Category Archives: General Health & Well Being

Chronic stress and its consequences for the immune system –

Sat,Sep 12, 2020 at 01:18PM by

What is stress? “Stress is defined as a process in which environmental demands strain an organism’s adaptive capacity resulting in both psychological demands as well as biological changes that could place it at risk for illness”. (Cohen Kessler, & Gordon, 1995) There are many different theories about stress and about how and why stress affects…..

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The reality of re-entry

Fri,Jun 12, 2020 at 03:00PM by

Hello and welcome back to the reality of in person clients balancing expectations and needs that may have changed whilst there was a global grounding.  During re-entry it is timely to remember that we have all been through a lot whether it be: // through personal experience of disease // social isolation and disconnection  //…..

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Working prop – erly

Thu,Apr 09, 2020 at 09:35AM by

In these unexpected times, we are having to learn to think differently. We are doing all sorts of online classes and home programs in order to help clients move at home without our lovely Pilates apparatus.  However, props are so important when we are working with clients and this article looks at how to work…..

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We are not Immune

Mon,Feb 10, 2020 at 07:11PM by

It is often said we take our health for granted, but the reality is that it is our underlying immune system that is the forgotten hero. It is our immune system that is challenged the most in times of stress, particularly chronic stress. Chronic stress is apparent after large scale disasters such as cyclones, hurricanes,…..

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Parkinson’s Disease, exercise, medications & pilates

Fri,Oct 18, 2019 at 08:07PM by

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is the most common neurological condition in Australia with 1 in 340 Australians living with the disease, and Queensland is considered a hotspot for the condition.  Nearly  1/4  of all Australians living with Parkinson’s disease live in Queensland.  The reasons for the increases in numbers, or the higher prevalence in Queensland, are…..

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Online bookings for physio and massage appointments with Body Organics

Wed,Sep 11, 2019 at 04:14PM by

You can now book and manage your Body Organics physio and massage appointments online! Appointments can be made: // on a phone or tablet with the Mindbody App // on a computer with Mindbody Online You’ll need to create an account to sign in, then select your preferred Body Organics location (West End or Annerley) to…..

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Pilates teacher or pilates instructor – Why does it matter?

Mon,Sep 09, 2019 at 05:39PM by

Alice is walking along a path when she comes to a fork in the path, and suddenly she sees the Cheshire Cat in a tree. Alice said. “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat……

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Tennis Elbow – lateral epicondylitis

Wed,Aug 07, 2019 at 08:05AM by

  Tennis elbow is quite a common injury not just amongst tennis players but among many people who have fixed grip positions eg pilates teachers who are constantly changing springs.  The conditions other name is lateral epicondylitis, but i must admit everytime I hear the term I think that it is the name of a…..

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Low Back Pain – causes, treatment and prevention

Thu,Jul 18, 2019 at 05:19PM by

Low Back Pain – recognise the cause Be it acute or chronic, living with low back pain is an alarmingly common affliction. Despite the best efforts of health professionals worldwide, low back pain (LBP) is the number one cause for disability globally. Low back a pain has doubled in prevalence in the past 25 years,…..

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MAKARLU LOTUS WINS AUSTRALIA’S COVETED GOOD DESIGN AWARD FOR DESIGN EXCELLENCE.

Fri,Jul 12, 2019 at 05:43PM by

  The winners of Australia’s peak industry design awards – the highest honour for design and innovation in the country – were announced at The Star on 11 July at the 61st annual Good Design Awards Ceremony. Makarlu Lotus received a prestigious Good Design Award Gold Accolade in the Product Design category in recognition for…..

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Balance and falls prevention – Don’t be the fall guy!

Mon,Jun 24, 2019 at 04:00PM by

  “I had a fall” is something that no one wants to hear their older parents or clients say. Balance and falls Falls are sometimes thought of as ‘just one of those things’ that are part and parcel of getting older, with balance and falls issues being all too common. There is no dispute that balance is…..

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Can I claim a rebate for my Pilates classes after 1st April 2019?

Fri,Mar 29, 2019 at 08:04AM by

Private health insurance reforms effective 1st April 2019 As many would have recently seen in the media and also been notified by their private health fund, as of 1st April there are a number of changes to how your private health insurance operates. One change has resulted from the Department of Health conducting a review…..

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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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Minimalism with Makarlu Lotus.
Declutter your space.

Sat,Mar 16, 2019 at 07:10AM by

Replace your multicoloured gaggle of props and spiky balls with Makarlu Lotus Foam rollers, spiky balls, foot domes, wobble boards… the list ‘rolls’ on. A studio, health clinic, home gym or even your own living room can easily fill up with an array of health tools of different shapes and sizes. Some are designed to…..

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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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Tania Huddart on pilates and the contractile field model

Fri,Jan 04, 2019 at 05:51PM by

I am so excited to be sharing the Contractile Field model in the Pilates studio with you. It has so far been a five-year journey of discovery. Writing this article made me reflect anew on how much my approach to Pilates and my own body has changed. This way of thinking has even influenced my…..

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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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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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Massage therapy – what are the benefits?

Mon,Dec 03, 2018 at 05:28PM by

Massage therapy has been around for thousands of years The practice of massage therapy and the use of touch as a natural healing tool has records of use dating back thousands of years. Civilisations in the East and West found that massage and natural healing could help treat injuries and relieve pain as well as…..

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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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