surgeryIf you’re a regular visitor to the blog you’ll have read about how Pilates can help with a variety of conditions and injuries, but Pilates can also help you before you go for surgery. After all, Joseph Pilates created the practice to help injured soldiers recover – it’s part of Pilates’ essential nature to aid people on their journey through surgery and recovery.

Pre-surgery Pilates in combination with rehabilitative Pilates (working together with your physiotherapist if necessary) can help you recover quicker and better cope with the demands of surgery.

Firstly to get the benefits of Pilates pre-surgery, you must go to a traditional Pilates studio like ours that will:

• assess your posture
• create you a custom routine that fits your lifestyle
• consider the issue that requires you to have surgery, and strengthen muscles at that site
• your needs post-surgery (range of motion, ability to do exercise, etc.)

Small class sizes are also a must to ensure that you get the attention you need to aid your recovery and, crucially, that you do not push yourself too far, too soon.

Pilates teaches fluid movements, letting you unlearn the harmful habits of movements that cause aches, pain, stiffness and a lack of energy. All movement flows from the core, with a strong developed centre you’ll find it easier to adapt your movements as you begin your recovery.

If you’ve got any questions or queries about how Pilates could help prepare your body for the demands of surgery and ease recovery, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

We have extensive experience with working with other health professionals to create holistic recovery plans.

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This week on the YouTube Channel I’m sharing three basic exercises to start your pilates journey.

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runningToday I want to talk to you about running. It’s one of the most popular exercises out there, simple, easy, low cost (if you exclude the cost of a supportive pair of running shoes) and you can do it everywhere. Many runners run for exercise, relieve stress and raise funds. As we can see from the thousands and thousands taking part in marathons and half marathons like the Great North Run proves that it’s also about going further, pushing yourself to do better.

Cracking a new personal best starts with reviewing your foundation, and I’m not just talking about your shoes.
Your legs, your core, your habits of movement and your posture must all be working in harmony to achieve that coveted, ever improving personal best. Pilates helps to create a balanced body, and with running it’s very easy to become imbalanced, with certain muscles becoming overworked and others underused. What that leads to it every runners nemesis: persistent injuries, like back pain, tender ligaments or aching hips.

Pilates is all about the creation of harmonious balance in your body – which won’t just help reduce incidents of injury, but actually help give you MORE energy, help you to breathe correctly and more easily, and energise your body to go further and achieve more.

To unlock the benefits of Pilates and run towards your new personal best? For that you go to a professional Pilates studio, where your posture and habits of movement will be assessed to build a unique routine, tailored to your own goal, which will support your body on the path to achieving the very best.

If you’ve got any questions or injuries which are affecting your running, don’t hesitate to get in touch to see how we can help you.

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This week on our YouTube Channel we’re talking about why you’d go to Pilates instead of working out at the Gym.

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on your feetIf you’ve ever worked on your feet for a long time, you’ll be familiar with the feeling, the heavy weight as your shoes gradually get tighter and tighter. Your legs feel heavy, tired, stiff, and very uncomfortable. (And if it’s hot? That feels even worse!)

You’ve probably put your feet up to let gravity work its magic, encouraging your circulation to work evenly. This is a great way to give a little relief, but it’s not active enough to improve your circulation so that you suffer less from tired, heavy legs in the future.

When your legs are tired and heavy from a long day, you might not feel like aerobics or running, you may say that it’s too uncomfortable or exhausting. After all, if you’ve been on your feet all day, the thought of throwing yourself around a crowded gym seems like it would zap the last remnants of your energy.

One of the Pilates founding principles is Flowing Movement. Pilates ensures that there are no sharp, juddering or quick movements that can shock your body, cause injury, discomfort or make you feel more exhausted by the time you’ve completed a workout.

Pilates was created to help support injured soldiers back to health and fitness, so it’s the ideal workout to produce energy, improve circulation and strengthen muscles, regardless of your current level of fitness. Pilates *creates* energy, as it brings your body in balance, in calm, peaceful setting, you’ll glide out of a class, full of energy with your body supporting you every step of the way.

We’re kicking off our new YouTube Channel with a quick video introduction to Pilates – what it is, and why we do it!

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Today I want to talk to you about frozen shoulder.

There’s nothing quite like the infuriating pain and discomfort of a frozen shoulder. A frozen shoulder, also called ‘adhesive capsulitis’, results in reduced movement and can be so painful that it can disturb sleep. If you’re suffering from a frozen shoulder, the first port of call should always be your doctor as it can be incredibly painful.

Frozen shoulder can be a terrible problem, and it’s important to take the time to work out the cause of the problem, then remedy it. It may be that you have repetitive habits of movement because of your job (for example, if you’re a frozen shouldernurse you might find yourself favouring one side of your body when moving patients, placing strain on your shoulder). Or you may be experiencing tightness along the spine from a desk-bound job and poor posture.

It’s also not enough to simply treat the initial problem. There may be additional imbalances in the body along the tendons and ligaments, especially if you’ve suffered from it for a while, as you’ll have been compensating for the lack of movement. Regular Pilates practice brings bodies back to balance, by treating your body as a whole.

Frozen shoulder is where a gym-based Pilates class won’t be able to give you the results you need. When treating a condition like this, it is crucial that your posture is assessed by a professional teacher, and tailored exercises are prescribed for your condition, your lifestyle and your posture.

Don’t suffer any longer. If you have any queries about whether Pilates practice is right for you, get in touch.

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Behind the shoulders can linger lots of pain and aching muscles, and only women suffer. Today I’m talking to you about the pain many women with a large bust suffer from, muscular aches between the shoulder blades affecting the rhomboid muscles. This pain results from a body working in a muscular imbalance, creating aches, pains and posture problems.

As every woman knows, getting measured for a correctly fitting bra is crucial (anecdotal evidence suggests a THIRD of women are wearing the wrong size, that’s right, a THIRD!) – if you’re suffering from upper back pain and spasms your rhomboids, this is the most important first step.

The second is to bring your body back into muscular balance, and that’s where Pilates can provide relief.

The muscles across your shoulders and rhomboids can be seriously overworked if you have a large bust- even if you’re wearing a supportive bra. Pilates helps to strengthen all muscles equally (so that they take their fair share of the workload), supports the development of a strong core and improves posture, which ensures you can breathe better and enjoy more energy as a result.

Pilates can ease your discomfort, improve posture, core strength and energy and help your body support your bust without causing you aches and pains.

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Pilates to improve performanceI spent a lot of time sharing with you exactly how Pilates can help you – especially if you have health concerns such as arthritis, sciatica, posture problems or back pain. But, what if instead of health concerns, you were thinking about Pilates as a way to improve your overall athletic performance?

If you enjoy playing any kind of sport then you know that it takes more than just practice to see regular improvement. During the recent Olympics did you wonder why many athletes include Pilates as part of their training? It’s down to the benefit of improved performance – regardless of the sport in question.

Pilates can help to reduce injury by strengthening your back muscles and improving your flexibility. Pilates also teaches you greater control of your body. Because the movements you make require absolute precision, you gain utter control over muscles you were previously unaware of. Depending on the sport you play, you may find that you’ll enjoy more power because of increased core strength, as you begin to create a strong, active core which supports your body in all movement.

Pilates creates a body in balance, with all your muscles working in harmony. The benefit of this is stopping potentially harmful habitual movements, such as putting too much pressure on your left knee, from turning into painful problems that may affect your enjoyment of sports later on.

Whatever your goal or training habits, we’re able to help and advise you on the routine that will support you and the sport you love.

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Once you’ve given birth, depending on your personal circumstances (such as health, type of birth you had, lifestyle, etc.) after your six-week post-natal check-up, you may be considering taking up exercising again. Providing you’ve had the OK from your doctor, why should you bother taking Pilates classes over any other type of activity?

According to the NHS:

post pregnancy“Your lower back and core abdominal muscles are weaker than they used to be. Your ligaments and joints are also more supple and pliable, so it’s easier to injure yourself by stretching or twisting too much.” (source)

The benefits that Pilates offers its students are never more beneficial than after pregnancy: Pilates is well known for strengthening your back and your core.

Pilates develops your core strength and in turn your pelvic floor, which will support any postnatal exercises you have been doing. You’ll also bring your body back to balance. Overworked muscles are supported, their stress and aching eased as weak muscles take their equal share. If you’ve recently developed a painful back for the first time during your pregnancy, Pilates may be the solution you need to return your body to its pre-pregnancy balance.

As the quote from the NHS says, “it’s easier to injure yourself by stretching or twisting too much.” This is where with a traditional Pilates teacher, you can reduce that risk. With tiny class sizes, we’re on hand to guide you, monitor your progress and ensure that you don’t over exert yourself.

If you’re curious about trying Pilates post pregnancy, drop us a line. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have.

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