News & Blog

We’re open again!

It's with great relief that we opened our doors again this week, for Private and Studio classes. Naturally we have taken significant measures to follow Government guidelines in re-opening. The studio space has been divided in two, with the same apparatus on each side...

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Putting Health First

Putting well-being first Many of us are probably wrestling with difficult decisions and wondering how best to protect ourselves and our loved ones. It is an uncertain and worrying time for small businesses like ours but we cannot let those concerns take priority....

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Your Health is Our Priority

With the news dominated by coronavirus, we’d like to share some useful resources for staying informed and measures to help everyone feel and stay safe. Our priority is the welfare of everyone visiting the studio, practitioners and teachers alike, so we ask that you...

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Pregnancy & Pilates

Let's begin at the beginning: if you're planning to get pregnant there is no doubt that physical fitness will enhance your overall health and your chances for conception. So whether it's Pilates you choose, or another approach to fitness, it's a good idea to start...

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Is Pilates the original ‘Functional Fitness’?

What is 'Functional Fitness"? "Functional fitness", or "functional training" have been buzz words in the fitness industry for the last decade or so. However, the definition of a functional exercise is not universally agreed upon. Generally there is an association...

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What’s in it for me?

Last week I wrote about the exercises being free and, therefore, our offering being high quality teaching in a supportive environment. It seems reasonable to ask what you can expect as an outcome from the great teaching and environment that we are offering. First...

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(The Exercises are) Still Free

This is a rehash (reboot might sound more 21st Century) of an earlier post - because it continues to hold true and is important to remember. Some history Joseph Pilates published a pamphlet of exercises in 1945, intended as a 'homework' guide for his students. These...

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Festive Season Pilates

We often hear that missing a week or two of classes can make a noticeable (not so positive) difference. We know, too, that the festive season can be a time of indulgence when thoughts of ‘fitness’ might get put on hold. Have fun! First and foremost, we hope that you...

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Where should I breathe?

This might not be as common a question as “When should I breathe?”, but it’s at least as important. The first time a Pilates teacher asked me to breathe into a specific area of my body I was bewildered - did I really have a choice over this? Now I know that it’s...

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“What’s the breathing for this?”

This is quite a common question in Pilates classes and, though Joseph Pilates himself specified a breathing pattern for some of his exercises, the best answer might be “Trust that your body knows best.” Don’t stop! The most important guidance around breathing in a...

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What is ‘balance’?

You don't have to lose it as you grow older! In the posts about stability and mobility we've referred to balance of the muscles and other tissues around a joint. It''s an important kind of balance, or equilibrium, but generally not what everyone means when they say...

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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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