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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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Stress – In The Long Term

My previous blog Stress – Can It Be Good? described the stress response and how it is ideal for short-term, immediately stressful occurrences nowadays most stress is psychological and long-term rather than physical, and short-term. Think worrying about your child growing into a rebellious teenager versus escaping a lion. In long-term stress, the stress response remains switched […]

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State of Mind – Still Busy

Since the last blog State of mind 2 fast I have taken the time to find solutions to slow down my life, be more efficient, less tired and have more time.  Impossible – right? well apparently not,  actually there are people out there who live like that ;). I spoke to folks around me, reached out to […]

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Worry Line Between Your Brows? Try Pilates Instead of Botox

By Katharina Hesse © Ever noticed how Pilates teachers are quite obsessed with the pelvic floor? (Yes, this blog is about wrinkles, just read on and I’ll get to them eventually….) An active pelvic floor helps posture and posturally-related pains, such as back and even shoulder pain, improves continence and – dare I say it? – […]

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Pilates and Mental Health – Part 5

“Pilates teaches me what’s wrong with my body” The more I work with this small group of male addicts the more I learn from them.  Whereas ‘mindful Pilates’ previously had just been my ideal way to work, simply a concept, since working with these men I feel I now have proof. In these classes, we don’t always […]

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Stress – A Pain In The Neck

Stress and discomfort seem to affect the neck more immediately than any other area. This is one of the key insights of the Alexander Technique. An important insight for Pilates teachers too as neck tension creates tension in every part of the spine. Theodore Dimon suggests that the level of tension in the sub-occipital muscles, a […]