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There is a famous quote from Joseph Pilates, which says “If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young”.

I want to talk to you about one of the greatest reasoFeel Youngns why Pilates is so popular: the transformative magic it can work on your body as you grow older. Whatever your age or shape you have Pilates can help to improve it, creating a balanced body that feels balanced, energised and looks more youthful.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to keep as close as possible the figure you had in your thirties, but to do so requires a holistic approach like Pilates. You must go to a Pilates studio for this, not a Pilates gym class (they focus on ready-made on size fits all routine mat work), you need access to additional Pilates equipment like the Reformer, Wunda chair and so forth. Studio Pilates will give you an assessment first, to find which areas of your body are out of balance, e.g. you lean forward slightly when you walk, overworking lower back muscles and leaving stomach muscles weaker, before creating a program specifically tailored to your body. Like Pilates said a balanced, flexible energised body is a youthful one.

As you progress through Pilates practice, keeping up with your exercises as often as you can (as if with any discipline, the more time spent practising, the quicker improvements are seen), you will find that your stomach flattens as core strength is developed alongside balanced muscles. You’ll become aware of how you use your body, correcting years of bad habits, improving posture, flexibility and coordination.

If you think your spine is a little too inflexibly stiff for your liking, why not get in contact and see how together we can create a balanced body that supports you with energy.

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breaking bad habitsI want to talk about perhaps one the most important benefits of Pilates – becoming acutely aware of your body’s movements.

Pilates teaches your precision and control in your movement. To perform the deceptively simple exercises well, you must take your time and focus on exactly what muscles are in use and how. But how does that translate into real life? It means that you can break bad habits of movement you were unaware of, and potentially ease stiffness and pain.

For example, imagine a professional dancer. Like all dancers, they are physically very fit, but that does not mean their body is in balance and pain-free. Despite their physical fitness, they’re could be suffering from a painful lower back. Through Pilates, they can learn how their automatic movements are a contributing factor to their lower back pain. By becoming fully aware of how they use their body and changing their routine movements alongside regular Pilates classes, they can help ease the pain.

It’s an invaluable skill to learn for everyone, especially if you suffer joint or posture problems. For example, you may discover that sitting with your legs crossed is perhaps one of the contributing causes of your back pain, or that you stand all your weight on one leg, which contributes to your knee stiffness. Which bad habit you discover will be unique to you and your lifestyle. This discovery comes from a small Pilates studio with hands of teaching is needed for expert guidance and encouragement.

If you’re tempted to try Pilates, and to learn how to break bad habits, why not get in contact with us first to see how we can help you live an energised life!

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Hello! Thank you for joining me today, I want to talk to you about the irritation that plagues us all as we grow older. Joint stiffness.

Joint StiffnessStiffness can make life so difficult as we age, zapping energy and preventing restful sleep. It can make going about your regular day-to-day activities a painful drudge (especially if you drop something, taking several painful, embarrassing minutes to pick it up). Stiffness, unchecked by stretching or exercise can lead to a decreased range of movement, overworking some muscles and neglecting others, creating an unbalanced body because you have an incomplete range of motion.

Ultimately stiffness (provided it isn’t coming from a joint condition like arthritis) is reduced by stretching. We all know this; you may even make sure you stretch well in the morning or while you’re at work, but that isn’t solving the source of your stiffness, a body that’s out of balance.

Pilates creates a balanced body, with corrective exercises, developing your core strength and crucially your awareness of how your body moves.

Together with the rest of the Six Principles of Pilates, you bring your body back into balance and increase your flexibility. If you want to reduce stiffness, you must go to a traditional Pilates studio, like the Edinburgh Pilates Centre. We’re the longest running studio outside of London; our teachers have 40 years of experience. Teachers must assess your posture and flexibility levels before prescribing a tailor-made routine of exercise remedy the cause of your lack of flexibility and movement.

If you’re ready to tackle your lack of flexibility, get in touch.

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Thank you for joining me today – I wanted to talk to you about how old is too old to start exercising.

photoNow, you’re probably saying ’never’ as that’s what we’re always told. But let’s be honest, some types of activities aren’t that suitable or safe to do as you get older. Contact sports run a high risk of injury; then there’s the gym. In our youth we can throw ourselves around equipment with a devil may care exuberance, and we’d see the benefits quickly, less so as we get older. If you’re getting back into exercising, or perhaps want to start now that you’re in middle age, it can be underwhelming when you can’t find an exercise that works with your age, not against it.

Joseph Pilates said ‘We retire too early and die too young, our prime of life should be in the 70’s and old age should not come until we are almost 100.’

Pilates is for everyone, for any age. It doesn’t matter that you begin exercising at 45 or 55, that you’re starting Pilates is the most energising step you could take.

For example, Pilates can help you increase your bone density, as you can ‘jump’ on the reformer machine, lying down. This kind of ‘jump’ giving the high impact exercises your bones need to increase their density, with little worry chance of injury. That is but one example; you’ll benefit from improved circulation, stronger lungs and more energy.

With traditional Pilates, you’ll be assessed by a professional teacher before beginning so that you start exercising safely, no matter what level of fitness you have.

If you’re ready to try Pilates, get in touch.

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Energy PilatesToday I want to talk to you about increasing your energy. It’s one of life’s weird little quirks that if you’re tired, all the time (provided there’s no underlying cause) exercising will give you energy. You have to spend energy when you feel like you have none, to gain it. Even the NHS recommends exercise to combat tiredness and fatigue (source).

While that’s the case, it can seem like an impossible task. After a demanding day at work plus extra responsibilities at home can make the thought of working out like one ask too far. You want to relax, to unwind in peace- not throw yourself around a crowded, loud, smelly gym.

Clients love exercising at the Edinburgh Pilates Centre for several reasons. It’s warm, there’s art on the walls, classical music plays softly in the background, and the class sizes are tiny (5 people maximum). The atmosphere is one of quiet focus as clients concentrate on the precision of their movements. The studio is a space to both unwind and exercise. Creating relaxation and energy for your daily life while increasing your flexibility, strength, concentration and empowerment.

It is the absolute opposite of a loud, crowded gym or fitness class, so much more pleasant than running in the cold evening, or half-heartedly following a fitness DVD. Exercising creates energy; Pilates is one of the most energising supportive routines you could do, why not try it and see how you feel?
We can promise you’ll glide out of the class, energised and ready to take on the world.

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Thank you for stopping by today! I want to talk to you about how empowering Pilates can be for changing your health.

Empowering PilatesWith traditional Pilates, there is an aim in mind when we teach you the exercises (there is no one size fits all routine). You might be keen to remedy or maintain a good posture while working at a desk job, increase flexibility or to help speed up recovery from injury. Choosing to work on these concerns is an empowering decision as you take back control of your body and your health.

After a traditional Pilates class, you’ll float home in a balanced, happy body. That experience alone is enough to make many clients change their attitude towards their health and fitness. You aren’t sore, grumpy and promising yourself a glass of your favourite wine as consolation for your suffering; you leave feeling elated. For example, perhaps as you feel the benefits of Pilates twice a week, you’ll be empowered to consider how you can fit in more. You might find that you make sure you spend 20 minutes during your lunch break working on your exercises.

At the Edinburgh Pilates Centre, we only ever encourage and guide, the more your practice at home the better you’ll feel. We understand how hard that can be; we know that adults lead complicated lives, with many commitments that it’s easy to put exercising far down on the to-do list. We hope you enjoy every moment during your Pilates workout and the benefits that flow from it.

If you’ve got any questions about how Pilates can change your health and fitness for the better, get in touch to find out more.

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I want to talk to you about Pilates for weight loss. When people want to lose weight, they immediately think of intense exercises like running, but Pilates can help with weight loss (alongside a calorie controlled diet).

Traditional Pilates is tailored to your body (even if you’re carrying an extra stone or two), you’ll be assessed by your Pilates teacher before you begin your first class. It doesn’t matter if you’re overweight or that you’re recovering from an injury, an expert Pilates teacher in a traditional studio can adapt the routines to fit your specific needs and ensure you don’t push yourself too far. You’ll also get encouragement – that much needed factor when you’re losing weight.

Weight loss with PilatesOne of the core principles of Pilates is Empowerment. Creating a balanced body feels good, you’ll glide out of a Pilates class. That’s how a great workout should make you feel, energised and ready for more, not aching and sore. You may find that you’ll continue with Pilates long after you’ve reached your weight loss target!

If you’re overweight, you may feel uncomfortable in a gym. The bright lights, the fashion, the overcrowding and the lack of guidance can be off-putting for many people. That could not be further from the atmosphere at Edinburgh Pilates Centre. Our studio is warm, calm, with bright art on the walls, classical music playing in the background of a tiny class of five. It’s a sacred space for you to work out, losing weight as you create a balanced body that operates in harmony with your life.
If you’ve any question about how Pilates could help you, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Thank you for joining me here today, I’m delighted you stopped by.

Today, I wanted to talk to you about preparing for your first Pilates class.

EPC9The most important thing you do before attending your first class is to be assessed by a qualified Pilates teacher. If you’ve gone to a Pilates gym class before, this may come as a surprise. As I’ve said before, your body is unique. You’ll have a unique way of moving, a one of a kind posture and you may also have injuries or health concerns. This is about tailoring Pilates exercises specifically to you. There is no one size fits all routine and that takes planning before you go to your first class.

Choosing what to wear is also important- you don’t need to wear head to toe Lululemon if you don’t want to. The Edinburgh Pilates Centre is warm and peaceful, wear comfortable layers like t-shirts, hoodies and leggings are fine. All that matters is that you have full freedom of movement. Avoid baggy clothing as your Pilates teacher needs to be able to see clearly your form to correct it, baggy clothes prevent this. Tie back long hair, remove necklaces and dangling earrings for your safety around the Pilates equipment.

After you know how to prepare for your first Pilates class, the next critical stage is: get ready to enjoy yourself! Traditional Pilates gives you an intense workout, increasing flexibility, core strength, correcting posture problems, but is a good work out, in every sense of the word. You’ll glide out of the studio after your first class energised wanting more, not aching and sore.

If you’ve any other questions about what to expect from your first Pilates class, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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I wanted to talk to you today about some of the most common myths that surround Pilates- there are so many that needlessly put people off from trying Pilates.

The myths of PilatesMyth 1: It’s just a lot of sit-ups.
This myth stems from the Pilates gym classes that have sprung up in every local gym, where because of the vast class sizes the focus is on mat-work. This isn’t the case. Traditional Pilates uses a variety of equipment, such as Reformers, Cadillac or Wunda chair and mats. Pilates is a full body workout- not only sit-ups.

Myth 2: It’s like Yoga
Not at all true. There is no set routine in Pilates like the Sun Salutations that you would do in a yoga class. A traditional Pilates studio run by an experienced teacher will assess your posture, any injuries, lifestyle and give you a specific routine of exercises to follow, not so in yoga.

Myth 3: Pilates is only useful for getting a flat stomach.
A strong centre comes from developing your core muscles, and a result of Pilates practice can be a flat stomach, but Pilates also gives flexibility, improved posture, body awareness, a balanced body, a strong core and strength. You can gain so much more than a flat stomach.

Myth 4: You don’t need to be taught in person.
You do need to be taught in person. You need to be assessed by a professional teacher who can give you exercises specifically for your unique body to correct the patterns of movement that are creating stiffness, inflexibility and posture problems. Pilates books and Youtube video can’t give you that necessary attention.

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Thank you so much for joining me today. Today I wanted to talk to you about creating a dialogue with your body. It’s a concept that I’ve often mentioned in my blogs, but what does creating this dialogue mean for you?
Before you start Pilates practice, you need to have an assessment (assessing your posture, any old or current injuries, health and fitness) by a Pilates expert who’ll give you a bespoke routine.
An expert Pilates instructor is a translator- sharing with you what your body has been trying to say.

A dialogue with your bodyYour body is always talking to you, but we’re never taught to listen to it until it starts shouting in pain. Creating a dialogue with your body starts by understanding that we all have habits in movements that began when we were first learning to walk. Unknowingly we favour a set pattern of movement- perhaps you lean back from the hips when walking or favor a leg over the other. As a result, some muscles become very strong, then overworked. Little used muscles don’t play their part, ensuring that the tired muscles continue to overwork. Creating a vicious cycle which results in pain and stiffness because your body is imbalanced. Thankfully with traditional Pilates instruction, you can reverse these patterns.
For example, you have an extremely painful knee. Through Pilates practice, as you grow in awareness of your body, you may find that how you walk is the source of the problem. Perhaps you place more weight one leg than the other, and you discover that you lean slightly forward from the waist when you walk which in turn forces you to put more pressure on your knee.
What you’ll learn about your body will be different, we’re all unique. Developing this awareness through regular Pilates practice allows you to take the steps to correct these problems.
Creating a dialogue with your body is the greatest gift you could give yourself. Regular Pilates workouts guided by an expert instructor helps you create a happy, healthy body that is in balance.
Thank you so much for joining me, and if you have any questions about how Pilates could help you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Have a lovely day!