MPP blog

Ideas on movement, health, wellness and all things Pilates from Movement Principle teeny tiny boss ladies – Cat and Anita.

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Get the most out of your Spring fitness routine

We all know Spring is the best time for getting in shape. The sun is up earlier, the sky is blue, the promise of summer holidays, entertaining and relaxing is just around the corner. And Pilates instructors are full of inspiration! Having made it through the early starts in the dark, it’s so rewarding seeing our dedicated regulars come through the other side of winter and start to step up their fitness routines. Plus, we welcome enthusiastic new faces into our studio which brings a buzz of excitement. So, how can you harness all that is great about Spring to get maximum benefits??

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Pilates vs. Pilates – how to choose the right type of class for you

With so many Pilates options out there these days, it can be tricky to choose which is best for you. Do you get more benefit from the personal attention of a Private class? Or do you work harder with the energy and flow of a group atmosphere? Both are right and each style has its benefits. The trick is finding which is the best class for you, depending on your personality, your body and your schedule. For example, if you are new to pilates but have regularly exercised before and are fairly in touch with your body, you might find the flow and structure of a

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Conference photos

October 22-25 was our escape to the wonderful world of non-stop Pilates at the Pilates Alliance Austalasia conference 2015. We always work hard, think hard (and ok, let’s be honest – party a little bit too). It’s a great chance for us to hang out as instructors and friends and to re-energise ourselves with the fabulosity energy of Pilates enthusiasts from all over the country. Not to mention the Pilates experts from all over the world! This year the   leading presenters were Chris Robinson from San Diego, New Yorker Brooke Siler, Dr. Joseh Muscolino and Sean Gallagher. All from

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Posture. Not just a big person problem.

Last week my Kid’s Pilates class returned for term 3, and it got me thinking about their posture. With so many schools these days introducing ipad-based learning and individual laptops for kids as young as 7, how is this affecting their posture? I have had a couple of parents recently quiz me on what they can do for their kids, with shoulder tension, headaches and neck strain becoming a common occurrence. Can we teach kids good posture at such a young age? Should they be spending this much time hunched over a screen? Is this any different to the generations

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Foot-lates in the studio

Our feet can get a bit neglected in Winter! Hidden in socks and shoved in shoes for much of the day. We often don’t give them a thought ……… until Pilates 🙂 In the studio, we love to look after feet. Apart from the fact that it feels really good to give your feet some TLC, we know the feet are an important factor in the way you walk, stand, step and hold your posture. Joe Pilates understood the importance of this crucial link in our bio-mechanical chain, and many of his exercises incorporate working the feet with specific alignment,

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Insipiration from the weekend!

As teachers we often have Pilates-filled weekends with training, courses and conferences. On Saturday Anita and I spent the day at PITC headquarters in Sydney, for some studio training as a host site for students. Here’s some pics of what we got up to!   Not content with just one full day of hard work, I also spent Sunday helping out on the Polestar course in Brisbane, in my role as a Mentor. It’s great to see another hardworking and dedicated group moving through the course this year! I find it very rewarding to share knowledge with those who are

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Thank you!

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday for our International Pilates Day celebrations! It was a fantastic morning, with not a drop of rain, but instead constant warming sunshine and a steady stream of happy faces enjoying their classes and tasty treats. Check out our photos below! We couldn’t have done it without the collaboration and support from the following people, and we thank you wholeheartedly for jumping on board our Movement Market. Thanks to….. Leanne and all the team at Thousand Island Dressing who kindly let us use their carpark The lovely girls from Kiss

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This Saturday is Pilates Day….but what’s it all about?

You may have seen that we’re celebrating International Pilates Day on May 2nd at the studio. But what exactly are we celebrating? Well, many of you will agree that the feeling you get after a Pilates session is worth celebrating enough – the tingle of your spine, the buzz of your muscles having worked in symphony, the deep warmth in your belly, the freedom in your chest. But where does this come from? What makes Pilates unique? Without going too much into the detailed history (click here for that – the best explanation ever), Joe Pilates invented the exercises as part

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