What are the best exercises for back pain?
The best exercises for back pain are the ones you can easily commit to doing every day. Evidence suggests that exercising regularly is beneficial for people with low back pain. Moreover, research shows that becoming sedentary is proven to worsen things!
As a result, staying active and carrying on with day-to-day activities tends to improve pain outcomes. Even during times where you must stay at home, you can still exercise by watching online videos.
Therefore, we recommend that you start with only 5 simple exercises that you can commit to. Just get moving.
Here are 5 easy Pilates exercises for back pain that will help you mobilise and strengthen your spine. Do them every day for 2 weeks before progressing to more advanced exercises (more…)
What is best, Reformer group classes or Personal Training sessions?
The most important thing to consider when choosing group classes vs personal training sessions is your budget and your time.
While personal training sessions can be expensive, each workout is tailored for your own needs. Also, you can train on your own schedule without having to rely on when classes are offered or full, plus you can use all the equipment in the house. However, it is important to consider that not everyone can afford to pay for this type of training. Therefore, group classes are a great alternative to one-on-one sessions (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?
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!
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
What is the Classical Pilates Repertoire?
I often get asked what the difference is between the classical and dynamic Pilates. With the ever popular dynamic Pilates workout people are often confused unsure which Pilates method they should be doing. Firstly, lets briefly look at what Pilates is and how it became what it is today. Then I will explain the different styles. (more…)
Keep your Body Feeling Young with Pilates reformer Classes!
As we age, the joints and muscles in our bodies must maintain their strength and flexibility in order to continue to feel young and avoid becoming stiff. In other words, being unable to perform functional daily activities such as gardening, playing golf, or simply moving around can become debilitating. Pilates offers a full body strengthening workout without placing too much stresses in your joints and without adding muscle bulk. So, keep your spine moving and improve your core strength, making you feel young again.
Remember, “You are only as old and your spine is” Joseph Pilates. Reformer pilates classes offer a unique workout that promotes mindful movement. Move through the exercises with precise control without holding positions or working against a timer. Meanwhile, your body will feel amazing after just one session.
What do we teach in Pilates Reformer Classes?
We teach the very challenging Pilates classical repertoire with a contemporary approach. We call it “Intelligent Pilates” because you must focus, think and use your mind to connect with your body. As a result of using your brain while exercising, you may slow the ageing process.
Following the death of Joseph Pilates in 1967 and after realising the benefits fo the method, STOTT PILATES put together a team of specialists. Firstly, the team comprised medical and sports specialists who dissected and reconnected the original Pilates method. Their work incorporated modern knowledge in sports science, rehabilitation and athletic performance into the Pilates method. Secondly, while preserving the original Pilates exercises a more updated method came about.
Moreover, our modern method is centred on optimal spinal and joint mobility and stability, enabling people to stay and feel young as they age.
Core Kensington, located at 375 Kensington High Street offers contemporary Pilates reformer classes including Back Care Pilates. Our lovely new studio is just a quick 10 minute walk from High Street Kensington tube station in London.
Feel Young again and improve your core strength
While we don’t offer the ever-popular dynamic Pilates, our classes are rather based in the classical Pilates repertoire. This means that the exercises are from the original Pilates repertoire. These exercises are adaptable to all ages, body types and abilities. In contrast, we are not here just to make you sweat, you may well sweat, once you reach the intermediate levels. Over and above, our goal is to strengthen your body in a way you can only achieve with the classical repertoire.
Improve your core strength from the inside out, improve your posture, become aware of your movement and movement quality and feel young again. Above all, our technique will strengthen your core muscles and shoulder stabilisers and teach you how to avoid neck and shoulder tension as you workout. As a result, all the joints in your body will feel stronger after you strengthen your joint stabilisers with our specialised Pilates equipment. Your body will feel young and different immediately.
Move Again like a 21 year-old!
No Age requirement
Our pilates reformer classes are appropriate for people of all ages and abilities. In addition, we can modify exercises for those participants with back issues, joint injuries. We train people with special needs such as osteoporosis care, ante and post natal and various conditions.
Fast Easy Booking for Busy People
Book online on our app, including, cancelling, rescheduling on the app on the go. This way, you can save time with our easy booking tools and be on your way to a younger you.
Where are we located?
Our Top Pilates classes 375 Kensington High Street, Bridgeman House. W148AZ, London
Your first class is always £15. Book Now.
Top Pilates Reformer Classes Paddington
Just 8 minute walk from Paddington train station. Core Kensington now offers top Pilates reformer Pilates classes Paddington. Our studio is now open now for bookings.
Try our bespoke classical Pilates reformer classes with only 4 to 5 participants allows you to get the attention you need.
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Core Chiswick new Pilates Reformer Classes in Chiswick W4 2EU
Feel the Difference in a personalised small studio. Only single and duos Pilates on all equipment.
Come see and experience our new beautiful, intimate studio in a new fantastic location. Located at 1A Devonshire Road, Chiswick, London W4 2EU
We are now in a yet better space! (more…)
Pilates Reformer Classes London. Previously in W11, but not far, we have moved to a new beautiful studio in Bayswater. Our studio is powered by only the best “Premium Reformers” and top instructors in the market. Innovative classes for discerning people. Unlimited classes package available this Summer!
Try Pilates Reformer Classes London W11 and feel amazing this Summer!
Pilates exercises are very core-centric. This means that are aimed to connect your abdominal muscles in anticipation of any movement. The result is a stronger core musculature, and a tighter waist line. The exercises also focus on improving body awareness and movement quality, which in turn improve your performance in any kind of sports activity you perform.
Just a few minute walk, find Pilates Reformer Classes London W11. Located on 64 Porchester Road in a beautiful studio, we are powered by only the best “Premium Reformers” and top instructors in the market. We offer innovative classes for discerning people and unlimited classes package available this Summer.
We are located walking distance from Bayswater tube station. Just 8 minutes walk.
What kind of Pilates do we teach?
We teach the classical Pilates repertoire. We are an independent studio offering STOTT PILATES® equipment and methodology. We offer Pilates Reformer Classes London W11, just a few minutes away from Kensington.
STOTT PILATES® incorporates modern exercise principles, and applies proven and accepted practices in bio mechanics, rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement. After realising the benefits of the concepts of the original Pilates method, and in collaboration with a team of physical therapists/physiotherapists, sports medicine and exercise professionals, STOTT PILATES® co-founders Lindsay and Moira Merrithew, dissected and re-connected this unique form of exercise into a comprehensive, systematic, contemporary approach to the original teachings.
How is this different from other Pilates studios?
STOTT PILATES® exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and re balance the muscles around the joints. This involves placing more emphasis on pelvic and scapular stabilisation, and integration of all the parts of the body into one. As well, preparatory exercises and modifications allow the technique to be appropriate for many different body types and abilities, making it applicable to sport-specific training and everyday life. Content© Merrithew Corporation, used with permission.