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Can Men Do Reformer Pilates?


It is no real secret that Pilates much like Yoga is perceived as a form of exercise and movement for women. With most Pilates Studios females form around 90 to 95% the membership base. At any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology more and more men are coming through the doors intrigued to find out what all the fuss is about. Whether they have an injury, want to improve sport performance, dislike generic gym environments or are trying to please their missus men in all shapes and sizes are enjoying reformer sessions and finding the benefits even though they might feel like the minority.

Why Should Men Do Reformer Pilates?

There are plenty of reasons why males should be doing Pilates.  Simply type the words “male Pilates” into your favourite search engine and you will find a number of articles (and blogs similar to this one) outlining how Pilates can help fellas in areas such as improved flexibility, posture, core strength, balance and coordination.  Not to mention stress reduction and improved focus.  It’s also been discussed that a solid undertaking of the science that is Pilates can also improve your performance in the bedroom.

Oh, and for the sports nuts among us, Pilates has become a crucial part of the overall training programs of elite athletes plying their trades within the NRL, AFL, Rugby Union, NBA, Crickets well as many Olympic athletes.  

Why don’t men do Pilates?

So the real question is why don’t men do pilates, it would be wise to start with the realities. Before you look to the anatomy text books, I must note the following is the humble opinion and observations of myself and a few of any.BODY’s male members –  let’s call them Josh, Gary, Warwick and Paul*.   All of the aforementioned joined us on instruction from their doctor, physio or wife.  I asked them what was the hardest thing they experienced when they started Pilates and why they wouldn’t have come along unless pushed.  Here we go:

  • The Classes are Full of Women

Lets face it. Walking into an exercise class full of women can be daunting. They are all looking, and worst of all seem to be able to hold the poses with much more grace than we can. This is a tough one for the old male ego.

The truth is, yes most classes will comprise of females however more and more men are attending any.BODY Studio. With maximum 6 people per class, you will be surrounded by a maximum of 5 women with a likely hood of even less with another brother joining you and classes sometimes not booking out.

  • We look like an ice skating elephant with all of the coordination of a newborn giraffe

This is sadly the truth. Why? Most men lack flexibility and moving freely, stabilising yourself and balancing can be quite challenging if you are stiff. The truth is ALOT of women also lack flexibility so if you are on the reformer and you feel uncoordinated and clumsy everyone else around you either has felt the same but worked hard and gotten better, or still feeling clumsy and uncoordinated. The best thing is, YOU WILL IMPROVE. I am 100% confident that you will feel more confident, more coordinated and more flexible in less than 5 sessions!

At any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology I use the best Reformers you can get. These reformers are large, they are wide, and they can adjust in lots of different ways. So it is my goal to make you feel as comfortable as possible.

There you have it. Men Should DO Pilates.

any.BODY male clients are not stereotypical athletes. Some are office workers, some are weekend cyclists, some are rehabbing an injury and just freaking love snowboarding. If you want to build a body that will last longer, improve your core strength, improve your flexibility and just FEEL BETTER contact Elle today hello@anybody-studio.com.au for a free orientation.

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A big congratulations to all the Spring Into Spring Challengers. I loved seeing your motivation, your dedication and most all, the smiles of everyone that was coming into the studio. It truly does warm my heart when I see everyone enjoying themselves at their pilates session, and even more so when I start to see the improvements in your form, strength and flexibility.

What the Spring Into Spring Challengers had to say:

“The best thing is the energy I have found! I feel so much stronger than I did before and that means I get so much more done in everyday life.… I am more patient with my kids and my husband, and best of all the pain through my hip is completely gone. If they could put this feeling in a pill, everyone would buy it. Loved the challenge!!!” - Mandy

'“I loved everything about the challenge. It was the best way to kickstart me back into a consistent routine with working out and eating good healthy food. I loved attending the number of classes a week in order to complete the challenge and booking in advance held me accountable.  I am going to miss it!” - Leah

“Exercise use to be a chore before I did this challenge. I enjoyed every class throughout the challenge and now find that exercise is easier and more enjoyable. I will be continuing my reformer routine, however attending 2 classes per week to maintain my strength will be easy as pie.” - Mandy

“The challenge was the kickstart I needed to get my A into G and motivated me in all other areas (eating, gym etc), so I would say that with a combination of x4 pilates classes a week, cardio and x2 strength training I have lost about 5 kgs of body fat. I noticed a significant change to my body in its shape and tone, I hold myself better now with posture etc and my squatting technique at the gym has improved too!” - Leah

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At any.BODY Studio you can move in a space freely, with no judgement being passed. Its a place to laugh, to grow, to make friends and to learn to love your body again.

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Consider what your body is capable of doing - not what it looks like. Reformer Pilates helps you build a relationship with your body. You might not be getting along with it very well at the moment, you might be having arguments in the mirror every morning, but through movement and building strength you can regain confidence and learn to love your body again!

Invest in yourself and your ability to move. Join the Love Your Body Challenge starting October 15th - November 3rd. Complete 25 Classes in 48 Days and see the difference it makes to your life.

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High Intensity Cycling + Foot Pain | What it is and how to treat it

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Exercise Physiologist Elle de Wet  and owner of any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology speaks about 

your plantar fascia, what it is, cycling and foot pain and how you can manage it with simple self massage. 

Have you been suffering from sore feet after a big ride, or worse still during a ride? Exercise Physiologist Elle de Wet and owner of any.BODY PIlates & Exercise Physiology in Milton, Brisbane explains that it might be your plantar fascia, and how you can manage this uncomfortable pain that is impacting on your ability to enjoy your ride - whether it be on the road or in your local fitness studio. 

Every useful watt of power you generate while cycling is transferred to your bike through the bottom of your feet. Foot pain, in particular arch pain, is common amongst cyclist and can be caused by a biomechanical issue through your hips causing a tight plantar myo- fascia. 

What is your myo-fascia 

Myofascia spreads throughout our body. It is the thin layer of connective tissue that covers all of our internal parts: muscles, joints, bones, organs blood vessels. It binds some structures together while allowing others to slide over each other. It is known that fascia is responsible for pain when we reduce a joints range of motion (ROM) as we do when we repeatedly do the same movements - just like cycling and sitting at our desks. This hardened myo-fascia is the reason we lose flexibility as we start to age. 

One of the most likely causes of pain in the arc of your foot is a tight plantar fascia (the myo-fascia in the arch of your foot). The plantar fascia (aponeurosis) is a broad, thick band of connective tissue that forms a protective layer over the arch of your foot, enabling you to walk barefoot. Interestingly, the plantar fascia tightens as your big toe extends during the toe-off phase in walking and cycling - therefore naturally this fascia can become extremely hardened for highly active individuals like cyclists and runners. This tightness can be treated and managed and if left untreated can become inflamed resulting in plantar fasciitis. 

How to treat and manage foot pain during and after cycling 

 The pressure put onto the myofascia will break down the dehydrated collagen and help rehydrate it increasing range of motion and flexiblity through the surrounding musculature.

The pressure put onto the myofascia will break down the dehydrated collagen and help rehydrate it increasing range of motion and flexiblity through the surrounding musculature.

Foot arch problems are very common. The structures forming your arches and ankles are complex, and it may be necessary to seek help to correct biomechanical issues if this recommendation does not assist with treatment and management. Releasing myofascia is essential for holistic wellness, proper posture, decreasing pain and progressing in your fitness levels and to assist with increasing or maintaining flexibility. 

Using a trigger ball/tennis ball/golf ball you can release the plantar fascia underneath your foot by rolling the ball and finding tight sore spots. It is recommended to breath through any of the pain. The pressure put onto the myofascia will break down the dehydrated collagen and help rehydrate it increasing range of motion and flexiblity through the surrounding musculature. This simple self massage can not only assist in managing foot pain but also assist in increasing flexibility through your hamstrings and glutes (muscles that get incredibly tight in the traditional cycling posture). 

If you want to continue to increase your fitness levels and get better and stronger during your rides you need to prioritise time to care for the joints and muscles in your body. At any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology Elle recommends 1-3 Reformer Pilates sessions a week to assist in increasing flexability, creating stability through your joints, increasing core strength and move your body in a way that counteracts the repetative postures we find at work and in our hobbies.

For more information on how Pilates & Exercise Physiology services can improve your posture and help you manage pain please contact Elle de Wet directly via the details below. 


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P: 0413 021 369

E: hello@anybody-studio.com.au

W: www.anybody-studio.com.au

8/46 Douglas Street, Milton

Style caught up with Elle de Wet and this is what they learnt

An editorial in Style Magazine's July Wellness edition has been published and Elle from any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology shared what wellness means to her a philosophy that embodies any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology.


"True wellness to me is having the audacity to not be hindered by your failures. Knowing that life is long, and we have to navigate the ups and downs. So yes, its nice to be in a good routine, to achieve your daily physical activity goals, and to eat healthy and look after your mental health all the time, but the reality is that we can't be perfect all the time. So, to me true wellness is the ability to come back after you fall off track, to be balanced in your thinking and understand that health is not about a 200m sprint but about lifelong skills and lessons learnt."

You can read the whole article here

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What is your Posture Like at your desk?

Posture Related Pain | Reformer Pilates Milton Brisbane 

It is very common to find people with back and neck problems that are related to their work setting and posture. As an Exercise Physiologist Elle seeks to understand the underlying factors that are responsible for each clients ailment. For this reason, I always ask my clients: “What makes the pain worse?” The most common answer I hear is “When I sit at my desk at work”. This is the case for chronic lower back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain. 

Obviously, avoiding sitting at a desk isn’t usually a viable option, however, at any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology Elle aims to not only strengthen muscles to assist with postural pain but also teach you strategies for working at a desk that will minimise the likeliness of further injury or pain. 

The human body is not designed to be seated in a chair for 8 hours a day. In a seated position in tend to lose our natural spinal curve, load our lumbar spine 60% more. Stress, poor workstation ergonomics, and bad posture are the main cause mid back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and related injuries. To remedy these, it is important to position your arms, legs and spine in the appropriate alignment, to distribute the appropriate load on your joints and muscles. Doing so avoids excessive overactivity or overstrain.

Here are 5 tips for a good posture in order to prevent ergonomic injuries:

1. Find your natural posture

  • Move your chair away from your desk and sit down comfortably. For most people, it would look a lot like sitting in a car. Your feet are on the floor in front of you; your hands are in your lap, and your shoulders relax as you lean back just a bit.
  • This is called your “natural posture.” In it, your vertebrae are stacked, your entire back moves as you breathe, and your pelvis is positioned so that your spine is stacked properly.
  • Memorise this natural posture.

2. Keyboard and mouse placement

  • Building around the natural posture, the keyboard and mouse should be positioned in a way that keeps your elbows to your sides, and your arms at or below a 90-degree angle. This way, the muscle load is reduced and you’re not straining.
  • Position your keyboard 1 to 2 inches above your thighs. For most people, that probably means employing a pull-out keyboard tray. Alternatively, you can lower your desk, but the keyboard tray is a preferred method. Here’s why…
  • Tilt. The keyboard should ideally be positioned with a negative tilt — down and away from you so that your arms and hand follow the downward slope of your thighs. That being said, you should never use the kickstand that is incorporated underneath most keyboards.
  • Position. Ideally, your keyboard and mouse should be shoulder-distance apart and as level as possible.

3. Position your screen(s)

  • Distance. If your screen is too far away, you’ll start doing something called ‘turtling’, or craning your neck, and you’ll find yourself extending your neck to see it.
  • To find the right screen position, sit back and extend your arm. The tips of your middle finger should land on your screen. That’s the spot.
  • If you have two monitors, set them up side by side (no gap), and place the secondary monitor off-centre. Those who use both monitors equally should centre them both. Now, sit back and extend your arm and pan in an arch. As you pan your arm, your fingertip should almost always touch the monitors. Use the same logic when placing other items, like a document holder or a phone.
  • Height. To adjust the height: close your eyes. When you open them, your eyes should land on the address bar. If not, lower or raise the monitors using the built-in option, with risers, or with other items (as long as the monitor is safe and stable).

4. Adjust your chair

Your chair is your best ergonomic friend. It supports your back, bottom, and posture. Here are some things to look for in a good chair:

  • Shape. Think back to your natural posture. With your tailbone sticking out just a bit, and your vertebrae in their slight curve, the lumbar portion of your spine points in toward your belly. To help you sustain this posture, find a chair that offers good lumbar support.
  • Length. When you sit down, there should be a little space between the edge of the chair and the back of your knees, about the size of your fist. Depending on the chair, you might be able to adjust the seat depth accordingly.
  • Height. When you sit, your feet should be on the floor (not dangling) in front of you, and your thighs should be slightly below your hips. Shorter people may need to use a footrest, while extra-tall people may need to adjust the height of the desk.
  • If you ever find yourself tucking your feet behind you, sitting on one leg, or in another irregular position, your chair needs to be adjusted.

5. Move every hour (minimum)

  • Take a break at least once an hour to walk around the office or stretch. If it helps, set an hourly alarm as a reminder.
  • No matter how ergonomic your workstation is, stretching your body is the only thing that can combat the health issues that arise from prolonged sitting.

If you have any questions or concerns about any pain or discomfort you are experiencing, do not hesitate and consult with Elle. With Pilates, she can improve the endurance and strength of the postural muscles, so that sitting in the appropriate posture is eventually something that comes naturally.

Having a routine of attending at least one reformer pilates class per week can assist greatly in managing pain associated with bad posture. 

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Best Exercises for Older Adults | Reformer Pilates for Older Adults

Low Impact Reformer Pilates | Pilates Studio Milton Brisbane

…"no single intervention has greater promise than exercise to reduce the risk of virtually all chronic diseases simultaneously…" Booth et al. Journal Applied Physiology 2000.

For the older population keeping fit is essential. However, so many forms of exercise can be hard on the bodies of older adults. Many have turned to Reformer Pilates sessions at any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology as a way to stay in shape while reducing the risk of injury that weight-bearing exercises may cause. With its focus on controlled breathing and quality of movement-not quantity of repetitions-many Elle from any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology agrees that Reformer Pilates is one of the best ways for older adults to stay healthy.

Reformer Pilates focuses on building a strong "core"–the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact and partially weight-bearing. It also can positively affect postural positions.

Why Choose Low Impact Reformer Pilates at any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology

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Reformer Pilates programs are individually designed after a musculoskeletal assessment has taken place with our Principle Business Owner and Exercise Physiologist Elle de Wet. Many other Pilates classes are too often generic and don't cater for the persons specific goals being met. Small group sessions at any.BODY Pilates Studio aims to improve patients posture, core strength and stability, flexibility, balance and breathing with a specific focus on learning control issues that may be contributing to pain or reduced function.

Benefits of any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology Low Impact Reformer Pilates Sessions

  • Improved deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscle tone
  • Prevent and reduce low back and neck pain
  • Overall body toning
  • Improved posture and core stability
  • Firmer and flatter stomach muscles
  • Improved flexibility and balance
  • Reduce stress
  • Improves sporting performance
  • Safe form of exercise during and after pregnancy
  • Improves bone density (reduces risk of osteoporosis)

Interested in starting Low Impact Reformer Pilates at any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology

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5 Classes for $45 (14 Day Expiry)


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Call Elle today via the Call Now Button Below to book in your free initial musculoskeletal assessment.

Classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with maximum 6 Clients per class so bookings are essential.

Private sessions are also available, so please discuss with Elle if you wish to first partake in private sessions before she introduces you to group classes.

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any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology provide assessments and treatments for patients of all ages and ailments. 

At any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology Elle can assist you in specializing a program and providing supervision for physical rehabilitation programs that can assist you in overcoming work-related injuries. 

The aim is to get you back to your full functioning self as soon as possible and able to return to work and normal activities. Elle works closely with work cover case managers and GP's to ensure you receive the best possible care. As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist Elle specializes in rehabilitation and provides the greatest of care and outcomes for each individual. 

  • Individual Assessments and Measurements
  • Clear Communication with you and your case worker
  • Continual Measurement and analysis of your progress
  • Personalized Program Development and Progression
  • Exercise Physiologist with ESSA Accreditation 
  • Skilled and Passionate practitioner

Information for Injured Party 

In the management of injury, Elle will work closely with the patient and other health professionals to strengthen the injured body part for a fast and successful recovery. Following a physical examination that includes the measurement and testing of your existing capabilities, Elle will develop an individually designed rehabilitation plan to reduce pain and increase physical strength. By working with an Exercise Physiologist and following a program customised to your particular injury, body and lifestyle you increase your chances of a speedy recovery without risking further injury or pain.

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What To Expect | Mind & Body | Reformer Pilates Brisbane

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Feeling a little bit awkward?

If you haven’t done a Pilates reformer class before, then you probably felt a little uncoordinated and out of your depth.  That’s perfectly natural, everyone feels like that to begin with.

The biggest changes you will experience will happen with consistency. Don't just try it once or twice, persevering and working through these challenges will provide you with benefits that will assist you for the rest of your life. 

By your forth, fifth and sixth class your muscle memory will start to kick in and you will feel more controlled and at ease. 

Feeling a little bit sore or maybe not feeling sore at all?

That’s perfectly normal too. This is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (or DOMS for short) and it’s a sign that the body is already starting to tone up! Not feeling that sore? This can be normal too, as you start learn to use muscles that might not been used before it might take some time for them to activate. Muscle soreness is a good thing, but as the any.BODY Pilates Reformers puts your body in a non-weight baring position we stimulate the middle of the muscle (muscle belly) therefore it removes added stress and pressure on your joints therefore your body should feel better not unbearable sore. 

Stretching is important before and after class to reduce muscle soreness, but the other big thing is to continue to move – so book in for your next class straight away and don’t let a little muscle stiffness stop you from achieving your goals. 

Your safety comes first and this is why our classes are designed by an experienced Exercise Physiologist.  You should never feel any pain in your neck, back or any of your joints at any time. If you are having any physical concerns, please speak to Elle, she has tricks and props to assist you during class. 

Feeling Fabulous.

You might be feeling a few other things after your any.BODY Studio workout. Invigorated. Strong. Relieved? Energised. Motivated? Empowered and Challenged? That is all normal too. Reformer Pilates gives hope to a lot of people with body issues, aches and pains and challenges those that want to continue to challenge themselves. 

Feeling the rhythm.

Consistency is key. Regular classes is more important that lots of classes. You will get stronger. You will get more flexible and you will get better and better with each session. Your mind and your body will thank you for it. Feel that rhythm and book your next session now. If you are still a little bit tender, just let Elle know and she will provide appropriate modifications to make you feel comfortable. 

Benefits of Strength Training for over 50's | Reformer Pilates Brisbane

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Strength training may not be the first form of exercise that comes to mind as you age, but not only will strength training make you stronger, it will keep you healthier too. Strength training increases bone density and can improve independent living by decreasing the risk of losing muscle (sarcopenia) which in turn decreases your risk of falls. Strength training can be done in a gym setting or utilising a Pilates Reformer. 

Both men and women benefit from strength training at all ages but it’s important to implement it to your exercise regime as you age.

A study by Havard showed that men who strength trained for 20 minutes daily experienced less of an increased in age-related belly fat compared to those who spent the same amount of time doing aerobic training.

For women partaking in strength training will strengthen bones and increase muscle, as hormonal changes can rapidly incite the deterioration of bone density.

Benefits of strength training:

  • Builds bone density
  • Decreases body fat
  • Builds muscle mass
  • Improves mental health
  • Helps avoid injuries as it will strengthen connective tissue

 

Reformer Pilates vs Traditional Gym: 

  • Ease of mind knowing you are being looked after by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist
  • All Exercises start with activating our core so you are learning skills that will help you in everyday life to assist in preventing injuries
  • Focuses on breathing 
  • Builds strength through your joints to assist with joint pain and arthritic pain
  • Low Impact / Lots of modifications to ensure you are never uncomfortable

How to start:

  • If you have a chronic condition that you are concerned about you may need clearance from your GP and a referral to see an Exercise Physiologist prior to starting.

  • Schedule a Meet & Greet with Elle for FREE where you can get to know her and she will show you how the reformer works and explain how it will be suitable for you.

  • Book an Appointment - See Elle for an Initial Consultation + 2 Privates for $119

  • Book into a Class - Mondays @ 10:00am or Wednesdays at 3:45pm

Reformer Pilates 30 Day Challenge | Starts July 2nd 2018

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Starts July 2nd 2018

Registration CloseJune 25th 2018


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Your Life Changes Now

 

 

STRENGTH IS SOMETHING YOU CREATE

30 DAYS TO GET MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY STRONGER

What does strength mean to me you? Physical and mental strength is an attribute you can create. Its empowering. Its all you! It provides you with a layer of confidence that no one can take away from you because YOU created it. At any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology I want you to see your potential and in 30 Days I guarantee you that you will transform your mind and your entire body and feel mentally and physically stronger, healthier and more energized. 

  • Pilates Assessment and Reformer Orientation
  • Group Classes
  • 30 Minute Consultation with Sports Dietitian Tara Davenport
  • Gold Standard Measurements: Skinfolds + Waist Circumference
  • Meal Plans
  • Workshops on Weight loss, Gut Health and Metabolism

 

 

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Recipe Guides

Your passport to a healthy body image and a healthy way of life. Nutrition tips and daily easy on the go recipes will be made available to all challenge members via a private Facebook Community Forum and via email.  

 

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Accelerated Results

Small Group Classes with an Accredited Exercises Physiologists designed to create long lean toned muscles while considering any pre-existing injuries and concerns. Dramatically flattened abs. Mental and physical strength and stamina. Improved posture and flexibility. More energy. A workout you’ll love. Your choice of 20 or 28 class packs.

 

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Daily Inspiration

any.BODY is a new boutique reformer studio with a community of members. Run by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist you will receive daily inspiration to stay focused by getting assistance with goal setting, daily articles, videos, recipes and a stack of inspiration and educational resources. Body Composition analysis available upon request. 

 

30 DAYS TO GET MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY STRONGER

Midlife Weight Gain | Muscle Building, Stress & Weight Gain

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Whether you are in your 30's, 40's, 50's or 60's you need to be aware of what is happening in your body through the aging process and why gaining weight becomes easier and losing weight becomes harder. 

You might be at a preventative stage where you are working hard to stabilize your weight or at a stage where you are trying to shed a few extra kilo's; regardless it is important to know what starts to happen in our bodies as we age and what we can do to address/manage these issues. We know that weight is a complex area of health, influenced by many factors. Diet and physical activity can play their part, but when it comes to midlife weight gain, there are some other pieces of the puzzle that need to be taken into account.

Stress... we can't manage it without actively trying too!

Simply put there is a huge a correlation between stress and weight gain. If you don't have a mental health self care routine put in place I urge you to sit down and think of methods you can use to de-stress. High cortisol levels in response to surges of adrenalin (the fight or flight hormone) which is a common place in todays fast paced society lead to weight gain around the waist.  A client last week told me that her WHS manager is so happy that she is attending Reformer Pilates as it is helping her with her stress levels at work. Movement help with stress relief. Plain and simple. The reason I have set up a space that is calming is because I understand how amazing it can feel to step into a place that soothes the soul, focus on YOUR BODY AND YOUR MIND for 45 mins and leave feeling more accomplished this will have a HUGE IMPACT on reducing your cortisol levels.  

What is your stress less self care routine?

  1. Move in some form each day - Walking outdoors, unlimited reformer pilates classes available at $66 per week with stretch and breath classes available
  2. Practice Gratitude at the dinner table (what went well today?)
  3. Stretch at home before bed
  4. Meditation or nostril breathing (ask me about nostril breathing at your next class) 
  5. Have a bath (minus the wine)
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Try and reduce your cortisol levels! They won't just reduce themselves it is up to you to actively try and de-stress!

For women... Why you need to be aware

For many women, the menopause years are often met with physical, emotional and mental changes. And often, just as you are navigating the tricky symptoms of hot flushes, night sweats or increased anxiety levels, you are greeted by another unwelcome visitor: weight gain.

The fat stored in the abdominal region is also known as 'visceral fat'. Compared to the other type of fat (subcutaneous fat), you cannot pinch visceral fat with your fingers or grab it with your hand. Visceral fat lies out of reach, deeper in your body, wrapping around vital organs such as your liver, gut and pancreas.Visceral fat is favoured in midlife weight gain and unfortunately, it's a key player in a variety of health issues. An excess of visceral fat is linked to an increased risk of heart disease (the number-one killer of women in Australia), type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and dementia.

Estrogen staying healthy & weight management

Of all the hormones in your body, estrogen just might have the worst rep: you probably associate it with the bloating, fatigue and headaches. Increasingly, researchers are linking excess body fat to excess estrogen levels: they find that the more body fat you have, the more estrogen you produce. Studies also show that high levels of estrogen are connected to health conditions such as obesity, cancer and type 2 diabetes.

Additionally, for active women, keeping estrogen at the right levels — not too high and not too low — can make the difference between looking fit and looking flabby.

Reformer Pilates | Building muscle and managing weight gain

Maintaining an active lifestyle and coming to reformer Pilates can help balance your estrogen levels. As we age our muscles atrophy (muscle fiber size decrease) and reformer Pilates assist to increase your muscle fiber size. Research shows that high intensity, short duration resistance training is the best method to assist with balancing estrogen levels. This in turn helps  to regulate your estrogen levels by increasing lean muscle mass, which increases metabolism, which then helps to burn more fat and reduce fat mass. In turn, this reduces the amount of aromatase — the result of fewer fat cells. So more testosterone is available and less estrogen is produced. Since testosterone also helps you build lean muscle mass and reduce fat mass, the results of exercise are further improved.

Also, since fat cells naturally produce harmful estrogen, anything that keeps you lean will help balance estrogen levels. 

Reformer Pilates is a low impact method to build muscle, increase flexiblity and and manage current aches and pains. At any.BODY Pilates you will work with an Exercise Physiologist that understands issues surrounded with midlife weight gain and managing current injuries. 


Why I Float Weekly & Recommend Float Therapy | Pilates Studio Brisbane

To many people this concept is completely new, however it has been around for decades.  So what is flotation therapy / sensory deprivation?

Flotation Therapy is essentially a way of achieving deep relaxation by spending an hour or more lying quietly in darkness, suspended in a warm solution of Epsom salt. The idea sounds nice but the benefits and how you feel post float far out weighs the actual time you spend in therapy. I have to admit the actually floating is not the reason I return, yes it is relaxing but the post feeling of complete calmness, reduced muscle aches and waking up the next day feeling completely rested is why I return on a weekly basis for my regular float session. 

Why I Float

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Working in the business of motivation, health and wellness self care is so important to me to stay motivated, to stay passionate to eat healthy and stick to my movement routine, but guess what.. I am human and there are times that my brain JUST DOES NOT WANT TOO. I float because it recharges me, it re-sets my brain and it makes me feel content and at ease. I think we all need time away from this over stimulated world. We are constantly surrounded by sights and sounds, information is continually being embedded into our brain and our poor brain doesn't ever get to just chill the f*ck out. Meditation has always been recommended to assist in calming our minds. A float tank can place you in an environment to work towards a meditative state at greater ease. 

The Science

Through sensory deprivation and the healing properties of epsom salts, floatation therapy aids in neurological, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, muscular skeletal, hormonal balance as well as personal growth and healing. Sensory isolation in the flotation tank induces deep relaxation and subsequent positive health effects for patients suffering from e.g. stress or muscle tensions pains. Very few studies have investigated this method as a preventive health-care intervention however a study done by Westman & Kjellgren (2014) studied 65 individuals in a randomized control trial. The individuals were randomly put in a control group (no therapy) and a group that took part in a 7 weeks of regular float sessions. Prior and post the intervention (float sessions) questionnaires were done measuring their  psychological and physiological variables such as stress and energy, depression and anxiety, optimism, pain, stress and sleep quality. 

The results: Stress, depression, anxiety, and pain were significantly decreased whereas optimism and sleep quality significantly increased for the flotation group. No significant results for the control group were seen. There was also a significant correlation between mindfulness in daily life and degree of altered states of consciousness during the relaxation in the flotation tank.

We are getting more and more aware the optimal wellness and health is ensuring we look after our mental health. I use float therapy as a form to look after my mental health and would recommend it to all of my clients to assist in becoming the best versions of themselves. I have written this blog in the hope that you continually seek ways to improve your mental and physical state and in the hope that you put into words your experience. 

See you in the studio soon xx

** FYI I am not affiliated with any float centres in Brisbane. I genuinly just want to recommend services that I believe in 

Try a Nourish Bowl - On-The-Go Healthy meal bowls

These nourishing bowls may be just what your body is craving and they are super easy. Have some of these ingredients pre-made in your fridge, veggies topped up and the right toppings you can whip up these fabulous on-the-go healthy meal bowls any time of the day. My days at the studio are long, often starting at 5:30am and finishing after 7pm. I need to come prepared otherwise I find my body running off caffeine. I started making these nourish bowls a few weeks ago and with a little bit of preparation I am finding energy throughout the day and relying less and less on caffeine to get me through the day. 

Self Care and appropriate nutrition is so important for me to ensure that I show up fully present and energetic to each and every client and class. 

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See you in the studio x

Serves: 1 | Prep time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

Grains (½ cup cooked per bowl)

  • barley
  • quinoa
  • brown rice
  • couscous

Protein (1 egg or 1 cup per bowl)

  • legumes (e.g. chickpeas, black beans)
  • tofu, sliced
  • egg

Vegetables (2-3 cups per bowl)

  • roasted - sweet potato, beetroot
  • raw - carrot, zucchini, tomato, snowpeas
  • pickled - sauerkraut
  • steamed - broccolini, corn

Healthy fat (topping)

  • 1/2 small avocado
  • sprinkle of nuts/seeds (e.g. chia seeds, sesame seeds, pine nuts)
  • drizzle of tahini/hummus/olive oil

Method

To assemble each bowl, place ½ cup of chosen grain in bowl.

Place protein of choice over grain

Arrange a mixture of roasted, raw and pickled vegetables around the bowl.

Top with avocado and sprinkling of nuts and seeds. And drizzle with chosen flavour.

Can self-compassion help you love your body? | Why thinking your ugly is bad for you..

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I often get asked by clients to do certain exercises to target certain ‘problem areas’. This might be the ‘tuckshop lady arms’ or ‘man boobs’. I know that so many of us often look in the mirror and don’t like what we see. Women and men are both pressured to lose weight, buff up, shed our wrinkles, and colour or grey hair, all in pursuit of a sexier look. The pressure is often exacerbated by social media and the constant opportunity to compare oneself to others.

I did some research into the topic and some researchers are looking for a new way to counteract those negative cultural messages and improve our body image: self-compassion.

Self-compassion involves mindful awareness of our thoughts and feelings, coupled with kindness towards ourselves—and a recognition of our flaws being part of a common human condition. Kristin Neff, who coined the term, has studied self-compassion and found that it is tied to resilience and wellbeing, and can be useful in combatting depression and anxiety.

I am not saying that we should not strive to better ourselves and improve our bodies. We should strive to improve our functionality, get stronger and GIVE BACK TO OUR BODIES, but we should also look at studies like the ones I have summed up below to try and help with positive body image thoughts.

Read below about a new study that suggest that self-compassion can help women and men a like to see their own bodies in a more positive light. I love this shit <3

Self-compassion helps self-esteem

In one study, researchers recruited women from 18 to 75 years old to report on their levels of self-compassion and self-esteem, and on the factors affecting their self-worth. In addition, the survey asked questions about “body image avoidance behaviours”—things like not wearing fitted clothing, avoiding social events, and not engaging in sexual intimacy—that have been tied to an increased risk of eating disorders.

As expected, women low in self-esteem—who tended to evaluate their self-worth based on appearance—engaged in more frequent avoidance behaviours. But having higher levels of self-compassion tempered the relationship between low self-esteem and avoidance behaviours, suggesting it protects women who might otherwise develop more serious body-image issues.

“Self-compassion is almost a panacea to low self-esteem,” says Peta Stapleton, first author of the study. “If you start learning to love and be compassionate towards yourself, it is hard to keep having low body esteem.”

Moreover, self-compassion may be helpful to reduce negative coping mechanisms at any age, says Stapleton. This is important, she says, because “women who learn to hate their bodies from a young age tend to hold onto this hatred for life.”

“Self-compassion is an under-utilized treatment in clinical programs for eating disorders and could be an answer to helping people recover faster…and earlier,” says Stapleton.

Self-compassion versus social media

These findings were echoed in another recent experiment, where researchers tested how different kinds of social media images would affect women’s feelings about their bodies.

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Young women watched five minutes of one of four types of images:

·         “Fitspiration” images of thin women with good muscle tone

·         Self-compassion quotes—things like, “You are better than you think” or “Cut yourself some slack” against a neutral background, like flowers or geometric designs

·         Fitspiration images with self-compassion quotes superimposed over them

·         Neutral images of interior designs

Then, the women filled out questionnaires about self-compassion, mood, and body image.

Those who viewed fitspiration images had no worse moods, self-compassion, or body image than those who viewed neutral images—a finding that contrasts with previous research that had found a correlation. However, those who viewed self-compassion quotes had significantly more positive moods, more self-compassion, and better body image compared to women viewing neutral images. This effect was strongest for women who embrace the ideal of a thin body.

Interestingly, viewing fitspiration images with superimposed self-compassion quotes also inspired significant improvements in mood and body image, suggesting that the self-compassion quotes help override the negativity that could be associated with fitspiration images.

Why thinking your ugly is bad for you….

 About 10,000 people a month Google the phrase, “Am I ugly?” Meaghan Ramsey of the Dove Self-Esteem Project has a feeling that many of them are young girls. In a deeply unsettling talk, she walks us through the surprising impacts of low body and image confidence—from lower grade point averages to greater risk-taking with drugs and alcohol. And then shares the key things all of us can do to disrupt this reality.

What health means to me | Get to know Elle from any.BODY

Many of my members will know me as their Pilates Instructor. The quirky lady that likes to poke and prod, count extremely slowly backwards from 10 (all the bloody time), get my dance on behind you when you are feeling the burrnn and I am feeling the music. 

It is important for my members to get to know me on a personal level and know my philosophy with health and the journey I have taken to get to where I am today. I didn't always know my purpose, I did not always want to help people become BETTER VERSIONS OF THEMSELVES, I was not always well educated on health or would even have considered myself remotely healthy. 

My Journey

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At the age of 22 I was pretty stoked with life. I was working in Marketing, I had a boyfriend that loved me, lived with him in Spring Hill in an apartment and had lots of friends that appreciated me for me. At the age of 22 I weighed 116kg but would still rock mini skirts and doc martins (deary me). I never really saw my weight as an issue. I still managed to do the things that I loved, I didn't quite see how my obesity was holding me back. One day my father (scary South African man with a moustache) came into the city where I worked and spoke to me heart on heart about my weight. He laid it out to me straight, Elle you are overweight and one day when you want to have babies your health will be at risk. That weekend, I attended my girlfriends engagement party and saw a picture of myself and for the first time realized how out of control my weight was. From that night I am not sure what changed but for the first time in my life I wanted to be smaller. I accepted that the chubby girl in the mirror was not me and it was FINE TO WANT TO IMPROVE myself. Yes it scared me to think that I might fail, but without even knowing it I put things in place that would make it hard to fail. It was not soon after that I sold my car and started walking to work. I started inquiring about what it is to eat healthy. I am lucky to have amazing parents that backed me all the way. An enlightened mother that would send me amazing recipes and teach me simple ways of choosing the right food options. I have lost over 50kg since then. I have kept the weight off now for nearly 8 years but I can guarantee you this, it is NOT EASY. 

I was 24 when i decided that I wanted to have a career in health. I was petrified of getting overweight again and thought, if I made health my life then surely that would help me create a life that made me put health 1st. This was not always the case, throughout my 5 years of study there were times I was extremely unhealthy and unaware. 

My Philosophy  

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Health is a roller coaster and we have to learn to ride it. Over the years I have learnt to not be too hard on myself. There have been times when I would be off track for months, eating unhealthy foods, not doing anything proactive to manage my stress, not moving and I would not only see my weight increase (within weeks) but also see my mood decrease. Over the years I have learnt to ride the ups and downs, and try and decrease the amount of time I spend in the downs. The downs suck, but they are part of life. It is during the downs that we might find the motivation to seek the highs again. I have really tuned in to how healthy food and exercise makes me feel, rather than how it makes me look. I am finding that if we care more about our mood and our feelings, rather than what the scale says or whether we look good in a pair of white jeans then we will be more motivated to continue making healthy choices. 

I do a Reformer Pilates workout everyday. I do it because it warms my muscles, it improves my flexibility, it helps me manage an ongoing hamstring issue and it makes me feel strong. I ride my bike most days and I do it because it helps me manage my stress and it challenges me - which in turns makes me feel good about myself. 

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My biggest advice to anyone is to ask themselves if they want to live a long and happy life. If you want to live a long and happy life then you naturally will be inclined to want to be healthy. I know the want does not always mean there is action, and this does not mean that you will always make the right choices and be on track, but it means that you will ride the ups and downs and hopefully find tools to put in your tool box to ensure that your downs become shorter and shorter and your highs last longer and longer. 

If you have read this far then thank you <3. Thanks for letting me share a bit more about me, this is in the hope that next time you are in the studio you will share a little bit more about you.

See you in the studio xx

 

 2012 - Someone nominated me to share my story in WHO Magazine. I'm still not sure WHO?&nbsp;

2012 - Someone nominated me to share my story in WHO Magazine. I'm still not sure WHO? 

Magnesium Oil by SALT LAB. & Why you need it so bloody much!

Magnesium Deficiency | Modern Life | Pilates Studio in Milton 

Did you know that for every molecules of sugar we consume, our body needs 54 molecules of magnesium to process it? That is as pretty crazy thought! Well did you also know that magnesium is responsible for over 300 reactions in your body! So Science says we need magnesium and we need lots of it!

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So if we need magnesium to process sugar and we need magnesium for our body to 'function' properly then it is a pretty scary fact to know that modern lifestyle is contributing to people being severely magnesium deficient and resulting in some pretty common things that we simply learn to live with. Magnesium is found in our dark leafy greens like spinach and silverbeet, it is also found in nuts like cashews and almonds and grains like quinoa (the healthy shit). However, we all know that with modern day life it is becoming increasingly hard to eat a well balanced diet ALL THE TIME so maybe it is well worth considering a magnesium oil. A few more facts.... 

Modern Lifestyle

  • Digestive Issues 60-70 Million adults suffer from digestive issues
  • Coffee - 50% of the population drinks coffee
  • Stress - 91% of adults feel stressed at a level of moderate to high
  • Sugar - 181 million tons of sugar was consumed in 2015

Pain

  • 1 in 5 Australians live with chronic pain
  • Total economic cost of chronic pain in 2007 was estimated at $34 billion dollars
  • Chronic pain accounts for 40$ of forced retirements 

Sleep

1 in 3 Adults suffer from a sleep disorder

Total Economic Cost of sleep deprivation in 2016 was estimated at $66.3 billion dollars


Magnesium Oil by SALT LAB. 

A breakthrough nutritional study conducted at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and published in PLoS ONE has found that just 248mg of magnesium per day leads to an astounding reversal of depression symptoms in study subjects.

How crazy is that. Read the article HERE for more detailed information about the study. 
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Magnesium oil facilities transdermal delivery (through the skin) of magnesium chloride. IT is well documented that most of the magnesium in oral powders and pills supplements are lost in the digestive system or eliminated by the body, not reaching the cells that need it. Salt LAB makes an easy to use spray that allows you to apply magnesium straight to tired muscles, sore joints and onto your stomach for greater absorption.

 

any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology will now be stocking SALT LAB Magnesium spray to assist clients with REST, RECOVERY and PERFORMANCE. 

RRP $32.95

 Magnesium is a vital mineral for pregnant women, here is why: Reduces Morning Sickness + Leg Cramps + Anxiety + Insomnia + Preeclampsia + Eclampsia + Premature Labour... Dr. Sircus states ‘pregnancy cannot be normal unless magnesium levels are adequate’. As all pregnancies are different and some can be a little more complicated than others, we always suggest consulting your GP prior to use. Let Salt Lab be the answer to your pregnancy woe’s.

Magnesium is a vital mineral for pregnant women, here is why: Reduces Morning Sickness + Leg Cramps + Anxiety + Insomnia + Preeclampsia + Eclampsia + Premature Labour... Dr. Sircus states ‘pregnancy cannot be normal unless magnesium levels are adequate’. As all pregnancies are different and some can be a little more complicated than others, we always suggest consulting your GP prior to use. Let Salt Lab be the answer to your pregnancy woe’s.

Motivation Monday - 5 Things To Get You Back On Track

Happy Monday amazing people – I wanted to start this Monday 26th March as the first of my weekly motivation Monday email blogs. I will endeavor to write weekly blog posts and email them through with some information that you guys will hopefully find helpful to help you keep on track and stay motivated to not only move your bodies but also look after your yourself in a holistic way.Hopefully through these blogs you guys will also get to know me a bit better, and understand why I have opened up any.BODY Studio and my vision for the future.

This first blog I have simply titled – 5 things to get you back on track. As any.BODY’s and as human beings the one thing we all have in common are our emotions. We all experience happiness, sadness, excitement, heartbreak, anxiety, confusion, love, loneliness and joy – and the list goes on. Not only do we experience these emotions but we experience them all over the place and there is about 7 billion of us going through the same stuff!

I am someone who craves routine – I wake up every morning at the same time 4:30am I try and squeeze in some exercise which comes in the form of cycling to the studio or going for a quick 30 minute run. I try and make a protein smoothie, and drink at least 1 cup of water before I leave the house because I want to feel good before I try and make my clients YOU GUYS feel good.

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The rest of the day gets hectic, but if I can tick those 3 things off my list then I know I have put some time towards self care. I love routine, but I am human and most of the time I don’t stick to one. I have days where I feel completely lost and have no idea what I am doing, I am anxious, fidgety and can’t think straight. And then there are days where I am SUPERWOMEN. I am productive, focused, organised, driven, creative, busting with ideas, full of energy and then, here I go again and go off track – This kind of sounds a little bit like a roller coaster that life is so often referred too.

Over time I have learnt how to observe the ups and downs with a little less judgement and know that there are always some basic things I can do to pick myself up. The best realisation is that if you value your health, you will always have another up – It is just up to you how much time passes before you pick yourself up again.  Having experienced obesity and massive spells of fatigue and low energy into my mid twenties I feel like this has allowed me reflect on the simple things that have helped me refocus on my health and get back to what is important to me.

I am sure these will all differ from person to person but I wanted to share with you what works for me with the hope that you can find 5 things to write down that might work for you next time you are lacking motivation and feel like you have fallen off track

1.       Movement – As I am always in the studio teaching classes I am always working on my strength and flexibility. I need to really prioritise moving in other ways otherwise it just does not happen -  Movement is about giving your body what it needs and as I am always feeding my body with pilates and yoga my body craves high intensity cardio – to get puffy and sweaty. Hopefully as you are attending more and more classes I will educate each and everyone of you to know why it is important to care for your body and service it with strength training (Your group reformer classes) flexibility training (reformer stretch and mat stretch) and give your body WHAT IT NEEDS. If you are an office worker your body needs to build strength and flexibility but  unless you are in a habit of continually giving it what it needs it won’t scream at you when you don’t give it what it want. The simply rule of supply and demand 😊

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2.       Treat YO Self – My treat yo self comes in the form of a bi-weekly sensory deprivation float. I have been floating now for about 3 months and the impacts it has had on my mental health, clarity and motivation levels overwhelms me. I know ‘burnout’ is real and for me personally if I want to inspire people to be the best versions of themselves then I need to ensure that I stay on track, stay creative and make sure that I prioritise rewinding and relaxation before it impacts me.  Your treat yo self might come in the form of your Reformer Class, a remedial massage or a night to yourself with no technology or kids. Anything that can help you assist in reflecting and re-engergising.

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3.       Good Food
I find it easier to eat better after I have moved my body so food and exercise comes hand in hand. Is it not true that when you finish your pilates session that you are more motivated to have a healthy dinner or buy a nutritious smoothie? Attempting to eat healthy foods with no happy endorphins running around my body is such a struggle for me and I find that when my exercise routine is thrown off track it and can quickly lead to a downward spiral of only wanting unhealthy food. Waking up and doing some form of exercise in the morning to start my day assists in me making health food choices throughout the day.

4.       Sleep Getting enough sleep is extremely important to me. My days are long, I am at the studio at 6:00am most mornings and home by 8:00pm most nights. When any.BODY was just a dream and in the early stages of opening the studio I would stay up late sitting on my laptop pushing myself to stay awake and do more work. I did not realise with this came more anxiety and more unhealthy habits. Night times are sometimes the hardest for me but after reflecting I have found that all I need to do is switch off my screens and get some good zzz’s. I always wake up feeling better and more in control.

5.       Nature – Having grown up on a farm in South Africa I have always been some sort of wild child. I am an adventure seeker, I love the outdoors and there is nothing that inspires me more to be healthy and happy than to get into the great outdoors and do the things that I love. Unfortunately all too often I forget to prioritise this. Over the last 2 months I have prioritised getting into nature as I know it is one of the things that helps me stay on track. I am lucky enough to be able to visit my parents in Buderim where they live in a beautiful house surrounded by rainforest. This weekend I drove out to Moogerah Dam where the quietness stumped me. It was so quiet, I nearly felt awkward speaking out loud.

For some reason it is so easy to avoid the things that makes us feel good, when it is common for us to self sabotage our own happiness and do the things that make us feel not so good. Practice cracking yourself out of those times by knowing what are the 5 things that will help you get back on track.

Thanks for reading this and I hope something in this blog has resignated with you and will help you stay on track to be the best version of yourself! See you in the studio 😊

Why Foam Rolling & Trigger Release should be part of your routine | Reformer Pilates Brisbane

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Since opening any.BODY Studio I have been blown away at the lack of mobility from my clients - no matter what age! Mobility is the ability to move our joints in its full range of motion. With reduced mobility comes compensation matters and increased risk of chronic and acute injuries. Reformer Pilates is a great way to start to work on the mobility through your joints, but it is also really important to compliment your routine with foam rolling & trigger release and here is why.... it all comes down to our MYOFASCIA.

What is MYOFASCIA | Reformer Pilates Brisbane 

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Myofascia spreads throughout our body. It is the thin layer of connective tissue that covers all of our internal parts: muscles, joints, bones, organs blood vessels. It binds some structures together while allowing others to slide over each other. It can be envisioned as a continuous layer throughout our body interconnecting everything. It is composed of 40% collagen and a lubricating ground substance, primarily water and to see fascia for yourself, next time you have a chicken or piece of meat, begin to gently peel it apart and you will see the fascia between the layers of tissue.

It is known that fascia is responsible for pain that occurs in  areas of the body subsequent to an initial injury in one area that is apparently unconnected: also called referred pain. When we reduce a joints range of motion (ROM) as we do when we repeatedly do the same movements or when we get an injury this myofascia can become hardened, stuck and dehydrated and the net effect is that the fascia becomes hard and gel-like and the collagen fibres shorten and stick together. This hardened fascia is what hurts so bloody much when you attempt to foam roll the outside of your leg as it puts pressure on the surrounding capillaries, tissues and nerves causing pain, exhaustion and immune system issues.

Releasing myofascia is essential for holistic wellness, proper posture, decreasing pain and progressing in strength. Using Trigger balls and Foam rolling we we do in any.BODY's stretch & release classes is a fantastic way to release fascia. During the myofascial release process, the cells become rehydrated and natural anti-inflammatory agents are produced, next unwinding of the myofascia takes place. Finally, the fascia “rebounds” and is experienced as gentle waves moving within the body and dissolving all the tensions and holding patterns. Fascia also exists in three layers from superficial to deep, and while an initial release session has a significant effect, other sessions are required to reach the deeper levels of fascia. T

Release myofascia has a huge impact on our physical life however also impacts on our emotional states.  Myofascial release is an important technique in de-armouring the body, releasing tensions within the body, enabling energy and pleasure to flow and resetting the nervous system. I know it hurts, but I encourage all of my clients to bring myofascial release into their reformer routine and exercise practice. 

any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology has an upstairs floorwork area with trigger release balls, foam rollers and mats where you can take 15minutes before your class to practice myofascial release and in turn get so much more out of your group reformer session.

Stretch, Foam & Trigger classes are also on the time table.

What is Pilates | Reformer Pilates Studio in Milton

What is Pilates?

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Pilates is a method of training designed to engage the mind and condition the total body.

With over 500 exercises it combines both strength and flexibility to reduce stress and produce longer leaner muscles with the end goal being better overall posture.

Pilates keen focus on Posture ensures we concentrate on strengthening the core - We refer to the core as the abs, pelvic girdle and back.

For decades, it's been the exercise of choice for dancers and gymnasts (and now footballers, elite athletes and Hollywood actors), but it was originally used to rehabilitate bedridden or immobile patients during World War I.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

1. Improve strength, flexibility and balance.

2. Tone and build long lean muscles.

3. Challenge and develop deep abdominal muscles.

4. Challenge your functional movement, to create new habits that prevent injury.

5. Reduce stress, tension and pain.

6. Boost energy levels.

7. Offer relief from back pain and joint tension.

8. Offer an alternative to weight training and HIIT that helps minimize injury.

9. Realigns the body to result in better Posture.

10. Improve the way your body looks and feels and how you feel about it!

Will I lose weight in Pilates?

Pilates is not a High Intensity workout, but it is designed to sculpt and produce long lean muscles. This in combination with a balanced diet will definitely contribute to a noticeable change in the body.

How often should I do Pilates?

We suggest 2 -3 times a week with a day off in between for recovery. It does take 5 - 10 sessions for a beginner to get into the swing of Pilates and understanding the principles but once the mind and body connection happens you should start to see results very quickly.

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