According to the reports in the Lancet medical journal, despite guidelines from top medical, doctors still tend to prescribe pain killers to people with back pain instead of exercise, which works better.
Read the whole article on the NBC website.
Caro, who suffered “really badly with back pain” writes about how Pilates changed her life on her blog.
“And little by little — week by week — my back began to loosen up and my body began to get stronger and stronger.”
“You can just go along to a Pilates class wearing comfortable clothing, that doesn’t restrict your movement. Most instructors provide all the equipment you’ll need — including mats.”
“But after a few years I realised that Pilates is for life not just for Christmas and I invested in some equipment to use at home.”
A recent article called ‘All you ever wanted to know about back pain’ has a good summary on current thinking about low back pain and what to do – and what not to do – to deal with it,
It says: that most people recover from an episode of back pain reasonably quickly (within six to eight weeks); don’t panic and continue with your usual work and other activities; and exercise such as Pilates is very good for low back pain.
Read the whole article on the RTE website.
Joseph Pilates called the exercise method that he developed ‘contrology’. In developing his method his aim was to change the way in which people used their bodies throughout their daily lives. He said:
“Contrology is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work.”
The new general data protection regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25th May 2018. You can read about the key changes on the GDPR website.
This also means that you must give me your explicit consent to send you marketing messages such as those about future class dates. So I will shortly be asking you to sign a form at class or sending you an email to give your consent online.
Exercise increases your body’s core temperature and so it can trigger a bout of flushing, facial redness and itchy skin – the key symptoms of rosacea. However, low-intensity exercises such as Pilates, yoga and barre can help.
“Not only will Pilates stretch you while keeping your heart rate down, but it’s been proven to reduce stress too – another rosacea trigger.”
“Exercises like barre, Pilates and yoga are far less ageing on your skin too than continuous, repetitive, high-impact training that can cause premature sagging.”
Click to read the full article from the Express.
“Older people need Pilates lessons for their birthday instead of chocolates”, says Diana Moran, the ‘Green Goddess’ exercise guru from BBC breakfast TV in the 1980s.
She has recently co-written a book, Sod Sitting, Get Moving! with Prof Sir Muir Gray, clinical advisor to Public Health England. Prof Gray urged older people to find exercise classes that they enjoy, and to walk everywhere if they can. He says:
“We have this thing where, if our elderly mum is getting on and she can’t get to the shops any more, that we go and help her. This is completely wrong. We need more activity with every year that passes.”
Sarcopenia is a disease associated with the ageing process. It leads to loss of muscle mass and strength, which in turn affects balance, gait and overall ability to perform tasks of daily living. This news clip sent in by a client, describes a study that found that exercising in middle and old age can help “turn back time” and reduce the risk of falls. Click the image to read it full size.
Joseph Pilates said:
“A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion.”
He believed that his methods offered a more targeted and efficient route to physical and emotional wellbeing than other exercises methods performed without the same emphasis on good technique.
Several papers recently reported Nicole Scherzinger posting a picture defying gravity with an “amazing” pilates pose on the cadillac (trapeze table). Click to read the article from the Evening Standard.
Here am I in the same pose.