Entries by Stephanie McMurdy

Rectus Diastasis DRA – Tummy Muscle Separation

The clinical name for the separation of the stomach muscles is Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA). The stretching and thinning of the recti abdominis muscles is a natural occurrence during pregnancy due to abdominal growth and up to 66% of women have a significant separation by the end of their third trimester. The good news is that […]

Why do I need to do Pelvic Floor Exercises?

These days most people are aware that pregnancy and childbirth are risk factors for weakening and injury to the perineum and pelvic floor. This may result in urinary and faecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, defecation dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, sensory and emptying abnormalities of the lower urinary tract, and chronic pain syndromes.

5 Reasons Why Matwork Pilates is seriously underrated.

5 Reasons why Matwork Pilates is seriously underrated With so many new and fascinating forms of Pilates emerging into our ever evolving health and wellness arena (case in point; barre, reformer, aerobatic, cardiolates, interval pilates wunda chair and the list goes on) it’s only fair we think spending an hour sprawled on the mat without […]

Pilates and Shoulder Pain

The shoulder girdle and upper quadrant of our bodies is a very complex and intricate system of muscles, joints, nerves and ligaments that allow humans to produce gross and fine motor movements for full dexterity and upright posture. If you have pain around the neck, shoulder or in your arm, chances are that there may […]

Osteoporosis & Pilates

Osteoporosis is a condition affecting bone density. Bones are mostly made up of collagen, a protein that provides the flexible framework of bone, and minerals such as calcium phosphate and calcium carbonate that provide rigidity and strength to the framework.

Improve Hamstring Flexibility through Pilates

One of the biggest benefits of Pilates and a goal my clients often come in with, is to increase their flexibility. The most measurable of which, seems to be the ability to touch one’s toes, aka hamstring flexibility. Although possible, it is not always as straight forward as performing daily static stretches. It is important […]