I qualified with Body Control Pilates in 2003 and have continued to attend training courses and workshops thought my career. I have been registered with REPS since the national standard was introduced in 2006. Read more about me and my qualifications.
Congratulations to the English rugby team in getting the the 2019 World Cup final! I watched the match and was as disappointed as the rest of the country when we lost to South Africa. Well done to them and isn’t Siya Kolisi an inspiration?
To reach the top in any sport, a rigorous training programme is needed and Pilates is often part of that training.
Pilates is the most effective way of promoting spinal health, and in particular, of developing the inner muscles of the core and neutral alignment of the spine. By promoting correct alignment of the spine and symmetry of the back this will also decrease the risk of general wear and tear on the spine and in particular on the intervertebral discs.
In September 2019, the Government updated its guidelines for exercise to emphasise the importance of building strength and balance, as well as focusing on cardiovascular exercise.
The overall message remains the same: any activity is better than none, and more is better still.
Under the new guidelines, adults are advised to undertake strength-based exercise at least 2 days a week. Pilates meets the criteria for strength-based exercise and can help delay the natural decline in muscle mass and bone density as we age. The new guidelines cover all ages from early-childhood onwards.
BRITS SPENDING ‘TWICE AS LONG’ MAKING TEA AS DOING EXERCISE EACH WEEK – (via HCM) A study of 2,080 UK adults by ComRes reveals that Brits spend an average of 40 minutes a day making tea – equating to four hours and 37 minutes a week – compared with an average of just 14 minutes moderate physical activity a day, equating to one hour and 38 minutes a week…
A recent study of over 2,000 adults in the UK found that daily, on average, we spend 40 minutes making tea and 14 doing moderate physical activity. We also spend 1 hour 36 minutes on social media platforms.
28% of adults claim do little or no exercise. This is despite other surveys raking wellness as one of the top three things we care about and over half of us saying that physical activity makes us feel better.
In my experience, it’s almost always better to move: whether
you’re fit; or recovering from an injury. Although it is tempting to rest when
we hurt, rehabilitation exercises are a key part of recovery. They help build
up the muscles to restore normal movement, allowing us to get back to our normal
The reformer is probably the most well known of the large Pilates studio equipment. Like the cadillac and wunda chair, it uses springs to provide resistance, making the exercises effective more quickly.
According to a recent article in Women’s Health magazine, Pilates workouts on the reformer are back in fashion. “From celebs to athletes everyone is attributing their impossibly lithe powerhouse physiques to it“. I have been doing Pilates studio work since 1999 and like other Pilates devotees, I don’t think that if ever went away!
There are fewer Pilates studios than mat classes, but if you are interested in trying it out, I offer private and shared sessions. These are ideal if you can’t make a regular mat class, want exercises tailored to your needs or to focus on a particular problem. To book, contact me.