Core Kensington Pilates Studio Relocates
We are on the move! Core Kensington’s Notting Hill location will be relocating. We have had a great 2.5 years, grown leaps and bounds and it’s all because of you, our great clients. Our last trading day at 110 Kensington Church Street will be Friday 24th of February. Thereafter, we will be offering the same fantastic group classes at a near location within walking distance. We will announce this location next week. (more…)
Pilates Low Back Pain Exercises
What are the best low back pain exercises?
A strong back can withstand more stresses and can protect the spine much better than a back that has not been conditioned through exercise. The goal of low back pain exercises is to strengthen the muscles surrounding the spine and take the pressure off the spinal joints. Read more….
Knee Pain Exercises Pilates
Acute and chronic knee injuries are some of the most commonly seen injuries in orthopaedic settings. Associated causes of knee injuries can vary from acute to chronic (overuse) injuries. Knee pain exercises are widely used in rehabilitation settings, such as in Pilates.
The Pilates reformer offers a number of possibilities for strengthening the surrounding musculature that stabilises the knee joint. The exercises and can be safely and simply applied to correct muscle imbalance and muscle damage recovery interventions.
Find out now how to rehabilitate your knee.
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What is the secret to a narrow waistline?
The type of muscles you work are extremely important to how your waist looks. If you think crunches will make your stomach look narrower, you’re wrong and you might want to do some research. (more…)
Top Pilates reformer classes Notting Hill Gate
Top Pilates reformer classes Notting Hill/ Bayswater/Queensway area. Quality Pilates classes can make a big difference in your Pilates training. Our top Pilates reformer classes have knowledgable instructors that understand anatomy and accepted practices in sports science.
What do we mean by top Pilates classes?
Top quality equipment paired with top quality instruction is the key. (more…)
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In the heart of Kensington, offering premium reformer classical and contemporary Pilates on equipment, Barre/reformer classes, Cardio Tramp classes and personal training. Supervised by an osteopath and fully qualified STOTT Pilates instructor, we offer rehabilitation Pilates, and sports conditioning.
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Bursting some Pilates Myths:1. Pilates is only for women? Pilates has never been “just for women” and its benefits are certainly not gender biased. After all, Pilates was developed by a man, Joseph Pilates, who from archive photos you can see was a very muscular, strong and fit man. He was a gymnast, a boxer, and a military trainer in his early years, and these same photos of Pilates even into his eighties, reveal a very strong physique. Men have always played an important role in maintaining the Pilates work and shaping its evolution. Many male celebrities and athletes break this myth such as Tiger Woods, Hugh Grant and the New Zealand All Blacks. Find out how Pilates can help your game in Pilates classes Notting Hill Gate W11.
2 Pilates & Yoga are the same thing?
Both disciplines are mindful forms of exercise. They both use breathing patterns to connect the mind to the body. However, there are quite different as football is to basketball. From a purely exercise perspective, these differences mainly have to do with how each discipline is practiced and what their primary goals are.
Primarily, Yoga is designed to facilitate serious contemplation. In other words, it tries to provide an integrated approach towards objective and transcendental knowledge. Stronger muscles, stress relief and improved circulation are essentially by-products of practicing Yoga.
Pilates on the other hand, primarily strengthens the body through focusing on the core stability muscles of our body to improve the way we function in our daily lives.
Yoga exercises themselves are typically static poses that are held for a period of time, say for one minute each for example. Pilates exercises are flowing and follow each other in a natural order. Advanced Pilates exercises are very athletic and were created for gymnasts and dancers.
A very important part of Yoga is the deep breathing that is done while holding each pose and while transitioning from one pose to the next. Breathing is also a very important part of performing Pilates exercises.
With Pilates, the breath is used more as a technique for providing the muscles with the energy they need to exercise effectively. Concentrating on the breathing technique throughout Pilates will help you to manage the quantity of oxygen coming into the body and travelling to the muscles to aid each exercise.
Pilates has only one basic style of breathing, deep ribcage breathing. The purpose of this style of breathing is to stabilise and protect our spine while we are in different positions by holding our abdominal muscles tight while still allowing us to take deep breaths.
Yoga, meanwhile, has many styles of breathing that are used for many different purposes.
Another difference between the breathing of Yoga and Pilates is that in Yoga, you use your nose to inhale and exhale while in Pilates, you inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth. We offer Pilates classes Notting Hill Gate W11 that will allow you to see the difference between these two forms of exercise.
3. Pilates only works your abdominal muscles
Well, there is truth in this one that Pilates is a fix for flabby abs. Pilates is well-known for flattening tummies. The reason is that Pilates does focus on working from the core, especially the deeper abdominal muscles. Toning the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles provides stability and freedom of motion throughout the body. This is also one of the reasons that Pilates has been so successful for people who have back pain.
However, Pilates is much more than just an abdominal work out. If done correctly you can effectively tone and strengthen every major muscle in your body. Try Pilates classes Notting Hill Gate W11.
4. Pilates is easy.
As Pilates instructors we hear this myth often.
I think the idea that Pilates is easy comes from a few places. First, Pilates is very adaptable, it can be easy or very hard, depending on the needs of the individual. The ability to modify exercises for different populations is actually one of the greatest strengths of Pilates. Second, the soaring popularity of Pilates has meant that there are many beginner Pilates classes in practically every gym and studio around the country. This is a good thing, but it also means that people are not necessarily exposed to the intermediate and advanced levels of Pilates. Third, Pilates exercises are often done slowly. There is an emphasis on awareness and control that can make an exercise look easy to the casual observer.
Finally Pilates is popular during pregnancy so this can be perceived to the outsider as an easy exercise option. Of course we know this is not the case, it is just adapted to each individual.
Book your session today in our classes Notting Hill Gate W11, and find out how to strengthen your body, look amazing and feel great with this mind-blowing type of exercise.
What is Pilates
People often ask, “What is Pilates”
Sometimes I wish I had a quick and concise response, but I find myself considering the significance of Pilates and everything that it can teach people. The definition ends up getting lost in translation somehow and I am left listing off its benefits, which is just the tip of the iceberg.
- Pilates is exercise
- Pilates works your core
- Pilates helps with flexibility,
- Pilates is movement therapy.
The list goes on and on.
All of these things Pilates can do for you, but these are just some of the results compared to the long lasting effects of learning these techniques. At first it’s an exploration in learning about your own body and it’s responses. Often when we exercise we don’t think about what we are doing, how the muscles, nerves, fascia and bones all communicate with each other to make something happen. We take for granted our movement, until something is injured or we feel pain, then all of a sudden we are listening to our bodies. In that place of pain we are much more in tune and thoughtful. As time goes on we heel and then go back to our old ways.
Pilates is a tool to help you listen to your bodies to understand the mechanics, to truly integrate the mind and the body as one. It deepens your understanding of the structures and pathways that make up every movement. It helps you appreciate the nuances in even the simplest exercises.
If you have an iPhone or a computer device, normally we spend time learning how to use it effectively, we add apps, software and tools to help us communicate and be more organized or efficient. The body is our device and so many of us do not know how to use it. It’s the only body we have and when it breaks we can’t just go down to the Apple store and buy a new one. There isn’t a quick and inexpensive fix to a broken bone, a torn ligament or a strained muscle. Heeling takes time, therapy and sometimes surgery.
So why Pilates?
Pilates is the training that will teach you about your body and how it works, how to be effective, efficient and organised. These tools can be used in every aspect of your life. In the process you will build a stronger core, a more flexible spine and improve overall muscle tone and balance. So yes, it does of all that but the results are far more out reaching than you could ever imagine.
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