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by Susan J Bowes (subscribe)
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Published July 21st 2020
Core strength, flexibility & fitness @ pilates in Redlands
When your parents' professions are gymnastics, nursing and naturopathy, you are bound to take on a career that consists of exercise and wellbeing. Such case applies to Joseph Hubertus Pilates; born in Germany in 1883, he was the man who invented Pilates or as he named it "Contrology".

Suffering from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever when he was young, it was important for Joseph to improve his physical strength. Prior to age fourteen, Joseph was accomplished in the techniques of gymnastics, bodybuilding, boxing and martial arts, yet he still believed that the root of poor health lay in bad posture and inefficient breathing.

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Photo courtesy of Flow Pilates & Fitness, Facebook

In 1912 Joseph moved to England and earned a living as a professional boxer, a circus performer and a self-defence trainer for the police at Scotland Yard. When the war commenced, he was interned along with other German citizens and began teaching them wrestling and self-defence. It was during this time that he started refining his techniques and teaching mat exercises, as well as aiding in the rehabilitation of injured war veterans.

After the war, he returned to Germany and again trained police officers. Onboard the ship to the United States in 1925, Joseph met his future wife Clara. He and Clara founded a studio in New York City providing classes to many well-known dancers, ballerinas and society women. He collaborated with experts in dance and physical exercise, always looking for ways to improve his techniques for others. Joseph engineered all the equipment he used in his classes to strict specifications and tuning suitable to each exercise and individual.

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Sitting Too Much, Talk To Flow Pilates & Fitness (Photo courtesy of Flow Pilates & Fitness, Facebook)

Pilates, as it is known today, is a series of low-impact exercises and techniques aimed to improve your posture, focus, body alignment, breath, overall strength and flexibility. It consists of an order of mat and reformer exercises. Today, we usually attend a mat or a reformer class, however, they can be blended, and also used in a clinical setting. There are many other pieces of apparatus that can be used to assist the student to perform the original mat exercises, that can be difficult for some posture types to achieve.

You often hear people say that they cannot sit still or that their minds have a thousand things going at once. The focus on breathing and undertaking the exercise during a session of Pilates gives your mind a chance to take a break from constant thoughts and worry, while also allowing you to increase your flexibility and breath control. You may believe you are only doing one exercise, but Pilates is an overall body exercise method.

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Flow Pilates & Fitness Studio (Author's Photo)

Fortunately for Redlands residents Flow Pilates and Fitness, a family-owned and run Pilates studio is situated at Lakeside Victoria Point. Proprietor Tamara McGinn has an extensive background in performing contemporary dance and teaching RAD ballet, having studied and achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Dance (Hons) at the Victorian College of Arts.

Flow Pilates and Fitness offers both mat (currently online zoom) and reformer classes for all levels of fitness and even those who have never considered exercise before. Classes include group sessions with a maximum of six persons per class, private sessions. It does not matter if you are injured, recovering from an injury, pregnant, senior or a young person, Flow Pilates and Fitness can recommend a class to suit your specific needs.

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Flow Pilates & Fitness Studio (Author's Photo)

Time for a private session will usually be fifty-five minutes, where your qualified trainer can build a program to focus on helping you achieve a personal or athletic goal. You may feel a private session will allow you to ease into the exercise routine while also gaining confidence with the equipment. Three private lessons will cost $250.00 (introductory price).

There are several packages offered Casual Reformer Passes, Flow Trial, Monthly Passes Special Introductory Private Appointments or you may consider purchasing a Monthly Direct Debit Membership, where discounts apply. More information on these classes can be read on the website.

To book a class or send an enquiry, please go to "The Studio" tab and click on "About" to lead you to the Contact page or email

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Be Comfortable While You Exercise with Clothes from Flow Pilates & Fitness (Author's Photo)

[LINK=]Flow Pilates and Fitness[/LINKs is open six days a week from Monday to Saturday. Do not forget to sign up for the newsletter, which will keep you up to date with classes and activities. If you are a teacher and would like to enquire about a career at Flow Pilates and Fitness, you can do so by contacting the studio.

Due to COVID-19, the studio is following the strict advice from health authorities on social distancing, so if you feel unwell, please stay at home.
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Why? Do yourself a healthy favour and enjoy the benefits of pilates
When: Six days a week
Phone: 0432 665 620
Where: Lakeside Victoria Point H18, High St, Victoria Point QLD 4165
Cost: Private lessons, Package Classes
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