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What do we mean by ‘mobility’?

Is it the same as flexibility? Though the word 'mobility' might seem to be interchangeable with 'flexibility', we like to make a distinction. We think of flexibility being the possible range of movement for a joint - how far you can bend a finger back, for example....

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What do we mean by ‘stability’?

Your teacher may regularly use the words stability and stable during your class and perhaps they deserve some further explanation for the context of Pilates, and movement in general. Stable = stiff...... sometimes Sometimes stable might mean the same thing as stiff....

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As Joe said….

According to the great man: “Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.” “The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power.” “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our...

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The Exercises are Free!

That's right - Pilates exercises are free! There are videos all over the internet that show all of the original Pilates Matwork exercises, and probably the apparatus ones too, that you can watch free of charge. This means that selling the exercises is a tough business...

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Why does my back spasm?

There are many potential triggers of back pain and, as Pilates teachers, it is beyond our training to diagnose a cause for anyone’s pain. Nonetheless, there are some typical mechanisms for a number of common problems and our job often means using tools (exercises) to...

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What does ‘Core’ mean?

It seems that ‘core’ has become a sort of short hand for something that we all understand in some way but is very hard to define. If you look for a definition on the internet you will find thousands of different answers.

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Pilates for Life

This title is a bit of a double-entendre because it represents our philosophy of the purpose of Pilates and it also represents the short answer to a couple of questions that we often get asked.

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Teaching principles, not exercises

Eve Gentry asked the question “Do you teach concepts, or do you teach exercises? Are you a teacher, or are you a conveyor belt?” She went on to say “If you’re a conveyor belt then, sooner or later the mechanism will get stuck.”

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