Entries by Stephanie McMurdy

Can you ever be too flexible?

So you can touch your toes! But is there such a thing as being too flexible? We all come to pilates classes for different reasons as far as our physical body is concerned. Some of us need more softness in our bodies and some of us more firmness. Our bodies

Sitting Is The New Smoking!

Recently you may have read articles stating that “sitting is the new smoking”. These days the majority of us seem to spend a great deal of time sitting. We sit in a car, bus or train on our way to work, sit at our desks at work, sit to eat lunch and dinner, and then […]

Improve Swimming Technique with Pilates

Swimming is one of those forms of exercise that we all know is good for the body. Not only does it build aerobic capacity but helps to strengthen and tone your muscles while improving core strength. However, whether you swim at an elite level or once a week for exercise, swimming can often result and […]

Foot Form and Pilates

In a society where going barefoot is an exception and technology has taken footwear to such an extreme that we’re walking on just about anything from air to NASA foam to gel, have you ever stopped to wonder how we used to manage walking and running back in the good old days, without all the […]

Pilates and Triathlon Training

It has long been established that to preform at a peak level, professional athletes train their bodies to the maximum, to push to new boundaries, to force their muscles to produce more power, speed, distance, strength and endurance. Every professional coach and athlete alike, will attest to the fact that more often than not, there […]

Deep Neck Flexors: Cervical spine.

There are 20 pairs of muscles in the neck, which can be divided into two main groups: the superficial sleeve and the deep sleeve. To stabilize the head on the body, there needs to be adequate balance between the two groups. The primary role of the superficial sleeve is to allow movement in all directions […]

Persistent Pain – Part 2 What to do?

So what can you do about persistent pain?   Ask yourself if you could have some other biopsychosocial factors contributing to your persistent pain to help you better understand why you are still experiencing this pain well past the predicted timeframes.

Persistent Pain Part 1 – Opening the can of worms…

The human body is an amazing structure, made up of many different cellular mechanisms that help it to grow, repair, change, move, adapt and function. It is no wonder that when it comes to understanding how everything works, that there is still a multitude of information still yet to discover. This is particularly true in […]