What Is A Pilates Trapeze Table?
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by Clodagh Gray
1M ago
The Trapeze Table, developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1940s, is a versatile piece of equipment that offers a wide range of exercises for all fitness levels. It was the first piece of apparatus designed by Joseph Pilates and is also the biggest and most imposing of all the Pilates equipment. It combines the benefits of traditional gym workouts with the added safety and convenience of a stationary platform, which is why we love using it in our classes and 1-1 Pilates sessions at Bend + Mend. What is the Trapeze Table? The trapeze table consists of a leather-clad table or “bed” area for lying on ..read more
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What Is A Pilates Wunda Chair?
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by Clodagh Gray
1M ago
Originally designed by Joseph Pilates as an at home exercise machine for city apartments tight on space, the Wunda Chair (also known as a Pilates Chair) has become an essential part of the modern day Pilates studios and is enjoyed by many of clients at Bend + Mend. The Wunda Chair is a compact and versatile piece of Pilates equipment designed to enhance strength, flexibility, and overall body awareness. Its unique design consists of a sturdy frame, a padded seat, split foot pedals, adjustable height handles and adjustable springs, providing resistance and support for various exercises. From se ..read more
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What Is A Pilates Reformer?
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by Clodagh Gray
1M ago
Joseph Pilates created the reformer, a simple flat frame with a platform or carriage. The carriage glides back and forth the frame on runners, under different tension settings. At Bend + Mend we use the Reformer for guided exercise sessions, under the direction of a Physio. With an emphasis on postural control, it is a safe, fun way to exercise through rehab to full function offering a low-impact workout that is kind and supportive on the joints whilst providing a challenging workout to support and strengthen the whole body. What is a Reformer? The platform is called the carriage, and the carr ..read more
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Older Adults: Muscles You Should Focus On With Strength Training
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by Ben Cunningham
3M ago
A key focus that I hear from older adults is not only to be fit and healthy, but to feel strong. A lot of times this can be a very daunting thing, well I’m here to tell you to fear not! A lot of exercises that can be done in gyms are very easily transferred to the safety of your own home. In this blog I’ll let you know what to focus on and some ideas about how to best exercise at home. First and foremost just a note about safety: Whether you are new to exercise or have been doing exercise for a long time, extra attention should be paid to making sure you are safe when you are exercising. Have ..read more
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How Can Pilates Be Beneficial For Hypermobility?
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by Sophie O'Flaherty
4M ago
What is hypermobility? Hypermobility is present in up to 15% of the population in one form or another. Hypermobility means your joints can move beyond the normal range of motion. Being extra flexible is an advantage in activities such as swimming, dancing, or gymnastics. Most flexible people don’t experience pain or symptoms due to their flexibility. However, others can experience symptoms, and this is when being hypermobile can become problematic. Being hypermobile can come with other symptoms including: – Pain and “stiffness” in the joints – Joints that sub lux/dislocate easily – Fatigue – R ..read more
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Hypermobility -Symptoms and Screening
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by Clodagh Gray
6M ago
Hypermobility is present in up to 15% of the population in one form or another. Hypermobility means your joints can move beyond the normal range of motion. Being extra flexible is an advantage in activities such as swimming, dancing, or gymnastics. Most flexible people don’t experience pain or symptoms due to their flexibility. However, others can experience symptoms, and this is when being “flexible” or “double-jointed” can become problematic. In a small percentage of cases, joint hypermobility is just a symptom of a much larger syndrome, such as Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome and Marfan’s Syndrome ..read more
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How To Use The Springs Effectively On A Reformer Pilates Machine
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by Alle Foster
8M ago
Reformer pilates has become very popular in the exercise and rehabilitation space, but many people don’t know what a reformer is or how it works. This blog will explain the mechanics of the reformer machine and how we use this equipment at Bend + Mend to help our patients achieve their goals. A reformer is a bed-like frame with a dynamic flat platform, called the carriage, which rolls back and forth on wheels within its frame. The carriage is attached to a set of springs on one end that determines how easily the carriage moves. The other components of the reformer include the shoulder pads whi ..read more
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How Do We Modify Pilates Exercises In Pregnancy?
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by Alle Foster
8M ago
There is well documented evidence that exercise is not only safe during pregnancy, but also beneficial. The body undergoes significant changes during pregnancy, often leading to musculoskeletal discomfort and pelvic floor challenges in expectant mothers. Clinical pilates is one way to address these complaints, however as pregnancy advances, pilates must be modified to ensure safety and effectiveness of the program. This blog will detail the common pilates modifications made during pregnancy. Avoid Supine Positions: After 20 weeks of pregnancy, it’s recommended to avoid exercises that require ..read more
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What Should I Expect In My Pilates Assessment?
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by Alle Foster
8M ago
At Bend + Mend, all of our pilates patients will undertake a 45 minute Pilates Assessment prior to starting one-on-one pilates sessions or moving into a class setting. These Pilates Assessments are essential to enable the treating physiotherapist to have a comprehensive understanding of the patient’s physical abilities and goals. This blog will detail what to expect in your Pilates Assessment and understand the various components of the assessment and how this guides the physiotherapist’s approach. Subjective Assessment Your Pilates Assessment will begin with a thorough chat with your physio ..read more
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Myths About Low Back Pain
Bend + Mend: Physiotherapy and Pilates in Sydney's CBD | Pilates
by Sophie O'Flaherty
8M ago
“Moving will make my pain worse” Motion is lotion! Staying active will help to improve your back pain and won’t make it any worse, even if you have some pain and discomfort at first. Bed rest was previously a treatment for low back pain but we now know that people with low back pain who remain active do better long term. For recent onset of low back pain, finding the balance between letting the pain settle while still moving is important. Although we can be nervous of doing certain activities such as lifting, twisting and turning when we have low back pain, it is important to remember that our ..read more
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