The Spine Part 2

As much as Pilates is all about ‘the abs’, it is just as much about the spine! Evolution has left us with such specific muscles, organs, bones, and structure in our bodies. They all have a purpose and have amazing abilities that we remain completely unaware of. We breathe when our lungs (muscles) contract and expand, completely on their own. …

Classical… Equipment… Mat… What’s it all about?

Classical Pilates, simply, is the exact method discovered by Joseph Pilates. Our Classical Pilates studio teaches this truly beneficial and proven method using apparatus that is as close to Pilates’ actual equipment as possible. EPL and many of the Pilates studios/instructors out there trust that Mr. Pilates, a true genius, designed his apparatus with great thought; from the width of …

Pilates For Tennis…

The Marathons have finished, the football season has ended, the summer has begun and so have a few more sports seasons such as Tennis; a sport that many more Brits have grown to love in the recent years thanks to our very own Andy Murray stealing titles left right and centre! GO ON ANDY! Just like any other sport, tennis takes its own …

Straight Legs?!

Before we move on to the next exercise in the repertoire in our in depth how to’s, ‘Single Straight Leg’ (more commonly known as ‘Scissors’), let’s talk about the importance and benefits of keeping straight (and lifted) legs in our exercises. We come across lifted straight legs for many different Pilates exercises, whether they are extended out to a high/low …

Stability

You might find your Pilates instructors telling you to engage, anchor, plug, connect, stabilise, and do all sorts with your shoulder blades… and most of you might be thinking – HUH!? HOW!? WHAT!? WHY!? The shoulder blades (technically known as scapula) are a very unique part of your biomechanics, as they don’t have an attachment point! The scapula lie on your back …

More of a balance…

One leg circle is one of the best pilates exercises for testing your core strength. The abs need to work hard to keep the shoulders and pelvis stable, despite the movement of the leg in the hip socket. One leg circle also tones and stretches the thighs. This is a focus exercise meaning, work the abdominals while keeping the Pilates principles of centering, …

Pilates and your hips!

After learning a bit about how core stability can help with many benefits to the body, from the last of our blog posts, today we focus on how a strong core can improve pelvic posture thus enabling the pelvis to act as a solid, stable and efficient foundation for your trunk above, and hips below. The hips are one of the largest …