Hello!
I’m delighted that you’ve joined me today! I wanted to talk to you about the importance of hands-on teaching with Pilates practice.
To get the most out of your Pilates workout, you need two things: traditional Pilates equipment and an experienced teacher to guide you through your workout.
Why? For several reasons:

  1. AThree things you need for you Pilates workoutttention. Every single person has a unique life with different commitments and a unique body that responds to exercises in different ways. An expert teacher in a little class can spot the small improvements you might miss and encourage you, pointing out the small gains you’ve made and where you’ll be as you continue practising as the months go by. A large class prevents that kind of attention to detail- it simply isn’t possible to give that level of focus and quality guidance
  2. Expertise. To effectively develop Precision and Control (part of the six principles of Pilates) as you go through your practice, you need to be taught by an expert. Pilates has many seemingly simple exercises are deceptively complex. They develop awareness of your body, developing that wonderful dialogue that allows you to glide home at the end of a workout. To learn the exercises (and the principles) you need the help of an expert on hand to teach you exactly what muscles to move and by how much of a degree.
  3. Care. Hands on teaching can stop you pushing yourself too far, straining muscles that aren’t ready for it, undoing the progress you make. This is especially important in the cases of injury recovery. A committed teacher will be able to catch this immediately before you go too far. It’s only possible in a small class of around five people.

 

If you want to enjoy expert Pilates instruction and guidance, in a beautiful warm welcoming studio, why not get in touch?
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Hello!

Thank you so much for joining me today. I wanted to share with you today in greater detail about two of the six principles of Pilates:

Focus and Concentration.

You’ve undoubtedly heard about the phenomenon of ‘runners high’, where after a certain amount of time (and sweaty effort) the runners body is awash with endorphins – the feel good hormone. We all know the mental health benefits of exercise and these benefits aren’t restricted to aerobic exercises like running. Pilates also offers mental health benefits. Pilates can offer you so much more than a strong centre. To quote Joseph Pilates “The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.

To start and maintcoordination of body, mind & spiritain a dialogue with your body requires expert guidance, and needs your full attention. You can’t mindlessly go through a workout here like you could do at a gym aerobics class. You are learning how to use your body in the right way for you, guided by an expert. But what does this mean for mental health benefits?

What this means is you are guaranteed to have a 90-minute break from all the stresses of your life: professional, personal, private. It doesn’t matter; you can’t worry and focus on your Pilates workout at the same time. You need to focus your attention; you need to concentrate on moving specific muscles precisely. While you’re working your way through your Pilates workout, you’re getting the benefits of meditation while improving your flexibility, your posture and your strength at the same time.

Add in the peace of a traditional Pilates studio like ours with classical music, art on the walls with small class sizes and you have an extraordinary place to focus on you and absolutely nothing else.

If that sounds like something you’d love to benefit from, why not get in touch? Thank you so much for joining me today!

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Thank you so much for joining me today. I’m going to be talking about back pain, something that most people are a bit too familiar with once they get past thirty years old.

Back Pain

One day it just appears, and then you’re left aching to reach for the Tiger Balm or Deep Heat for some relief, but they never get rid of it altogether. ‘Pilates can help with back pain’ this is true, but it’s critical that you know the cause of your back pain.

Often clients come to the Edinburgh Pilates Centre as a last resort to solve their back pain, but so much back pain can be avoided.

When you begin working out with Pilates, you need to know the reason you have this pain. It could be tight muscles, posture problems, arthritis or the side effect of an old injury. You should see your GP if you haven’t already to diagnose the exact cause of your pain.

Pilates teaches you how to work with your body and develop awareness of how you move. For example, you might discover that you lean forward slightly when you walk, putting pressure on your spine in the area that pains you. A realisation like that through Pilates practice is a golden moment. From there, you can start to build the foundations of good habits that will support your body, with muscles working in balance with each other.

I would strongly recommend that if you are going to Pilates to ease back pain that you attend a studio class. Partly to guarantee that you will do the exercises (as we all have so much to do, working out at home can be a challenge) and also to have the expertise of a professional Pilates coach to guide and encourage you through your exercises. We can see when you’re pushing yourself too far, something you won’t get from a Pilates gym class.

If you’re currently working with a physiotherapist, and would like to add in Pilates to your bodywork, rest assured we regularly worked with other specialists. We can create a routine that works in harmony with other bodywork professionals.

Thank you so much for joining me today.

If you’ve got any questions about how Pilates could help your back pain, why not get in touch?

Hello!
Thank you so much for joining me today! Today I want to talk to you about posture.
You might have a desk job, that is oh so slowly, giving you round shoulders and a stiff neck that is plaguing you on your commute home. Or perhaps you find yourself slouching throughout the day, you straighten, but before you know what’s happening you’re slouching again.

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You shouldn’t feel bad about this as from the time you learned to walk; you unknowingly chose a way of moving. As a result, favoured muscles become strong, little-used muscles become weaker. Then throw in the physical toll of work (be it sitting at a desk or working on your feet all day) you might accidentally create a posture that is doing you more harm than good because your body is out of balance at a muscular level.
The most important thing to consider if you want to improve your posture is: what is perfect posture? I’ve seen models stalking down a catwalk – and so many people believe models have ’perfect posture’- all I wanted to do was fix them. For me, perfect posture is the result of a body that is in perfect proportion. All muscles are working in harmony with one another. Everybody has an individual posture, as each person lives a unique life. There will be no one set of exercises that improves posture; you should have a routine designed for you by a professional.
Like improving core strength or flexibility, Pilates can help with posture. Pilates can help by creating a beautiful dialogue with your body, undoing age old habits with corrective exercises and by increasing awareness of your body. You can improve your posture, how quickly you do so will depend on your age, your physical health and how often you do the exercises.
If you’re sick of slouching or you’ve had enough of the pain caused by working on a laptop, get in touch.
Thank you so much for joining me today. If you’ve got any questions about how Pilates could help you, why not get in touch?
Have a wonderful day!

Hello!
I’m delighted that you’re joining me today. I want to talk to you about how Pilates can help support your recovery from injury.

Clients regularly arrive at the Edinburgh Pilates Centre in pain from an injury. The most common injuries or complaints are lower back pain, knees, necks, thumbs and shoulders. These clients know that they need to invest in their health so that they can have peak health and mobility.
With the right guidance, support and attitude, you can speed up your recovery from injury with Pilates.
Firstly it’s about having a tailored made approach to your body, to your injury. With all clients, regardless with what you want to improve, be it posture or recovery from injury – there is no one size fits all solution. This is why traditional Pilates, guided by a bodywork professional is vastly superior to a Pilates gym class, especially with regards to injury recovery.

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Secondly, it’s about your attitude and your ability to find the time to do the exercises. If a client has a knee injury, we recommend exercises that help to build up the Vastus Medialis muscle (part of the quadriceps group that extends down the femur) as well as exercises to stabilise the injury. If you’re able to do the exercises several times a day, you will see improvement sooner than someone with the same injury which can only find the time to do so twice a day.
Every client is unique, with a unique body, a unique way of moving that body with a unique lifestyle.
At the Edinburgh Pilates Centre, we encourage, always. If you’re only able to do your exercises once a day, you aren’t failing, you’re doing your very best.
There isn’t a single approach to injury recovery, drugs, massage, herbs and tailored exercises all have their part to play in your recovery.
If you have an injury that you’re determined to overcome and want to know more about how Pilates could help you, why not get in contact.
Thank you so much for stopping by!

Hello!
You might (or might not) know that your muscle mass begins to decrease as you age.
At 20 years old, you could fling yourself around gym equipment and, provided you were eating right, you’d have a toned body as a result.
That same routine, flinging yourself around a gym willy-nilly, doesn’t have the same effect once you’re in your 40’s (or over). You might have old injuries, you might have back pain, you might simply loathe the gym with 20-year-olds throwing themselves around while you’re trying to get in a proper workout.
This can make people feel like there isn’t much point in exercising if the rewards aren’t worth the effort.

Exercises are worth the effort
This isn’t the case. Exercise is always rewarding – what needs to change is how you exercise.
You need to start working out intelligently, creating a dialogue with your body through Pilates so you can both see and feel the benefits.
Pilates isn’t just about strengthening your centre and improving your posture, as beautiful as both those benefits are. Pilates is a muscle strengthening exercise regime, for everyone, no matter what your age or previous workout history.
In a traditional studio, like ours, much of the apparatus has pulleys and straps that can be adapted for resistance as well as support. At the Edinburgh Pilates Centre, workouts are tailored to you. You can safely and efficiently maintain your muscle mass, strengthen your centre, increase flexibility as you flow through your workout.
Seemingly simple exercises require control, precision and concentration as you work your muscles, improving strength, flexibility and form. With the help of an expert guide, you aren’t going to overstretch yourself like you would in a gym.
If you’re determined to keep your body strong and healthy why not get in touch?

When you think of Pilates, what do you imagine?
Is it variations of sit ups and leg raises in a large gym, with perhaps a yoga mat underneath to cushion your spine as you (and 20 others) go through a routine? You might get one moment with the teacher as they correct your position, but on the whole, you’re on your own.
That isn’t traditional Pilates.
It’s the equivalent of comparing cheap supermarket bread with a handmade organic sourdough loaf. Similar, but the experience and benefits are vastly different.
At Edinburgh Pilates Centre we teach traditional Pilates, as created by Joseph Pilates himself, and it can’t be further away from what most people imagine Pilates to be.


Firstly, our class sizes are small. There are no more than five students, and that is during busy times. You get the attention you deserve from a professional teacher. Your exercises are tailored to you, for what you want to achieve, be it strength or improved posture. With traditional Pilates, you aren’t left alone to fend for yourself, as your guide I’m there to stop you from pushing yourself too far while helping you to improve your technique.
Secondly, the studio is a warm, welcoming and calming space and not a cold, crowded gym lined with mirrors that you may have experienced in the past. There is specialist equipment in the studio so you can safely and efficiently follow your workout to the sound of classical music with beautiful art on the walls. All while supported by an experienced teacher who is actively watching your technique during your workout.
Thirdly:
Empowerment and Simplicity.
To the six principles of Pilates, we added two more, empowerment and simplicity. Our principle of empowerment shines a stronger light on how we differ from gym based Pilates class. There you are lead through a standard routine. Here you’re told why you’re doing a particular exercise and how you can apply it to your daily life. It’s your choice to decide if you want to use these skills, but you have the choice to do so.

Hello, I hope you’re having a wonderful day! I wanted to talk to you about the benefits of Pilates going beyond creating a toned physique. A healthy, toned body is just one benefit you get from regular Pilates practice, but when you learn the skills of Pilates, you enjoy so much more.
If you didn’t know this before Pilates is based on six core principles.

 
These are: the 6 principles of pilates

  • concentration
  • control
  • centering
  • precision
  • flowing movement
  • breathing

 

What does THAT mean for you?

  1. In each exercise you do in Pilates, you concentrate entirely on getting the movement exactly right. You benefit from relaxation and a mental break from whatever else is happening in your life. At Edinburgh Pilates Centre, you are guided through your exercises, not left alone to flounder like you would be in a gym class.
  2. Flowing from concentration is control. You will be carefully controlling your body during the exercises. As well building strength; you create grace and elegance in your movements as you start a dialogue with your body.
  3. Centering, sometimes confused with your body core. Centering means the muscles between your ribcage and your hipbones. With concentrated, controlled movements you strengthen your centre, gaining a flatter stomach, better posture, and if you’ve a sore back, you’ll have less back pain if you continually work at the exercises.
  4. Flowing movements mean you’ll never have to throw yourself around a room or contort your body into movements that feel stiff or unnatural. Pilates flows from a strong centre, making Pilates an excellent exercise if you’re recovering from injury. Unlike other workouts where you might be in discomfort at the end, after a traditional Pilates workout your, body carries you out the room, you are in tune with your body.
  5. Precision in your movements lets you fine tune your body with the help of Pilates. For example, you’ll learn that good posture contributes to proper breathing, letting you use your body to its best ability.
  6. Breathing is something you learn how to do well in Pilates. Breathing in properly can erase fatigue and tension.

 
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope to see you soon.
If you’ve any other questions about starting Pilates get in contact!
Have a great day!

Everyone at the studio is so excited to launch the shiny new website for The Edinburgh Pilates Centre and we hope you LOVE it as much as we do.

Would you believe that it had been 10 years since we updated our branding and website. So we decided to give our digital home on the web a big upgrade adding lots of new features, photos and all the bells and whistles.

Website by Wildflowers & Pixels

For the past few months we have been busy working behind the scenes on the new design, which involved lots of meetings over coffee and tweaks to get the website looking perfect.  We think the new design reflects the studio image beautifully: professional, functional and modern.  Let us know what you think – we’d love to hear from you.

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The Edinburgh Pilates Centre is a pure equipment based studio. We have Reformers, Cadillacs, Barrels, Slopes as well as all the small equipment. We do not do Mat classes. All our classes are 90 minutes.  Our teachers have a minimum of 35 years full time Mind body work experience each.

Our philosophy

  • To teach Pilates related skills to everyone that wants to learn them.
  • To allow you to understand what posture is. How it affects everything that you do.
  • To show how you can make the changes that enable you to wear your body more comfortably.
  • To enable you to recognise simple physiotherapy needs and to address them.
  • To teach what your feel system is. What it can do. How to access it. (Advanced)
  • To engage your mind on how profoundly it can actually affect your physical system, your energy system and your thinking system. (Advanced)

All the above are skills. You can’t learn skills from a book. Consider the skill of tennis. You can learn to throw the ball in the air and hit it with a racket towards that square on the other side of the net very quickly indeed. But that’s theory. To do this nine times out of ten with power takes a lot of practice, it’s a skill.

Similarly Pilates is a skill. The Edinburgh Pilates Centre is only interested in teaching you skills. You can’t learn what we teach from a book. You can only learn these skills from people that have actually been there and spent a lot of time learning them.

Many classes you go to will give you exercises, you will execute them as well as you may. Before you learn them properly you will move onto the next exercise. A few people will remember the exercise after the class, most will have forgotten them within 24 hours. Many teachers will tailor the exercises for you. The student will have little input into what this is. The choice will be the teachers. If you want this that’s absolutely fine. But you as a Pilates practitioner will have little input to your process.

At the Edinburgh Pilates Centre we want to involve you in your process. We want you to learn the exercises, to practice (at your own pace) the exercises. We want you to learn all the different shades of an exercise. To learn that the way you feel will affect the exercise and how to work with that. To understand what posture is, how it affects you, what you can do about it and give you the tools to make your own changes.

Interested in joining The Edinburgh Pilates Centre or would you like to find out more? Please feel free to contact us on 0131 652 1904.