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  • A Simple Guide to Fixing Back Pain Forever!

    A Simple Guide to Fixing Back Pain Forever!

    Let’s face it, being in pain sucks! It limits what you can do and not only creates a narrow life but can become your life! Is it possible to get rid of back pain forever? Absolutely! We’ve helped hundreds of people get rid of back pain with the amazing pilates method of exercise. Below are the essential elements that will help you overcome chronic or acute back pain. POSTURE Is the foundation for all movement in the body! Do you think of your posture as being good or bad? Posture isn’t “good” or “bad”, it’s not being anything…it just is! The word posture relates to the position that your body is in at any given ....

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  • Is Your Posture Aging You?

    Is Your Posture Aging You?

    Many people refer to posture as “good” or “bad” and mostly relate it to how their body looks. But how your posture looks is really just the outer layer of what’s actually going on with the function, fitness and health of your ability to move and keep yourself upright. Posture isn’t bad or good, it’s functional and strong or dysfunctional and causing problems. According to Joseph Pilates, the spine is the “ridgepole of the body” and is the most important aspect of posture. “If your spine is inflexible and stiff at 30 you are old, if it is completely flexible at 60 you are young” Joseph Pilates. The aging ....

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  • 5 Reasons You Need To Do Mat Pilates

    5 Reasons You Need To Do Mat Pilates

    If you're justgetting started with pilates, you might be having trouble deciding whether you want to do mat pilates or reformer pilates at a studio/ The reformer has become symbolic of pilates, but that doesn't mean a mat pilates isn't worth your time. We're not saying that pilates studio equipment including the reformer aren't amazing, but the mat pilates has incredible benefits that cannot be under rated. The following are unique benefits the pilates mat work offers: 1. Pilates Mat Teaches You The Foundations Pilates is not just defined by it’s exercises. It has six guiding movement principles : Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath, and ....

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  • Why Pilates is "Anti Aging"

    Why Pilates is "Anti Aging"

    It doesn’t matter what your age is in years, if you’re living on this planet, you are getting older. Our mindset about aging is going through a big transformation with more and more people NOT accepting the traditional idea of a decline in quality of life as we advance in years. Staying healthy, fit, active and capable of participating in all the life activities that people love to do is the “new old”. That doesn’t equate to some epic sporting performance (although it could), but it could be as simple as being able to play with the kids at the park, getting up and down from the floor, being capable of travel or going for a long walk or having ....

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  • Why Don't You Stretch?

    Why Don't You Stretch?

    Here’s how the conversation goes… Client: “I’m really tense and tight in my neck and shoulders, they ache at the end of the day and then keep me awake at night” Pilates Teacher: “Do you do any stretching at home?” Client: “No…I know I should” (sheepishly) Pilates Teacher: “OK, do you think you could start doing some simple stretching to release you shoulders before you go to bed?” Client: “I can try, but…….” (Just insert whatever excuse comes straight in to your head) So you might think this is a bit harsh, but this conversation happens over and over again and it's ....

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  • Why Do You Exercise?

    Why Do You Exercise?

    Everybody knows that you should do it to be healthy, increase fitness and maintain a healthy weight. The most important question you can ask yourself is why do you exercise? Do you feel obliged to do it because you “know you should” and to compensate for lifestyle choices that are adding to the deterioration of your health? Or do you understand that exercise is about maintaining your physical fitness and well-being to enhance, support and add to your life experience…for the duration of your life. Organic v Artificial Movement The human body hasn’t changed that much over time but what we do to it certainly has! Our modern lifestyle has drowned ....

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  • Why Can't I Twist? It Could Be Your Hips!

    Why Can't I Twist? It Could Be Your Hips!

    Yes, that’s correct! When the human body moves, it does so as a complete unit and not just in isolation. Even when you’re trying to “isolate” a muscle, which we very often do in the pilates method of exercise, other muscles work to stabilise or counterbalance. The mechanism of human movement is muscles contracting or shortening to pull bones, this is called your “musculoskeletal system”. But over the last 10-15 years, a new way of looking at the anatomy of the body has emerged. It has not only changed approach exercising, but also why we get injured, how to fix injuries and how we age. It all comes down to something called FASCIA, ....

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  • Why is My Back so Stiff & Tight?

    Why is My Back so Stiff & Tight?

    What is back stiffness? If you don’t suffer from a tight spine, then I’m sure you’ve heard someone complaining about how “stiff and tight” their back feels. Most people don’t really think about their spines, until there is a problem with it. Keeping your back fit, flexible and healthy requires a regular fitness routine that can incorporate very specific movements and exercises that focus on just that! Traditional strength training programs tend to focus on other parts of the body…legs, hips, arms, chest etc., and don’t address the four reasons below that can cause the spine to get stiff and tight. Spine strength is at the ....

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  • How To Avoid Falls & Improve Balance

    How To Avoid Falls & Improve Balance

    Unfortunately, balance is one of those aspects of fitness that doesn’t become important to someone until they suffer the consequences of not actively working on it. This usually comes in the form of a fall that results in injury, sometimes quite a nasty one at that. Wrists, elbows and shoulders end up being “brakes” for the falling body and cop a lot of the damage resulting in sprains or sometimes broken bones. Really, any part of the body can get damaged from what appears to be a simple fall. And many elderly people suffer tremendously from falls that result in broken hip joints. If you do unfortunately suffer from a fall, unless a structured rehab program ....

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  • Breathe To Get A Strong Core

    Breathe To Get A Strong Core

    Did you know that your breathing muscles are part of your “core”? The term core strength gets used a lot these days with most people thinking of their abdominal muscles being their “core”. Pilates core strength is so much more than abdominals, it involves all the muscles of the body working in complete coordination and balance which includes the breathing muscles. When you first start pilates, learning the breathing technique takes patience, practice and perseverance but is worth the effort. Without control of the breath, the deep postural muscles don’t get activated in an effective and efficient manner and, yes, you can get the bigger core ....

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