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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…
Thursday, 22 December 2016

Home exercises: keep up t...

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Been working hard all year to get your body back on track? Love the results you’re seeing and don’t want to loose everything before starting again in the New Year? No problem the BPS Team is here to help and put together a quick home exercises program for you. Home…
Monday, 19 December 2016

Mums and Bubs classes, se...

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At BPS we understand the challenge of being a new mum. That’s why we have many Mums and Bubs classes on offer. It makes it much easier to get back to exercise and enjoy all the benefits of Pilates. You surely heard many times that Pilates can help rebuilding your…
Monday, 05 December 2016

Pilates for dancers: lift...

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Hold your core, maintain your frame, roll your shoulders back, stay on the ball of your foot, as dancers you probably heard this a thousand times. Sometimes no matter how hard you try your body simply can’t do it or your brain doesn’t know how to communicate with your body.…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Real Men do Pilates...

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Anytime men hear the word Pilates they just tend to run away, have you noticed? Men always tend to assume that Pilates is only for women, it’s too easy they say, I don’t want to be more flexible I want to be stronger, I don’t intend to be pregnant at…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Unplanned Pregnancy: the ...

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Unplanned pregnancy entails a lot of consequences and psychological effects. Parenthood is a natural thing, but when it happens suddenly and not in the plan, there would be some problems along the way. For both the mother and child, they will be exposed to different types of risk — health,…
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