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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 […]

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 […]

Best exercises for shoulder pain

17th March, 2017

Shoulder strengthening exercise for stability

Our shoulder joints are specifically designed to allow an amazing range of movement. The drawback to this design is that they require a lot of support from the muscles around them to keep them healthy and pain free. Lots of painful conditions around the shoulder are caused by sitting for long periods in the same […]

Pilates for osteoarthritis

11th March, 2017

Osteoarthritis stretch

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis affecting our joints. It’s sometimes called ‘wear and tear’ arthritis but I think this is a misnomer as joint wear is a normal consequence of daily activity. Osteoarthritis actually develops when our joint repair processes are insufficient to cope with the stresses and strains passing through […]

Pilates exercises for neck pain

19th January, 2017

Patient waiting for neck physiotherapy

Neck pain is often accompanied by shoulder blade pain, tight muscles and headaches. So its not surprising that having an issue with your neck can impact significantly on your feeling of wellbeing. Quite a number of the clients we see with neck pain have symptoms that can be attributed to accumulative strain on the muscles, […]

Best pilates exercises for cyclists

28th February, 2016

Whether you enjoy road, mountain or leisurely cycling – we think all cyclists can benefit from pilates exercises from novices through to the elite athlete. Here are our favorite exercises for cyclists to stretch out and rebalance muscle activity after a ride and to strengthen up key areas of your body to reduce aches and […]

What are the differences between Pilates and Yoga?

1st November, 2015

Core strengthening: Pilates exercises are more intensely focused on core strengthening than Yoga.Toning is achieved though precise repetitive movements often using weights or equipment to build strength. Yoga practice builds strength and endurance in the core muscles through sustained postures (asanas) but this is not the main focus. Body and mind connection: An important part […]

An exercise to improve neck pain

5th October, 2015

A lot of patients tell me their neck and shoulders get really tight and knotted’… sound familiar? It’s a really common complaint and you can spot the cause a mile away – poor upper body posture! Rounding of the upper back with the shoulders rolling forward and chin poking out in front increases muscle activity […]

What’s the best exercise for strengthening the buttock muscles?

29th September, 2015

If you’ve been to one of my classes you’ll already know how much I love exercises that target your ‘glutes’. These are the muscles of your buttocks that give vital support to your pelvis when you’re on your feet. They work when you lift your leg out to the side or out behind you and […]