Somatics & Pilates – Part 1

by Katrin Neue

What is Somatics?

Over the next two blog posts I’m going to write about how and why Somatic Movement and Pilates complement each other so well. You maybe aware of the benefits of Pilates, but what is Somatic Movement exactly? Let’s break it down. Soma is greek and can be translated as your body as experienced by you. Somatic Movement teaches your body awareness and how it feels to be yourself at its core. Is everything moving smoothly? Can you focus your attention to any part of your body?
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Pilates for Rehab and Recovery

How can Pilates be made appropriate if I have an injury or underlying condition?

Pilates is a method of exercise and movement that can be modified to accommodate many injuries, ailments and conditions. An individual, tailored Pilates program can be beneficial post rehab as movement is key to recovery from injury.

Pilates can help you rebuild your strength, confidence in movement, muscle tone and improve your Post rehabflexibility.

We recommend any client with a history of pain, injury or an underlying, chronic condition to start with an Initial Assessment.

This is a discounted 60 minute one to one session with one of our teachers, where we take a history, check in with you on what your goals are from a Pilates program and then take you through a workout so we can see how you’re moving and give any modifications needed. Then we can make a more informed decision on what the best course of action is – whether that be more one to ones or getting started with group classes. We may also provide a home program.


We also offer 45 minute and 30 minute hour long, one to one sessions on our schedule to accommodate you. These can be bought singly or in multi- packs. We’ve even been known to do 15 minutes with a client if needed. Getting back to activity gradually and building a strong foundation incrementally is key. The aim is to get you stronger than you were before. Participation in a Pilates program can be a positive part of your recovery and is a great way to help you understand how to prevent future injury.

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Buff Bones® with Rebekah Rotstein June 2015

Buff Bones

We are delighted to announce that Rebekah Rotstein, creator of Pilates for Buff Bones®, will be teaching her instructor Licensing Course in our studio in Dublin on the 27th & 28th of June 2015.  This is one of our Summer 2015 Instructor Training Series in conjunction with our partners in MBodies Training Academy.

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Buff Bones® is a medically-endorsed workout that combines Pilates, functional movement, strength training, and therapeutic exercise with bone-strengthening and balance techniques to optimize the health and safety of your bones. The workout follows a research-supported design of specifically sequenced exercises, making it an entire system of bone and joint health, rather than just a set of exercises.  Toning your arms, hips, back and abs, the Buff Bones® system also improves posture, is adaptable to varying levels, and is even safe for those with osteoporosis.
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Align-Pilates Apparatus Now Available in Ireland

Align A2 in situ reformerAre you looking at kitting out a studio or purchasing home Pilates apparatus? Then you’ll be acutely aware of the high costs involved. Align-Pilates changes this and you can see this for yourself at our Open Day on 16th & 17th May 2015 and also by booking a private demo.

Live & Breathe Pilates and Align-Pilates are delighted to announce a partnership where we are now their Official Showcase Studio in Ireland.

Open Day – May 2015


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Pink Ribbon Program with Doreen Puglisi May 2015

Pink Ribbon Program

We are delighted to announce that Doreen Puglisi, founder of the Pink Ribbon Program, will be teaching a weekend instructor training course in our studio in Dublin on the 23rd & 24th of May 2015.  This is one of our Summer 2015 Instructor Training Series in conjunction with our partners in MBodies Training Academy.

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Offering strength, self-esteem and quality of life to breast cancer survivors is key. Exercise may be the last thing a client feels like doing after breast cancer surgery. Exhaustion, painful swelling, and the adjuvant treatments can make them feel even worse. All they want to do is rest. In the past, that’s exactly what Doctors recommended. However, recent studies indicate a link between moderate physical exercise and improved quality of life for breast cancer sufferers.
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Deep Sleep Yoga 2

The Deep Sleep Yoga program has been specially created for those who have sleep issues, Deep Sleep Yoga 2insomnia, disturbed sleep or who just yearn for a deep, nourishing restful space. This Deep Sleep Stage 2 workshop on Sunday 26th of April at 2:30pm features many innovative ways to allow your whole nervous system to settle and rest deeply.

To take part on this workshop you do not need to have done the previous workshop – they both interweave with each other and can be taken in any order. All are deeply welcome, young, old, men and women – we can all benefit. Cost is €30.

Deep Sleep Yoga is more than what an ordinary Yoga class can offer as it combines techniques not just from Yoga, but from the worlds of somatic body based therapies such as Body Rolling, Massage and Craniosacral Therapy. It was created by Deirdre O’Connor, founder and creator of Deep Sleep Clinic, Yoga Dip, Craniosacral Therapist CST-T, DTR. This workshop draws on her 20 years experience of teaching, studying and working with clients, helping them find ways to restore and self-soothe to the core of their beings.

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Pilates on the Ball Workshop

Suitable for those attending classes regularly, this 90 minute workshop on Sunday 29th of MarchPilates on the Ball at 10:30am is a fun and effective way to strengthen and tone your whole body. Learn how an innocent looking air filled ball that doesn’t weigh very much can really challenge you! Using the ball we add lots of three dimensional moves to your session making the exercises more difficult and thus increasing the effort required.  It’s the perfect complement to your mat & equipment repertoire. Cost is €25 for the workshop.

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Deep Sleep Yoga

Deep Sleep Yoga is a 5 step program specially designed for those who have sleep issues, insomnia or Deep Sleep Yogadisturbed sleep. It is also an incredibly relaxing workshop, helping sooth frayed frayed nerves and showing you how to soothe your anxious, busy mind.

So much more than what an ordinary Yoga class can offer, it was created by Deirdre O’Connor, Yoga Dip, CST-T, drawing on her 20+ years of working with clients, and teaching them how to turn their ‘on’ button to ‘off’. The first workshop will run on Sunday 8th of March from 2:30 – 5:00pm.

In the workshop you will learn and use;
• Restful, soothing and calming yoga
• Breath work to help de-stimulate your amped up nervous system
• Yoga Therapy balls for pain relief
• Soft weighted yoga bags – the ultimate tools to slow busy minds
• Yoga Nidra inducing deep rest
• Various tools and techniques to help you sleep

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Pilates for Runners Workshop March 2015

In this 90 minute workshop we will show you what good posture looks like and how it feels. We will help you to release tight muscles and teach you specific Pilates exercises to strengthen your core and to balance the muscles around the hips and legs.

dreamstime_xs_29440219-300x163A strong core can improve your posture, running technique, balance and stability. Pilates helps to develop a strong core by supporting and strengthening the muscles of the back, hips shoulders and pelvis.

Price: €25 per person. Pre-registration is required.
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