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...

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:...

In this week’s blog we are going to be looking at how incorporating Pilates into a cycling training programme can be beneficial for reducing fatigue in certain areas of the body and how it can boost endurance. It is understandable that cyclists are more drawn to working on their legs and forget to work on...

Joseph Pilates, the German-born founder of Pilates, stated that, “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young.” We agree! It’s never too late to get started with...

A common question that gets asked to the Edinburgh Pilates Centre is whether they should do Pilates, Yoga or Body Balance. To help, we’ve summarised the three areas that we advise you think about in your decision making process. What are you looking to gain? Are you looking for rehabilitation from an injury? Yoga and Pilates...

For those that have been to the Edinburgh Pilates Centre studio or seen pictures of it, you would most likely recognise the Pilates reformer, even if you haven’t used one before. It is the big machines that have a sliding carriage where you can lie, sit, stand, kneel to complete the different movements. The machine...

You may have heard Chris say in the studio: “Hail Goddess Martha!” and wondered who he was talking about. This week’s blog is going to give you an overview of who Martha Graham was, and why she is so renowned as an American artist of the 20th century and in the world of Pilates so...

It’s Monday morning, you get up, what part of your body groans or niggles at you? Notice the area that is the tightest on your body and target that first. Is it your hamstrings? Is it your knees? Is it your shoulders? Sadly, there is no one size fits all type of stretching you should...