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Pilates for Parkinson's Disease

By Claudia Massa

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What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Why Do We Need Them?

Accredited Exercise Physiologist’s (AEPs) work with individuals to develop a personalised exercise intervention that can help to manage injuries, acute and chronic conditions. We aim to reduce pain, slow the progression of disease and improve overall quality of life. Just like your GP can prescribe you with medications to help manage your medical conditions, we are University Qualified and up to date with all the recent research so that we can prescribe you specialised exercises!

 So why see an Accredited Exercise Physiologist? Well, we want to help you complete all your desired daily activities without any barriers. Struggling to get up from your chair? We can prescribe you with targeted exercises to improve your lower limb strength and balance so that we can work towards making this task easier. AEPs are classified as Allied Health Professionals, thus, can see NDIS, DVA or private health clients.

At Home Strength & Balance Exercise

Reformer Pilates Exercise for PD

Why Not Try It For Yourself?

Above are two videos showing an easy exercise to complete in the comfort of your own home and another on the Reformer, to give you some insight as to how we use this brilliant piece of exercise equipment!

We are a small Pilates & Exercise Physiology studio located in Brisbane and we love to help as many individuals as we can to implement safe and effective movement into their everyday lives!


Exercise for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that effects movement. There are five stages of PD and while there is no known cure, medications along with specific forms of exercise can help to manage symptoms and slow the rate of progression to later stages. Certain types of exercise have proven to help manage those symptom’s experienced by individuals. Resistance training contributes to improving total body strength, particularly lower extremity function and gait speed. Along with weight bearing cardiovascular movement which can improve balance and coordination. Not to mention the importance of flexibility training and encouraging movements through large degrees of freedom to maintain and/or enhance rang of motion.

How can Pilates Benefit Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease?

Pilates is a method of exercise designed to strengthen, stretch and balance the body. In Pilates there is a significant emphasis on spinal health. Particularly, spinal mobility and learning how to move your spine through all desired movement planes. A major symptom of PD is rigidity and stooped posture, this is associated with spinal inflexibility and will negatively impact physical function. Pilates encompasses movements which teach spinal awareness and control to then allow people to safely exercise through all spinal ranges. In conjunction, Reformer Pilates increases strength to help maintain independence when completing tasks around the home. Improves functional balance and postural stability to prevent falls associated with gait defects and enhances range of motion to slow the progression of rigidity. The Parkinson’s Outcomes Project research has highlighted that increasing exercise to 2.5 hours per week can slow the decline in quality of life!

If you would like to talk to one of our Accredited Exercise Physiologists about how we may be able to help you please feel free to call us on the studio mobile 0413 021 369


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  • We are a proud NDIS Provider

  • We support DVA

  • We provide Telehealth Services

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Have you heard the news? Mark June 13  in your calendar! We are reopening our beautiful studio with a BANG! Class registrations are NOW OPEN and there is only 1 Spot left on our opening day, so download the  any.BODY Studio app and secure your spot. 
There has been some exciting changes within the studio space with some brand new additions! 
New to any.BODY Studio? We are an integrated health and fitness hub delivering Exercise Physiology, Reformer Pilates, Studio Pilates and functional training by professional highly trained trainers. Our team of trainers implement an evidence based approach and strive to create meaningful, lasting relationships with you to help you along your health and fitness journey. What is our job during your personalised exercise sessions? To find your weaknessed and work out exactly what your body needs! We use expert cues, techniques and props to teach you how to activate muscles that you never knew you had! Pilates is about working into your weaknesses, to improve your overall strength and functionality. Alright everybody, your little holiday is over! Its nearly time to step out of your little bubble.

We are ready to reopen! 
For us, being prepared for the post COVID era is how we have always done things. Small class sizes, controlled bookings, no shared equipment, high hygeine standards, and breaks in between sessions. 
We've got this.  You've got this. Its time to for our community to really SHINE. Looking to start a new exercise routine? Havent yet found somewhere that feels right? The any.BODY Studio space is a place where you can relax and learn to look after your body under expert guidance in a beautiful setting. 
We are currently taking bookings for Initial Assessments in preperation for semi private and group classes starting June 13th. Take the leap, come in and see one of our Accredited Exercise Physiologists for guidance to assit with creating a new, exciting and life changing exercise routine!  0413 021 369 Attn: All Current Members 

If you are on a suspended membership and wish to start booking your classes you can do so now. If you have any issues shoot us through a message so we can fix the problem for you. All class packs will be extended however this is a big process and will be done on a case by case basis. If you go to book and your pack has expired please get in contact and we will extend it for you. 
Happy booking folks! Been missing reformer pilates ‍♀️? The day is finally here! We are relaunching our beautiful pilates studio in Milton, and offering FREE classes on Saturday June 13th from 7am!

Class Registrations are now OPEN! And spots are limited, so download the any.BODY Studio  app and get booking! It will be an amazing, fun day where we can reconnect with people and movement.l . If you want to read more about our COVID-19 Management plan, please head to our website to see the procedures put in place for all our members safety. any.BODY Studio is re-launching on June 13th 2020 and to celebrate we are running FREE classes from 7:00am. 
Maximum 8 per class in a 100sqm room, with the reformers are 1.5 Meters apart. As part of our COVID plan we have strict hygiene procedures in place. Each reformer will have its own hygiene kit (Hand sanitizer, sanitizer spray, antibacterial cleaning products) to be use after each session. Props will be limited in the classes. There are small alterations to the online schedule

Click the link in our Bio to read more abour our COVID safe plan which has been implemented. Behind the scenes to prep for Studio Relaunch June 13th 2020 🤗 Order new socks for all the grippy sock addicts 🤗 Create epic playlists titled "BANGERS" 🤗 Structure monthly challenges 🤗 Order new props to add fun to your workouts! We already have some fun rotational discs for our group reformer classes
🤗 Schedule monthly socials 
Lets get active folk!