Never underestimate the power of Pilates

The power of Pilates is recognised worldwide regardless of your age, gender or level of activity. Pilates exercises work your entire body and focus on your core muscles. The benefits of Pilates exercise are widely accepted, especially among medical professionals. Moreover, Plates exercise compliments any other sports activity and/or gym training you do. This is how. (more…)

Mindfulness in Pilates Exercise

Nowadays almost everyone, football players, celebrities, from rehab clients to aging populations are eager to regain mobility experience the benefits of including a mindful type of workout in their exercise regimes. What type of mindfulness exercises are right for you? (more…)

Is Pilates good for Low Back Pain?

When people ask if Pilates is good for low back pain my answer is a resounding YES.
However, there are many important variables to consider. To clarify, not ALL Pilates exercises are great for all back pain sufferers because not all low back pain originates from the same structures. Therefore, your choice of Pilates exercises will depend on specific individual variants. Find our more… (more…)

 Choosing the Best Pilates class?

Would you book into an intermediate tango class if you have never danced tango before? Of course your worn not. Similarly, when choosing a Pilates class, the same example applies. Pilates exercise was created by Joseph Pilates who was influenced by professional dancers, gymnasts and athletes. Thus, the repertoire is complex and requires mastering. In fact, very few people actually get to master the advanced repertoire. (more…)

How can I choose the best Pilates Personal Trainer?

If you are looking for the best Pilates personal training experience here are a few tips that you need to know (more…)

Reformer Pilates for back pain


Reformer Pilates can be very beneficial for back pain. However, One size doesn’t always fit all.
Some of the widely advocated benefits of regularly practising Pilates reformer are improved core strength, posture, and increased flexibility. These will help you improve and prevent bak pain. Pilates exercises focus on strengthening your abdominal muscles, in fact preferentially recruiting the deep ones. The goal is to retrain your muscles to fire when they are required, with the right amount of force at the right time in order to stabilise your spine. At the same time, maintaining your entire spine mobile. Remember, “You are only as old as your spine is” Joseph Pilates…

Intelligent Exercise. Focus and Think


Concentration is crucial to Pilates exercise! Mindful movement means that you have to be present in the moment without distractions and focus on the task in hand.
So if you are looking for exercises to fix your back without having to think about what you are doing, Pilates is not for you. If you are willing to put the effort and voluntarily learn how to recruit your muscles by concentrating and focusing on precision and learning anatomically how your body needs to work, Pilates is definitely for you. #intelligentpilates

Working from the Inside Out

As with every rehabilitation programme, local stability means that the joints in your spine are preferentially recruited before calling on the big power producing ones. Truly, deep stabilising muscles work close to the joint and need to work before targeting the big mobilising ones. Learn how to do this with our Pilates Exercise for Back Pain classes.

How Does the Spine Degenerate?

As we age and sometimes through injury, the spinal segments degenerate. Spinal degeneration happens when the spine is put through stresses that the discs are unable to withstand. Moreover, poor posture, sitting for prolonged periods slumping will speed up this process. A weak support system can cause also the spinal segments to shear, compress the discs and it’s contents. (annulus fibrosus and nucleus pulpous.

Compression of the discs cause small tears to appear on the outside portion of the disc (fibrillation). These tears heal with scar tissue. Scar tissue is weaker than the original architecture of the disc.

Overtime, the annulus and nucleus lose its water content, the disc loses height and the vertebral segments come closer to each other. As a result, the facet joints in the back to overlap and twist into an unnatural position. In an attempt to stabilise the spine, the body creates bone spurs on the vertebral bodies and the facets. These spurs can cause pain, ache or discomfort as they lose their ability to move properly and may irritate the joint capsule as you move without support.

Pilates as Prevention For Further Damage

Pilates Exercise for Back Pain can help maintain your spinal segments mobile, strengthen your deep abdominal musculature in order to stabilise your spine as you move around in your daily activities.
Prevention is better than the treatment!

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We Can Help

If you suffer from episodic mechanical, non-specific back pain, a Pilates programme may be beneficial for you.

Book now an assessment. We can diagnose, treat and help you get strong through Pilates exercise

Blog written by Carlo Yanez
Registered Osteopath B.A.(Hons.), B.Ost.(Hons)
Fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor

 

Neck Pain Pilates Exercises

An increasing number of people are experiencing neck pain at younger ages. The use of smartphones, tablets and computers has our generation hunched over, especially young people. Basically look around on the street, in restaurants, on the buses or trains. Without a doubt, from children to adults, the percentage of people leaned over their phones with their head forwards is astonishing. (more…)

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 for Pregnancy in Kensington & Chelsea

Pilates studio offering  Pilates for pregnancy in Kensington & Chelsea. Our exercises focus on breathing, pelvic floor training and restoring the natural curvatures of the spine, which are valuable elements for the optimisation of the lumbo-pelvic region, all so important during pregnancy. Pilates for Pregnancy in Kensington & Chelsea can help during this period of your life.
Why Pelvic floor training?
The pelvic floor is important for pelvic organ support and continence. Pregnancy and delivery may lead to stress induced pelvic floor injuries. The challenge is finding efficient and acceptable strategies reducing pelvic floor injury risk. At Pilates for Pregnancy in Kensington & Chelsea we believe that when it comes to prenatal and post natal exercises “One strategy is encouraging women to train their pelvic floor during and after pregnancy (Moossdorff-Steinhauser et al. 2015).

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Super advanced Pilates for men
Do you think you are advanced because you can lift a heavy load, or you can hold a plank for 30 minutes?
Think again.
In this workout you will need strength, flexibility, endurance, control, precision, coordination and fluidity. Not easy!
We can challenge our super advanced Pilates clients with a variety of exercises. Pilates is not just for women. In this video have a look at this amazing video of our own Max Ziegler performing an incredibly challenging exercise we call “Jacknife into lower plank” Only for the super advanced. clients.

Super advanced Pilates for men

Super advanced Pilates for men

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