Each day we utilize our body’s ability to balance (maintain a controlled body position), yet we rarely train it specifically during exercise. The skill of balance is essential in all kinds of functional movement – from walking to riding a bicycle! Using pilates for balance and strength can lower the risk of falls, especially in...

Now that we’re well on our way into the New Year, we hope everyone has managed to keep up with Pilates over Christmas. As we get back into our everyday routines it can be difficult to balance a healthy mind and body with the stresses of work or caring for a family. We all battle...

Busy periods of time, like Christmas, can often show us that life itself can be your Pilates class. Keeping up with pilates over Christmas doesn’t need to be a challenge, you can simply incorporate the movements into your holiday routine! In this video Chris talks about the functional ways Pilates can help in your everyday life,...

Suffering from arthritis (chronic inflammation and swelling of the joints) can severely impact your day to day life. Here, at The Edinburgh Pilates Centre, you can see how pilates can help with arthritis by working one on one with Chris to tailor an exercise regime to help alleviate pain, directly from the source. Pilates has...

Warming up prior to exercise and cooling down is extremely important if you are to avoid injury. The objective of our warm up exercises is to raise the body’s temperature to prepare the muscles for activity. At the beginning of each session at the Edinburgh Pilates Centre, you will do a set of warm-up workouts...

Sometimes it’s necessary to take time out of your busy life to re-energise and recuperate. And the Summer holidays are the perfect opportunity to do so. One of the best things about Pilates is that you can practise anywhere. But if you’ve let your normal exercise regime slide over the holidays, don’t worry too much!...

If you suffer from hip pain, Pilates is an excellent way to remedy discomfort. Often caused by issues with nearby muscles, ligaments or tendons, hip pain can also be referred from the lower back. While it may be tempting to keep the area immobile, in fact, a Pilates practise can decrease pain significantly. This is...

Whether you are an athlete or not, having a good level of stamina helps you to keep in good health. For those that know the term but are not quite sure what it means for the daily context, stamina is the ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort. As you get older it takes...

When people start their Pilates journey it's very common to ask how often. After all, we are keen to see results yet we don’t want to do too much too soon - or we rush in full steam ahead! The answer is that it truly depends on each individual. For beginners especially, consistency is important:...

One of the many benefits of Pilates is its unique ability to improve performance in sport. It subtly yet effectively increases body control without straining muscles. Importantly, this reduces the risk of injury, all while building strength. Athletes participating in swimming in particular can notice exciting and significant improvements in race and recovery times by...