With Pilates, we often speak to people who worry that if they miss a few classes they will lose everything they have been taught. But just like riding a bike, you never forget how to use the skills you learned. We love this quote from Joseph Pilates: “If you will faithfully follow the instructions, beginning …..
Pulling or tearing a muscle is a common injury we see in clinic – but what actually happens in the healing process and what can you do to help? There are three main phases to healing: the inflammatory, the proliferation and the remodelling. But before we get onto these let’s take a look at the …..
Getting told to sit up straight may for some bring back bad memories of being yelled at by the teacher in school for slumping at our desk… but is it as important as we think? So what is posture? Our posture is how our body, particularly our spine and pelvis, is aligned as we sit, …..
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 …..