The physical activity health paradox

Posted on April 24, 2020 by Movement Health in ,
A construction worker using a concrete saw.

Physical activity is one of the best things an individual can do to improve their health and using this rationale conventional thinking may suggest that having a physically demanding occupation therefore contributes positively to health. It is not unusual for people who work in industries such as the building trades to think that the physical …read more

What is the Physical Culture Movement?

Posted on February 23, 2018 by Movement Health in ,
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

Whole body health

Posted on June 15, 2017 by Movement Health in , ,
after exercising two men and a woman sit on the kerb recovering and socialising a good display of whole body health

In my own experience the common perception of what an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) does is prepare exercise programming. This is certainly a big part of an AEP’s skill set; however a common response of mine is, “An AEP can prepare the best, most clinically appropriate exercise program, but does it get done”. In situations …read more

Helping people and doing good…

Posted on January 11, 2017 by Movement Health in ,
Ladies shoulders doing pike on Pilates chair

Late last year I participated in a respectful online professional debate, it’s not something I regularly do, however the topic was one I’m very passionate about. I was engaged with multiple online ‘adversaries’ who seemed very fixed in their position; as I was the only counter-point to the discussion I felt somewhat vulnerable, I also …read more

Do the work and watch your health improve…

Posted on December 6, 2016 by Movement Health in ,
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

What is Pilates?

Posted on October 10, 2016 by Movement Health in ,
Joseph Pilates outside in nature with exercise mat

What is Pilates? A popular belief I encounter fairly regularly regarding this question seems to be; ‘Pilates is that stretchy, core thing’. In an Exercise Physiology/Physical Therapy/Rehab setting Pilates based exercises are often used as an exercise treatment for back injuries. I feel there’s a bit more to Pilates so here goes: Pilates was a …read more

Welcome – My Movement philosphy

Posted on September 22, 2016 by Movement Health in
Two clients doing Pilates leg springs in class on the tower

Here goes, first Blog post, so thought I would talk about my professional influences and how they drive my movement philosophy. This philosophy is a product of the movement disciplines, Remedial Massage, Pilates and Exercise Physiology. REMEDIAL MASSAGE: My introduction to the world of movement, where I first looked at an Anatomy and Physiology text, …read more