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Sep 21 Thu

21 Sep 2017

Best workouts for a happy, healthy heart

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Pilates: A study published in the International Journal of Cardiology revealed that doing Pilates regularly is actually great for reducing blood pressure. It also increases flexibility, improves hand strength and puts minimal pressure on muscle and joints.

Jun 14 Wed

14 Jun 2017

Where Pilates and Physical Therapy Meet an Interview with Dr. Brent Anderson of Polestar Pilates

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Typically, when we think of physical rehabilitation we think of physical therapy. However, with the exceptional rise in the popularity of Pilates over the past ten years, awareness of its rehabilitative effects has increased. Doctors recommend Pilates to their clients with foot, knee, back, shoulder, neck pain and more. Physical therapists are integrating Pilates equipment and exercises into their practices, and many are trained as Pilates instructors as well.

This interesting and growing relationship between Pilates and physical therapy is what we will look at more closely in this article.

Apr 04 Tue

4 Apr 2017

Diary Of A Pilates Foundation Teacher By Rosie Minogue - Bring Me Your Poor Tired Soles

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Our feet are unsung miracles of bones and tissue. Each foot has twenty-six bones and over one hundred muscles, tendons and ligaments. Every day, they support (be honest with yourself) any excess weight. They propel us from place to place over many decades. They run for buses, stand doing the washing up, go on tiptoes to reach things. They are remarkable feats of engineering. If you doubt, ye of little faith, just look at robots. Even with all our technological advances, we struggle to make a robot with articulating feet. Feet are amazing.

Mar 17 Fri

17 Mar 2017

‘Text neck’ is becoming an ‘epidemic’ and could wreck your spine

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“It is an epidemic or, at least, it’s very common,” Hansraj, chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, told The Washington Post. “Just look around you, everyone has their heads down.”

Mar 06 Mon

6 Mar 2017

Ken Endelman – The man behind Balanced Body

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Working with Pilates as I do, I get to interview some of the most inspirational people involved with Pilates over the years. It makes my job so much more rewarding and helps to inspire and inform our ever increasing audience of Pilates enthusiasts.
During Pilates on Tour 2016 in London, I got to interview Ken Endelman, the man behind the innovative creation of Pilates equipment. It was a golden opportunity to find out more about the man, how he started out, his inspiration and plans for the future.

Mar 02 Thu

2 Mar 2017

Better Posture & Breathing With This One Simple Exercise (Pectoralis Minor)

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It’s spoken about endlessly in yoga and pilates about how your breathing and posture are directly related…

‘Your posture is only as good as your breathing permits and your breathing is only as good as your posture permits’

This teaching is correct and is backed up by the research in the field of biomechanics. However, improving both posture and breathing isn’t always as straight forward as it sounds as very few movement practises go into enough detail to explain how they are related. If we understand the mechanics of healthy function (how humans are designed to function based of evolution and biomechanics), then we are better equipped at producing healthy function in our daily lives. Quotes alone won’t help us improve our posture and breathing, we need to intellectually understand the processes of producing positive change so positive change can be a consistent and conscious experience in our lives.

Mar 02 Thu

2 Mar 2017

Better Posture & Breathing With This One Simple Exercise (Mid Trapezius/Rhomboids) Part 2

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In part 1, Better Posture & Breathing With This One Simple Exercise (Pectoralis Minor) we looked at the location and function of the pectoralis minor and how if the muscle is ‘dysfunctional’ it can inhibit posture, breathing and spine alignment.

Feb 28 Tue

28 Feb 2017

Scoliosis: What You Need to Know

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Scoliosis (pronounced sko-lee-o-sis) is a three-dimensional deformity that occurs when the spine becomes abnormally rotated and curved sideways.

Most often this deformity has no known cause, in which case it is called idiopathic scoliosis.

While the cause is unknown, idiopathic scoliosis does tend to run in families. The specific genes involved have not all been identified yet, and there could be factors beyond genetics as well.

Feb 24 Fri

24 Feb 2017

Psoas, Instinctive Responses & The Healthy Pelvis

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The psoas muscle is part of our instinctive fear response. Whether or not it is falling in love or propelling through space, the dynamic psoas surrenders deep within our core. All unresolved fear is communicated through the psoas and directly affects the pelvis. When we feel our integrity is compromised, it is the constricted psoas that plays havoc on our breath and the natural positioning of the pelvis.

Feb 24 Fri

24 Feb 2017

How To Find Neutral Spine Position

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Knowing how to find the neutral spine position is crucial for doing many Pilates exercises correctly.

Neutral spine is the natural position of the spine when all 3 curves of the spine — cervical (neck), thoracic (middle) and lumbar (lower) — are present and in good alignment. This is the strongest position for the spine when we are standing or sitting, and the one that we are made to move from.