Free Pilates Day

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Have you ever wanted to try Pilates?

This is the perfect opportunity to come and try Pilates for FREE in a safe and enjoyable environment under the guidance of our experience instructors.

It’s a free session on Monday 26th October from 12-1pm and there will be 6 places available*.

Secure your position before they go by phoning us on (03) 99391 289 or emailing reception on info@melbourneosteopathycentre.com.au

*This session is open to anyone who has never done Pilates at our studio before.

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Do You Need A Recovery Period After Pilates?

Experienced American Pilates instructor Andrea Cespedes discusses the the notion of the recovery period, so important in many forms of resistance training, in this informative article:

http://healthyliving.azcentral.com/need-recovery-period-after-pilates-10665.html

As it turns out, the mild resistance offered by Pilates makes it an ideal exercise to do daily. In fact, founder Joseph Pilates recommended ‘doing Pilates exercises daily for about 10 minutes, but encouraged students to emphasize different exercises on consecutive days. At a minimum, most experts – including Pilates himself – recommend doing a Pilates workout at least three times per week to experience benefits.’

If you’ve never tried Pilates before but would like to then please contact us to organise a 1-on-1 Initial Consultation with one of our experienced instructors. You can also ask a question, or send us an email at:

info@melbourneosteopathycentre.com.au

We offer regular Pilates classes 5 days a week (morning, lunchtimes & evenings) and you can check out our schedule here:

https://www.melbourneosteopathycentre.com.au/pilates-timetable/

 

How Pilates Can Alleviate Headaches

A headache is a symptom of a number of different conditions of the head, neck and body. It can therefore be confusing for people to understand where the real problem is stemming from. In Australia 87% of people experience headaches every year, with the most common way of treating them being painkillers.

Headaches are a common complaint we hear from Pilates clients and for many people they can be a daily occurrence, and one that has lasted for a  number of years.

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5 Reasons Men Should Do Pilates

Pilates participation is overwhelmingly dominated by females, despite the practice being developed by German-born Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century.

The following article provides 5 great reasons why men can benefit from the practice. Pilates will help you build core strength, improve flexibility and develop often-neglected muscle groups. Have a read and see if Pilates might be for you:

http://www.mensfitness.com/training/build-muscle/5-reasons-men-should-do-pilates

If you are interested in discussing any aspect of Pilates with one of our experienced instructors then please feel free to ask a questioncontact us or send us an email at:

info@melbourneosteopathycentre.com.au

Running-Induced Fatigue and Core Endurance

Recent Articles with Dr Brendan O’Loughlin

Kinematic changes during running-induced fatigue and relations with core endurance in novice runners

This study aimed to investigate kinematic (movement) changes experienced during running-induced fatigue. Further, the study examined relations between kinematic changes and core endurance. The study included 17 participants which isn’t a very large sample group, however it did produce some interesting findings.

You can access the article via PubMed at the link below:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23790535

Mo Farah running with upright posture compared to Hayle Ibrahimov with trunk flexion.

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30 Things To Start Doing For Yourself

This article featured on the LifeBuzz website is a great summary of the book 1,000+ Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently by Marc and Angel Chernoff. It contains a range of simple and sometimes very obvious little things that you can do to improve the quality of your life.

Here are just a few examples from the list featured in the full article, which can be read on the LifeBuzz website.

#4. Start making your own happiness a priority.

#8. Start being more polite to yourself.

#16. Start cheering for other people’s victories.

#18. Start forgiving yourself and others.

#21. Start being attentive to your stress level and take short breaks.

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Reasons Not To Stretch

This week’s blog post is an article that was featured in the New York Times Phys Ed column a few weeks ago. It covers some recent research out of Croatia that involved some “bogglingly comprehensive re-analysis of data” about the detrimental effects of static stretching used as a warm-up before exercise.

You can read the full article here on the New York Times website.

The results showed that static stretching before exercise actually decreases muscle strength and power and can also affect stability. The recommendations are that static stretching alone should not be used as a warm-up before exercise. Rather, it is advised to “warm-up dynamically, by moving the muscles that will be called upon in your workout.”

If you’d like to talk about how stretching and warming-up can be used to positively enhance your sporting goals, then please feel free to ask a questioncontact us or email us at:

info@melbourneosteopathycentre.com.au

We have a diverse group of practitioners specialising in Osteopathy, Exercise Physiology, Remedial Massage Therapy, Exercise Rehabilitation and Pilates who have a broad range of sporting interests.

Pilates for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a progressive bone disease whereby the bones in your body become fragile as bone mass is lost. This can, in turn, lead to bone fractures. The most common site for bone fractures in osteoporotic people are the spine, wrist and hip.

Many people are under the impression that this should only be a concern for their grandmothers or mothers, although this is not the case as more and more of our population are sedentary and do not consume an adequate amount of nutritious foods, especially those high in vitamin D and calcium.

Pilates is a great activity for osteoporotic people as it incorporates weight bearing exercises which are critical for the process of bone breakdown and re-laying of new bone. Weight bearing exercises can help to prevent, slow down and sometimes reverse the effects of osteoporosis.

Any form of exercise that works to ‘surprise’ your bones will help to stimulate the growth of bones, Pilates included. When bones are challenged they produce cells called osteoblasts which improve your bone density.

As well as all of these benefits Pilates helps to increase your co-ordination, balance, and reflexes helping you to avoid falling. If you do fall you may well be able to catch yourself in time and prevent a bone fracture.

– Nicole instructs Studio Pilates at Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre. She also takes Private Pilates classes.

You can find out more information about Pilates classes on our Centre’s Pilates page.

Running and Pilates

Not only is running one of the most efficient ways to increase fitness/lose weight/de-stress, but running recruits most, if not all, muscles in the body, including the heart.

Running is one of the easiest and most natural ways for humans to exercise, requiring minimum equipment whilst providing maximum effect. However, whether you’re running at a competitive/elite level or just running around The Tan when you remember to bring your trainers to work, running as a solo training program has a tendency to create muscular imbalances within the body.

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