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Your Mothers Day Gift Guide

We know how much you love your mum so we put together this Mother’s Day Gift Guide to help you make mum’s day the best one possible!
No 1. 
Give your mum the gift of Pilates! Jump online and grab your mum a gift card –

CLICK HERE. If mum is new to us, you can take advantage of our intro offer of 4 sessions for $49. Maybe your mum would benefit from a little more one on one attention? Grab a Deluxe Intro Pack which includes 2 private sessions for $149.We also have printed gift cards at the studio if you’d prefer, just contact us to organise a time to pick one up. This is truly a gift that will keep on giving! Your mum will feel stronger, longer and more confident – she’s going to love it.

No 2.

NEEK Skin Organics is the brainchild Angelique, who has created a delicious line of organic, natural and cruelty free skin products including lipsticks and skincare! Whether your mum has skin sensitivity or not, she’s going to love these products. CLICK HERE to grab the NEEK mothers day gift box, or browse the site to find more gorgeous goodies!

No 3. 

Find an exotic treasure for mum at Bohemian Lifestyle. Owner Tamsyn has put together a range of clothing, jewellery and homewares that are stylish, elegant and just a little bit different so you know your getting something truly special for mum. CLICK HERE to view the Bohemian Lifestyle range. Tamsyn is offering free postage for you all! Enter the code BOHOLOVE in checkout.

No 4.

All mums love flowers but they never last long enough. Gift mum essential oils and her home will smell divine all year long! Apart from the aromatherapy benefits, there is also a multitude of uses for essential oils that is practically endless. Order mum a start up kit by contacting us at the studio.

Healing Bone Broth

Thanks to Atlanta from Brio Emporium for this contribution.

While every week there is a new super food staple you supposedly just have to be adding to your diet, bone broth has stood the test of time and is no new health fad.  Made by roasting and simmering the bones of healthy pastured animals in ideally filtered water for a very, very long time, bone broth is nature’s most nutrient-dense, easily-digestible liquid, filled with micronutrients, minerals, amino acids and (YIPPEE) collagen.

As someone who exercises regularly, the daily addition of bone broth to your diet could be the cure for what ails you, including the tendons in your wrist that niggle or the ligaments in your knee that swell after a class. Cate Shanahan, the head doctor for the LA Lakers, recently said bone broth was “the number one miracle food for your joints and connective tissue (including bone) is bone broth because it contains compounds that act like growth hormones in these tissues.”

Now you don’t need to be a pro basket-baller as any level of athletic activity will benefit from the healing liquid of broth. When it comes to nutrition, eating a well balanced, anti-inflammatory diet isn’t enough; the amino acid chains that are available from making bone broth aren’t going to be found in the meat we eat everyday.

Just a cup of broth a day will kill inflammation and swelling. It will make you feel younger at the gym, on the bike or of course, on the reformer.  Bone broth as a daily supplement intake is one of the best sources of fuel for your body to heal and grow.

And on another hot topic which you have probably been hearing a lot about lately – bone broth heals leaky gut syndrome (bloating, gas, cramps or any other digestive issue) by reducing inflammation and increasing absorption rates of nutrients.

Making your own bone broth does take some time and effort (Minimum of 24 – 48hrs for a good one) but your body will thank you for it.  If you are like most of us and are just too busy with life, you can always save yourself the bother and try ours.  We have done all the hard work and totally nailed delicious tasting broths available by the cup or in take home bags for you to consume more regularly, at your leisure

During the month of March we invite Pilates & Co members? to pop in and sample our broths, on us.

How to make your own healing Bone Broth

Ingredients:

  • 1kg of bones from a healthy pastured animal (or more if your have a large enough pot)

  • 1 organic onion

  • 2 organic carrots

  • 2 stalks of organic celery

  • 2 tablespoons Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Optional: 1 bunch of parsley, 1 tablespoon or more of sea salt, 1 teaspoon peppercorns, plus your favourite herbs or spice.  Personally we love to add turmeric.

Instructions:

  1. Improve depth and flavour of your bones by roasting them in the oven first. Straight into a roasting pan and into the oven for 30 mins at 180c.

  2. Now place the bones in the largest pot you have.  Add just enough filtered water to cover the bones and add your Apple Cider Vinegar. Let sit for half an hour before turning the stove on as the acid helps make the nutrients in the bones more readily available.

  3. Bring to a vigorous boil, then reduce to a simmer.

  4. During the first few hours of simmering, you’ll need to stick around to remove the impurities that float to the surface. Simply skim, discard and keep simmering. Check it every half hour or so for the first few hours to make sure it is all removed. This is where you will be thankful you purchased healthy, grass fed bones – the healthier the animal the less impurities you will encounter.

  5. Once there is no longer any scum/impurities rising to the surface, keep simmering, adding water only to cover the bones as necessary.

  6. After about 15-18 hours for chicken and 35-40 hours for beef, add your veggies, herbs and spices. However wait until the final hour to add parsley or celery leaves, or anything like silverbeet.

  7. Return to a simmer for the final leg – this time don’t worry about adding more water. You want the nutrients and gelatin to concentrate as we bring in the flavours from the veggies and herbs.

  8. Add your parsley and / or celery greens etc if desired. Let simmer for another hour or two.

  9. Then finally – that’s it! You’ve done it!  Strain your broth and cool it down or use immediately for making your favourite soup, stew, sauce or meat dish!

Why should I diffuse essential oils?


During inhalation, odour molecules travel to receptor sites in the brain one of which is the limbic system, otherwise known as the “emotional brain”. The limbic system plays a part in controlling heart rate, stress levels, hormone balance, breathing and memory (Higley & Higley, 1998).

Essential oils have the power to uplift and revitalise, elevating the mood and relaxing the mind. Essential oils are also known to have air purifying benefits that can destroy mould microorganisms and inhibit bacterial growth which can ward off infection. The distilled essential oil of most plants have been shown to carry antibiotic, antiviral and anti-microbial properties. A testament to this is the fact that over 50 hospitals throughout the USA have begun to use essential oils!

Not only are essential oils beneficial for the emotional and physical body but they just smell so damn good! Your home can feel fresh and invigorating while diffusing orange and lemon or relaxing while diffusing bergamot or lavender. To help ward off nasty bugs in the home or workplace, try diffusing on guard, tea tree, clove, frankincense, lemongrass and rosemary.

We often hear comments about how Pilates & Co smells fresh and clean all the time, this is thanks to the oils we diffuse regularly. Our latest obsession is the Smart & Sassy blend which has grapefruit, lemon, ginger, orange and cinnamon essential oils – yum!

Our picks for top 10 best gifts for the active and health conscious

Hands up if you’ve had a total block on what to buy for that certain someone? Ever purchase something because…”that’ll do”? We’ve got some great holiday inspiration to avoid the chances of your gift being regifted. So, in no particular order…

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1. Shameless self promotion warning – a gift voucher at Pilates & Co!

Why not give your loved ones the gift of Pilates? It’ll change their lives for the better, it’s fun, empowering will keep them mentally and physically challenged. We love to see families coming to practice and workout together and you know it’s always more fun with friends so what are you waiting for? Our gift cards are fully customisable to any amount or package you choose! You can purchase your gift card here –
P&C Gift Cards

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2. A beauty package at From Earth and Skin

This lovely lady Louisa offers bio-sculpture nails, facials, threading, Eco Tan and sugaring (a natural waxing method) at her salon. All products and treatments are chemical free ensuring you and the environment are being looked after. Louisa is offering all gift cards at 20% off until 23rd December, what a treat! www.earthandskin.com.au

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3. Praia Yoga Mats

How absolutely stunning is this mat?!? Praia mats are made using the finest natural rubber resulting in a denser sustainable mat that benefits you and the environment. Each mat is 100% hypo allergenic and biodegradable. Find this beautiful mat and other designs here –
www.praia.com.au

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4. Lululemon Align Pant

These pants are amazing! I would wear these every day if I could, they are so extremely comfortable that Lululemon have categorised that as “naked”. Try a pair on for yourself and you’ll be converted too! Find them at Lululemon Robina Town Centre, those lovely ladies and gents will take supreme care of you while you are there. If you don’t have a local Lulu store you can get yours online –
www.lululemon.com.au

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5. The Essentials Pack from Evohe

This range of completely natural skincare is divine, the ingredients smell amazing and feel even better. I have personally been using these products for 6 months and I cannot get enough of them! My recommendation is to pair this pack up with their mineral makeup and blush. They are also neighbours of ours – manufactured in Miami. You can purchase from them personally on Lemana Lane or find them online here –
www.evohe.com.au

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6. Malvern Star Cruisestar from Mikes Bikes

You may have noticed this baby in our awesome competition running through social media. It’s one sweet ride and I know you are picturing yourself cruising down the beach, puppy in tow. The guys over at Mikes Bikes will provide you with wonderful service and your bike will come to you fully assembled and ready to go!
www.mikesbikes.com.au

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7. Eco Tan Essentials

One of our members put me on to the Pink Himalayan scrub a few months ago, it’ll leave your skin not only exfoliated and fresh but also so smooth, soft and moisturised. The moisturiser is chemical free and feels good on the skin (it also comes in tinted). The Eco Tan Invisible tan provides a natural looking tan that fades gently and doesn’t stink to the high heavens. This pack is a sure fire winner!
www.ecotan.com.au

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8. Foam Roller and Spiky Ball

These 2 buddies you may have a love/hate relationship with but ultimately, you will respect the effect that these two tools will have in loosening tight muscles all over your body. Used correctly these high quality devices will have you sighing with relief. Get yours in studio at Pilates & Co.

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9. Gift Hamper from The Source Miami

Our friends over at The Source have whipped up some delicious little packs and wrapped them up pretty so you can pop your feet up and congratulate yourself on a job well done! Check out these lovely gift hampers in store at the Miami One Shopping Centre.

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10. Lifestraw

Ok, so I’ve never personally used one of these amazing gadgets before but how cool is it? This straw shaped water filter lets you turn 1000 litres of contaminated water into safe drinking water! You can drink from rivers and streams with the lifestraw. I think what I love about it most is how this company supports communities that don’t have access to clean drinking water. You can purchase directly from the USA website or from BCF stores online and Australia wide –
BCF LIFESTRAW

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