Most of us have heard of, or experienced Pilates before, but our understandings of what Pilates actually is and what is involved in Pilates classes is quite varied from person to person. A lot depends on what we are hoping to achieve from Pilates, the instructor of the class and location of the class (is it in a gym, private class, healthcare centre etc).
The idea of this article is to give you an idea of what you can expect in my Pilates class, and also will give those of you who already attend the thoughts behind what I do in my Pilates classes.
We all know that Pilates is one of the most popular methods of conditioning out there, whether it’s to be to help with back pain, helping to prevent the chance of injury or just to feel better Pilates is more popular than ever.
Unfortunately many people out there are still not getting anywhere near as much benefit from their Pilates classes and in some cases people believe Pilates “doesn’t work”. The main reason for this is that people are simply not doing it right.
We all know how important breathing is in everyday life. If we don’t breathe, we don’t live. However it seems to be that we aren’t taught to breathe correctly. Especially when it comes to Pilates. Often I see lots of emphasis put in when to breathe in and out, but very little put on how to breathe correctly. If we aren’t breathing correctly then it has little effect whether we breathe in and out at the right time.
As Joseph Pilates said: “above all learn how to breathe correctly”.
Since learning and incorporating breathing into my small group Pilates classes and Therapy sessions, I have seen benefits increase greatly to participants.
Hello and happy new year to you all. After catching up on all the work which came in over the Christmas period, normality has now returned and I can get back to written some good articles for you all.
One piece of feedback that I heard a lot after the holidays, was how stiff we felt after two weeks of no Pilates. That gave me the idea for this article. I'm going to give you 5 Pilates exercises that you can in between classes*.
As a therapist, Pilates instructor & previously a fitness instructor the phrase I have heard the most without doubt is "I need to strengthen my core".
This can be for a number of reasons back pain, posture, flat stomachs, toned abdominals etc.
But the questions is will we achieve the results we want to by simply just strengthening our core?
Have you ever tried Pilates before and thought "This is too easy for me" or "I don't feel like I'm getting a good enough workout"? Well, I can tell you now that you are not on your own with this thought. I've heard this quite a few times from those cautious of doing Pilates.
However I can also tell you, if you're finding Pilates too easy then it is most likely that you are doing it wrong!
We have all seen in the press that many athletes and celebrities do Pilates. Gareth Bale, Andy Murray, Darcy Bussell etc. Does that mean we are really fitter than them if we find Pilates too easy?
Before we go into the details of what we could be doing it wrong, let's just remind ourselves of what Pilates is.
There's a lot more to it then just the hundred!
Pilates. We have probably all heard of it, many of us have tried it and we probably all know someone who swears by it, but what actually is it?
One of the most effective statement of Pilates and what actually is, comes from Brooke Siler's "The Pilates Body" and she quotes the following:
Pilates Instructor & Therapist, helping you understand why we do what we do!