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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Why is Pilates great for ...

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During pregnancy Pilates builds your core strength by strengthening the back, abdominals and pelvic floor muscles. These all help support your changing posture during pregnancy and decrease the likelihood of backache, pelvis pain and hip issues. Pre natal Pilates is adaptable, so the exercises can be modified to accommodate your…
Wednesday, 13 December 2017

What makes Pilates differ...

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Pilates is for everyone! Whether you are 12 or 92 years old, the Pilates method can improve the way you move and thus the way you feel! Joseph Pilates, who called his method “Controlology”, originally developed it in Germany in the 1920’s The main difference between Pilates and other forms…
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Muscle 'Knots' ...

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Does this sound like a familiar feeling ... “I can feel knots like little rocks sliding up and down in between my shoulder blades.”? In the land of Physiotherapy we we call there “myofascial trigger point” and they don't just exist in-between our shoulder blades. These 'knots' are rarely debilitating…
Monday, 30 October 2017

Sore after a workout? Cou...

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Many of our clients ask us 'why after two consecutive days of attending a Pilates Circuit class do I feel sore after the workout'? It is important to clarify what kind of soreness they are experiencing. Is it 'good pain' also know as muscle pain or 'bad pain' like an…
Sunday, 22 October 2017

Exercise After Pregnancy...

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So you pumped! Baby is here and although you're full of love for your new little family member you're starting to think about ways to get back to loving YOUR body, after all, it's been through quite a lot in the past 9 months! While I want to encourage all…
Monday, 09 October 2017

Stretching: Flexibility o...

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Stretching is generally considered a necessity for active people, whether they be professional sports people, fitness enthusiasts, casual dancers, or weekend warriors. But as Physiotherapists we are often asked "does stretching actually improve injury prevention or just it just help you feel less stiffness in your body?" It is a…
Wednesday, 20 September 2017

PILATES IS FOR EVERYONE...

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As a new student attending a Pilates class it is common for you to have a few questions in mind, such as ... “What am I doing in this Pilates studio?” “Can I do all the exercises taught by the instructor?” “Is my strength good enough for this class?” “I…
Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Pilates equipment - to tr...

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When you walk into a pilates studio, your mind will be boggled. There are so many things, different pieces of equipment and different apparatuses you might have never seen before! With no knowledge of how the equipment works, we often get people wondering if it is more torture chamber than…
Sunday, 10 September 2017

What is my “Pelvic Floo...

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Following on from our blog about your pelvis you may be wondering about your pelvic floor. It’s all well and good for an instructor to say, “Lift your pelvic floor”. But how to you know what it is? One in three women suffer from incontinence or “leakage”. This is not…
Wednesday, 06 September 2017

Regular Massage … more ...

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I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of it, when someone mentions they are having a massage we all think what a “luxury”. We associate remedial massage with a “treat”, a “once off”, a “birthday gift”. Unfortunately this way of thinking is still the norm, even though we are aware of…
Monday, 28 August 2017

Inhale, Exhale ... it...

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Breathing techniques are used in all kinds of physical activities, Yoga, Mediation even Olympic weight lifting! You'll often hear Pilates Instructors telling you how to breathe during your sessions. While breathing is an important aspect of Pilates it is something that can be layered into your practice as you gain…
Sunday, 27 August 2017

Pelvis Awareness - an ove...

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If you close your eyes, wherever you are, you can always tell in what position your arms and hands are as well as your legs and feet. Being aware of the positioning of different body parts, muscles and joints, is called proprioception. Our brain devotes a certain amount of attention…
Thursday, 09 February 2017

Why Good Movement Will Ch...

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Movement is part of life, some would argue it's the essence of life, after all if your not moving, your dying! So why do so many people put up with less than optimal movement? Is it because they don't want good movement, or is it simply that they don't understand…
Friday, 03 February 2017

Concentric, eccentric and...

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There are three forms of muscle contractions, concentric, eccentric and isometric. Pilates works all of them, let's see how using an easy example, the frog on the reformer. Concentric Concentric contraction involves shortening a muscle as it performs work. Think of a biceps curl. In the frog exercise, concentric contraction…
Monday, 30 January 2017

Pilates for golfers - a g...

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Why golf requires a specific physical training program As a golf instructor with 46 years’ experience, I have seen and studied many different types of swing, from the rank beginner to the experienced touring professional. Numerous golfers have come to me at different stages of their development and age for…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Fascia release? This is h...

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What is Fascia? Fascia is a thin, web-like layer of connective tissue that lies under the skin and wraps around the muscles and organs, a bit like a Spiderman suit. Fascia essentially holds us together. In an ideal word your fascia should be smooth but due to stresses that can…
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