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How Pilates Changed My Life

Caro, who suffered “really badly with back pain” writes about how Pilates changed her life on her blog.

She says:

“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.”

Read her full post.



All you ever wanted to know about back pain

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.

In summary:

  • Don’t panic if you get back pain, even on a few different occasions
  • Don’t rush for treatment
  • Don’t be put off by medical jargon and opinions
  • Don’t worry about what you read and see in MRI reports
  • Don’t be fooled by quick fixes
  • Remain active and avoid bed rest
  • Return to usual activities
  • Exercise helps to reduce pain and prevent future episodes
  • Stay at work or go back to work as quickly as you can
  • Remember it is the person that needs treatment not just a spine

Read the whole article on the RTE website.


Quote: suppleness, natural grace and skill…

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.”

Rosacea and Pilates

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

“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.”

Click to read more in this article from the Telegraph.

Sarcopenia and Exercise

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.

Pilates quotes: A few well-designed movements…

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.

GPs should prescribe dance instead of drugs

GPs should start prescribing social activities, including dancing, instead of doling out a pill for every ill, health chiefs say after research found it cut GP visits and trips to Accident and Emergency units by more than a quarter. A recent article in the Telegraph says:

“Research shows half of pensioners now take at least five drugs a day – with levels quadrupling in two decades.”

“Around a fifth of patients visit their GP for “social problems” such as loneliness, confidence issues, housing worries and debt, doctors say.”

Social prescribing  “gives people time and works on what really matters to them,” said Bev Taylor, leader of NHS England’s social prescribing programme.

You need not wait for your GP to prescribe a social activity for you. Contact me if you’d like to take up Pilates or join my Fitsteps dance workout class now!

Read the full article.