Turnen men expressing their Physical Culture by doing gymnastics and swinging clubs in a Turnverein gymnasium

One of the most interesting parts of the Physical Culture Movement (learn more about the Movement here) is use of the term ‘Culture’. Using the term seems to expand the movement beyond just moving/strengthening bodies and in to subject areas such as society, customs and the creative arts. The largest cultural influence on the beginnings …read more

An image of child on pommel horse taken from Guts Muths book Gymnastics for Youth

The Physical Culture Movement was a health and fitness movement that began in Europe during the 19th century, spreading to England and the United States it continued till the mid-20th century. The Movement’s ideology was driven by multiple factors and it had an eclectic group of contributors. The Physical Culture Movements legacy can still be …read more

Pilates standing footwork – a good exercise for skiers

Posted on September 9, 2017 by Movement Health in
male doing standing pilates footwork to help with skiing

Squats, lunges etc can be the standard exercises used to prepare the lower body for skiing. The Pilates exercise standing footwork from the 2×4 series is a twist on the squat movement and is closely related to footwork on the reformer. Pilates standing footwork is a whole-body exercise that strengthens the feet, ankles, knees and …read more

Work the core, reduce stress…

Posted on July 7, 2017 by Movement Health in ,
male and female doing Pilates sit up, could this help to reduce stress?

As someone who walks the line of multiple movement based disciplines I often find the evidence driven Exercise Physiology part of my professional make-up trying to unpack what is happening with some of the Pilates exercises. At times Pilates exercises may not seem all that functional and there can be limited levels of progressive overload. …read more

Movement and falls prevention

Posted on February 10, 2017 by Movement Health in
A practitioners hands whilst doing Taichi

With age the likelihood of a fall occurring increases, it also becomes more likely that a fall will result in a serious injury. As Australia’s population is ageing, there is likely to be an increase in the occurrence of falls and fall related injuries. Falls are the most common cause of injury in older people …read more

Male and female doing Pilates exercise, Control Balance

I was reading a news article recently about some emerging science regarding the role inflammation plays in compromising the body’s immune system and how this may affect a person’s experience of depression. Whilst the overlap between the nervous system and immune system is not a new concept in some areas of healthcare, these ideas seem …read more

Movement Health and pulling straps

Posted on November 7, 2016 by Movement Health in ,
Lady doing, Pulling straps on Pilates reformer

As an Exercise Physiologist I’m required to stay up-to-date with the appropriate scientific literature and use this to apply best practice treatment for clients. A piece of literature I find myself using a lot when working with shoulders (and particularly the shoulder blades) was undertaken by Cools et al. (2007). The goal of this study …read more

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