How Pilates Can Improve Women’s Pelvic Floor Health

When the pelvic organs aren’t functioning correctly (bladder and urethra, uterus and vagina, rectum and anus), it significantly impacts a woman’s life. Of everyone affected by urinary and bowel incontinence in Australia, women make up 80%, so if this is you, you aren’t alone. We’re here to support women because sharing experiences and strengthening pelvic […]

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Women’s health and healing through breath focus

Our body miraculously performs around 22,000 breaths daily without a single thought or action required from us. Even more miraculous are the health and healing benefits when we take the time for focused breathing. When our breathing is compromised, our mood and energy can quickly shift. Longer term, increased carbon dioxide influences imbalances in the […]

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Why Pilates Breathing is So Good for You.

Our breath is an incredible automatic function of the body that most of us rarely think about as we go about our day.  Conscious breath connection is a beautiful grounding practice scientifically proven to have positive effects on the entire body. From the brain to blood pressure and immune system, it does this by ridding […]

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The Mat App Pilates is Perfect for Mums. 

No two days are the same as a mum, making it hard to plan and ensure you get some time for yourself to exercise. Doing a Pilates class is more than a ‘me time’ treat. Regular exercise is necessary for mums to feel good, avoid illness and manage the stresses of family life. Finding Balance […]

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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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