I love pilates for so many different reasons. Initially, I was drawn in by the sheer physicality of doing pilates movements. I don’t mean that that it was physically very challenging or very hard (… pilates has a reputation for being ‘hard’ but it need not be when done safely and with awareness of the […]
Good alignment is important – your pilates class is a chance to retrain muscle habits. Quick posture checks before and during any movement can help you avoid injury and get maximum benefit from your class. Here is what you need to know: Stand up straight. When I ask you to stand up tall, that means keeping
This is the time of year when gardens promise both home-grown food and fantastic floral displays. It’s easy to get over-enthusiastic and overdo it. Today I dug up many giant daisies, montbretia and other perennials that I had planted a few years ago in this prime spot in the garden near the house. I am
One of areas of difficulty I regularly observe in my clients is in the shoulders and neck. Many people are habitually tense in the shoulders. The head is often held forward, out of alignment with the cervical spine. All those hours staring at a smartphone, doing computer work – or slouching starting with the lumbar
Last time I wrote about becoming aware of where your head is in relation to the top of your spine. This post is about your feet — your incredibly important connection to mother earth. The deeper my knowledge of pilates, the more I understand that the feet are the body’s foundation – the tools of
One of the best things about doing pilates regularly is that you develop awareness of your posture – and you improve it steadily and surely. As a pilates teacher, I am always proud when I see my clients stand tall and connected with their bodies.Poor posture makes your back vulnerable to fatigue, strain, and injuries.