COME AND TRY PILATES – ALL WELCOME!


FREE Introductory Workshop for Beginners!

Monday 11th of October 2021, 11-12pm
Queenscliff Neighborhood House
5 Tobin Drive, Queenscliff

Exciting times as I look forward to and plan to deliver a FREE Intro Workshop, Monday 11th of October 11-12pm, open to all levels in the beautiful location of Queenscliff!!

Can’t wait to share the wonders and magic of the world of Pilates with a whole new group of soon-to-be Pilates enthusiasts…!! 

On Meditation

Gemstones_enhancedWhy meditate? To deepen your mind-body connection, learn to relax more easily, reduce stress, manage your emotions? Or perhaps it’s to appease our curiosity about the health benefits of meditation? Is it the spiritual aspect of meditation arising from various cultures and religions, in particular the practice of mindfulness and compassion that originate from the Buddhist tradition and have a basis in meditation that interests you?

We seem to have many ways to deal with and healing the visible manifestations of disease in the body but not much that deals with the mind and meditation is an easily available way of giving ourselves a ‘mini holiday’ or a ‘mental massage’.

Meditation techniques can be used in situations where there may not be the ‘right meditation setting’, assisting us to enter a calm state just by being aware of being distressed or upset and being able to step back, do a short spot meditation or taking a few deep breaths, giving us a moment to put the situation we are being presented with into perspective, by diffusing its immediate impacts. In this way, simple meditation techniques can deeply transform our reactivity to external events in life and to ourselves, thus counterracting the cumulative effects that stress can potentially have on our bodies, including pain and disease.

Meditation may assist us in becoming more aware of internal thoughts and conversations. Are the same thoughts repeating themselves over and over? What is the tone of our internal conversations? Is it negative, self-defeating and judgmental or is it accepting, comforting and soothing? Am I able to see the conversation for what it is? Be with it, see it and then let it pass over me, potentially taking myself out of one state of being (e.g. depressed, angry, confused, distracted), into another, for example to comfort, acceptance, joy or simply a feeling of calm.

Meditation teaches us to look at what is – here and now. It helps us to focus on the present and not ‘what might be’ in the future, allowing for less wastage of emotional energy, worry and preoccupation, to let go of things that one has no control over, to give time and space for unexplored thoughts and emotions to arise, be dealt with and bloom – a beautiful and liberating feeling!

As a practitioner and therapist in mind-body connection, I strongly believe we can use and sometimes adapt  meditation techniques to enhance physical explorations to ‘come out of your mind and into your body’. Being ‘in the moment’ and connecting to one’s body during a Pilates session, for example, can lead to improved and accelerated results in reaching the objectives of the programme whether it be strengthening the body, balancing it or releasing and letting go. It’s almost as though the focus (one of the key principles in Pilates movement therapy) allows for better communication along neuromuscular pathways and the body thanks us for this attention by responding in amazing ways.

Many jobs are very ‘cerebral’, demanding intense ‘brain’ energy, leading to a loss of body connection and awareness. Our busy lifestyles can lead us to being in a constant mild ‘sympathetic’ (fight of flight response) state, which leads to mind-body exhaustion and energy depletion. Learning to become aware of the breath or focusing on the body, as in some meditation techniques, can facilitate a connection with the body and enhance the experience of muscles or organs ‘letting go’ (of blocked energy or tightness), re-setting and re-balancing of the body. Have you got a space for this in your life? When do you give yourself the opportunity to feel the positive effects of embodying meditation and breath in movement? Taking some time to take yourself into a parasympathetic state can be restorative, refreshing and sometimes even enlightening!

After a number of years of meditating, the cumulative effect has been to open up a whole new world to me, helping me to change my perspective on myself, life and relationships in general. The positive effects of a ‘meditative approach to life’ eventually pervades all of life and ‘just being’ leads to a calmer state, with a number of positive ripple effects.

All human beings will experience unstable, uncertain and confusing times in their lives. Meditation can be a means of getting back to home base, to one’s inner wisdom, balance and trust.  Meditation can be seen as an anchor to be relied upon to bring a sense of calm, simplicity and clarity. It can also create ‘higher states of being’ both spiritually and emotionally as well as diminish or remove physical pain.

As a very personal and subjective practise, it is good to know that there are many different ways to approach and experience meditation, including different techniques that suit different individuals or settings. It is certainly not a ‘one size fits all’. Meditation is not a competition or a race and it does not require ‘proving oneself’ or being ‘successful’ at it.

My aim is to make meditation accessible and practical, an experience that can be enjoyed by all, particularly those with busy, urban lives. Come on the journey to greater mind-body awareness.

Private at Home Sessions

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Stay in the comfort of your own home, while we work through a personalised programme to suit your needs. I have over 15+ year’s Pilates Teaching experience across a range of Pilates styles, such as Group mat, Reformer, Clinical/Studio, Barre, Pre and Post natal and rehab. I have a passion for taking clients through their fitness or rehab journey using the wide and varied possibilities that Pilates can offer. I will work with you to fit in with your schedule and create your own personalised programme, targeting your specific needs.

Having a good basic understanding of Pilates principles, foundational exercises and body awareness will set you up for success if you intend participate in large group sessions such as Group Mat classes, Group Reformer (e.g. KX Reformer Pilates), Barre, etc. This is a great investment for anyone starting out on their Pilates journey, coming back to exercise after pregnancy or injury, or simply just want to work in the comfort and privacy of your own home at your own pace.

Discounted trial and starter packs available. I will provide a range of equipment and apparatus as the programme requires. Available Mondays and Tuesdays 9.30am-5pm. For more information check out Prices – Discounted rates available as part of an Introductory Trial Pack or as part of a pack of 5 or 10 paid for upfront.

Pre Natal Classes starting 17th Feb

Come and join a 6 week pre natal course starting on 17th of February  2018 at Northside Pilates in High Street, Northcote! If you or someone you know is expecting then this is a fantastic and safe exercise option for staying strong, balanced and moving during pregnancy… Spots filling fast, book now! I am looking forward to meeting you and your bump! See you there!
For more information and to book: http://www.northsidepilates.com.au/pregnancy.html

 

Bodies in Spiralling Motion!

It is fascinating, the way the body is made of countless systems, layers and movement possibilities. We aim to keep them all functioning well through a healthy balance of diet, sleep, lifestyle and of course movement! It is so important to provide it with a range of movement options, whether it’s through athletic or creative performance or an everyday commute by foot or by bike to work. The concept of moving through ‘spirals’ and ‘spiral lines’ opens up the possibilities available to each joint and muscle . This is our body moving in a more natural way – through beautifully orchestrated chains of muscles, continuous with each other via tendons and fascia; spiralling lines initiated by the unique shape of our bones and running from head to toe, in an uninterrupted flow. In this week’s Pilates Mat Class, we will be getting a taste of this,  moving through spirals and body ‘slings’, to awaken a ‘juicy’ flow of energy throughout our body, trying different ‘angles’ and circularities of motion that leads to increased vibrancy and health. Looking forward to seeing you there!!

New Venue and New Class Format

elk_roomshot_2Exciting times ahead – from next week, classes begin in a beautiful new venue: Elk Wellbeing, upstairs at 282A Queen’s Parade, Fitzroy North.

I will be running a special FREE Open level Pilates session on Thursday 2nd of March from 7-8pm, so you can come and check out the new space and see for yourself. The Open level class is suitable for beginners through to more experienced movers.

The FREE Launch class is at 7pm, Thursday 2nd of March and all subsequent classes will be run on Wednesdays at 7pm.

Please book your spot by clicking on the ‘Book Now’ header of the website, the Facebook Page: timeandspaceforme and hit the ‘Book Now’ button or go straight to Book Online Here.

If you have any questions please contact me direct via email: connect@timeandspace.me

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Welcome to 2017 & a New Year of Mindful Movement

I hope you’ve had the chance to enjoy a restful time this Holiday Season! I trust it’s been an opportunity for some down time, relaxation, re-charging and reflection.  banner2

Hopefully many of us are planning to give more attention to self-care and balance in our busy lives in 2017 and part of that may include more mindful, healthy movement.

On that note, I have some great news I would love to share with you!

1. Two new sessions have been added to the timetable on Tuesdays and Thursdays – giving you more options to try one of the small group classes. There is some flexibility in the timing of these new group sessions so I welcome your feedback. Private sessions are also available – please contact me to discuss your preferences: connect@timeandspace.me. To view the updated timetable: https://timeandspace.me/class-times/

2. Prices will remain the same for the early part of 2017!

3. All new starters during the month of January receive two FREE classes to be used by the end of February!

4. ‘Like’ our Facebook page – HERE – to access three classes at only $50 (valued at $75)

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat please don’t hesitate to contact me at connect@timeandspace.me.

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Breathe to Move, Connect and Renew

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How often during a given day do you re-connect to your breathing?

During a Pilates and Myofascial Movement class we take the time to learn to re-connect with the breath in a way that relaxes the Central Nervous System, allowing the body-mind to enter into the best state possible to enhance fluid, conscious and effective movement – the best state to be in for transformation and the creation of new neuro-muscular connections. The ‘Pilates style’ of ‘latero-thoracic’ breathing aims to more efficiently and fully use lungs, diaphragm and ribcage to get the most out of the exercises and our core strengthening work. This can result in us feeling stronger, more resilient and having more energy overall. In our Myofascial sessions we use the breath to help us work through trigger point work and stretches.

I don’t want you to miss out on experiencing the magic of this, so I have put together a few more special offers to help motivate you and get you on your way…

  • ‘Like’ the Time & Space Facebook page to get three sessions for only $50 (valued at $75)
  • New Intro offer for new clients – 2 weeks unlimited classes for only $20
  • Spread the word and ‘Refer a friend’ to receive 20% off the full price of your next purchase

How is your Body ‘unfurling’ into Spring?

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I had the good fortune today to take a stroll through our very own Botanical Gardens and was inspired by the sight of the beautiful ferns in Fern Gully – with their tightly rolled, baby tendrils – ready to burst forth and their majestic wide open delicate shady leaves – they seemed to me to be the perfect metaphor for the work we do in our Myofascial Movement classes. This is where we get the opportunity to work on expanding, re-awakening and stretching out our limbs and joints following a long, cold winter where our bodies have tightened up, into forward-folded versions of themselves. We give our joints the chance to gently open up to counteract all the long hours we may have spent sitting, keeping warm or simply in our forward ‘moulded’ positions working our electronic devices. The tendril is the perfect metaphor for a body that is ready to unfurl itself, slowly, segmentally and then completely into the delicate wide open web that is the fully formed leaf.

Give your body this opportunity at one of two Myofascial Moves classes being offered every week at Time & Space Studio! All good movement includes release before re-connecting and strengthening! Your body will definitely thank you!

This week, we are focusing on ‘Head to Toe, Toe to Head’ – we will be loosening up the body from the feet upwards and from the head downwards, passing through the spine and even the small muscular attachments to your skull!

During November we will be focusing on Hips and Thoracic (ribcage). Tight hips are a very common problem area, affecting gait, knees and even down the chain to your feet – we will be focusing on these at our Tuesday night classes. Did you know that as we grow older we lose flexibility through our Thoracic spine? This can affect neck and shoulder posture, breathing as well lower back. Come along to Thursday classes to focus on Thoracic release work.

Launch PRICES are available for one more week –ending Monday 31st of October.

I hope you can take advantage of this offer and I look forward to seeing in the studio soon!

If you have any questions or would like to know more contact me direct at: connect@timeandspace.me.

Alternatively, if you are ready to go, then BOOK NOW