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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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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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