8 reasons to try Individual Pilates classes!

In my humble opinion, Pilates is one of the most effective ways to work your entire body safely. With regular practice, you’ll develop a stronger, more flexible and more toned body. It addresses postural problems, improves balance and co-ordination and relieves pain and tension. As long as you are working with a well trained instructor, these benefits are relevant to any type of Pilates class you choose to join – … Continue reading

Pilates principles – Breathing

Breathing is such an important part of your Pilates practice, so much so that it is one of the 6 Pilates principles. Often people forget completely to breathe – holding their breath as an exercise becomes more challenging. Using the correct method of breathing in Pilates will help you to move through an exercise with minimum effort and maximum grace. Keep this quote in mind from the book, Pilates’ Return to Life Through Contrology the next … Continue reading

10 reasons why women should try Pilates

Pilates is such a good form of exercise for everyone! From young to old, fit to unfit, strong to weak, supple to stiff. Whatever your strengths and weaknesses, Pilates can address them. In this post I would like to focus on why women should try Pilates. There are so many points to mention but I have narrowed it down to 10 great reasons why a woman will benefit greatly from … Continue reading

5 guidelines to help with the Pilates principle – Precision

In this post we will be focusing on one of the 6 Pilates principles – Precision. Only if an exercise is performed precisely and mindfully will you benefit fully from it and strengthen and improve within your own practise. With this in mind I thought I would share 5 thoughts with you to take with you into your next class for a more precise and therefore more satisfying Pilates experience! … Continue reading

6 reasons why you should be doing Pilates

In this post, I wanted to go back to one of the most basic questions I get asked all the time: “Why should I do Pilates?”. It goes without saying that any exercise is better than none but I believe Pilates is one of the best forms of exercise you can take up – particularly if you’ve only got time for one! My personal experience with Pilates began when I … Continue reading

How often should I do Pilates?

This is usually one of the first questions that come up when someone is inquiring about  Pilates. To get the most out of your Pilates practice, I recommend doing 2-3 classes per week if possible. I understand that this might not always be possible so if all you can manage is once a week, that’s definitely better than nothing! Pilates is a form of exercise that needs practice. The more … Continue reading

Back to basics

The foundation on which Pilates is built on is based on these six principles: Concentration: The thinking person’s exercise – By becoming aware of your mind-body connection, you will find it easier to establish a connection with your muscles – understanding how they move and work, and the more benefits you will gain from your workouts. Centering: By being aware of the muscles of the core (the Pilates Powerhouse), you will strengthen all of your bodies’ … Continue reading

What to expect from your first Pilates class?

When you decide to sign up for your first Pilates class, you might be wondering what to expect. What’s going to happen during the hour? How will you feel during and after the class? What should you bring with you and what should you wear? Here is an idea of what to expect during a typical, Pilates Introductory class… What should you bring? You don’t need to bring anything with … Continue reading