Pilates celebs: Tennis

Many tennis stars who we have recently been watching at Wimbledon do Pilates to rehab and prevent injury and go on for years playing long, strong and injury free. Female players who incorporate Pilates into their training programmes include: Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Billie Jean King, Margaret Court and Serena Williams. See this article for more.

Find a Pilates teacher in your area

Should you move away or wish to recommend Pilates to a friend outside the area, you may need to find another Pilates instructor.

If you have recently had surgery or are recovering from an injury, you are unlike to benefit by joining a group mat class with a newly qualified teacher. Private sessions are the best way to get started. Don’t be afraid to ask your prospective teacher when they qualified, who with, how many in their classes and whether they teach studio as well as mat work. You should expect to be asked to fill out a health questionnaire. Mat classes are great for strengthening your core and general fitness. Working on the large equipment in a studio is excellent for recovery and having exercises tailored to your needs.

These websites from reputable training organisations all have a studio or instructor search facility:

Quote: If your spine…

Joseph Pilates believed that there was no reason that we could not use his exercise method to become stronger and healthier as we age:

“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.”

Toe Socks

TOETOE® say their socks promote non-restrictive toe movement, as in the foot’s natural physiology, separating the toes, increasing movement and dramatically improving the flow of information between the foot and the brain.

They have regular offers on their website, but should a group of us wish to club together to buy, we could receive a 15% discount.

Aroma Natural

Aroma Natural, based in North Norfolk, produce organic skincare, candles and perfume using natural essential oils.

Should you be really keen on their products, or interested in becoming a reseller, they are offering Body Control Pilates students the following discounts: For orders up to £150 they will offer you a 20% discount, for orders up to £300 they will offer you a discount of 30% and for any orders over £300 they will offer you a 35% discount. Email your order or any enquiries to diane@aromanatural.co.uk.

Quote: Physical fitness is…

Joseph Pilates published two books in his lifetime: “Return to Life Through Contrology” and “Your Health”. Here’s the first in a series of quotes from his books:

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.”

Back pain and exercise

A major review by Sydney University has found that paracetamol does not stop lower back pain or help the ache of arthritis. Instead doctors should consider prescribing exercise. Read more in this article Paracetamol ‘does not help back pain or arthritis’.

A separate study by King’s College London, suggest that your genes may play a part in lumbar disc degeneration (LDD), which is suspected of being the number one cause of chronic lower back pain. Although everybody gets LDD at some point, not everybody gets back pain. It goes on to say “Sitting up straight and exercising won’t change the way your discs change, but they might help you develop good muscular strength to keep a pain-free spine and back.” Read more in this article: Got back pain? It could be your genes.

The NHS website says “There’s some evidence that pilates can provide pain relief to people with non-specific lower back pain.” Read more in their A guide to Pilates.

If you are thinking of starting Pilates to help with your back pain, please get in touch.