What Pilates Instructors Do on Sundays




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Published July 3, 2019

Training with Carla Mullins from Body Organics

If you’ve noticed your Pilates instructors looking a little more closely at your feet and knees this week, do not be alarmed!  We’ve just had the pleasure of doing some training with the wonderful Carla Mullins from Body Organics as part of the Anatomy Dimensions Lower Limbs Course.

Your dedicated instructors gave up their precious Sundays and their cold hard cash to spend the day taking an in-depth look at the anatomy of the feet and knees, common pathologies or injuries, and how we can better help you to recover should you find yourself suffering.   It was worth every minute and cent!

Carla is a fabulous teacher.  She is so generous with her knowledge, and her enthusiasm for what she teaches is contagious.  She found a way to help us all understand the anatomy of how the feet and knees work in a way that made sense at 8 am on a freezing Sunday morning.

Plantar fasciitis, flat feet, high arches, Posterior Tibialis Tendon Dysfunction, Tendon and/or ligament damage, knee replacements, fractured patella – we discussed it all.  There was lively debate and chatter about the different feet and knees we see, and how we can best help you to move more freely and efficiently. 

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We explored how the whole body is connected and saw how making just a small shift in your feet has the potential to change how your thoracic spine moves.

We used the Makarlu (invented by the ingenious Carla herself) to help release different muscles in the feet and lower legs. Then we noticed how that changed the way people can do certain exercises. We even took one for the team – giving ourselves a foot massage.

A big takeaway for us was how much affect two particular bones have on our whole body – the talus (in your ankle) and the tibia (the bigger bone in your lower leg).

We are so grateful for Carla taking the time to come to Canberra to share with us and look forward to our next instalment on the hips and pelvis this weekend. Thanks, Carla, you are a star.

About the author 

Claire Gunther is a PAA Principal Level Pilates Instructor with over 20 years and 20k+ hours of professional Pilates delivery experience.


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