The Plank

With Summer around the corner, we’ve decided to challenge and motivate our clients by bringing in a theme to focus on this month. With this we hope to educate and help each of them reach new fitness goals while keeping things fun! So the theme is: The Plank! Here’s why we decided on this exercise… Why The Plank? The Pilates Plank or also known as Front Support is an isometric exercise that targets the … Continue reading

Myofascial Release using the Foam Ball

Myofascial release is a term that’s in most people’s vocabulary now. There are many different tools that one can use to facilitate myofascial release including foam rollers, small massage balls and then one of my other favourites, the Foam Ball, which I’ll be telling you a bit more about in this post. But first, here’s a bit of background on Fascia and Myofascial Release. What is Fascia Fascia is a system … Continue reading

How to use the B4 Play Ball

We often take our body and what it’s capable of for granted. We neglect to prioritise ourself and our own well being when this should be on the top of our list of priorities! There are plenty of small and easy changes that you can make in your day-to-day routine to start showing your body the love and attention it deserves. One of the easiest, most beneficial and satisfying techniques that … Continue reading

Preventing neck and back pain

After a trip to the hairdresser, one too many flicks of my new fringe left me with an intense neck spasm and since then, a niggle that’s easily aggravated by extended time in front of my computer. As my dodgy neck niggle serves as a constant reminder about my posture and how to sit at my computer in particular, to prevent neck and back pain, I thought it might be … Continue reading

A deeper look into core strength

Core strength is an important part of a well-rounded fit and healthy body. Aside from occasional situps and pushups, however, core exercises are often neglected. Read on to find out what your core is, why it’s important to strengthen your core and how to do this with some simple Pilates exercises. What is the core? Contrary to the popular belief that the core refers only to the abdominal or lower-back … Continue reading

5 Yoga poses to incorporate into your Pilates practice

Yoga and Pilates are both unique forms of exercise in their own ways, but they also complement each other very well. Sometimes, joining a Yoga class when your regular practice is Pilates-based can lend a fresh perspective to the way you approach your Pilates workouts as a whole. Here are a few examples of Yoga poses you could incorporate into your practice to add a more mindful approach to your Pilates class. 1. … Continue reading

The foam roller – how it works and why it’s such a great tool!

Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release technique that can relieve tension in the body. Foam rolling has become a familiar everyday practice for people of all ages and levels of fitness. Self-myofascial release is a term used for self-massage to release muscle tightness. If you work out regularly, have tight muscles, suffer from injuries, have muscular imbalances, feel stressed or experience tension in your body, then foam rolling will benefit you. What … Continue reading

Pilates for Horse riders

Pilates and horse riding have many similarities and complement each other really well. In horse riding, you need good posture, a strong core and flexibility of the spine – all of which the Pilates method promotes. Being on a living, breathing animal makes it even more important for the rider to have all these factors in place to help prepare for whatever happens underneath him/her. Pilates trains us to become aware of what our … Continue reading

Exercise for strong and healthy bones

Along with eating the right foods, physical exercise is an important tool to help build strong and healthy bones. Certain types of exercise have been shown to be particularly beneficial. 1. Resistance training Studies have shown that bone density can be increased by doing resistance training for as little as 12 to 20 minutes, three days a week.These exercises include activities where you use your body, a weight or a resistance accessory … Continue reading