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Aug 14 Tue

14 Aug 2018

How did you learn to move?

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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.

Jun 20 Wed

20 Jun 2018

Stabilising the Hip Joint by Marguerite Galizia


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.

Jun 14 Thu

14 Jun 2018

Hip Mobility by Marguerite Galizia

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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.

Apr 19 Thu

19 Apr 2018

The Magic Window Age by Ingrid Lootvoet

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Teaching children Pilates during the window age activates muscle memory. The children will start to use certain muscle groups consciously for certain movements thereby controlling their movements steadily and correctly both in and outside of the Pilates studio.

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.

Jan 28 Thu

28 Jan 2016


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'If your muscles are properly balanced, you aren’t going to create wear and tear of your joints that lead you down a road full of pain, arthritis, injuries, tears, surgeries, physical therapy, or worst case, not being able to do your favorite activities ever again.’

Jan 20 Tue

20 Jan 2015

Phew! one term down, only two to go...Dave Hopwood


Got through it! Survived it! These were my thoughts as I finished term 1 of the Bodywise Pilates matwork teachers course just before Christmas. As I look back and reflect on my experiences on the course during last term, a number of things stand out:

Dec 15 Mon

15 Dec 2014

Parlez-vous Pilates? by Kim De Paolis


Nine years ago our family left cosy English suburbia for a tiny village in the Luberon, the picture-postcard heart of Provence. We moved with our two boys, a grumpy cat and a Wunda chair. I'd been a Pilates client for more than 10 years, and fearful of what might happen to my body without it, I'd invested in the only bit of kit that would fit in the car.

Oct 21 Tue

21 Oct 2014

Life as a Pilates Foundation Trainee by David Hopwood


Formerly a teacher and an Army Officer, since my retirement from the Services in 2008 I have been working as a Shiatsu practitioner/teacher in Salisbury. A keen sportsman and a martial artist for 40 years, I have always been interested in ways of improving and developing my functional movement and in raising my bodily awareness.

Sep 29 Mon

29 Sep 2014

Pilates and Men by Holly Nuttal

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As a Pilates teacher, I frequently encounter misconceptions about Pilates, and one of the major ones is that Pilates is essentially an exercise system for women. Whilst it is true that a significant proportion of teachers (and in many cases clients) are women, I believe this has more to do with a potential image problem than a real bias towards women that is somehow inherent in the Pilates repertoire. Some men are put off trying Pilates, believing it’s ‘just for women’, or that it’s ‘too easy’ to be real exercise. But Pilates can be of equal value to men too. And an exercise system that calls for flexibility, strength and concentration and is used by elite athletes worldwide seems unlikely to fall into the ‘easy’ category.