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Health & Wellness

Active Pilates, Doterra Essential Oils and Ben Lee

In November 2016 Active Pilates hosted an evening to remember!!   Sarah Brunton PITC student, presented Doterra essential oils with Samantha Goldsmith and well known Aria award winner Ben Lee. It was a compelling and informative afternoon filled with methods on how to improve and compliment your health care using essential oils. The afternoon was enjoyed by all and we were even treated to a live performance from Ben Lee’s most recent work. Essential oils are an excellent compliment to the Pilates Matwork classes, enhancing the overall experience by bringing about relaxation, motivation and concentration.  You will find these oils being used at Active Pilates in Sarah’s Matwork classes.

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Terra Rosa – Bodywork News Nov 2016 Intermuscular force transmission along myofascial chains Recently Krause and colleagues from Department of Sports Medicine, Goethe University in Germany published a review to provide a systematic overview on tensile transmission along myofascial chains based on anatomical dissection studies and in vivo experiments. As evidence for the existence of myofascial chains is growing, and the capability of force transmission via myofascial chains has been hypothesized. However, there is still a lack of evidence concerning the functional significance and capability for force transfer. A systematic literature research was conducted using MEDLINE (Pubmed), ScienceDirect and Google Scholar. Studied myofascial chains encompassed the superficial backline (SBL), the back functional line (BFL) and the front functional line (FFL). Peer-reviewed human dissection studies as well as in vivo experiments reporting intermuscular tension transfer between the constituents of a myofascial chain were included. To assess methodic quality, two independent investigators rated studies by means of validated assessment tools (QUACS and[…]

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Nine Ways to Find Peace Every Day

Written by Amelia Harvey (Life  Coach) Unconsciously, many of us put off feeling calm and peaceful until we can get to a yoga class, afford a massage, put our feet up on the weekend, or escape to a relaxing location.    Which means, in normal life, we rush around in a chronic state of stress, emotional turbulence, and just not feeling like the best version of ourselves.   Instead of waiting for the opportunity to relax, all it takes is a few tiny tweaks to the way we go about our day and we can experience more peace straight away.   Here are 10 ways to infuse more peace into your day – minimal time and effort required:   1. Peaceful shower. When you hop in the shower, take a deep breath and enjoy the sensation of the warm water on your body.   2. Cap your social media[…]

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Doterra Essential Oils Available to Purchase

Sarah Brunton is not only a devoted PilatesITC student and involved in teaching Matwork classes for people of various ages including programs for children, she is also a distributor of the beautiful Doterra Essential oils which you can purchase directly through her, check out the website below for more information in regards to the oils. Doterra essential oils are 100% pure.  While many companies label their oils as 100% pure they are most often filled with chemical components, fillers, perfumes, pesticides and other inorganic compounds.  Doterra oils are 100% as nature intended, distilled from the plant and bottled with absolutely nothing added, you will even notice slight smell variations form bottle to bottle as the the natural variations in crops effect the individual aroma of the batch. Contact Sarah today. Save Save Save

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Connecting (T)issues: How Research in Fascia Biology Can Impact Integrative Oncology.

Complementary and integrative treatments, such as massage, acupuncture, and yoga, are used by increasing numbers of cancer patients to manage symptoms and improve their quality of life. In addition, such treatments may have other important and currently overlooked benefits by reducing tissue stiffness and improving mobility. Recent advances in cancer biology are underscoring the importance of connective tissue in the local tumor environment. Inflammation and fibrosis are well recognized contributors to cancer, and connective tissue stiffness is emerging as a driving factor in tumor growth. Physical-based therapies have been shown to reduce connective tissue inflammation and fibrosis and thus may have direct beneficial effects on cancer spreading and metastasis. Meanwhile, there is currently little knowledge on potential risks of applying mechanical forces in the vicinity of tumors. Thus, both basic and clinical research are needed to understand the full impact of integrative oncology on cancer biology as well as whole[…]

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Thoracic Spine Mobility – Why It’s So Important

Thoracic spine (upper back) mobility, why it’s so important to everyone! Written by Physio Rob Taylor  Your thoracic spine is the middle section of your vertebra between your neck and lower back and composes 12 thoracic vertebra and your rib cage. Thoracic mobility can be thought of the available movement or motion of this region of our body, and is very important for achieving good posture to ensure you don’t get pain from poor posture, and it is also essential for most sporting performances. Modern life style and certain sports can lead to stiffness and poor movement which increases the natural “kyphosis” (rounding curve) of the thoracic spine which can lead to decreased sporting performance, injury and pain. Thoracic issues can affect 4 main things: Posture Upper limb movements Lower limb movements Breathing Posture is something we have all heard of and hours spent at desk jobs, on the internet,[…]

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Pilates and Older Adults: A Gentler, Effective Way to Stay Fit

Pilates and Older Adults: A Gentler, Effective Way to Stay Fit by Ken Endelman For the older population keeping fit is essential. But so many forms of exercise can be hard on the bodies of older adults. Many have turned to Pilates sessions at their local clubs as a way to stay in shape while reducing the risk of injury that weight-bearing exercises may cause. With its focus on controlled breathing and quality of movement-not quantity of repetitions-many experts agree that Pilates is one of the best ways for older adults to stay healthy. “Pilates is perfect for older adults because it does not have the impact on the body that other forms of exercise do, and is not nearly as severe on the joints as most workouts are,” says Ellie Herman, owner of several Pilates studios, and a renowned Pilates instructor and author. “It really is a gentle way[…]

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Divo Muller talks about Fascial Fitness

Divo Muller talks about Fascial Fitness What is fascia and how important is it for our bodies? Fascia is tissue that runs through the body in all direction as a large and widespread network. In fascial fitness, we put the focus on the connective tissues, knowing that each organ – such as heart or lung – is surrounded by a connective tissue sheath which interacts with the muscular tissues. Fascia is made of fibres mainly of protein collagen and plenty of water (68 percent). The exciting news is that collagen tissue varies depending on their requirements and the local context. It can be flexible, but it can also condense into tendons and membranes. An impressive feature of fascia is the ability to transmit force. Another exciting discovery in the modern Fascia science is that it is now proven to be innervated by countless sensory nerves, so it acts as sensors[…]

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Review Foundations of the Pilates Method

Breathing Pilates and breathing go together like a hand and a glove. Breathing can assist, challenge, relax, control, energise and create flow during your Pilates workout. Breathe to assist the movement – exhale on the most challenging part of the exercise. Breathe to challenge the movement – exhale on the least challenging part of the exercise, introduce percussive breathing. Specific breathe – exhale to support the back / torso. Lateral Breathing – engaging the core muscles. Exhale to extend the torso, inhale to release Exhale to rotate your spine, inhale to hold Some of the muscles involved with breath are the intercostals, diaphragm, abdominals, pelvic floor. As Pilates Practitioners we assist the client with improved breathing patterns.  We check and encourage a deep abdominal engagement which assists with improving low back pain, pelvic floor conditions and other alignments or pain clients may be experiencing. When a breath is taken, the diaphragm[…]

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