Platypus Pilates

11 Ngaio Gorge Road

Ngaio, Wellington

New Zealand

+64 (21) 168 7424

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Platypus Pilates Studio

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  • Classes resuming on March 4th, 2019
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    Just checked in, and getting really excited now about my adventures in Europe. I'm glad to go to colder weather, but I wouldn't mind if the temperature in Swedish Lapland gets a bit higher than the current -28C! I won't be checking my emails while I'm away, but promise to get back to you as soon as I am behind my desk again on March 2nd. Or 3rd if totally jet-lagged:-). 

    Classes will start on Monday March 4th. The mat timetable so far - could change if not enough or too many people- :

    Monday 7.30-8.30pm

    Tuesday 9.15-10.15

    Wednesday 9.15-10.15 + 6.30-730 (men only) + 7.30 - 8.30 (this one is full already)

    Thursday 7.30-8.30.

     If you have a group and would like you a timeslot not mentioned here, contact me when I'm back.

    Privates and Fascial Manipulations by appointment only.

    See you in March!

     

     

    Written on Wednesday, 06 February 2019 04:49
  • Goodbye 2018
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    Another year gone. Thank you to all of you who made me realise how much I enjoy my work. I hope to see you all back in 2019.

    The studio is now closed until Monday January 14th when it will open for private classes and fascial manipulations. I have had some requests from keen 'matters' to run a couple of mat-classes between 14 January and February 8th (when I leave for Europe). I am keen to run some classes on either Mondays at 7.30pm or Wednesdays 7.30pm, but experience has taught me that most people are very keen before Christmas; after Christmas I have to compete with the weather and spontaneous days away. Therefore I will only run the classes if people pay me beforehand.  For Mondays it would be from 14 Jan - 4 Feb with January 21st Wellington anniversary day, so just 3 classes.  Same for Wednesday  Jan 16th-30th. Let me know how many and which ones you can make and you only pay for these. 

    The studio will be closed from Februay 8th and reopens on Monday March 4th. I am planning to have the same mat-class hours: Monday 7.30 -8.30pm, Tuesday?wednesday 9.15-10.15am, 6.30 - 7.30pm, 7.30-8.30pm, thursday 6.30- 7.30pm 7.30-8.30pm. Other hours on request.

    For now, enjoy your family and time off. 

    Mariska

    Written on Sunday, 23 December 2018 06:34
  • Classes 2018
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    Happy 2018!

    It took me a while to get out of my lazy 'make the most of this weather' mode, but all good things come to an end, so that another good thing can happen. And my next 'good thing' is my trip to Leipzig from February 1st - 22nd, where my anatomist friend will teach me how to -pre- dissect a human cadaver, allowing me to get a deeper, better understanding of the human body and specifically of the fascia. Exciting times.

    For you this means that the group classes will not start until February 26th. I am planning to run classes on Monday at 7.30pm, Tuesday 9.15am, 6.30pm and 7.30pm, Wednesday 9.15am, 6.30pm, 7.30pm and Thursday 6.30pm. I am available for private classes (private group or individual) and Fascial Manipulation from Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday between 10.30am - 5pm.

    If you want to know more about the classes or fascial manipulation please email me: mariska@playtpuspilates.com.

    Thanks!

     

     

    Written on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 05:48
  • Fascia facts
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    Was challenged to read a fascia article every day until november 2018. To keep myself 'honest' I decided to summarize every article and make a weekly post with little 'fascia facts'. But I have since discovered that reading isn't the hard part, it's the summarizing. I have therefore decided to only do 3 articles per week until I get better at it.

    The first 3 articles, including a definition of fascia:

    1. Definition: A fascia indicates a sheath, a sheet or any number of other dissectable aggregations of connective tussue that forms beneath the skin to attach, enclose, separate muscles and other internal organs. The fascial system is a bodyise network of interacting tissues, incorporating force-transmission, sensory functions and wound regulation.

    2. Myofascial pain in nickel-sensitive women exposed to nickel alloy underwires in brassieres.

    A retrospective chart review of 57 consecutive new female patients at least 14 years of age, treated at a New Jersey, USA,  myofascial pain practice, showed that in 24 of the 57 women, fascial pulls were tracked from the site of pain to palpable and painful adhesions deep to underwire brassiere support wires.

    Conclusion: wear nickel-free and/or underwire free brassieres. 

    3. Does subtle isometric contraction engage the fascial tissues and can this be help chronic pain.The human body is a tensegrity structure made of compressible and non-compressible parts, so if we stretch our fascia in one area, we must therefore compressing it somewhere else.

    Conclusion: stretching and/or isometric contraction (compression) can help release chronic pain.

     

    Written on Thursday, 22 June 2017 06:12
  • Happy 2017
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    Happy 2017!

    Hope 2016 ended well and 2017 started even better.

    The studio is open for private classes and fascial manipulation. Matclasses will start up again on Monday January 31st. Same days, same times, same price. I am toying with the idea of a "classical Pilates' class. In this class we will only use Joseph Pilates' original exercises, always in the same sequence and with small variations. Let me know if you are interested in a class like that. Right now time and day are open for suggestions, only thing we know for sure is the place :-)

    See you in a couple of weeks!

     

    Written on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 06:43

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