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Coasting : Issue 13 July 2010
18 central coast • new south wales COASTING HEALTHPilates pulling power we are getting older but you just keep getting younger 40 kooindah blvd, kooindah waters, wyong 2259 t. 4351 1977 e. email@example.com w. endota.com.au *Offer valid Monday to Friday until 31.7.10. Valid only at Endota Spa Kooindah Waters. Treatment must be an hour long and taken at the same time. Not available on weekends. Not available as a gift voucher or gift voucher redemption. enjoy a 30 minute endota organic facial for $2* with any one hour + treatment. save $58 spray tanning now available now open 7 days and until 7pm thursday by appointment only endota spa kooindah waters is celebrating their 2nd birthday c8766770-1Jul Lake Haven Recreation Centre Goobarabah Ave, Gorokan Phone: 4392 7677 www.sydney.ymca.org.au/lakehaven Lake Haven Lake Haven Recreation Centre Recreation Centre Come Along & Play Indoor Sports All Year Round Basketball, Netball, Squash Professionally Run and Seriously Fun Comps for all levels and abilities Call to nominate a team or individual player Free Rego for all NEW teams! By David Stewart When physical trainer Joseph Pilates developed his simple exercise regime in the 1920s, he could not have dreamed that so many people around the world would be following his instructions 90 years later. The fitness industry, after all, sees plenty of fads come and go. And how could the simple tools of the pilates trade -- such as an exercise mat, swiss ball, and foam roller -- possibly compete with the shiny new pieces of electronic exercise equipment in every gym? Local pilates instructor Michelle Wonnacott said it was that very simplicity that partly explained the widespread appeal of pilates. That and the fact that pilates works so well for such a wide range of people. Sportspeople, teenagers and dancers love it, while senior citizens and even pregnant women enjoy its benefits. "Pilates is a body conditioning program that works at strengthening core muscles which are so important in stabilising and properly aligning the body," Michelle said. Take the example of the builder who spends much of his day bent over performing repetitive tasks. He may be strong in those parts of the body that are firing repetitively, but what about those muscles that are largely ignored? "The interaction of strong and weak muscles can cause an imbalance," Michelle said. "So pilates aims to strengthen the weaker muscles, and stretch out those muscles that have become tight, perhaps from repetitive use." Michelle offers a range of classes. Among those who are discovering the positive changes that can flow from pilates include school groups, mums, tradesmen, commuters, retirees and plenty of sportspeople. "My classes are really popular with active people who want to improve their flexibility, stability and strength for their specific sport -- whether it's golf, rowing, surfing or dancing," Michelle said. There is a mental side to pilates, too. "We focus a lot on breathing, and that in itself is a stress release," she said. "Being focused on your breathing makes you more aware of your body. It brings you back to you, which is quite a relaxing state of mind to be in." About Michelle Wonnacott Michelle Wonnacott and her husband Simon run Michelle's Pilates Place. Daytime and evening classes are held at six surf clubs stretching from Wamberal to Umina. There are five specific class levels, allowing participants to progress from beginner to intermediate or advanced levels. 'Mums and Bubs' classes are also available. Phone 0425 224 532 or go to www.michellespilates.com.au. Pelvic lift This simple exercise is ideal for commuters and office workers who spend long periods of their day sitting. It helps to mobilise the spine, strengthen the torso, buttocks and hamstrings, and works the reverse or opposite muscles to those used in sitting. Begin with your spine flat in a neutral position, arms by your side, and feet flat and about a shoulder's width apart. Breathe in to prepare to start the sequence. 1. Breathe out to engage your abdominal muscles. Then peel your spine slowly off the floor, one vertebra at a time, until your shoulders, hips and knees form a straight line. Maintain this position as you take one breath. Be sure not to over arch the spine. 2. As you breathe out, imprint the spine back onto the floor, one vertebra at a time until you return to the starting position. Do eight to 10 repetitions. 3.
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