A Pilates-Art-Creativity Dialogue

How did you become an artist? Art and beauty have always been my passion. My first words as a child, was to ask for the moon, as I wanted to bring its glowing light down to earth!  At the age of 4 my parents brought me to a Kandinsky exhibition at the Guggenheim and I […]

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Fighting Cancer with Fitness

The Beginning “Can I go to Pilates tomorrow?” Looking back, part of me can’t believe I uttered those words while lying on a table waiting for a doctor to biopsy the enormous tumour I found in my breast. The other part of me realises that question made perfect sense. For the three years leading up […]

My Voice

Losing My Voice

Thank you Marcia for sharing this very personal story with us – Monika x Writer’s block. If you’ve ever sat down to a blank page, intent on expressing the thoughts running through your brain and not been able to complete a first sentence, you have likely experienced some version of your own writer’s block. My […]

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release Using the Foam Roller

What is myofascial release? The word ‘myo’ means muscle and ‘fascia’ means band.  Fascia is a strong but very flexible connective tissue which envelopes every structure (organs, muscles, tendons, bones) of the body, providing support and protection. The myofascia can get tears in them and if they don’t heal properly, the various layers of fascia […]

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Pilates For the Mind? A Requisite For Happiness?

Developmental movement patterns 2: the yield-and-push-reach-and-pull cycle by Katharina Hesse © As we head into winter, spare a little thought for those affected by SAD – seasonal affective disorder – a form of depression linked to a change in seasons, often linked to the lack of light. Exercise, particularly aerobic outdoor activity, is often recommended […]

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Just Breathe

Without getting too personal- last Monday I was in a car accident. I’m fine (!) however, the process I went through really gave me reason to pause and consider breathing (among other things of course).  This consideration is nothing new- most of us know how important our breathing is but it was only after reflecting […]

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Pilates: A Good Exercise for Every Desk Employee

Working in an office environment poses certain health risks. Sedentary desk jobs can cause back pains, muscle aches, and joint problems. There is an increasing number of work-related illnesses because people ignore these symptoms and fail to remedy it. Aside from physical illness, working in an office can also cause stress. Office pressures such as […]

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Getting Grip on Pain and Brain

Published on 13 Aug 2013 by University of South Australia Successful Ageing Seminar: Getting a grip on pain and the brain 26 July 2013 Chronic pain is a huge problem in Australia, with one in five people suffering from a chronic pain disorder that reduces their quality of life. It is estimated to cost Australia approximately $35 […]

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Understanding Menstrual Pain & Natural Relief

Most of us dread that ‘time of month’ where we feel fatigued, hormonal and worst of all incredible pain. I always try to understand feelings of discomfort as messages from my body trying to tell me something is imbalanced. A basic understanding of menstruation Menstrual cramps are caused by contractions in the uterus. During each menstrual […]