One of the best aspects of the Pilates method is its portability. You don’t even have to be doing a Pilates workout to move in a ‘Pilates way’. Although the best results are generally gained from working in a studio under the watchful eye of a trained and experienced teacher, home-based workouts are a wonderful adjunct to studio sessions. They help reiterate the subject matter learnt in class and, if done regularly, provide the perfect combination of movements to iron out many of the kinks that modern living creates.
For a new Pilates student, there is a lot to learn in the first 20 sessions. Setting up strong foundations is incredibly important to help advance along the Pilates journey.
There are six key principles that make up the foundations of the Pilates method. Their application is what makes Pilates such a unique and effective modality. It is vitally important that these are taught well for all new students:
Lower back pain has become so common these days, that often it is not even diagnosed. The primary cause is poor standing – but more commonly sitting – posture. Prolonged periods spent seated in front of a computer, as well as slouching forward, have become normal. It is also very common to have a dominant side of the body – a side that we naturally use more than the other. This can lead to a strength or tension imbalance between the left or right sides, another big cause of lower back pain.
Pilates may help to correct these sorts of problems.
Many factors in our day-to-day lives cause tension in the body. Whether it’s poor posture from slouching, carrying a heavy bag on your shoulder or sitting for long periods in a car or at an incorrectly set-up desk.
Headaches can often result from this tension, due to the tightness of muscles in the shoulders, neck and base of your skull. Within tight muscles, we find knots, often referred to as trigger points. Trigger points are ball-like areas of tightness found within tight muscles that can refer pain into your head, causing what we then experience as a headache.
Dry needling is a fantastic technique that may help reduce headache pain and also improve range of movement inhibited by tight muscles.
Join MOSIC Pilates Instructor Hannah Donaldson and the MOSIC team for an evening of education about pain. Understanding your pain will help improve your perception of pain – its importance as well as the reasons our brain sends us pain signals.
This event is open to the entire community including all MOSIC clients, friends and family. If you know of somebody who might find this useful, then please feel free to invite them along.
In addition to education, this event will also involve workshopping some useful techniques to further your understanding of pain.
When: Tuesday 22 August @ 7pm
Where: MOSIC Collins Street – 546 Collins St Melbourne
While this a free event, places are strictly limited. To book your place, please email us at:
Please provide the name and email address of all attendees so we can send out a reminder leading up to the event.
Although completely different in intent, there are many cross-overs and benefits between Pilates and Yoga. Each lifestyle (or method) has proponents eager to tell you why their method is better than the other.
However, as with many things, deciding which will provide the most benefit is a complex combination of factors including: the particular body and personality in question; the various barriers to practice; and what the subject currently needs to help them get better, stronger, pain-free or simply find an improved sense of well-being.
Many blogs (including our own) suggest that Pilates is good for this and good for that and good for pretty much everything. Well, the truth is that Pilates is good, actually great, for almost everything and is beneficial for everyone, particularly older clients. At MOSIC we have been absolutely privileged to work with several clients into their late 80’s whose weekly Pilates sessions have allowed them to live independently and with a self-reported increase in daily confidence.
We all live inside a different body. No two are exactly the same. Some are tall. Some short. They can be big- or small-boned. There are slow, heavy and fast-moving bodies. Toned and squishy bodies. Rather than pursuing a particular (and often unattainable) body type, the way to really explore our limits is to learn about our own particular type of body. The more we understand it, the more fun we can have with it!
Firstly, we need to identify the aspects of our bodies that don’t change, like the structure of our bones. A large-boned, seven-foot-tall person will remain tall their whole life, perhaps only shrinking a few centimetres in older age due to postural changes and normal disc height reduction.
But there are many other body traits that are changeable depending on how we live and what we do. The connectivity of our muscles, ligaments and tendons fit in to this category. Muscles have been described as the organs of the will – our mind can control them. We can use knowledge about the type of muscles we are born with to exploit this characteristic to make positive and lasting changes to them.
Some people’s muscles naturally hold a lot of tension. Others inherit muscles (and ligaments) that are more flexible and mobile – therapists often label them as hypermobile.