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. …

Joe & Clara

Joseph Pilates struggled through his childhood experiencing various illnesses and issues that had such an effect on his body, health, and movement. Joseph was inspired by his own strife and struggle that he pursued a life in fitness as a boxer, gymnast, and a trainer in self-defence. He was always looking to better himself and his knowledge of the body. …

Pilates and Arthritis

Many of us will know someone who has suffered/is suffering from arthritis, perhaps you are developing the disease or suffering yourself. Arthritis is a very common and potentially debilitating disease where your joints become painful, inflamed, and stiff due to lack of nutrients and fluid around the joints; it has become the nations primary cause of disability. However, this outcome is not inevitable if you take the right …

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 …

Keep rolling on!

There really is a method to Joseph Pilates’ mat madness, I promise! The classical Pilates repertoire was strategically ordered for many reasons, for example to aid the flow of movement and to introduce stretching/massaging exercises where they are needed. Rolling Like A Ball is introduced as an exercise to massage the spine and stretch out the back, whilst of course still engaging the …