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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Meditation Class with Ste...

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Exercising Your Mind Have you felt mentally tired lately, unable to concentrate, irritable and stressed? Then meditation is exactly what you need; these are signs of unfit mind, one that needs to be exercised. Just as our bodies need exercise to feel good, function well and stay healthy our mind…
Monday, 10 March 2014

Getting to the Centre of ...

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There is no doubt that during the past few years 'core training' has taken off! Disguised under a variety of different names, the importance of core training can't be understated. Whether it's Pilates or ABT classes, planking or Les Mills CX group training, one question still remains ... How do…
Tuesday, 25 February 2014

The Benefits of Pilates t...

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In my practice I treat many Crossfit enthusiasts, both trainers and participants alike. One thing I have learnt through all this Crossfit commotion is the importance of understanding correct TECHNIQUE! While that might seem like an obvious statement, let me assure you, poor technique is the number one reason for…
Friday, 07 February 2014

5 Reasons why Water Pilat...

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The Water Pilates experience is definitely a unique one, especially when compared to a traditional Pilates class. In the water, your body has an incredible sense of freedom that just isn’t possible on dry land. You have so much more fluidity in your movement when you’re in the water. Moreover,…
Friday, 10 January 2014

How to get the most out o...

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The benefits of Pilates are vast and mostly well known. They include core strength, a sense of connection within your body, breath control, body awareness, improved posture and a general feeling of standing taller. However not all those who have tried Pilates will say they have experienced all these benefits!…
Wednesday, 08 January 2014

Bringing in 2014...

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As 2013 wraps up I wanted to take this opportunity to look back at how far BPS has come in its first 9 months, thank the people who have made it possible and give you all a little insight for what we have planned in 2014! 9 months ago, Unit…
Tuesday, 17 December 2013

How to get the most from ...

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While most people are getting excited for Xmas and the holiday period, there is a subset of people who are secretly dreading this time off... People whose injuries mean they are unable or uncomfortable with the idea of travelling further than a 10km radius from their health care professional. I’m…
Friday, 29 November 2013

Sore muscles? The danger ...

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It happens to all of us, a big training session (often after a slightly longer than normal break). You hit the weights or the treadmill hard, determined to make up for lost time, only to wake up to what you think is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (see my earlier blog…
Saturday, 16 November 2013

Sore Muscles, Causes and ...

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For some individuals, sore muscles are a reward after a hard workout. In fact, some people aren't happy unless they're sore after their workout, while others could live without it. Either way, all of us have probably experienced muscle soreness at one time or another. BPS want to review the…
Saturday, 02 November 2013

Pilates and Pregnancy...

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Staying physically fit during pregnancy can be difficult, especially if you're not in shape to begin with. You're generally more tired, sometimes uncomfortable and possibly concerned about the effects of exercise on your developing baby. Between the extremes of doing nothing and going all out, there is a highly regarded…
Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Movement Integration...

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This is where everything comes together. The body and the brain are so seamlessly connected and as a result movement flows as if it were coming from an orchestra. Every minute detail is easily controlled, nothing appears stilted as the nervous systems, musculoskeletal and myofascial system all blend effortlessly. “The…
Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Weight Bearing and Alignm...

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The closer our bodies are aligned to our center, the more efficient our movement will be. Pilates has a strong focus on alignment throughout all different body positions and movements. Through the use of specifically designed Pilates equipment, correct alignment is able to be progress from the safer and more…
Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Spine Articulation...

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Principle 3 - Spine Articulation Joseph Pilates is often quoted, but this gem sums up principle 3 wonderfully! "If your spine is inflexible and stiff at 30, you are old; If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young." The spine's capacity to support us through which ever plane…
Thursday, 20 June 2013

Axial Elongation & Co...

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Principal 2 - Axial Elongation and Core Control This principle is all about 'posture, posture, posture'. Axial elongation places the body in its optimal position to increase available degrees of freedom and increase the efficiency of your movement. It's important to keep in mind your spine has a natural curve…
Friday, 14 June 2013

Breathing...

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Principle 1 - Breathing This is arguably the number one most important principle of Pilates, the one that so many people get wrong and more often than not, the major reason why people complain of not feeling an exercise where their instructor is telling them they should! After all when…
Friday, 14 June 2013

Pilates Principles Explai...

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Many of you have probably at one point or another in your exercising lifetime trilled a Pilates class whether it was a mat class or studio session. Some of you may have felt you got a lot out of it while for others of you it may have felt all…
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