Author Archives: Carla Mullins

A joint action on Rheumatoid Arthritis with Pilates

Wed,Mar 27, 2019 at 02:41PM by

I have a distinct memory of a girl in my grade 4 class having Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and how this impacted her. At the time I did not appreciate the pain and the fear that she was experiencing – but I did understand what it was like to be different, and so we became friends……

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Wristing all – hand and wrist exercises, considerations in a pilates studio setting

Mon,Jan 28, 2019 at 08:13PM by

More than two decades ago I started to experience severe wrist and hand pain for the first time, and unfortunately not the last. I must admit it was excruciating and incredibly frustrating not to be able to use my hands for basic living tasks. Probably one of the lowest points of my life was during…..

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Plantar fasciitis exercises using Makarlu Lotus

Fri,Jan 04, 2019 at 03:24PM by

Those who suffer from plantar fasciitis well know that familiar, sharp pain in the heel and bottom of the foot. Taking those tentative first steps when you get out of bed each day can be a less than pleasant experience! Pain is also frequently brought on by bending the foot and toes up towards the shin, making walking painful…..

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Pilates strategies for foot drop

Tue,Jan 01, 2019 at 03:28PM by

Pilates strategies for preventing and treating foot drop This article was written in 2016 and has been updated in 2019 to include additional exercises and information What is Foot Drop? Foot drop, is a simple way to describe the loss of Range of Movement (ROM) in your ankle.   Dorsiflexion is what occurs when your…..

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Collared & Tied
Collarbone fracture rehabilitation in a pilates studio setting

Wed,Dec 19, 2018 at 07:12AM by

The collarbone is an area of the body that is commonly fractured in falls. Collarbone fractures can result from simple activities such as falling off our bicycle, playing tennis, skateboarding, skiing, playing touch football, car accident, or even an accidental trip after a few drinks! This article is about collarbone fracture rehabilitation, of particular relevance…..

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Pilates for face and neck problems

Mon,Dec 17, 2018 at 11:50AM by

In 2018 Body Organics launched Makarlu Lotus product at the Pilates Method Alliance conference in the USA. The product was very well received and many people said “Oh, it is so beautiful, but what do I do with it?”. I of course said there is so much to do, let’s start from the top with…..

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Meniscus injury of the knee (Part One)

Thu,Nov 29, 2018 at 12:21PM by

Meniscus injury of the knee This article about meniscus injury of the knee will be delivered in two parts. Part one is a broader discussion of the meniscus, its anatomy and considerations for exercises and recovery. Part two will be a case study scenario of one of our Diploma Students, who is a former ballerina…..

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Shouldering On: Shoulder exercises and considerations for pilates studios

Sun,Sep 30, 2018 at 04:40PM by

Shoulder pathology and shoulder exercises for pilates and movement studios The shoulder complex is  tricky because its inherent range of motion can compromise joint stability, so often we have to “shoulder on” despite the pain. It is of little surprise that shoulder pain is the third most common cause of consultations for musculoskeletal pain in…..

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Ankylosing spondylitis – treatments and pilates exercises

Sat,Aug 25, 2018 at 08:52PM by

What is ankylosing spondylitis? Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an autoimmune condition affecting the joints of the spine, particularly the sacroiliac joint (SIJ), but can affect all parts of the spine and other joints within the body. Ankylosing spondylitis symptoms can include: //   Stiffness. One client described the sensation that their back moved like a…..

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Baker’s cysts and exercise

Sun,Jul 15, 2018 at 06:33AM by

“Bury me standing because I have lived my life on my knees”  (old Romany proverb) It is not unusual for a person to come into a movement class complaining of tightness or restriction behind the knee, with the pain increasing when they fully flex or bends the knee. The physiotherapist or doctor tells them it…..

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Raynaud’s syndrome – ideas for working with movement

Wed,Jun 20, 2018 at 03:00PM by

And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour. (William Blake – Auguries of Innocence) My father died from complications associated with systemic scleroderma in 2005. In the years before his death I would sometimes notice a blue tinge to his hands and feet,…..

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Gluteal tendinopathy explained – symptoms, exercises and more

Tue,Jan 02, 2018 at 04:30PM by

Gluteal tendinopathy and why it’s “Love me tendon…”  Using an unashamed pun from Elvis and his classic song Love me Tender, our article Love me Tendon explains gluteal tendinopathy, its pathology and its symptoms. It also provides exercises and great ideas on programs for recovery and rehabilitation. And your clients will love the improvements to their glute med…..

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Trendelenburg gait – causes, considerations and exercise videos

Thu,Sep 21, 2017 at 08:18PM by

What is Trendelenburg gait and Trendelenburg’s sign? Trendelenburg’s sign is an abnormal gait pattern caused by weakness and impaired control of the abductor muscles of the lower limb, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. In a positive Trendelenburg’s sign the body is not able to maintain the centre of gravity on the side of the stance leg……

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Ideas for peripheral neuropathy and exercise

Tue,Aug 29, 2017 at 04:51PM by

Tingling and numbness in the peripheries – could it be peripheral neuropathy? Our hands and feet are essential for daily life, and so it is little wonder that peripheral neuropathy can be so devastating. It can impact daily activities and walking or even holding a cup can be extremely painful. There are many reasons why…..

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Osteoporosis treatment and exercise

Thu,Aug 10, 2017 at 12:56PM by

Osteoporosis treatment and exercise is a mantra of doctors, physiotherapists and rehabilitation practitioners worldwide, however it can be a little overwhelming to understand what this actually means. How does this translate into reality for many people? What is proven to be effective and what is actually a fad? In this article we explore osteoporosis and how it…..

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Pilates courses for osteopaths. Quality pilates training to diploma level.

Fri,May 19, 2017 at 09:27PM by

Pilates courses for osteopaths Body Organics provides Nationally Accredited pilates courses for osteopaths and other allied health practitioners who want to teach pilates as part of their practise. One of our pilates teacher trainers, Tania Paulet, is an osteopath and an Australian Pilates Method Association trained pilates teacher. Tania and Body Organics are unique in that their pilates training…..

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Spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis – causes, symptoms and exercises

Mon,May 15, 2017 at 01:20PM by

Spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis are terms that strike fear into the hearts of many, even if it’s only how to pronounce the words or to spell them. However, the conditions are common and manageable if the person seeks treatment and complies with their exercise program. My own mother at the age of 77 started complaining of intense…..

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Arms and correct joint patterning in Pilates

Thu,Mar 02, 2017 at 12:22PM by

Arms and correct joint patterning in Pilates: Are we teaching how to optimise movement, or simply doing as we were told? “The assumptions you don’t know you’re making will only get you into trouble and confusion” Douglas Adams It’s funny that you can be doing something for years, then injuries happen either in you or…..

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Ballet in Brisbane – pilates and strength training for ballet dancers

Tue,Jan 31, 2017 at 07:27PM by

Unique offering for ballet dancers in Brisbane Ballet is a challenging but beautiful regime requiring strength and agility. Any dancer knows that the demands on your body can be brutal. To perform and compete in the world of dance you need to have strength, agility and grace. It is little surprise then that most ballet…..

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Exercise to relieve hand & wrist pain during & after pregnancy

Fri,Jan 27, 2017 at 02:23PM by

Relieve hand and wrist pain during and after pregnancy with ‘The Rolling Sailor’ using the pilates ball This is one of the simple exercises that we give clients to do at home during their pregnancy and post-baby. Many women complain of hand and wrist pain during pregnancy. Our lovely client asked me to record the exercise…..

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Journey to becoming a pilates teacher

Fri,Jan 06, 2017 at 12:47PM by

This week a lovely story was published in the West End Magazine about Body Organics, below is an extract of the article about Carla Mullins and her journey to becoming a pilates teacher. Carla Mullins boasts being one of the early adopters of pilates in the early 1990s, so could be described as an Australian pioneer…..

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