Maintaining Optimal Health and Wellness with Pilates

Jul 19, 2018 | Pilates


Maintaining Optimal Health and Wellness with Pilates

At The Living Well Studio, we partner the traditional principles of the Pilates method (outlined below) with modern evidence-based exercise rehabilitation practices. We acknowledge the inter-relationship of the art and science of improving human performance.

We have been the leaders on the Gold Coast for the past 7 years in high-quality instruction, individualised programs, and a well-equipped space. Our goal is to empower our clients to reach optimal health and wellness and maintain it. Our highly trained practitioners provide guidance in a safe, nonintimidating clinical environment.  We encourage a regular reassessment of personal goals and liaise with the referring health practitioner to provide the best possible program.

A reminder of your Pilates options to spread out your health fund $$

Our group Physiotherapy Pilates classes are claimed under your Physiotherapy amount in your private health. We also offer instructor based sessions @ $30/session (a pack 10 for $250) which provides the same high standard and quality of therapeutic exercise and is a fabulous option to spread your dollar further.

Matwork classes are also an excellent way to focus on the fundamentals of Pilates.

Call reception on 5535 5667 to book your 5 or 10 week block of mat classes, just $100 or $175 respectively.

 

 

What are the Pilates fundamentals?

 

CONCENTRATION

Concentration promotes the mind-body connection. As you focus and become mindful of each body movement, Pilates states you will receive optimum physical value from each movement as well as enhance your body awareness.

CENTERING

During your Pilates workout, you should consciously bring your focus to the center of your body. As you focus within, this Pilates principle suggests you will bring calm to both your body and spirit. Pilates called the center of your torso the “powerhouse,” from which all energy for exercise is derived.

CONTROL

Pilates’ method is based on mindfulness, including proper, safe and complete muscle control. With proper control, you utilize the exact and correct form, leaving no part of your body unattended. In your mindful awareness, you direct each and every movement.

PRECISION

According to Pilates’ precision principle, executing one exercise with deliberate exactitude is more important than completing more repetitions with sloppier form. For this reason, good Pilates instructors provide detailed instructions to their students on all Pilates movements.

BREATHING

Deep, controlled, diaphragmatic breathing activates blood circulation and awakens cells and muscles. Pilates recommended visualizing the lungs as bellows as you bring air into the fullest and release it in the same manner. He wrote that breathing is the most integral part of the exercise, and even if one follows no other recommendation, learning to breathe correctly is the most important thing.

ALIGNMENT

From head to toes, the Pilates method stresses good posture and awareness of the placement of all parts of your body. During your Pilates workout, it is important to be aware of the position of your head, neck, spine, and pelvis to ensure proper breathing and technique.

FLOW

Pilates routines are completed through a gentle flow. Grace, ease, and fluidity are the intention Joseph Pilates applied to all exercise. Continuous, smooth, and elegant movement as you transition from one pose to another will bring strength and stamina according to this principle.

INTEGRATION

Breath, control, mindfulness, centering, alignment, and precision unite as the many groups of muscles work together to support and govern movement. Practicing each of the above principles achieves Pilates’ goal of an integrated mind-body workout.


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COVID-19

As per the government health guidelines on the 22nd of March 2020 non essential services will be closed. This does not include us. While we are still open for our usual services we will be practicing strict and heightened hygiene measures during this time to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

From the PM’s address today, we want to be clear we are not a gym. We are a health care practice, that provides services to optimise health and reduce pain from musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Our studio team are ensuring complete high grade sanitisation of props and equipment that will only be single person use for each session, and ensuring social distancing. The staff and studio have had no connection to the COVID-19 at this time.

As per the government health guidelines we will not allow access to our services if you answer “yes” to any of the below:

Have you been overseas in the last 14 days?
Have you been in contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
Do you have a dry cough, shortness of breath, fever or sore throat?
If answered yes to any of the above, please call the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 020 080.

We ask patients who are at risk to please let us know before your appointment so we can discuss your position. This includes immune-suppressed, the elderly and those who have been in high-risk areas. We also ask that you call the clinic if you do develop COVID-19 or have come in contact with someone who has so we can act according to the government recommendations.

For all treatments, our linen is being changed for every client and a wipe down of all equipment used. We ask that you remain in your car until your treatment time to minimise patient to patient contact in the waiting area. We also ask that you use ‘tap and go’ for your payment method rather than cash. Also we will not require you to sign your health fund slip to minimise cross use of pens between staff and patients. All our door handles and surfaces are regularly being cleaned during the day.

We ask everyone who comes in for group therapy sessions.

Bring a large towel and socks.
Keep 1.5m distance between yourself and others.
Wash your hands before and after the class.
If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your face and wash or sanitise hands immediately.
If you wish to wear gloves we have them available for you.
Online and Telehealth will be an option in the very near future….watch this space.

We are understanding of each and everyone’s individual position and we deeply care for your health and encourage everyone to take steps to keep strong and healthy at this time. Please feel free to call or email our staff to voice your concern and receive guidance. We are dedicated to informing you of our position and future movements in relation to Covid-19.

Thank you for your cooperation and support.

TLWS Management team.