Body Common Enterprises

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Body in Common

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54-2 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar Baru 59100

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Thanks for your interest in Body in Common!

Here you can find items that will help you share our story:

  • Our Story

  • What is Pilates?

  • Who is Natalie?

  • What is Pilates Equipment?

  • List of Services

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Our Story...

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.

Natalie Tan

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne)

  • Certified APPI Pilates Instructor - Matwork

  • Certified APPI Pilates Instructor - Equipment

  • Dry Needling

  • 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:

Reformer

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.

​​Trapeze Table

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.

Ladder Barrel

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.

 

Wunda Chair

Focused on strengthening the legs and the arms, there are two separate pedals attached to springs of varying tensions.

Spine Corrector

The name says it all!  Often used to assist balance training and core work.

 

A look at our Group Fitness Classes

Get plenty of Instructor time with only 8 spots per class! ​ All our reformer classes are run by an Australian registered physiotherapist with APPI pilates instructor accreditation. Principles is a great entry level reformer pilates class for a beginner, to develop an understanding of your body biomechanics and local stability system (core) whilst getting a great workout. Reformer pilates uses spring resistance to challenge your muscles, creating long, lean muscles, improves core strength and posture, flexibility and even bone density. Suitable for the beginner to advanced student. Exercise options will be given for a satisfying workout.

RM90

Beginners and Regulars: Reformer Principles

45mins

With a structure the same as Reformer Principles, this class has been condensed and concentrated into a 30 minute lunch-time workout! ​ Make sure to be punctual, as these classes stick strictly to the clock to make sure you get a great workout, and then get back to work on time. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

RM90

Lower Intermediate: Reformer Thirty

30mins

​Slower paced class, focusing on moving your body through its full range. Lighter core work, targeting mobility. Flex is also a great entry level reformer pilates class for a beginner, to develop an understanding of your body biomechanics and local stability system (core) whilst improving your range of motion. Even if you have never done any reformer classes before, you may participate in this class. Suitable for all levels. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

RM90

Lower Intermediate: Reformer Flex

45mins

​Ready to step up your reformer practice? You've attended a handful of reformer principles classes and are feeling confident that you have tight Pilates principles. This class includes intermediate to advanced reformer exercises, challenging your strength and flexibility even more. You may even get into one of those fancy poses you've seen "that" instructor do on instagram. These classes are only open to people who have attended at least 3 reformer principles classes. If you have prior reformer experience and want to go straight to this class, please contact us first. ​ ​ ​

RM90

Upper Intermediate: Reformer Power

45mins

​You like a faster paced, heart pumping, sweat inducing workout. This class utilises the jumpboard for plyometric exercises and includes more intermediate to advanced pilates exercises. Great alternative to traditional cardio with a lower impact on the hip, knee and ankle joints. These classes are only open to people who have attended at least 3 reformer principles classes. If you have prior reformer experience and want to go straight to this class, please contact us first. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

RM90

Upper Intermediate: Reformer Jump

45mins

The ultimate level for Reformer fitness. This level is by invitation only, and the sky is the limit. Each class is entirely based on who books in, and we focus on really testing out the limits of what the reformer can do.

RM90

Expert: Reformer Super Power

45mins

Packages Available. Our class times don't suit, or you prefer the one-on-one style? Contact us to book a private fitness session at a time of your choosing.

RM240

Private Solo Fitness

55mins

Have a few friends? We can put on a class! Duet: RM150pp, Triple: RM130pp, Quad: RM100pp, Five+: RM90pp.

RM90 to RM150 per person

Private Group Fitness

55mins

A look at our Clinical Pilates Services

A Premium service that doesn't compare to other local options. ​ We provide an in depth assessment of your injury, and don't just treat symptoms: we find the cause. By finding the cause, we can get you to move towards permanent relief. ​ Typically we will assess your posture, range of movement, muscle strength and joint range. Treatment may include joint mobilisation, postural re-education, soft tissue release, dry needling, taping, stretching, education or pilates. We can help with pain and stiffness relief and suppression, pre and post natal issues, sports injuries, osteoarthritis, hypermobility, spinal pain and injury prevention.

RM240

Physiotherapy

45mins

Real results take more than one session. We want to encourage you to stick to your programme and find real relief. If you choose to purchase the 'First 6' as a pack, then you'll save RM250. ​ The Clinical Pilates methodology is the best method to permanently relieve discomfort that comes and goes, chronic pain and other body issues. It involves a detailed assessment, and personalised programme.

RM240

Clinical Pilates

55mins

Once you have completed the Clinical 'First 6' Private sessions, you can choose whether you want to go into Group Fitness Reformer Classes, or stay in the Clinical Pilates 'Continuing Maintenance Programme'. This programme allows you to come in at fixed times throughout the week to use our Clinical Pilates equipment with a maximum of 3 other people - each working on their unique programmes. A Clinical Pilates instructor will keep assessing and improving your goals and exercises, with the advantage of a more social atmosphere.

RM100

Continuing Maintenance Programme

55mins

Your first assessment and session must be done solo, however afterwards you may choose to do the next 5 sessions with your partner or with some friends.

Duet: RM150 each Triple: RM130 each Quad: RM100 each

Private Clinical Pilates Duet and Triple

55mins