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Keep Moving Everyday!

“Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” ~Edward Stanley

Lorraine holds a Masters Degree in Manipulative Physiotherapy and is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. Lorraine lectures on the under & postgraduate Physiotherapy programmes at UCD and has extensive experience treating complex, acute sporting injuries gained during her time working with professional sport and dance teams.

New Pilates Courses Starting June 30th 2014

Our next Pilates course schedule starts on the 30th of June and 26 places from 36 have already been booked. As of today we have 6 places left on our Beginner classes and 4 places on our Improver-Advanced class.

To view our course schedule please visit our website here - http://mmphysiopilates.com/dublin/join-a-class.html

Summer Promotional Price

We are offering our 7 and 8 week courses at the 6 week price of €120.00
This is to accommodate some flexibility for holidays. If you are able to attend the full course that's great, the extra 1 or 2 classes are on us.

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Important Tips For Stretching Properly

stretching after runningI often come across conflicting advice and opinion about the effectiveness and value of stretching our muscles in preparation for exercise. Last week Robin wrote about why runners could benefit from doing Pilates, a timely post because we have the Women’s Flora Mini-Marathon soon to take place here in Dublin on the 2nd June. I would think most, if not all, runners would be knowledgeable of the benefits and be experienced in stretching their muscles.

The Flora Marathon website even has their own article about the benefits of Pilates for runners which suggests that a 6 week core strength programme, such as Pilates, helps runners shave 1min off their 5km times.

As an important reminder, in this article I offer some useful tips for stretching properly.

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How To Get The Most Benefits From Your Pilates Class

mindful-pilatesThe Pilates system is a powerful exercise routine in and of itself but you can elevate the benefits even further by improving your focus on three important elements; breath, rhythm and form.

To explain what I mean by ‘focus’ I am going to refer to a term gaining popularity in the news and health circles called ‘mindfulness’. Have you heard of it? Of course you have.

Mindfulness - defined as:

a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Isn’t it interesting that the state of mindfulness is referred to as a ‘therapeutic technique’?

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Pilates Courses Start 28th April 2014 - South Dublin Studio

Between the 28th of April and the 2nd of May we have a total of nine Pilates courses commencing. This term we are running 3x Beginner level classes, 5x Improver and 1x Advanced Pilates class.

We published the new dates and time last week and 43 from 54 (80%) places have already been reserved. If you have been intending to join one of our Pilates classes please register soon to avoid disappointment.  

Signing up for one of our courses is very simple. We have a secure online booking system where you can choose your class, register and pay using a debit, laser or credit card to reserve your place immediately. You will receive instant confirmation of the success of your booking.

Alternatively, you may choose to pay by cheque and your place will be confirmed once payment has been received.

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Why Pilates Can Help You Achieve Good Posture

By ‘good posture’ I am referring to the way in which we carry our bodies in everyday life. The saying ‘we become what we practise’ is just as relevant for our physical condition as it is for every aspect of life. In this article I make my case for why a regular Pilates practise will help you develop good posture and add significant health benefit long into our older age.

How good posture is sabotaged

Let’s pick a familiar topic we can all relate to - the art of ‘sitting’

The modern lifestyle generally includes a lot of sitting either at the desk in front of our computers or in the car. I think it is fair to assume that 6-8 hour stretches in front of the computer each day are quite common. What other physical activity can we dedicate so much time and dedication in daily practise? The problem with this ‘activity’ is our body, particularly our posture, is ‘becoming what we practise’ - that is a learned body position which typically is not a healthy one. The spine is under constant strain from our heads tilted forward and shoulders hunched over. The long term result is poor posture and a high risk of developing postural related pain and problems down the line.

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A Physio's Pregnancy Pain

This is dedicated to all those expectant mums to be...I just wanted to share my own personal experience with you with regards pelvic pain and pregnancy.

During the Christmas holiday period I accidentally tripped up one step, a very minor incident but enough no doubt to trigger left sided pain in the very low part of my back and into my left buttocks. Thinking and hoping as we all do - "oh this will just go away". So days went by and I was very uncomfortable moving about, walking was difficult and painful, turning in bed, getting out of bed, lifting and attending to my very active 20 month old was proving to be very sore and really aggravating my symptoms.

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Does Running Make You Fat?

Sounds like a ridiculous question, right? 

There is actually a perfectly good argument why running may actually increase your weight rather than reduce it. I thought this to be a worthy topic for discussion due to the apparent increase in people taking up the sport post Olympics. Lets take a look... 

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Balance exercises and Pilates

It makes sense that a well conditioned body should improve a person's balance and co ordination. Exercise is required as part of any body conditioning programme but what type of exercise is best? Well, this is always going to depend on the individual and their own current set of circumstances. You can rest assured we're not going to suggest tight rope walking.

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Why Choose Pilates for Your Body Conditioning

The ideal goal when exercising should be to give as many muscles of the body as possible a decent workout. It makes sense that the body would function optimally if the majority of its muscles, especially all of the stabilisers, received adequate conditioning.

A proven system

We know the body is a complex system and I'm sure most of us have come across wildly differing theories about what is best for our bodies. Sometimes trial and error is what some people go through before they find a suitable exercise routine that works for them.

Most people don't have the time or inclination to study in depth the intricacies of the musculoskeletal system and understand how to optimally combine movements for the 'perfect' body conditioning routine. This is why it can be a very good idea to attend a class of a proven exercise model led by a professional.

Keeping motivated

Regular attendance to a class will offer bursts of external motivation by the rest of the group and instructor. We all know how easy it is to slip behind on our daily exercise commitments, especially if we're training alone. I'm sure many can relate to that feeling;  

I would rather chillout at home than go to that class tonight

...but then afterwards actually feeling super and grateful for going.

Paying a small fee for your place in a class, having it scheduled in the diary, having familiar faces expecting to see you there and it becoming part of your weekly routine is an important part of the motivation cycle.

More than just a 'once a week class'

Attending a weekly class offers the opportunity to learn new movements and techniques and practise them under professional supervision. A movement with the wrong technique can be such a waste and sometimes damaging to our bodies.

Having a professional instructor available, an expert in the exercise system and the bio mechanical functioning of the human body, allows you to ask questions and receive guidance ensuring you're doing the moves right and getting the most benefit from them. Once you know them and have practised good form, you can take these away with you and practise them at home on a regular basis for optimal results.

Is Pilates suitable for me?

Well, lets consider who uses the Pilates system as part of their training

  • Professional footballers
  • Movie stars
  • Multi-discipline olympians
  • The New Zealand rugby team (World champions)
  • Pro tennis players such as Andy Murray

Wow, that's quite a diverse profile of people and sporting disciplines. So you see, Pilates is a dynamic system that can be applied in many settings.

Take a look at the style of our Pilates classes at Mount Merrion Physiotherapy

We believe firmly that good physical health can be achieved and maintained through a simple, well structured movement routine.

We teach our clients greater body awareness and how to move efficiently for maximum benefit. Our aim is to get you moving better than you did before with greater flexibility and more confidence. We want you to really feel the difference and enjoy an enhanced physical well being.

Our aims:

  • Truly expert instruction by a Chartered Physiotherapist
  • Mat - floor based exercises, only light equipment aids and swiss balls used when appropriate
  • Exercises learnt are intended to be easily practised at home
  • Gentle but highly effective movements
  • Strong emphasis on proper technique
  • Small class, higher levels of individual support and guidance

Our latest schedule and class availability can be found here - Latest Schedule!
Book early to secure your place.

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What's Your Excuse? 82yr old Iron Nun!

nun ironman triathleteThis is quite the inspirational story if I have every read one.

Last month, at the age of 82, Sister Madonna Buder finished an Ironman triathlon setting another world record for the oldest woman to complete such an event. In case you're not sure what exactly an Ironman triathlon event is, here are the scary distances competitors have to endure:

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Mount Merrion Physiotherapy
105 Trees Rd, Mount Merrion, Co Dublin. Tel. 01 283 4303