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 …

A ‘step’ in the right direction

After a weekend filled with brilliant sunshine and copious flip-flop, healed/flat sandal, or unsupportive espadrille wearing, many of you may need to think about some TLC for your feet! We tend to forget about looking after such small (or big) parts of our body, our feet; even though they never stop working and are vital to a healthy & happy …

The ‘C Curve’

What is the ‘C Curve’? Such a simple question, yet so many confused minds! So let’s clarify once and for all how, why, what, and when we have to create this strangely complicated ‘C Curve’ with our bodies! In a nut shell, the curve is a movement of the spine that engages & strengthens the deepest abdominals, while opening the back …

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 …

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, …