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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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Spine Series 1 – Katie Holmes

Your spine is the central axis of your body: your nervous system clings to it, your limbs root from it, your brain sits on top of it, the womb is cradled by it, your crown jewels adorn the end of it … whichever way you want to think about it, the spine is essential.

An axis is defined as a point around which something revolves. Which depicts the spine beautifully – because it isn’t a straight-forward structure, it’s not made of straight lines and hinges. It has curves, facets, arcs and eaves. It produces spirals, circles and spindles.
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Pilates for Office Workers

New research, published in The Lancet in July 2016, estimates that physical inactivity cost healthcare systems and workplaces almost €60.26 billion worldwide.

Our lives have become more and more sedentary as we use tech to make our lives easier. Office PilatesWe are constantly tethered to our screens – phones, laptops, TVs etc.

This tethering has led to less movement in our lives. Office workers can spend upwards of eight hours of their work day doing the same thing – many of them sitting in front of a computer. Staying in the same position all day, every day can have a detrimental effect on the body by creating muscular imbalances.
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Pilates for Men

There is a common misconception that Pilates is only for women. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Joseph Pilates was a man after all.

Joe was a circus performer and a boxer, he trained military personnel, he smoked cigars, drank whiskey and he spent most of his life teaching in his underpants Pilates for Men(!)  He taught many dancers, athletes, performers and the general public from his studio in New York from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Football players, rugby players, golfers, climbers and tennis pros use Pilates to recover from injury and strengthen their game. The GAA recommend Pilates to their players and many Olympians use Pilates as a key part of their cross training programs too.
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Meet our visiting instructor…Meredith Rogers

This is part of our Meet Our Visiting Instructor Series Meredith Rogerswhere you get to read about some of the visiting teachers to our studio. Meet Meredith Rogers, BASI Pilates® faculty and a regular instructor on Pilates Anytime.

What have you been up to recently?

Spending time with family and friends, working and making sure to enjoy the summertime

How long have you been a Pilates teacher and what inspired you to become one?

I’ve been teaching Pilates since 2000. The first time I tried Pilates, I fell in love. Having always been an athlete, I was attracted to the quest for alignment and balance in my own body and wanted to help others along their pathway of discovery. The mind body awareness and focus on breath were, and continue to be, extremely beneficial to me in my life.

What’s your favourite Pilates exercise? Why?

There are way, way too many that I love to pick just one.
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Rebecca Leone – The Nun Returns

Live & Breathe Pilates are delighted to announce Rebecca Leone‘s return to Dublin in Rebecca Leone Head ShotFebruary 2017. It’s been three years since she’s been here and we’re super excited to have her back with us.

We are running three days of masterclasses and teacher training from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th of February, 2017.

Rebecca has a unique teaching style that will keep you laughing through the challenges she throws at you, whilst addressing the seriousness of spine safety.

Workshops are open to all instructors and interested clients and her Masterclass Practicals are open to experienced clients and instructors alike.

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Meet our visiting instructor…Rebekah Rotstein

This is part of our Meet Our Visiting Instructor Series Rebekah Rotsteinwhere you get to read about some of the visiting teachers to our studio here in Dublin. Meet Rebekah Rotstein, founder of Buff Bones, Pilates Anytime presenter, Guinness convert and world traveller.

What have you been up to recently?

Teaching and traveling around Europe for 4 weeks.

How long have you been a Pilates teacher and what inspired you to become one?

13 years. I was taking Pilates lessons for 4 years before I got certified and loved how it made me feel – stronger, freer and my body stopped hurting!

What’s your favourite Pilates exercise? Why?

Footwork. I go to a reformer anywhere in the world, lie down breathe and let my body sink into the movement. I’m rejuvenated and realigned after. Teaching it too is like a microscope Into the body and reveals so much to the instructor.
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Meet our visiting instructor…Mariska Breland

Mariska BrelandThis is part of our Meet Our Visiting Instructor Series where you get to read about some of the visiting teachers to our studio. Meet Mariska Breland, co-owner and founder of Fuse Pilates, Washington who was with us in November 2015 to teach her Pilates for Neurological Conditions Program.

What have you been up to recently?

My business partner and I are working with a franchisee on opening an NYC studio in early 2017. I’ve also been teaching my Pilates for Neurological Conditions course all over the U.S. I’m heading to Vancouver in two weeks for the first Canadian course ever, and I’m back in Europe in September.

How long have you been a Pilates teacher and what inspired you to become one?

I’ve been teaching since 2003 (regularly since 2005). I never really planned to do it as more than a hobby, but the students are always what keep me coming back!

What’s your favourite Pilates exercise? Why?

Short spine massage is always a favourite, but I’m currently loving the challenge of all of the inversions on the Cadillac. It’s like being a kid doing flips again!

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Rebekah Rotstein Returns

We’re delighted to announce that Rebekah Rotstein is returning to Dublin in July 2016 for a weekend of workshops and a masterclass that is open to everyone, clients included.

Workshop 1: Teaching Clinic

This teaching clinic is an opportunity for instructors to experience the key concepts Rebekah Rotstein Teaching Clinicof Rebekah’s work in action. No preconceptions beforehand, no knowledge of what’s about to enter the studio. Kind of like reality TV where nothing is filtered!

Participants will have the chance to explore key concepts of Pilates and other movement systems in the way that Rebekah applies them. Then participants will watch these concepts in action while Rebekah teaches three sessions, bringing the studies to life in a real-time environment. There will be time for Q&A after each session.

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