Feel Great in Dublin 8

As proud business owners and residents of Dublin 8 for the past 25 years, we’re delighted to see our neighbourhood and community be injected with a new lease of life recently. We’ve seen the changes firsthand, and the massive increase in popularity in the area. There are so many cranes on the skyline!

With change comes uncertainty though. We know change can mean additional stress or anxiety Feel Great in Dublin 8for people. Increased rents, stressful jobs, managing home life and work and getting through everything that life throws at us can be a challenge.

We have always had a focus on helping people in our studio and we have mainly done this through Pilates and movement in the past. However, the more we teach and the more we deal with people the more we realise that there is a mental health aspect to what we do too.

Time and again we see clients who are at very stressful points in their lives coming into us with increased back pain, more tension in their bodies and an inability to let go of that tension.

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Studio Sessions

Joseph Pilates created a number of pieces of apparatus that all work in conjunction with the Matwork to become the full body workout system that is the Pilates Method.

You’ve probably seen the Chair, the Cadillac, the Barrels and the Spine CorrectorPilates Studio Sessions as well as the Reformer in the studio. Or perhaps you’ve tried them out previously in a one to one session.

Up to now we have offered only one to one or duet sessions where you work on all of the equipment. We now plan to launch Studio Sessions where you can workout on all of the equipment as part of a small group.

Whether you want to rehab after injury, build strength and endurance, work on balance or reduce pain, these semi-private appointments can help.

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Pilates for Teens

Pilates for Teens

Many of our clients tell us they wish they had been aware of Pilates earlier in Pilates for Teenslife so they could have avoided some of the injuries or aches they are now prone too.

If we can get people moving well at a younger age and empower them with the knowledge of how to maintain a strong, healthy body during their lifetime, that’s capable of all they ask of it, wouldn’t it be of benefit?

After all healthy children can become healthy adults. The physical, social and emotional benefits of being active in childhood will help set up our children for a healthier future.

Pilates for Teens is a new course offered on our schedule with the goal of bringing the benefits of this wonderful method to our younger clients.

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Slings Myofascial Training 2018

Mumu and Karin art of movement academy
What moves us? Three words that have been on my mind for a number of years says Karin Gurtner, creator of the Slings courses. Rather than looking for exclusive answers, I let them inspire me to create a movement concept that values science, functional anatomy, humanness and the imponderable alike. I called it Slings because of the myofascial slings that modulate motion and the somato-psycho-emotional-social slings that motivate our movements.

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Anatomy Trains in Motion – Myofascial Meridians for Movement Therapists 2018

Essentially Anatomy Trains in Motion is an anatomy course in which you will increase your depth of knowledge and gain a new perspective of Thomas W. Myers’ Anatomy Trains Anatomy Trains in Motionconcept in relation to body-minded movement. The course is filled with functional anatomy, movement relevant information and practical applications that not only sound good on paper, but also work well in real life. Anatomy Trains in Motion lies the foundation for the Slings Myofascial Training education.

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At the heart of the course are the myofascial meridians. Understanding the lines’ integral anatomy, workings, sensory qualities and relationships are invaluable for body reading, clear movement intention, lesson planning and teaching. Yes, myofascial meridians are so much more than ‘lines’ that can be ‘superimposed’ onto exercises!

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BASI Pilates in Dublin

Live & Breathe Pilates are proud to be the BASI Pilates Host in Ireland and studio owner Steph is the Irish Faculty for BASI.

In conjunction with our Matwork and Comprehensive Programs, we also offer regular Mentorship Days, Workshops, Certificate Courses and Teachers Only classes to support our students.

Our goal is to bring the best education available to those embarking on their Pilates career, with a supportive
community of mentors, graduates and fellow students working and moving together.
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Michelle Lyons: Pelvic Floor & Core Foundations

Pelvis Gray's Anatomy

Do you work with female clients or patients?
Do you know that 1 in 3 women have some type of pelvic floor dysfunction?
Is your exercise prescription meeting their needs?

After amazing feedback from past participants, we’re delighted to welcome Michelle Lyons, Women’s Health Integrative Physio and co-founder of the Women’s Health Physiotherapy Group back to the studio to teach this intermediate level workshop again.

This full day workshop is for therapists and movement professionals with an interest in learning about and deepening their understanding of female pelvic floor function (and dysfunction) for their own personal education and exploration.

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Bev Porrino: Be Activated – Stronger Within

Developed in South Africa by Physiotherapist Douglas Heel, Be Activated is an incredible technique that identifies how, why and where our bodies Bev Be Activateddevelop compensation patterns. It then interrupts poor neuromuscular patterns and delivers a systematic method to reawaken muscles that have become confused and switched off.

The technique is used by pro athletes, fitness professionals, sports coaches and therapists worldwide. It has a strong mind, body connection and can be adapted for any type of movement based activity.  Be Activated improves breathing, it can quickly break common patterns of movement dysfunction which is crucial for injury prevention and muscle imbalances.

Join us for a two hour workshop on Saturday 9th of September 2018 at 2pm with Bev Porrino, with a specific focus on how Pilates and movement teachers can use Be Activated to look at muscle usage patterns.

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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.

If you’d like to know a little more prior to booking a two day course, come to our
Introduction to Somatics
workshop on Saturday November 4th at 2pm. All proceeds of this workshop go to the Simon Community.

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Pilates for Injuries & Pathologies

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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