Surviving Winter with The Mat App: A Women’s Health Guide

Make The Mat App part of your winter survival tool kit. Support your overall wellbeing with Pilates and maintain your practice through winter. We are fortunate in Australia that our winters are milder and shorter than in the Northern hemisphere. Nevertheless, grey skies, less sunshine and daylight hours combined with cold, damp conditions leave most […]

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Why Kegels Aren’t the Magic Fix to Pelvic Health

Kegels are fabulous for improving pelvic floor strength, however, understanding how pelvic and abdominal anatomy works, breathing correctly, and a holistic approach yields better results. Our pelvic floor and core area contain complex muscle systems that work together to maintain a natural pressure of containment so that all the organs housed there (bladder, bowel and […]

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Getting the Most from your Pilates According to your Menstrual Cycle

Hormone fluctuations over our monthly menstrual cycle play a vital role in our body’s responses. In each of the four stages of our menstrual cycle, we experience differences in mood, appetite, libido, cognitive function and energy. Studies have shown that aligning our life with our cycle helps us to maintain optimal health and avoid overwhelm, […]

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What is Perimenopause and How Pilates Helps

Pilates is one of the ways women can support themselves to embrace the change before the change. Around 35-40 years of age marks the first phase of transitioning towards the end of our reproductive years – perimenopause. Our hormone levels start to oscillate, bringing telltale signs of noticeably heavier or lighter periods, cycle changes (irregular […]

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Pilates Tips for Reducing Mum Anxiety

Motherhood is one of the most intense and beautiful journeys a woman can undertake in this life. While incredibly overwhelming and demanding, bringing a child into the world and raising them is also an amazing and rewarding contribution that shapes our future world. Whether it is your first child or your fifth, every woman will […]

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The Whole Woman® Approach

Women-centred Pilates and personal postpartum experience led The Mat App Founder Lisa Simpkinson to become a Whole Woman® Practitioner. Pilates is the exercise modality of choice for so many people because almost everyone can do it at some level, regardless of age, gender and physical ability. While it’s considered low impact, it can be deceptively challenging […]

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Meet Lisa Simpkinson, the Founder of The Mat App!

Meet Our Founder! Lisa Simpkinson, founder of The Mat App, has revolutionised the world of Pilates from the one-size-all norm to an individual experience that works on a woman’s specific goals, one woman at a time.  While Pilates, a system of repetitive exercises to promote strength, stability, and flexibility via mat work or the use […]

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Mat Pilates: Everything You Need to Know

Do you like to work out from wherever you might go? Is missing out on your regular sessions a cause for concern? Well, no more worries as Mat Pilates allows you to exercise from any location. With this routine, you don’t need a set of weights, gym, or studio. So, what is Pilates, and what […]

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Postnatal Exercise: How Long Does the Postnatal Period Last?

What Is The Postnatal Period? The term “postnatal” often refers to the time and conditions following childbirth. For example, “postnatal depression”. In the medical world, the term postnatal refers to the first six weeks after a woman gives birth when her body is still adjusting to not being pregnant. During this time, great changes occur […]

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