The core – not a slightly dodgy action movie from the 90’s, but an important part of any workout and something many people neglect. So what actually is ‘the core’? The core refers to ‘deep muscles’ that make up your lower trunk and pelvis. Their role is to provide stability and a centre point for …..
For those still exercising outdoors – good work! As well as finding the paths and roads a bit quieter compared to the summer, you’ll also have noticed it takes a bit longer to warm up. Warming up for exercise is one of those subjects full of good and bad advice – so first let’s look …..
Mindfulness is growing in popularity and recently even members of parliament were raving about the benefits of mindfulness during bath time. It is appearing in school extra-curricular activities and now most work places are actively encouraging it. What exactly is it and where did it come from? The origins of mindfulness lie in ancient meditation …..
As most of our clients and followers know, we offer mat, reformer and chair Pilates at Physio and Pilates Central. Although it might involve less hi-tech equipment, mat Pilates classes remain popular for all ages and we have seen a significant uptake in the number of our male participants. What equipment do I use in …..
What are shin splints? Shin splints are a common running injury and typically occur at the front (anterior shin splints) or at the edges, towards the back of the shin (posterior shin splints). Anatomy The tibialis anterior muscle at the front of the shin is responsible for pulling your toes up towards you and, during …..
There are many types of headaches (over 300 according to the international headache society), and they are not an easy thing to categorise. Traditionally it was believed that headaches were caused by changes in the blood vessels supplying the head but now neurologists are suggesting that stiffness and tension in the upper back and lower …..
What is it? A bursa is a fluid filled sac which usually serves to cushion the joint and assists in shock absorption. Typically people experience “bursitis” when the bursa becomes swollen. The regions most commonly affected are the shoulder, the elbow, the knee, the hip and the heel. Pain can occur in the shoulder when …..
We’ve all noticed the evenings drawing in and given into the urge to turn on the central heating. While exercising outdoors may now be limited to walking to the train station or the gym, we thought we would take the opportunity to outline the benefits of continuing to exercise outdoors! Burn more calories When you’re …..
We are excited to announce that we are now offering reformer sessions at our Richmond clinic! If this wasn’t enough, a we have a brand-new piece of large Pilates equipment at Wimbledon called the split-pedal chair. Many people ask which is more suitable for them and while we usually suggest that, if you’re brand new to …..
This week sees the launch of a new air quality campaign, supported by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, to inform Londoners of the current pollution problem facing the city. The campaign includes a series of hard hitting posters on the London Underground with pictures of everyday things and the likely air pollution contaminating them, …..