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What is Pilates?
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Body in Common is a Pilates, Fitness, and Physiotherapy Studio in Bangsar, with a special focus on quality, friendliness - and most importantly - real results for our clients.
After living in Australia for 15 years, Founder Natalie Tan returned to her home in Mont Kiara to further Pilates and Physiotherapy in Malaysia. Upon returning, she was surprised to find that the field of Physiotherapy is not so well-respected here, and that many of the local job offerings involved putting people on tens-machines, using heat-packs, and walking away! To truly achieve results, you must look for the cause of the problems - not just the symptoms - so this style of physiotherapy and Pilates was not up to standard.
Dissatisfied with the options, she decided to open her own Studio - a mix of Clinical Pilates, Group Fitness Pilates, and Modern Australian-style physiotherapy. And so "Body in Common" was born.
Natalie's clients range from old to young, male and female, and from a range of backgrounds and cultures: if there's one thing we all have in common, it's our need to look after our bodies so that we can enjoy life to the fullest.
At the studio, we focus on real physical improvement, drawing from a strong background of scientific advancements in the Clinical Pilates field. No matter whether you're coming in with specific pain or mobility issues, or just coming in for a group fitness class; all of our sessions aim for real improvement, and we also have a lot of fun doing it!
In addition to Natalie's standard clientele, over the years she has become a specialist in a number of fields such as:
Olympic Athlete Cross-Training
Golf Injury Rehabilitation, and Golf Cross-Training
Kayaking, Rowing, and other sport-specific cross-training.
Neo-Natal Preparation, and Post-Natal Recovery
So What is Pilates?
Have you ever woken up with a sore back, knee, neck, or other body part that just didn't seem to get better? There are many 'quick fixes' for pain out there - you can take pills for the rest of your life, or go for other quick fixes, but if the problem comes back, then you're not treating the cause.
Clinical Pilates is a set of exercises that focus on posture, balance, core stability, strength, and flexibility. It is suitable for Men and Women, and Pilates students range for 5 years old to 105 years old!
What really sets the Pilates method apart from other phsyiotherapy and workout methods is its ability to keep the body balanced, as it treats the cause of problems - not just the symptoms!
The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century in Germany, and now draws from scientific observation and 'evidence-based practice' to maximise the value of each exercise. It is often used in conjunction with other physiotherapy techniques and fitness classes to provide maximum balance. One of the fundamental ideas in Pilates is to focus on not just the 'big mover' muscles, but also the equally important stabiliser muscles as well. By doing so, pilates students gain better functional strength throughout their whole body - properly protecting their joints and muscles from future damage.
Pilates uses a wide range of equipment. At its simplest, someone can use just a yoga mat. At its fullest, the list of equipment fills a specialised studio! (Body in Common has a fully equipped studio with equipment such as a Trapeze Table, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, Barrel Arc, 8 Reformers, and a Wunda Chair).
In a nutshell, it's all about treating the real causes so that people can get more permanent relief, no matter whether they're 10 or 100.
Who is Natalie?
Natalie grew up in KL, and at age 14 moved to Melbourne Australia. There she was exposed to all the highs and lows of being a 'two culture kid': Australians asked "are you Malaysian?" and Malaysians asked "are you Australian?".
Happily, the answer is both, and that's what makes her Pilates experience so multi-faceted and thorough.
After completing her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in Melbourne, Natalie spent many years working in Melbourne and Perth - first as a physiotherapist, and later specializing in Clinical Pilates, Athlete Rehabilitation, and Women's Health.
In 2018, she moved back to KL with her husband, and is happy to call Bangsar home. She now splits her time between her two interests: Clinical Pilates Rehabilitation, and Group Fitness Classes. She also bridges the gap and provides special meetup classes for expats.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne)
Certified APPI Pilates Instructor - Matwork
Certified APPI Pilates Instructor - Equipment
Registered Physiotherapist - Australia
*APPI stands for Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute
What is Pilates Equipment?
Most Pilates in Malaysia still only use the 'matwork' style of Pilates. The reason for this is that Matwork only requires one yoga mat per person and is very cheap to start.
It is also just a tiny part of what Pilates really is.
A full set of equipment maximizes each client's exercise customisation, and in turn, maximizes the results that they get back. Here are just the big ones:
The iconic piece of equipment - when people think equipment Pilates, they think reformers. With a sliding platform attached to 5 springs of varying weight, a wide range of stretches, toning movements, and power movements can be achieved.
Less famous, but by far the most important piece of equipment is the Trapeze Table aka. "Cadillac". (Maybe it's called a Cadillac because it costs about the same...?). This equipment is used for strengthening and rehabilitation of injuries.
Primarily focused on flexibility, this piece of equipment is often featured with dancers doing back extensions. In reality, inflexible people benefit most from the ladder barrel, as they can use the ladder to change the intensity of various positions.
Focused on strengthening the legs and the arms, there are two separate pedals attached to springs of varying tensions.
The name says it all! Often used to assist balance training and core work.