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…)

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…)

5 Tips to get the Best Pilates Personal Training in London

With so many Pilates studios in London offering Pilates one-on-one training, you must wonder where the Best Pilates Personal Training in London can be found.
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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…)

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

 

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…)

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…)

Back Pain Pilates Classes 

Don’t wait until it your pain gets out of control. Not all Pilates classes are suitable for people with non-specific low back pain, or with chronic low back pain. Our Pilates classes may help as part of a conservative treatment option for people with non- specific low back pain with or without sciatica. Our highly qualified instructors (more…)

Traditional Pilates or dynamic reformer classes?

Both Pilates styles are great. It all depends on what you’re trying to achieve. For instance, take classical ballet vs fitness Ballet Barre, or Iyengar yoga vs Power yoga. Which one is better?

Let’s take the first example. While ballet is a long-established discipline with set choreography that takes time and skill to master, a fitness Ballet Barre instead, incorporates ballet inspired moves with fitness, strength and cardio . Although both are similar in movement, they are different with completely different aims and approaches. Furthermore, they both require concentration and control.

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Getting to know the Pilates reformer equipment

Starting Pilates training can be daunting, especially seeing the Pilates reformer for the first time. People often comment it looks similar to torture apparatus or even S&M machines!

 

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