Shiel Family Physio
January 2012

Happy New Year!!

Welcome back for another fabulous year in 2012!
We hope that you have had a wonderful Christmas break.

What our Pilates classes are focussing on this term:
This term our Pilates classes are focused on 'going back to the basics'. We have eliminated all equipment from the classes and Craig and Emily have developed new programmes accordingly.  
Clinical Pilates
We've had a lot of new people signing up for our classes lately... so for new clients and old clients here's some information about clinical Pilates...

What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise that helps build flexibility, muscle strength and endurance. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing and developing strong core muscles, as well as improving coordination, posture and balance. 

Physiotherapists’ have researched and developed the original work of German born, Joseph Pilates and use clinical Pilates as a method of treatment. Based on personal assessment, this exercise program is tailored to suit your needs! 

Where does Pilates originate from?
Pilates was designed by Joseph Pilates, a physical-culturist born in Germany in 1883. He developed a system of exercises during the first half of the 20th century which were intended to strengthen the human mind and body. Joseph Pilates believed that mental and physical health are inter-related.

Booking into Pilates Classes:

Don't forget to book into your Pilates classes for 2012!! The timetable for the start of the year is available online at

Spaces are limited so get in quick to secure your spot in a class.

Also, if you are having trouble booking into classes online, please give the office a call on 9842 3020 or let the girls at reception know when you come in next! 
Pilates Exercise of the month:
The Pelvic Lift or Pilates Bridge 
This exercise helps to strengthen those muscles that support and stabilize the pelvis and hip muscles.
Start lying on your back with your hands at your sides and knees bent with heels just under the knees. Inhale to prepare and as you exhale flatten your spine and press evenly into your heels. Start to curl your tail bone off the mat, then continue to 'peel' the spine up one vertebra at a time until the weigtht is evenly between your shoulder blades. Take a breath at the top and then exhale again as you roll the spine from the top to the bottom releasing the tailbone last so you come back to neutral position.
Caution! Do not peel the spine up so high that you have your weight in your neck.

Craig's Joke of the Month:

The little boy greeted his grandmother with a hug and said, 'I'm so happy to see you grandma.Now maybe daddy will do the trick he has been promising us.'  The grandmother was curious, 'What trick is that my dear?', she asked. The little boy replied, 'I heard daddy tell mummy that he would climb the walls if you came to visit us again'. 
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