Why I Want You to Care About Your Psoas

Your psoas is an amazing muscle which is fundamental to free movement, strength and wellbeing but our lifestyles are screwing it up. Back in the 90s and 00s it was all about core stability and your transversus abdominis (TVA). We taught about layers of abdominal muscle and how strengthening them…

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Want to fall in love with your mummy tummy? Read this.

It’s a human phenomenon many women would rather didn’t exist. The mummy tummy. That jiggly little (or large) bit of fat or loose skin that clings around the middle regardless of well intentioned efforts to shift it. Fitness trainers love it: ‘Join me and lose your mummy tummy.’ And last week…

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When can I start running again after having a baby?

It is a question I get asked a lot by my post natal clients. When can I start running again? It’s a toughie. On one hand, I completely understand the need and want to get out running again. If you love being active, pregnancy can feel like a life sentence…

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6 ways to love your back

We know that for many, Pilates is a ‘go to’ class for back health. Pilates is brilliant for backs. We move it, strengthen the muscles around it, release the muscles around it and increase circulation and joint mobility … the list goes on. Although, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts,…

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Chest Shoulder Mobilisers

Our shoulders need to move. Unfortunately we get stuck at a desk, at a laptop or PDA and even if we train, we tend to neglect basic mobility. This podcast takes you through some simple mobility exercises for those often neglected necks, chests and shoulders. Running time: 2 minutes, 25…

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It’s time we stopped ‘using’ Pilates and just did it?

In the world of Pilates we’ve got accustomed to ‘using’ Pilates exercises to help participants back to health following an injury, illness or pregnancy.  But by doing so, have we lost some of the flavour of what Pilates is really about? A workout. Physiotherapists often refer patients to me to…

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Headaches, push-ups and tennis elbow: The shoulder blade connection

THIS week, across all my classes, there’s a bit of a theme. Clue: They are behind you and you need them to move your arms. Anatomically speaking I’m referring to your scapulae, without the latin they are your shoulder blades. Any arm or shoulder movement is dependent on your shoulder…

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Pilates basics – three exercises to practise at home

When it comes to Pilates basics, for me the perfect trinity is always shoulder bridge, swimming and the one hundred.  These exercises help you to focus on your core and trunk stability as well as mobilising your spine and getting blood flow to the lower back. If you can practise…

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Post natal Pilates. What’s all the fuss about?

Post natal Pilates – a six week course where we re-build your post baby body from the inside. We aim to get your body ready for mainstream exercise or a stronger Pilates class.   You know you probably should be doing it but it seems like everything else about having a…

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Ten ways to find your pelvic floor – for your friends

So I know you know that pelvic floor exercises are a big deal. And I know you know that Pilates is a fabulous way of making sure you get regular practise in.  I also know you know that pelvic floor exercises aren’t just something you do when you’re in the…

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