Anula, Anula, Anula: Why we love her so

Anula, Anula, Anula: Why we love her so

Philosophical, intelligent, and funny: safe to say, we love Anula so we’re thrilled to be the first stop on her first ever visit down under, from 15 – 18 February.

While WA’s, nay Australia’s, Pilates community is buzzing from her imminent arrival, her visit isn’t to solely serve up professional development to WA pros: she’s here for everyone!

But who is Anula Maiberg and why is she so special?

Anula was born in Israel and relocated to New York City in 2001 to pursue photography, but soon experienced a change in professional trajectory, as her interest in and enthusiasm for Pilates morphed into something: a game changer.

Unlike many of those who have come before her, Anula’s Pilates CV reads like holy scripture for Pilates nerds. On paper and in person Anula’s professional experience is enviable and admirable in equal measure, as she’s trained in the most prestigious Pilates lineages (Kathy Grant) and under the biggest names in the business.

Anula graduated from the Kane School for Core Integration (Kinected) in NYC in 2009; the Kathy Grant Heritage Training Program in 2014 and has worked with American Pilates Masters and wisdom keepers, including but not limited to Cara Reeser, Kelly Kane and Deborah Lessen.

Nothing short of amazing.

But a couple of lines in a professional blurb doesn’t do Anula justice!

There’s something transfixing about the way she brings together the traditional elements of Pilates method with modern approaches to movement. She challenges us to question everything about our practice and our bodies, and wraps it all up in a lovely, inclusive package.

She’s of the people, for the people: and we love it. Pilates is, after all, for every body, and this is exactly how she approaches it: as a lifestyle, as a culture, and a method of movement.

Anula is myth-busting and coming in hot with all the big, loaded questions that we need to be asking in order to be better as an industry, as practitioners, and in our own practice:

Where should I be feeling it?

Let’s look at the language we use to discuss our bodies: pain, activation, harm, sensation.

How can we improve our delivery for our clients?

How can we tailor more to their needs so every body really benefits?

And more.

Over three days, Anula will be running workshops, some open to both Pilates Instructors and Clients (general population) including:


DAY ONE | Friday 16th Feb. 2017

SESSION ONE: Matwork Masterclass

Clientele: General population and Instructors.
SESSION TWO: Reformer Masterclass

Clientele: General population and Instructors.

Topic: Where Should I Be Feeling This? Reformer class for uncertain times.

Clientele: Instructors only.


DAY TWO | Saturday 17th Feb. 2017

SESSION ONE: Marathon Matwork Masterclass
Clientele: General Population and Pilates Instructors

Topic: Mythbusting Your Pilates Practice: how to gain or regain confidence on and off the Mat and apparatus. 

Clientele: Pilates Instructors only


DAY THREE | Sunday 18th Feb. 2017

SESSION ONE: Reformer Masterclass
Clientele: General Population and Pilates Instructors

Topic: Thoroughly Modern Mat
Clientele: Pilates Instructors only.

Learn more about available sessions on the PTI website; but hurry, spaces are limited. Studio appointments and observations hours are sold out! Contact Jackie to be placed on the waitlist.

If you would like to learn more about Anula, you can find her work on the Balanced Body blog, and featured on sites like Pilates Glossy International, Pilates Style, and of course her own Sixth Street blog.

She’s a podcast regular too; catch her on What’s Going on With Dance & Stuff, Moving Well, Thinking Pilates Podcast and Pilates Unfiltered, to name a few. Search “Anula Maiberg” or “the potato method”, and there’s no shortage of great, engaging content to enjoy.

Want even more? Check out the following links:

Mr. Pilates:

Marth Graham:

Interview with Deborah Lessen:

Skillful Teaching Podcast:

Kathy Grant and Ron Fletcher:

Letter to Eva Hesse from Sol LeWitt:

Tech Neck: more than a pain in the neck

Tech Neck: More than a pain in the neck.

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that we spend too much time staring at screens these days. We can pretty safely assume you’re reading this on your phone right now, aren’t you?

If you’re not, and are sitting up straight and reading from a screen positioned at eye level; good for you! Gold star!

On 27 May 2017, PFI’s postural genius and PTI’s student liaison, assessor and mentor Jess Davey held a workshop: Solving Your Tech Neck, looking at this modern day malady, and how we can make postural changes to correct muscle balance and alleviate symptoms.

To enlighten you on what Jess spoke about and demonstrated in her workshop, we thought we would have a look at “tech neck”, the symptoms and offer some sage advice for treating and preventing it.

“Tech Neck” is a uniquely 21st century, postural stress injury that results from the repeated craning of the head forward and down to look at a screen.

The neck and spine carry the weight of the head, which can weigh up to 5.5kg. The laws of biomechanics and physics tell us that the pressure on the neck and spine increases with every degree of we bend the head forward; levers in action!

The more you incline your head to look at a screen, the more you move the head’s mass off its axis of rotation, creating more load for the neck to hold up.

UW Health Physical Therapist Bill Boissonnault illustrates this point really well:

  • 15-degree bend in the neck results in 12.2kg of pressure.
  • 30-degree bend in the neck results in 18.14kg of pressure.
  • 45-degrees bend in the neck results in 22.22kg of pressure.


Ouch! No wonder our bodies hurt.

Sitting at a computer all day and or staring at your phone can create what is known as Upper Crossed Syndrome, which is essentially muscle imbalance in the back; and Forward Head Posture, both of which drive many of the uncomfortable symptoms associated with tech neck.

These symptoms can include, and are not limited to:

  • Neck stiffness.
  • Neck pain.
  • Upper back pain: chronic, sharp, spasms.
  • Shoulder stiffness.
  • Jaw pain or stiffness.
  • Headaches or migraine.
  • General discomfort at the end of the day.
  • Lack of mobility.
  • RSI: numbness or tingling in the arms or fingers.
  • RSI: loss of strength in the fingers and hands.

Tech neck isn’t one of those conditions that will go away on its own, but fortunately there is plenty we can do to treat and prevent it.

  1. Practice good “device posture”

When using your phone or tablet sit or stand up straight, ensure shoulders are back and relaxed, and bring the device to eye level (fair warning, you will not look cool doing this) to avoid the head craning movement.

  1. Check your work set up

Ergonomics is all about making changes to the furniture and tools in your workspace in order to maximise comfort, health and ultimately productivity.

  1. Take a break from tech!

How often to you check your phone, scroll through email or scan your various social media feeds when you have a spare moment? Most of us are guilty of being easily distracted by technology and in the process, we’ve developed some bad (social and physical) habits!

Mindfulness about device usage is key to managing screen time.

See a professional

If you are experiencing symptoms associated with tech neck, it may be time to see a medical professional. Don’t put it off any longer, get some relief (and Pilates).

  1. Fix your posture

Pilates can help you not only discover your movement and postural habits that are causing difficulty, but also understand how your body is designed to move and sit in space. From here we can work to balance, strengthen and stretch your muscles to alleviate and prevent tech neck symptoms.

We know there’s no chance of ditching the devices altogether, so chat to Jess about Solving Your Tech Neck and learn how you can treat and ultimately prevent this condition