August 25, 2019

It's that time of year when BBC's Strictly Come Dancing start selecting their contestants their annual 'Dance Off', when motivated dancers and novices dust off their suede soled dance shoes and sign up for dance lessons ready to 'trip the light fantastic'.

WHAT IS...

July 26, 2019

THE IMPORTANCE OF STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY IN LATER LIFE

Just because there is another mile on the clock does not mean that we cannot still remain fit and active  well into our 80's and 90's. I know of many people who have taken up Pilates in their 90's and worked up to...

July 2, 2019

This is Joseph Pilates going through some of his exercises and there is a lot of work using the legs and the hamstrings - the large group of muscles at the back of the thighs. Pilates invented his exercises from his knowledge of anatomy, how animals moved in the wild a...

June 17, 2019

WHAT CAUSES OUR POOR POSTURE IN THE FIRST PLACE?

We are all born with lovely straight backs with the beautiful 's' curve going from the neck down to the tail bone but as time passes our modern way of living takes it's toll and the curves start to straighten out causing...

June 8, 2019

A back injury drove me to try Pilates in 2007, ten years later I qualified as a Pilates Instructor with Futurefit and I now run group Pilates classes and private studio Pilates sessions in and around my home town of Colchester. I have a special interest in sports and b...

May 30, 2019

 WHAT IS SCIATICA?

It is an intense or dull pain radiating from the lower back, through the buttocks, legs and sometimes to the feet. It can cause tingling, pins and needles and number, triggered by the sciatic nerve being pinched, aggravated, obstructed or restricted.

W...

May 25, 2019

 TYPICAL MAT PILATES CLASS SHOWING THE SWIMMING EXERCISE ADAPTATION

As well as training as a Pilates teacher I have also trained as a dancer. I've danced on and off for many years - belly dancing, Ciroc, ballet salsa and ballroom dancing and have relished every slide, s...

May 24, 2019

History of Pilates 

Pilates exercises was invented by Joseph Pilates in the late 20th Century to help injured soldiers on the Isle of Man who were wasting away in their hospital beds.

Joseph Pilates was  sickly child who suffered from the childhood disease Rickets which...

May 23, 2019

It is a sad fact that there are more women than men at Pilates classes and yet the benefits of Pilates are for everyone.

Joseph Pilates created the Pilates Method (consisting of 37 exercises)  and called  his system of fitness 'Contrology'.  He was an athlete, body buil...

May 23, 2019

Running is a great sport, social, healthy and rewarding but it has it's downsides

RUNNERS ARE PRONE TO INJURY

Running is a high impact sport which causes a lot of stress on the joints because of it's repetitive nature and that the fact that running only moves in one plan...

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