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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 to address all of the contributing factors to “hamstring tightness” to achieve increased range of motion and henceforth “flexibility” within these muscles.  Read more

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So, I’ve just had my baby. Now what?!

 

For many of us as first time mums, having a baby is an absolutely life changing event! No amount of preparation, reading, classes, courses, old wives tales, advice (both welcomed or unwelcomed!) can prepare you for being a mum! Read more

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Rectus Diastasis, what we wish celeb trainers knew.

Rectus Diastasis, what we wish celeb trainers knew: Written by Laura Boston (Physiotherapist) Read more

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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 Read more

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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 sit and watch tv in the evening. We were designed to move around, not to sit all day. Research has shown that we now spend as much as 80% of our working day seated and that sitting greater than 6 hours a day increases the risk of death by up to 40% , even if you exercise regularly. Read more

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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 pain and injuries to the shoulder girdle.

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The History of Pilates

Joseph Pilates

Pilates traces its origins to Joseph Pilates, born in Dusseldorf Germany in the 1880s. From an early age Joseph had the influence of a naturopath mother and champion gymnast father. One might infer these figures contributed to his knowledge and consequent early interest in the health and fitness arena (Reyneke, 2002). Read more

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Pilates & Lateral Hip Pain

Pilates can help your Lateral Hip Pain.

Pain at the side of the hip, or Lateral hip pain, is very common and can be a difficult area to treat.  It is most often seen in women but can also affect young athletes especially runners.  The pain may come on slowly over time or in some cases a fall or sudden change in exercise or activity can be the culprit.  Read more

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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 accessories? With the barefoot running trend gaining momentum over the past few years, do you ever wonder about how the feet can cope with such load? Quite often, we forget to give our little tootsies the time of day when it comes to exercising and maintaining fitness. Until Pilates. So what is Foot Form?
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