Springtime Somatics Series

Our Series of Springtime Somatics Sessions starting February 2017 with Katrin are designed to build body awareness and help you to discover and then release tension in your body.

Somatics Session 1 – Taut BacksSomatics Backlift

Saturday 25th February 2pm – 3:30pm
Learn somatic solutions to ease your taut back muscles through simple movements you can do any time you need. In this 90 minute workshop class, we will focus on how to make the back soften and relax to increase well being, de-stress and improve mobility. No previous is experience necessary, this workshop is suitable for anyone who experiences tension in the back, who has on going back pain or is recovering from surgical intervention.

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Hanna Somatics with Martha Petersen – Nov 2017

We are delighted to announce that Martha Peterson Martha Petersonwill be with us in Dublin in November 2017 to teach a Hanna Somatics
Fundamentals Immersion Course

This introductory course is for anyone with an interest in learning about or seeking to deepen their understanding of Hanna Somatics for their own personal education and exploration. No prior experience or training is required to participate.

Hanna Somatic Education (also known as Clinical Somatics) is a safe, gentle and common sense approach to eliminating chronic muscle pain and improving movement for the long term.  It is scientifically-based sensory motor training that teaches you how most chronic muscle pain develops, and what to do to restore full nervous system control of both muscles and movement. The end result is improved awareness, balance and control, as well as efficiency and joy of movement. You learn to reverse the root cause of most chronic muscle pain – the way in which you have unconsciously adapted to the stresses of your life – so you can prevent pain and movement limitation in the future.

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Meredith Rogers – Dublin, June 2017

Meredith Rogers returns to be with us in Dublin this June 2017. Meredith RogersMeredith is BASI Pilates Faculty and teaches their courses and workshops worldwide.

She is also well known for her fantastic classes on Pilates Anytime.

Meredith is back to provide both workshops and Masterclasses and a Marathon Mat Class for us over the weekend 23rd – 25th June 2017. She will be available for limited one to one sessions also. Contact us if interested in booking a one to one.

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Putting the Ballet Back into Barre

Technique for Barre TeachersBarre

You trained as a Barre teacher, but have no previous dance training…

Would you like to deepen your knowledge and add to your classes using classical ballet?

In this 2 1/2 hour workshop you can learn more about correct placement and essential hints to strengthen your foundations of how to work at the Barre.

Train like a dancer and help your clients to become more graceful in their movements!
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Our Top 5 Tips for Barre Blitz

Here are our Top 5 tips from Katrin to get the most out of your Barre Blitz Classes in the studio.

1) You will sweat in Barre

To avoid cramps and lack of concentration, have some water before class and throughout the class. We have a water fountain in the entrance area – bring a bottle and we can cut down the waste of plastic cups! 2 to 3 percent fluid loss equates to about 10 to 15 percent decrease in strength and endurance, so I encourage you throughout class to have a sip!
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Consistency is the Key

Motivation is what gets you started Aristotleand habit is what keeps you going. And we all know that consistency is the key in making any long term change.

If you want to get stronger, leaner, more toned or just feel great, regular, well performed movement is where it’s at.

Our favourite form of movement is Pilates, obviously.

We love it because it gives you head space, as well as getting you stronger, fitter and more flexible and really, who couldn’t do with all of those great benefits?
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Stephen Braybrook – Brain Move

Stephen Braybrook – aka ‘The Movement Man’ Brain-Movewill be with us in April 2017 to teach his Brain-Move Workshop.

This workshop is an introduction to practical neuroscience and aims to provide some take home informational gems that you can use straight away.

Brain-Move uses the principles of evolutionary biology, developmental psychology and applied biomechanics to elicit safety through the subconscious mind and enable easy, fluid and pain free movement.

Listen to Dr Perry Nickelston interview Stephen on his Stop Chasing Pain Podcast.

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Sam Wood – Pilates for Injuries & Pathologies

Live & Breathe Pilates are delighted to announce that we are hosting Sam Wood’s Pilates for Injuries & Pathologies in our studio in Dublin October 6th – 8th 2017.

This three-day certificate course presents a Physical Therapy approach to working with Sam Wood Pilates for Injuries and Pathologiesclients who have injuries, physical limitations, or movement dysfunctions. Focusing primarily on the cervical and lumbar spine, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle and foot, the course covers functional anatomy, biomechanics and a review of current literature. Specific injuries and pathologies, such as disc disease, post-surgical conditions, rotator cuff syndrome, tendinopathies and osteoarthritis, are examined. Students learn about precautions and/or contraindications for these conditions, as well as exercise options and modifications to the original BASI Pilates repertoire. Course participants learn safe ways to work with clients who suffer from some of the most commonly encountered pathologies and injuries, via lectures, discussions, demonstrations and practice.

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Live & Breathe Pilates are excited to announce we are now the distributor in Ireland for

What is PowerFingers?

PowerFingers allows you to effectively train the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow powerfingers on fingersto improve strength and dexterity, and to both prevent and recover from injury.

Many sports like golf, archery, CrossFit, climbing, kettlebell sports, gymnastics, rowing etc all use the fingers to grip, squeeze or hold, and involve tendons and muscle groups right up and into the elbow and scapula. Grip strength is an important part of training. Athletes know that if you can’t hold, grip, crimp, squeeze, pinch, or lift with your hands, your training will be limited.

Imbalance in the arm muscles can also lead to injuries such as elbow tendonitis, carpal tunnel and repetitive strain issues. PowerFingers can help by reducing paiPowerFingersn and in some instances, eradicating these conditions.
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Spine Series 2 – James Hale

Pilates and the Spine

The spine is an amazing structure, it extends from the base of the skull to the pelvis and consists of a series of irregularly shaped bones called vertebrae which increase in size from the top

In young children, 33 separate vertebrae can be identified; however, by the time we become adults five have fused to form the sacrum and four to form the coccyx. Of the remaining 24, seven are found in the neck (cervical vertebrae), twelve articulate with the ribs (thoracic vertebrae) and five are found in the lower back (lumbar vertebrae).

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