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The Two Words That Are Better Than Sorry

Pilates & Co. owner, fitness trainer and mum Roz Norman explains why she’s stopped apologising and is replacing ‘I’m sorry’ with gratitude instead.

I just read the most amazing article that put a smile on my face from ear to ear. I needed to read this article! Funny how these things come along when most needed.

I had a stressful morning and had taken my frustration and stress out on the one that is closest to me – my husband. We are all guilty of this. I’m not sure of the solution on this one, but anyway read on and hear my thoughts.

I have always preached to new employees and teammates to ‘not sweat the small stuff’. Take it on the chin and solve the problem and to not show your stress. It will do you and the situation no good. Yet, sometimes I find myself sweating the small stuff and getting worked up. Perhaps an overload of multiple businesses, husband’s stressful job, three kids, giving my all to my clients and running a busy household might have something to do with it. It can be just a small thing that can tip you over the edge, and that’s what it was for me.

The article that I read today talks about swapping ‘sorry’ for ‘thank you’. Instead of saying ‘sorry I am late’, swap it for ‘thank you for waiting for me’. This Aussie fitness GURU had many great contacts along the way while living and working his way up in the London Fitness Industry and many gifts from people in the right places and all because he showed gratitude in all his years in the business. He never let his ego go to his head and always remembered to say ‘thank you’.

Reading this has made me question myself. Am I saying ‘thank you’ enough? I feel like I have let myself down with my thank yous. I have just got too busy, too much on my plate! Is this a terrible excuse? Well, it is one that makes me want to lessen my load so that I can just acknowledge and show gratitude for the small things and the big things in my life.

So, today I am drawing a line in the sand to lessen the load, focus on the important things, to not sweat the small stuff, to practice more pilates and movement and to say ‘THANK YOU’. I will also be telling my husband ‘thank you’ for standing by me and supporting me when I most need it!

As James Duigan said: ‘Gratitude is a wonderful gift, and it doesn’t cost anything to say thank you. It has the power to change someone’s day! …It can also change your life. It can shift your mindset and the way you feel about yourself. Best of all it will improve your relationships with others that get to experience your positivity and not your negative energy.’

(You can find James’ original article here.)

— Roz Norman is the owner of Pilates & Co. and regularly teaches Pilates reformer, met.con and more at the studio. She’s also a mum of three and married to Dave. You can follow Roz and Dave on Instagram (@thenormanlife)

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What is Bursitis Pain?

Feeling dull aching pain in one of your joints and is it stopping your normal flow of movement? It could be the result of a common condition called Bursitis. Pilates & Co’s instructor and qualified physiotherapist Jasmine explains.

WHAT IS BURSITIS?

Bursitis is an irritation and inflammation of the bursae (plural of bursa). A bursa is a fluid-filled sac, situated between bone and muscle or tendon to reduce friction and provide cushioning around joints.

Bursitis can either be acute (rapid onset) or chronic (slow gradual onset) in nature. Acute inflammation of the bursa generally occurs as a result of direct trauma, infection or inflammatory conditions such as gout or arthritis. Chronic bursitis can be caused by repetitive use or movement over time, or from abnormal movement patterns.

BURSITIS CAUSES

Common causes of bursitis:

  • Trauma – falls, direct contact (hit)
  • Infection
  • Various types of arthritis – rheumatoid, psoriatic
  • Strain or overuse – repetitive movements (often work related)
  • Prolonged pressure – kneeling, sitting on a particular joint
  • Joint stress – compensation for altered movement patterns such as abnormal walking due to leg length difference

BURSITIS SYMPTOMS

The symptoms of bursitis generally involve a dull aching sensation around the site of inflammation and restricted range of movement. This movement restriction is often caused by stretching of muscle and tendon over the affected bursa which causes a compressive force, and further irritation.

The diagnosis of bursitis is often made through a physical examination, review of symptoms and sometimes scans or blood tests. Often your doctor will recommend imaging such as an ultrasound or MRI if necessary to rule out further pathology such as muscle tear or tendinitis.

BURSITIS TREATMENT

The treatment of bursitis primarily focuses on relieving pain and inflammation, treating an infection (if present) and correcting biomechanical factors to prevent future reoccurrence. In the short term, your doctor may discuss your suitability for anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen, Voltaren or Advil to help relieve pain and inflammation. To the same effect, ice can often be relieving for more superficial bursitis such as in the elbow, knee or heel.

Protecting the affected area is important to allow adequate time for healing. However, unlike a sprained ankle that is visibly painful and swollen, making you avoid certain movements – you can’t see bursitis, and this in itself makes it difficult to understand which movements and activities may aggravate your condition. In many cases, people seek help from health professionals like physiotherapists to learn the do’s and don’ts while recovering from bursitis. To prevent the reoccurrence of bursitis, physiotherapists can help with exercise rehabilitation which is very dependent on the type and severity of bursitis but may include stretching, strengthening (such as Pilates) and working on improving range of movement.

Jasmine is a trained physiotherapist, exercise physiologist and Pilates instructor. She takes classes at Pilates & Co on Friday mornings 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30am.

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Using SMR for tight muscles

Feeling tightness in your muscles? SMR (or Self Myofascial Release) could be the answer to relieving those tensions after a workout.

WHAT IS SMR?

SMR stands for Self Myofascial Release and is a form of self-massage that uses equipment like foam rollers and massage balls to target muscles that need some TLC.

Our muscles get tight for many reasons, from overuse, inactivity or injury and this, in turn, creates a muscle imbalance and limited range in the joints associated with them.

PRE- & POST-WORKOUT BENEFITS

Performing SMR pre-workout will release tension in muscles so that you have a full range of motion, getting the very best from your workout. It’s also an amazing tool post workout, combined with an appropriate stretch.

Current research shows that consistency is key when it comes to stretching. As little as 90 seconds of SMR and stretching on each muscle group is all that’s needed to make a change! This is pretty encouraging news if you experience short and tight muscles. The great thing about SMR is that it not only targets your muscles but your fascia (connective tissue), tendons and helps to increase blood flow.

SMR RESULTS

You may experience some muscle soreness the day after SMR, don’t let this discourage you, keep at it! SMR is hands down the simplest and most effective way to get your body mobile and feeling more aligned. Get out that ball and get rolling today or book into one of our Roll & Release classes during our seasonal challenges.

DID YOU KNOW…

  • All it takes is 2 minutes every day to create more flexibility and better mobility.
  • SMR is great pre- and post-workout.
  • If it feels sore, you’re probably in the right spot. Ease the ball or roller around the area until the intensity decreases.
  • Stretching right after SMR allows the muscle to stay lengthened for longer – like a clear coat of lacquer. This is only for post-workout.
  • Consistent SMR and stretching daily is more effective than getting a weekly massage.
  • Allow your muscle to relax while you release and to get deeper by applying more pressure if needed.
  • If you have a tennis ball lying around, it’s a great tool to get you started. Invest in a good lacrosse ball for longevity and density.

Belinda Survilla is the Pilates & Co. studio manager and takes regular classes at the Miami studio, including orientation for new members.

Healthy Food Watermelon Salad - Pilates & Co. Gold Coast Pilates Reformer & Fitness Studio

Healthy Food: Belinda’s Watermelon Salad

We kick off our Spring 6-week Challenge today, so we thought we’d share some healthy food – a little recipe from the meal guide to give you some kitchen inspiration. This super easy salad is full of goodness and the perfect lunch or dinner option over Spring and Summer. It’s our studio manager Belinda‘s creation and one of her favourites to make for herself.

 

Belinda’s Watermelon Salad Recipe

If your aim in doing Pilates is to feel fitter and stronger (which we hope it is), then you have to combine your practice with healthy food. And as healthy food recipes go, this one is easy to make and so yummy you will be questioning its goodness. We think it will be joining your regular kitchen staples in no time!

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 whole watermelon (chopped into cubes)
  • 2 Lebanese cucumbers (cut into quarters)
  • 3 large tomatoes (chopped into cubes)
  • handful coriander (roughly chopped)
  • handful parsley (roughly chopped)
  • handful mint (roughly chopped)
  • 4 spring onions (sliced)
  • 1 avocado (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup pinenuts (lightly toasted)
  • tablespoon bottled jalapeño’s (finely chopped)
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • a generous seasoning of Himalayan salt

METHOD

1. Add all ingredients to large salad bowl and toss. This salad is still great the next day if kept

refrigerated.

Check out more of our healthy recipes on the Pilates & Co. blog.

 

Belinda Survilla is the Pilates & Co. studio manager and takes regular classes at the Miami studio, including orientation

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Fitness: How to Mix it Up Your Workout

Fitness isn’t hard, but it can easily get uninspiring when workouts are the same day-in-day-out. To keep things fresh, mixing it up a little – in life and in fitness – is the key!

Sure, we all have our favourite exercise habits but after a while, the same exercise can be repetitive on the mind and body to a point where the body does not get the desired results. This type of exercise becomes more of a maintenance program. Don’t get me wrong MOVEMENT is the key but MIXING IT UP with your movement can be even better!

In my many years in the fitness business, I see and speak to clients and members who are not getting results. They fall into the trap of doing the same thing when they come into the studio or club. This may feel safe for them as they are not getting out of their comfort zone or it may fit into the allotted time they come to exercise. I understand that CHANGE can be hard but hey sometimes we gotta make the change.

 

Fitness – How do I mix it up?

Here is my easy “How To” when it comes to making some overdue changes to your fitness routine:

1. See a personal trainer every so often

If you are a member of a gym then many health clubs offer small group training or personal training. These are particularly good if you have an injury or timeline to hit your goals as the PT will monitor you individually and give you new routines, exercises and thoughts.

 

2. Take your fitness workout outdoors

Add an outdoor run or walk to your weekly sessions or start training for an event, fun run or even a half marathon. You might even want to take it up a notch and make it a hike in the hinterland with a group of friends! Mt Warning is a ripper! Choose social but active fitness events.

 

3. Add Yoga or Pilates to your regimen

These both tick the box for adding a bit YIN to your life. If you are fast paced like me and need to stop and practice a little deep breathing then add this to the repertoire! Increasing your recovery will increase your results!

 

4. Go to a group fitness class in your gym or studio

Groups are great! Especially ones that you normally would not attend like Zumba, Met con or Reformer HIIT. This helps you experience a new training format and gives you greater appreciation to other training modalities. Plus training in a group is highly motivating.

 

My list could go on but my challenge to you is to just make one achievable change and make it a high priority. Try a few different things until one resonates with you but it has to put you out of your comfort zone just a bit!

 

Belinda Survilla is the Pilates & Co. studio manager and takes regular classes at the Miami studio, including orientation

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