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Perfect Your Plank

29th January, 2018

Plank exercises for core strengthening

Plank exercises are a great way to work on your core and glutes and many people love doing them because you can feel these muscles working very hard, very quickly. However, it’s easy to do a plank incorrectly which can cause an injury and at the very least means you won’t get the maximum benefit. […]

Best Pilates Exercises To Improve Your Flexibility

2nd November, 2017

Stretch on all fours

With the number of jobs now requiring a substantial amount of computer work, it’s no wonder that so many of us end up feeling ‘chair shaped’ at the end of a working day. Pilates is a great way to improve the flexibility of your muscles and the mobility of your joints. Regular practice not only […]

Why Are My Hip Flexors Tight?

15th October, 2017

Test for the length of your hip flexors - step 1

Your hip flexors are a group of muscles found deep at the front of your hips, attaching your spine to your thigh bones. They work to bend your hips and help lift up your legs when you move around. If you spend a lot of time sitting during your day – commuting to and from […]

Pilates exercises for dancers

14th August, 2017

pilates for dancers

Many dance schools and professional dancers recognise the value of Pilates as a training method for developing core strength, technique and connection with their bodies. Practising Pilates builds strong, flexible muscles with the strength to move fast and the endurance to sustain slow moves. It’s also complimentary in style to dance, with a precise and […]

The benefits of pilates for men

27th July, 2017

Man stretching during a pilates class

If it’s crossed your mind that you might be the only man in your pilates class, then think again! With the likes of Andy Murray, the All Blacks and Tiger Woods all using pilates as part of their training, there has been a definite rise in the number of men attending pilates classes and the […]

Why does my hip click and how can I stop it from happening?

27th June, 2017

Gluten strengthening exercise over a pillow

If you listen closely during a Pilates class you might hear a faint ‘pop’ or ‘click’ every now and again. This noise is most likely coming from someone’s hip. It’s very common to find that one of your hips clicks or pops with certain movements, particularly when you are lowering your leg from a raised […]

What causes scoliosis & the best pilates exercises for this condition

15th June, 2017

Core strengthening exercise for scoliosis

  Having a ‘scoliosis’ means that part of your spine curves sideways. For most people this is picked up when they are a child and although you might be concerned that you could have prevented it from happening, this isn’t the case. Scoliosis isn’t caused carrying a heavy school bag, slouching or sleeping on your […]

Pilates for posture

23rd April, 2017

Best posture image of stretching

There’s no such thing as the ‘perfect posture’ …  no one set way that we as individuals should all be aiming to stand or sit that’s been scientifically proven to prevent pain. Indeed, we are all different and just like having blue eyes or brown hair, some people are born with tight hamstrings or a […]

How to use a foam roller and what exactly does it do?

17th April, 2017

It can be a love-hate thing but if you’ve tried self-massage using a foam roller before, you’re probably already convinced of the benefits. Reduced muscle pain, increased flexibility and improved joint mobility can all be achieved using a foam roller and it’s not just for rehab after an injury either. You can foam roll before […]

Healthy, pain free knees – best exercises and advice

2nd April, 2017

Balance work to improve control around the knees

Take care of your knees and they’ll help you get up off the floor, walk downstairs, balance on uneven ground and walk for miles without pain. It’s not all about muscle strength either … in fact, that’s only one part of the picture. Flexibility, good control of the way you move and balance are all […]