Speak up to save private health rebates

From April 1, 2019 the Private Health Insurance (Health Insurance Business) Rules will provide that private health insurers cannot pay benefits for a range of therapies, including Pilates. This decision is based on outdated evidence and requires reassessment.

The Pilates Alliance Australasia is working to have this Rule amended to allow a benefit to be paid when the Pilates session is carried out by a trained practitioner with accreditation from a recognised Pilates industry body.

How can you help?

It is important to focus on the central issue - which is to get the proposed Rule amended before it takes effect on April 1, 2019. To that end, we encourage you to contact your Federal MP and urge them to put pressure on the Health Minister to amend this rule. You can find a full list of Queensland’s Federal Members of Parliament and their contact details here.

Below is a statement you may wish to use, however it is more effective if you customise the message and share your own experience of how practising Pilates with a professional instructor and receiving a private health insurance rebate has helped you.

From 1 April 2019 the Private Health Insurance (Health Insurance Business) Rules will provide that private health insurers cannot pay benefits for a range of therapies, including Pilates. This arises from the Natural Therapies Review Advisory Committee Report 2015.

In respect of Pilates, the proposed Rule is based on outdated research. The Pilates Alliance Australasia (PAA) was not included in the Review even though it is the largest industry body with the most rigorous professional requirements.

The proposed rule change will cause many small businesses to close. There is a problem with unqualified practitioners offering Pilates as it is not a protected term. This can be easily overcome. In light of the current scientific evidence and the rigorous training and professional requirements for membership of the PAA, the Rule should be amended to allow a benefit to be paid when carried out by a trained practitioner with accreditation from a recognised Pilates industry body.

Tips for contacting your MP

You can find a full list of Queensland’s Federal Members of Parliament and their contact details here.

Brisbane Electorate
(includes the suburbs of Albion, Alderley, Ascot, Bowen Hills, Brisbane City, Clayfield, Fortitude Valley, Gaythorne, Gordon Park, Grange, Hamilton, Hendra, Herston, Kalinga, Kelvin Grove, Lutwyche, Milton, New Farm, Newmarket, Newstead, Red Hill, Spring Hill, Wilston, Windsor, Wooloowin and parts of Ashgrove, Bardon, Everton Park, Enoggera, Paddington and Stafford.)

Trevor Evans
Member for Brisbane
Email: trevor.evans.mp@aph.gov.au
Facebook: facebook.com/trevorevansbne
Website: www.trevorevans.com.au

Remember:

  • Keep your message brief and to the point.

  • If you are emailing more than one MP, send an individual email to each MP. Do not CC them into one email.
    Many political offices simply ignore emails sent to more than one person.

  • You can also contact your MP via Facebook or Twitter to make your point.

  • Time is short so please act now!

Studio NewsSharon Porter
Christmas at Body Revolution

Body Revolution will close for the Christmas holiday season from Saturday 22nd December and will reopen on Monday 7th January, 2019. 

And save the date for our Body Revolution Studio Christmas Party - Saturday 15th December from 1.00pm.  More details will follow closer to the date.

Studio NewsDonna Guscott
Fandango Christmas Edition

Fandango returns for Christmas! 


Following on from the roaring success that we had with our first ever studio singing group activity, Fandango is returning for the Christmas season. And it’s coming back bigger and better, with the wonderful Ruani again leading us in song.

What's Fandango?  Fandango is a 6 week singing class, but it's not formal and serious.  Fandango is a fun, enjoyable and casual singing group.  Fandango is about coming together and having fun while learning new skills, developing your confidence and learning about voice, breathing, and the whole mind/body connection. 

Fandango is for everyone:  guys and girls, beginners and experienced singers, anyone aged 16+ is welcome to come. No previous singing experience is required.  Please invite friends, relatives, anyone you think would love to join in.  The more singers, the merrier and joyous the sessions will be! 

Classes start on Saturday November 10th  at 12.30pm for 6 weeks.  They will culminate with a short performance at our Body Revolution Studio Christmas Party on Saturday 15th December.  Cost for the classes is $90.

If you are interested in joining the group, email or call the studio.

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Studio NewsDonna Guscott
Tracy's Story

Coming from a running background I was keen to introduce stretching and strengthening into my exercise routine when I started Pilates with Sharon over five years ago.  So much has happened in that time and Sharon and her team have supported me through a lower back injury, a broken ankle and most recently rehab after cancer surgery. Without doubt, building and maintaining core strength with pilates has been an integral component of my recovery.

My Monday morning studio class is small and specifically designed to focus on my areas of difficulty.  Luisa and my Tuesday morning mat classes have introduced me to a great group of regulars so I feel physically and mentally prepared for the work week ahead. 

I’ve now also made the leap into singing lessons with Ruani for fun and rehab, and although it’s all new to me, I’m loving it. Ruani is a very special vocal teacher who conducts private singing lessons at Body Revolution. She is connected to Sharon’s background in Performing Arts education.

It’s early days but I look forward to Fandango, the community choral group that Sharon and Ruani are commencing later this year at the studio. 

I’ve really appreciated Sharon’s expertise and thoughtful approach to every aspect of my fitness and wellbeing.

 

The Combe Family's Story

Pilates is a family affair for Sarah, Mark, Phoebe, Frances and Fiona Combe. Sarah does studio and mat classes each week, her husband Mark does a mat class each week & all three daughters have been to classes at different times.

Sarah said she started pilates to manage back pain, and before long she was joined by the rest of the family.

"I wanted to improve my core strength and flexibility and to be able to manage injury rehab and back pain. I now have much better management of back pain and other injuries, great rotation and flexibility. It keeps everything toned up and working well. It's a great base for lots of other activities.

"Mark thought it seemed like I was getting results and he wanted to be part of the action. He enjoys better posture, a stronger back, and apart from his hamstrings, has increased flexibility too. He’s also quite keen on his Christmas coffee session with his mat class.

"The girls find Pilates really helps with their other sports and has reduced their injury rate as well! Phoebe has also joined a pilates class in Wellington, New Zealand after doing a variety of classes at Body Revolution.

"The girls all enjoy coming along to classes when they are home, it’s fun to have something like this we can all do together! Sharon is very flexible with letting them come in and out when they are visiting.

"There is a certain amount of muscle tone comparison on our family holidays. Pilates has been a great way for all the family to manage health and fitness goals. I look forward to being able to grow old disgracefully!" 

 

Jill's Story

I started pilates with Sharon because I was having a lot of back and neck pain.  Sharon was fantastic at identifying the underlying problems and developing a program to suit my needs.  I used to get frequent headaches due to my back and neck.  Now, it is very rare for me to have any pain.

I feel that my core strength has greatly improved.  I love going to Pilates at Body Revolution because the instructors are highly skilled and very caring.  There is a very positive atmosphere, where people feel that they can relax and actually enjoy exercising.  The benefits are both physical and psychological and I would highly recommend Body Revolution to anyone.

Jill Ireland

Helen's Story

I have known Sharon in her capacity as a Pilates Instructor for over 6 years.  Her dedication to her profession and to her clients is exemplary.

Sharon's knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and the philosophy of Pilates is vast, and this, together with her ability to understand the individual needs of her clients, and then to structure their sessions accordingly, I believe is the reason her business is so successful.

As one of her more aged clients, I thank her for helping me to  remain  fit, strong and agile, and I  look forward to each  Pilates session with the same enthusiasm today as I did when I started quite some years ago.

Helen Beaver

Donna's Story

I’ve been coming to Pilates with Sharon for 6 years. I hoped Pilates might help me with my lower back pain, and heard about classes at the local church hall.  I have found it to be the best form of exercise for my back pain and general health.  Ever since starting classes, I have developed great core strength and as a result, my back pain completely eased. 

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016 and continued with Pilates during chemotherapy and radiation whenever I could.  I have since had breast reconstruction and was keen to return to my classes as soon as I was able, and am finding it is extremely beneficial in strengthening my arms, chest and upper back post surgery. 

Sharon was a great support to me and assisted greatly with my return to exercise, encouraging me to work at my own pace but push myself. 

The Body Revolution Studio has a great community atmosphere, very friendly and welcoming, and keeps me coming after 6 years.

 

Happy 2018

We are back from the Christmas and New Year break and looking forward to another successful year at Body Revolution.  Stay tuned - there will be some exciting new and different activities this year.  Sharon is planning a Women's Health Escape weekend, to be held in the first half of the year.  And along with Ruani, our resident vocal teacher, we are going to run, for the first time ever, a Body Revolution Community Choral Group!  We've already picked the name - Fandango.  There will be 2 six week blocks, one mid year and one at the end of the year.   We will keep you up to date with newsletters and the usual social media so remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram (bodyrevolutionpilates).
 
There's been a few changes at Body Revolution:
 

Staff News:

Anne will be returning in March after having her gorgeous baby boy, Cadel.

We sadly said farewell to Cath, who has moved to Laos with her husband and children.

We welcome Nadia to the team, who will be taking some of the mat classes.

Cristiane will be back at the studio in mid-February after her family holiday overseas.

Anouk will be undertaking a studio Pilates instructors’ course to complete her full diploma with PITC (Pilates International Training Centre).

Kathryn, our much loved admin manager, is finally and bravely taking the plunge to undertake her Pilates instruction training through PITC also.

There's also been a few minor changes to the timetable with the addition of some small group studio sessions plus a few extra kids duet studio sessions.  Click here to go to the website and see the new timetable.
 
There has been a slight increase of $2 per class this year, our first price rise in 3 years.
 
Don't forget that Zanne, our Massage therapist, has appointments available if you are in need of a great massage.  Contact the studio for more information or to make a booking.
 
Best wishes
Sharon

Studio NewsSharon Porter