Elite Myotherapy for Pilates

 

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Did you know Myotherapy can unleash the full potential of your Pilates workout?

Get the maximum benefit for all your hard work and contact Elite Myotherapy today!

 

Myotherapy reduces your muscular tightness, eliminates pain and reduces tight spots in your body. This enables you to activate the right muscles, in the right sequence so you can perform your Pilates exercises correctly. In the early stages of undertaking Pilates, this will fast track your progression to becoming stronger and more stable. For more advanced students of Pilates, Myotherapy treatment will continue to increase your flexibility so you can get the most out of your Pilates sessions helping you master the correct technique; and thus accelerate your Pilates to an even higher level. At Elite Myotherapy we believe that joint collaboration with your Instructor and our therapists gets the best results and assists you to reach your Pilates goals faster!woman_neck_massage_shutterstock_65812537 Untitled   Untitled1 
Discover the secret to achieving the best results from Pilates today by contacting Elite Myotherapy to assess your individual needs.
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Email: info@elitemyotherapy.com.au

Elite Myotherapy is committed to providing a responsive, unique, personalised and professional muscle management service to everyone; from corporate executives to elite sports professionals. Our dedicated therapists are highly qualified, industry registered and always practice with the utmost of integrity. www.elitemyotherapy.com.au

Prahran Pilates Studio Relocation

So we have some exciting news for everyone .. Our Prahran Pilates Studio is moving to a bigger and better location! We thought you may have a few questions surrounding the move, so here are the FAQs. If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to ask!

 

When are you moving?
Our first day in the new location will be Monday 1st September 2014.

What is the new location?
Our new address is 91 High St Prahran. It’s a ground floor studio with large east facing windows. The windows have one-way coverings allowing the sunshine in while maintaining respectful privacy. We are right next to the renowned Brick Lane Café for your well-earned post-Pilates coffee.

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Prahran Pilates Studio

Contact details
Phone number: TBC
Email: prahran@balancecontrolpilates.com

How far is it from the Grattan street studio?

Our new location is 400 meters from the Grattan St studio.

Is it bigger than the current studio?

Yes, it’s a much larger space with two treatment rooms and a group class area!

Is it close to public transport?

The studio is right opposite Prahran train station. Tram service number 6 to Glen Iris runs long High St and stop number 30 is just out the front.

Is it easy to park?

Ample 1, 2 and 4 hour parking is available in surrounding streets.

Will the schedule stay the same?

The majority of class will remain unchanged. Any changes to your regular time will be communicated to you with a minimum of 3 weeks’ notice.

Will there be additional classes?

Yes, there will be additional Studio and Rehab Pilates scheduled as well as morning and evening group Mat Classes!

Will there be any new services?

Yes! We will be offering hands-on Physiotherapy services to compliment your Pilates, as well as Myotherapy, with Elite Myotherapy.

Who is the manager of the new location?

Chloe is the studio manager at the new location. Chloe welcomes your feedback and is very happy to discuss any issues with you as they arise.

Will there be any new equipment?

Some new equipment will be coming soon…

Can I bring a friend to see the new studio?

Sure! You can bring your friend any time. We are having an Open Day for the new studio Saturday 6th September 9am – 1pm. Come along with your friends/family to our open day for:

  • Free 20 minute ‘taster’ Mat Classes 9am, 10am , 11am, 12pm
  • Free real time ultrsound assessments with Chloe
  • Pressed Juices amazing fresh juices
  • Free 5 minute shoulder treatments from Elite Myotherapy
  • Give aways
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Chloe, the new manager at our Prahran Pilates Studio

Why Does It Matter If You Have Stiff Hips?

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The hips are an area of the body that are often taken for granted, many people don’t stretch or strengthen them until they are stiff, but why does it matter if you have stiff hips? Your hips are the fulcrum upon which most activity depends. From bending down to pick something up off the floor, getting up off a chair, walking, jogging, we even need our hips to be functioning well to allow us to sit well.

If you own a set of hips, the ability to traverse their full range of motion will improve your life in many ways. Treat them well, keep them moving, and you will reap the benefits and reduce your chance of injury.

What’s the worst that can happen? Stiffness in your hips results in additional stress to other areas of your body due to compensations for the lack of movement. The most commonly affected areas are:

  • Your lower back, causing back ache
  • Your knees, sometimes resulting in pain and grinding (also called crepitus)

The good news is – Pilates is here to help! Your instructor will observe you performing a range of hip movements to determine where you restriction lies. A program tailored to release your tight structures and explore the full range of motion in the hip will be created for you. Equally as important as creating new mobility in your hips is strengthening the muscles around your hip socket and core to support your new found freedom.

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Your Pilates instructor will use a range of techniques including strengthening, guided mobilization, and contract relax stretching, utilizing the full range of studio equipment.

For in between your Pilates sessions here are some home exercises to help keep your hips beautiful and free. If you have any discomfort during these movements stop and book in to see your Pilates or Rehab Pilates Instructor.

Circle/Heel squeeze – lie on your tummy with a Pilates circle between your ankles (heels can squeeze together if you don’t have a circle). Squeeze circle/heels for a count of 5. Try to drive the movement from your hip sockets. Repeat 10 times

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Fire hydrant circles – lift one knee off the floor. Draw circles with the lifted leg being sure to keep the knee bent. 10 slow circles each leg

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Hip flexor stretch – hold for 30 seconds and repeat twice each side

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Side lunge stretch – place hands on the floor with feet wide. Send your weight over to one side using your arms for support. Find a gentle groin stretch and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat twice each side.

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Achieving full hip mobility will improve your posture, help you to run faster, squat lower, have more freedom in your golf or tennis swing and delay age related joint problems. Enjoy the benefits of full hip mobility while reducing the likelihood of injury!

 

 

Breathing in Pilates – Part One

We all know that breathing is important – without it, we wouldn’t be alive, correct breathing in Pilates is also extremely important. Breathing is the first thing we do when we enter this life, and our last act on leaving it. Breathing affects and is affected by our emotional state and posture. But what is all the fuss about breathing? After all, I can hear you saying, if I am sitting at my desk reading this post, rather than collapsed on the floor, I must be breathing fine. Right?

Well, yes, to an extent. But breathing is something that a lot of people especially those who experience emotional stress, neck, shoulder or back pain do not do correctly. People under stress or in pain will often hold their breath for short periods of time without even realizing it. And when they do breathe, they frequently have a very shallow, disordered breathing pattern. While this is probably an unconscious protective reaction to pain, it can actually increase the level of pain. Learning to breathe better will help you in your everyday life, sports, and Pilates.

When we breathe very short breaths we are not flushing all the carbon dioxide from our system. By breathing in this manner we increase stress to the tissues of our body.

In Pilates we focus on Lateral Breathing through the base of the rib cage. It could almost be described as a 3D breath- you are breathing to expand the rib cage out to the side and through the back- you want to get a sense of expanding your ribcage with the lower portions of your lungs. Through your Pilates practice you will learn that this type of breathing goes hand in hand with engaging your core.

Try to breathe low and wide into the base of your lungs. Breathing deeply and directing air into the bottom and sides of your ribcage will let your body absorb oxygen most efficiently. Breathing well has a huge impact on your energy levels, spinal mobility, and overall vitality.

 

Who would have thought breathing could be so complex hey? It does take some time to learn the lateral breath, and combining it with stabilization and movement takes some more time. But like anything in Pilates, once you begin to live your practice outside your session, it becomes second nature, and you will most definitely reap the benefits.

 

Are Your Breathing Properly?

To find out if you are breathing properly:

  • Lie flat on your back.
  • Place your hands on either side of your ribs just above your waist.
  • Breathe as you normally do.
  • Notice: Do your hands move when you breathe?
  • Now place one hand on your chest.
  • Does your upper chest rise when you breathe in? (You may even feel your shoulders rise slightly.)
  • If your lower ribcage expands, tummy rises slightly, and your chest stays relatively flat, you are breathing well.
  • If your lower ribcage and abdomen barely moves and your chest rises, you are not breathing properly and need to practice the breathing exercise below.

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Pilates for Dancers

It is well understood that many would recommend Pilates for dancers across all genres. Pilates creates unique, core specific, cross conditioning crucial to a dancer’s range of movement and career longevity through injury prevention. After all, it was dancers who first discovered the benefits of Pilates at Joseph Pilates first Studios in New York and set in motion the Pilates fitness programme we see today.

Many of the industry’s most accomplished Pilates Instructors come from strong dance backgrounds- we can most certainly attest to this with our very own instructors Jade, who trained with the English National Ballet, and Jess , who performed internationally for several years .

One of the most important outcomes Pilates can achieve for a dancer is to teach them how to use their muscles effectively. We often see ballerinas who have larger hamstrings than they should, as they have not effectively been activating their inner thighs and buttock muscles during Plies. What is fantastic about Pilates is that you get the chance to slow right down and focus on the muscle groups that you should be using during each exercise.

The difference between using a Pilates reformer machine and hitting the gym is that the machines at the gym aim to bulk, and often-put strain onto the muscles in order to do so. A reformer machine aims to lengthen and strengthen without bulking, while facilitating the core to stabilize.

A regular, targeted Pilates workout will strengthen and stabilize a dancer, as well as improve technique. Learning to activate your deep abdominal muscles is a lot easier when you take the time in a Pilates class to visualise it, rather than having to concentrate on having soft ballet hands, lowered shoulders, slightly bent elbows etc during ballet Barre.

Learning to use specific muscles such as your deep abdominals and hip stabilising muscles allows a dancer to gain a stronger understanding of their body, and use it in different ways, for example by relaxing their hamstrings and utilizing their inner thighs during plies to achieve a deeper bend.

Let’s not forget the role Pilates plays in injury prevention. Using your muscles in a balanced way greatly reduces stress and strain on joints especially ankles, knees and hips in dancers. Have you or someone you know suffered from a recurring muscle strain? Pilates’ focus on strengthening AND lengthening trains muscles to be strong in all positions and under varying loads preventing injuries.

We are enormously proud to be continuing the passion of Mr Joseph Pilates in working side by side with dances to achieve their goals and move beyond their expectations!

 

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