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

Anita chats to MoveActive about life and studio ownership

Anita recently spoke to one of our favourite suppliers, MoveActive about all things Pilates. MoveActive’s practical and comfortable grip socks are a favourite amongst our clients and staff alike! We know you love their colourful designs and we always get excited when a new shipment arrives (New designs just arrived this week! Check them out in the studios now!) Read the interview below!  Don’t forget to follow @moveactive – they love it when you tag them and your fancy toes too! Tell us about Movement Principle Pilates, where did it all begin? Cat and I (Anita) first began working together over 10 years ago at a well established and innovative Pilates studio in Brisbane, with me completing my training with

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Being Teeny Tiny Boss Ladies

A nickname we were given a few years back from a slightly more vertically blessed employee. It fits. We wear it. Over the last few months we’ve had to make some tough decisions, making changes and sacrifices that feel like the ‘Boss Ladies’ part of our title has been more present than ever.  We’ve had to put our business hats on and put the health and growth of our small and cherished business, first. Above our personal love of teaching. Above the personal desire to please everyone. For the strength and security of our team and the future of our business in an industry that is rapidly changing. Here’s a bit of what’s going on for us. As a bold

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Pilates instructor sitting at front of class teaching

The pros and cons of working with a new teacher

There’s something comforting about working with the same teacher for your pilates sessions, week in, week out.  They get to know your body and you as a person. Plus it’s a fairly personal situation, and getting to check in with someone regularly and debrief on the ups and downs, can be a wonderfully supportive element to your physical routine. A consistent teacher-client relationship can grow to be a very valuable one, with a shared history and a ‘shorthand’ in communication. “Can I do the thing…? You know, the thing?”……… Sound familiar? Also, from the teacher’s perspective – “Let’s do the diamond necklace next” (aka. downstretch) or “It’s time for the one that works your butt” (aka. skating). It can be

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Summer Special Weekend Classes

Why wait til January to start a new fitness routine? We’re supplying lovers of pilates with some extra opportunities to get strong for the silly season. Join us at both studios on the weekends until Christmas, with extra Reformer & TRX classes, combo classes and we’ve even added yoga! Experience how yoga can complement your pilates training with an invigorating class to finish your weekend.

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Young woman holding pose on pilates chair

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?? Here’s our top tips: Commit to a routine, and book in advance. You are way more likely to turn up

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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 group class gets you right on track. You are used to listening and watching for instructions and you know when

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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 a Classical Pilates background, and with direct links to Joe Pilates and his first generation of teachers, the presenters were

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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 of learning from books, hunched over desks? At the same time last week I heard about some innovative physical therapy

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