints, in order to help the baby pass through the pelvic area during birth. Although relaxin exists for good reason, it can cause…..
An osteopath treats more than just back pain!
Mon,May 16, 2016 at 12:19PM by Kaitlin Newman
What is an osteopath? There are many misconceptions surrounding what is an osteopath, what is osteopathy, what does an osteopath do, as well as how osteopathy can benefit your body. One of the most common of these misconceptions is that an osteopath only treats back pain. Osteopathy is one of the fastest growing health professions in Australia. To become a registered…..
Frozen shoulder exercises
Thu,May 12, 2016 at 11:40AM by Kirsten Wilkes
Could you be suffering from frozen shoulder AKA adhesive capsulitis? Do you have difficulties putting your hands behind you head? Lifting your arms out to the sides? Reaching into your back pocket? Doing up your bra? You may have frozen shoulder. Frozen shoulder symptoms Adhesive capsulitis, commonly referred to as frozen shoulder, is a condition characterised by…..
Sciatica Symptoms and Treatment
Thu,May 05, 2016 at 04:56PM by Carla Mullins
Exercises for treating sciatic nerve pain What is sciatica? Sciatica is a term that is often thrown around, but what does it really mean? True sciatica is characterised by pain, discomfort or electric shocks into the back or buttocks, and can radiate past the knee into the foot. Sciatic pain runs in a pattern along…..