I lived in fear of when my next episode would leave me on the floor!

The Pilates Method has been life changing for Lonia Catalano as it was the one thing that finally helped with her chronic back issues. Lonia had been living with chronic back pain and disc pathologies for a long time and saw so many allied health professionals to no avail. One day one of her professionals suggested she try pilates and as Lonia says in her video, she has not looked back since!

In this video you will also see Lonia perform the ‘Longbox Reformer Swan’ which is particularly hard for her.

Lonia has been practicing The Pilates Method now for 17 years and she is so passionate about it’s benefits that 5 years ago she decided to change careers to help others. Lonia is no longer a stressed out executive assistant and is instead a pilates instructor at Aligned for Life Pilates in Moonee Ponds.

“I lived in fear of when my next episode would leave me on the floor!”

It’s a work in progress and my range isn’t huge but for me it s a big workout just doing that exercise

 

If you want to connect with Lonia or to find out more about Aligned for Life Pilates and National Pilates training email bookings@alignedforlife.com.au today!


Oh my goodness I will never be able to do this…well now I can!

Lauren Kempster has been practicing pilates since the age of 15 when she began mat classes to help with dancing injuries. She was instantly hooked!

As part of her journey living out her dream as an actor, Lauren was accepted into a post-graduate program at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. In London and indeed wherever she is in the world, Pilates has been a welcome friend throughout her life in both the stressful and the stress-free times.

It wasn’t until Lauren was diagnosed with a hip injury that she discovered the true magic of Pilates. The practice of Pilates as her rehab helped her regain her range of movement and reduced her pain symptoms. After this life changing realisation Lauren decided to take her interest further and train as a pilates instructor.

Lauren tells about her love of pilates and shows us her the infamous “Control Balance” which had her saying “I will never be able to do this”…but now she can!

 

What I love about pilates is that it is for everyone.
It really does celebrate your body and what your body can do.”

“What I love most about it is that it hits all my target areas

 

If you want to connect with Lauren or to find out more about Aligned for Life Pilates and National Pilates Training email bookings@alignedforlife.com.au today!


Pilates holds me together and keeps me sane! Meet Alex Andrews

Alex Andrews really loves seeing her clients develop and challenge themselves to improve each and every week. It’s due to the passion she gets back from her clients that Alex herself is encouraged to push her practice even further. Alex is sharing with us a particularly challenging exercise for her the
Torso Press Sit with Extension!

“It’s my pilates practice that holds me all together and keeps me sane”

“This ones particularly challenging for me purely because of the thoracic extension and mobility”

 

If you want to connect with Alex or to find out more about Aligned for Life Pilates and National Pilates training email alex@alignedforlife.com.au today!


At the age of 12 Lara was already doing pilates! Meet Lara McFarlane…

Lara McFarlane has been participating in pilates since the age of 12 and earlier this year she qualified at National Pilates Training as a pilates instructor.

Today we get to hear what Lara loves about pilates and see her demonstrating the step up on the wonderchair.

“What I love most about pilates is that its such a unique, fun and functional form of exercise, its really adaptable and endlessly challenging”

“I find that we need to continually challenge ourselves otherwise we just remain stagnant”

 

If you want to connect with Lara or to find out more about Aligned for Life Pilates and National Pilates training email bookings@alignedforlife.com.au today!


“I feel like superwoman” – meet Wendy Turner!

Wendy Turner has been participating in Pilates for over 14 years and in 2009 she decided it was time for a change in career. That lead her to studying Pilates at National Pilates Training and now she is our larger than life owner at Aligned for Life Pilates Richmond.

We wanted you to get to know Wendy’s personal story a bit more and share with you one of her favourite exercises. Watch these 2 videos to see what Wendy had to share.

“I would describe pilates as controlled exercise that develops strength”

 

“I used to call it ‘Lava Tummy’ as my tummy used to go ‘blurp’…everywhere”

 

If you want to connect with Wendy or to find out more about Aligned for Life Pilates and National Pilates training email wendy@alignedforlife.com.au today!


From knee reconstruction to skiing the slopes – meet Kath Banks

Kath Banks has firsthand experience of using the Pilates Method not only for body conditioning but through two pregnancies & post-natal recovery. If  that wasn’t enough, try SIJ dysfunction and knee reconstruction rehabilitation to boot!

For Kath the Pilates Method is vital for maintaining a healthy body where all joints are actively challenged through their full range of movement, with control, contributing to great strength. This is crucial for both the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries & conditions.

This week Kath made a video for us to talk about The Pilates Method and shared with us one of her go-to exercises.


“I had a knee reconstruction a number of years ago so I need to continue to make sure my knee is strong”

“We expect precision with all of our work which means we can really change the way that people move”

– Kath Banks

If you want to connect with Kath or to find out more about Aligned for Life Pilates and National Pilates training email kath@alignedforlife.com.au today!


From stressed out chef to stretched out instructor – Meet Ben Rashleigh

Accumulating years of 75-plus hour weeks being hunched over a bench, Ben Rashleigh developed chronic lower back pain and was forced to wear a brace on a daily basis just to accomplish simple daily tasks.

Benjamin’s physiotherapist recommended he take up Pilates to combat the damage that had been done and he quickly developed a passion for the discipline, which in turn prompted him to become a pilates instructor.


“I had a really bad back and a notoriously rigid body so started to get into pilates”

“I call this the 1 leg in strap exercise”

If you want to connect with Ben or to find out more about Aligned for Life Pilates and National Pilates training email ben@alignedforlife.com.au today!


From Accomplished Accountant to Graceful Swan – Meet Kellie Brearley

With over 10 years personal experience in Pilates, including training through two pregnancies, Kellie has developed a passion for Pilates and a strong appreciation for the strength and stability Pilates brings to the body and everyday life.

A strong belief in the effectiveness of The Pilates Method and a desire to inspire others led Kellie to embark on a career change after 20 years of being a Chartered Accountant in corporate business.

This week we interviewed Kellie to find out more…


“What I love about pilates is that it continuously challenges and inspires me”

 

“The Swan has always been a challenging range of movement,
particularly because I have spent 20 years sitting at a desk in that forward flex position”

Kellie takes regular classes with Kath Banks (owner of Aligned for Life Moonee Ponds) and participates in continuing education workshops to continue to learn and further develop as a Pilates instructor.

If you want to connect with Kellie or to find out more about Aligned for Life Pilates and National Pilates training email bookings@alignedforlife.com.au today!


From the United Kingdom to Moonee Ponds… Meet our valued team member Danielle Jones!

Danielle is all about caring for people, as you would imagine from a nurse of over 10 years. Danielle first started participating in Pilates in 2003 and she was so inspired by the benefits of The Pilates Method that after returning from working in the UK, she went on to train as an instructor.

Danielle commenced her Certificate IV in Pilates Instruction in 2009, and went on to study the Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction in 2010. She now works as a Pilates Instructor Level 1 at our Moonee Ponds studio helping clients to live better, healthier lives.

“One of the things I love about The Pilates Method is it’s such an adaptive form of  exercise”

“Tendon Stretch is a very challenging exercise both physically and mentally”

If you want to connect with Danielle or to find out more about Aligned for Life Pilates and National Pilates training email bookings@alignedforlife.com.au today!


Sneak a peek at Chris this week…he’s our newest team member!

This week we wanted to introduce you to our newest team member Chris Kelly. Instead of writing about our interview, we thought we could let Chris talk to you directly through some videos he created just for you!

 

“For me The Pilates Method is a form of movement

and we use this form of movement to help heal our clients”

“I use my past experiences from massage and in Chinese medicine

to provide a more holistic view of the situation”

Watch this space for some videos down the track of Chris doing his favourite warm up exercises.

If you want to connect with Chris or to find out more about Aligned for Life Pilates and National Pilates training email bookings@alignedforlife.com.au today!