12 Sep 2019
Pilates for ChildrenBlogs
Ingrid Lootvoet has been developing her Pilates work with children for over thirty years. She is bringing her Pilates for Children workshop to our Autumn Connection Weekend on Sunday 29th September 2019. Here is an interview we did with her recently.
30 Jun 2019
An interview with Sue NashBlogs
Pilates Foundation member Susan Nash has happily settled in West Auckland from London where she trained Pilates teachers, managed two Pilates Studios and taught more than 20 classes each week. We caught up with Sue to find out more about her extraordinary background, moving to New Zealand and what keeps her moving.
23 Jun 2019
Bring me Your Poor Tired Soles - From the Diary of A Pilates Foundation teacher, By Rosie MinogueBlogs
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.
7 Feb 2022
Who was Joseph Pilates?Pilates News
Joseph Hubertus Pilates was born in Monchengladbach Germany in 1883. As a child, Joe had asthma and other ailments so he turned to exercise and athletics to battle them. He became enamored by the classical Greek ideal of a man balanced in body, mind, and spirit, and he began to develop his own exercise system based on this concept.
4 Oct 2018
Bilateral Congruency by Marguerite GaliziaPilates News
Asymmetry is something that comes up a lot in my work. My own scoliosis gives me an inherent asymmetry that makes it impossible for me to skip straight to the hundred in my own practice. But my observations of other bodies is that, whilst there may not be a scoliosis, asymmetry is very common.
3 Sep 2018
Why Men Should Meet PilatesPilates News
A common misconception/tale is that Pilates is only for woman. I’m constantly hearing from my male friends in or around the studio, “Isn’t Pilates mostly women?” or “Pilates is just like Yoga right?” I’m here to break that rumor and tell you why Pilates is great for everyone, especially our MEN.
14 Aug 2018
How did you learn to move?Blogs
My teaching and my writing is underpinned by a fundamental belief that a.) we are how we move and that therefore b.) we can change our movement to change our bodies. I might also add on a c.) which is that long term, sustainable change must be addressed through movement.
11 Jul 2018
Pelvic Placement: Put Your Pelvis Where It Belongs to Improve Posture and Reduce PainPilates News
Are you dealing with annoying chronic aches and pains, or have you experienced an injury that seems impossible to fully recover from? Body posture and proper pelvic placement play a HUGE role in how easy (or challenging) it might be to maintain your whole-body health. Doing Pilates can be an excellent way to explore exercises to help you improve pelvic placement, enhance posture and body awareness, and put your pelvis where it belongs to help develop healthy movement habits for better functional movement.
20 Jun 2018
Stabilising the Hip Joint by Marguerite GaliziaBlogs
The key hip stabiliser is the gluteus medius. As you can see in the image above, this is the lateral buttock muscle. The ideal movement for strengthening this muscle is a combination of both abduction (lifting the leg sideways) and external rotation (rotating the knee outwards). The side leg lifts that you often see people doing in bum burning gym classes is actually just targeting the TFL, a short muscle that sits at the top of the outer thigh. What we’re after is a movement that takes the effort further backwards towards the back pocket area of the gluts.
14 Jun 2018
Hip Mobility by Marguerite GaliziaBlogs
The Hip Joint is one of the hardest joints to understand. This is partly because it’s buried deep in the pelvis, and surrounded by strong ligaments and muscles, making it difficult to sense what movement can be accessed through the joint. Like any other joint in the body, there are a number of structural variables that may enhance or reduce movement in the hip. These include the orientation of the femoral head and neck inside the socket as well as the orientation of the socket itself inside the pelvis. The joint is further complicated by its relationship to the pelvis and therefore to the orientation, asymmetries and rotations in the pelvic area.