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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 […]

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 […]

Strengthening exercises for healthy hips

30th March, 2017

Hip strengthening exercise on all fours

Following on from our last blog post about the most effective stretches for your hips … this week we’re focusing on the best exercises to strengthen the muscles the support and control your hip movement. Weak, buttock muscles can contribute to lots of different painful hip and leg conditions, so here are our favourite exercises […]

Stretch out for healthy hips!

20th March, 2017

groin stretch for the hips

Lots of painful conditions around the hips can be improved with an effective exercise programme to improve flexibility in your hips joints. Try our healthy hips stretching routine … we’d recommend working on it at least three times per week. Hold the stretches for at least 30 seconds on each side and complete the whole […]

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 an ankle sprain

17th November, 2016

An exercise to strengthen the calf muscles after an ankle sprain

After an ankle sprain it’s not uncommon to still be experiencing some problems a few months down the line. This is because spraining your ankle can leave you with some muscle weakness and a loss of your normal balance reactions. So pain and swelling can come on when you’ve been on your feet for a […]