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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]