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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.

Feb 07 Tue

7 Feb 2017

Spring Connection Weekend - 12-14 May

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We invite all Pilates and movement professionals and enthusiasts to participate in our Spring Connection weekend events. Book now to receive 10% off the Workshops. We are very excited to announce one of our Founder Members Hana Jones will be presenting 2 days of workshops for us.

Feb 03 Fri

3 Feb 2017

Pilates not painkillers the best cure for backache

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Taking drugs for back pain is largely pointless, an overview of research has concluded.

Anti-inflammatory pills such as ibuprofen are widely used as a first choice for patients with lower back pain. However, scientists found that they made so little difference that most people would not notice the effect. Exercise is usually recommended instead, which for some patients could include Pilates, yoga or stretching.

Jan 12 Thu

12 Jan 2017

12 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Pilates for Your Peace of Mind

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Pilates is more than just a workout. Any person who’s been doing it for at least a couple of months knows that Pilates doesn’t only sculpt your body but it also clears your mind and gives you energy and inner serenity. But what is so special about Pilates?

Dec 14 Wed

14 Dec 2016

How Pilates Can Help Those Who Are Affected By Depression

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Sometimes life can just seem like it’s too much. When we have mindsets like that, we tend to get the feeling that our life is in a downward spiral and that we are losing control of ourselves. While that’s not always the case, it’s an overwhelming, depressing feeling that we can get that can lead us to have destructive thoughts and habits.

Dec 06 Tue

6 Dec 2016

How Physical Exercise Can Help Your Mental Recovery

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Doctors, medical researchers, and fitness gurus have been promoting the benefits of regular exercise for many years. Although people often talk about benefits related to muscle density, strength, and joint protection, physical exercise also helps improve mental health and overall recovery during and/or after a serious physical event like an accident, an acute or chronic illness, a surgery, or an addiction problem. Dealing with a mental illness, trauma, or other event can be devastating, but learning to cope through physical exercise is becoming a common method of release and recovery. Consider these top three mental recovery benefits of exercise.

Dec 01 Thu

1 Dec 2016

THE NEW RULES OF SPINAL EXTENSION By Shari Berkowitz

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What is spinal extension? In the world of biomechanics, spinal extension is returning your spine upright after being in spinal flexion (rounded forward). That means back to your “natural curves.” However, in Pilates, we speak of extension as a backbend. For the sake of this article, let’s use this Pilates interpretation. Flexion is where inward curves round outward, and all curves match in degree of curvature relative to the natural outward curve of the thoracic (mid) spine. Therefore, extension is the direct opposite: where outward curves curve inward matching the degree of curvature relative to the natural inward curve of the lumbar spine (lower back).

Nov 18 Fri

18 Nov 2016

What is a Functional Diastasis?

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Through increased awareness and education, Diastasis Rectus Abdominis, or DRA, is becoming a more widely recognized and treated condition. DRA is a condition in which the linea alba thins and there appears to be a gap between the left and right sides of the rectus abdominis muscles (Read more here). Pilates teachers are perfectly poised to identify this condition and design appropriate workouts for clients who have DRA that at best, will not worsen the diastasis, and at best, will improve it.

Nov 18 Fri

18 Nov 2016

Breathe. Exhale. Repeat: The Benefits of Controlled Breathing

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Science is just beginning to provide evidence that the benefits of this ancient practice are real. Studies have found, for example, that breathing practices can help reduce symptoms associated with anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and attention deficit disorder.