Category: reformer pilates classes

Is Pilates good for Low Back Pain?

Is Pilates good for Low Back Pain?
Often people ask me if Pilates is good for Low Back Pain. My answer is a resounding YES. But there are many important variables to consider. Not ALL Pilates exercises are great for ALL back pain sufferers because not all low back pain originates from the same structures. Your choice of Pilates exercises depends on specific individual variants. Read more to find your answers to “Is Pilates is good for your low back pain” Continue reading Is Pilates good for Low Back Pain?

Pilates classes or Personal Training?

Are Pilates classes or Personal Training sessions best for you?
The most important issue to consider here is your budget and your time.
While personal training (one-on-one) can be expensive, each workout is tailored for your own needs, you can train on your own schedule without having to rely on when classes are offered and you can use all the equipment in the house. However, it is important to consider that not everyone can afford to pay for this type of training. Therefore, group classes are a great alternative to one-on-one sessions Continue reading Pilates classes or Personal Training?

Pilates Classes appropriate level for me

People often ask when they book Pilates Classes, what is the appropriate level for me?
If you have never danced tango before, would you book into an intermediate class? NO, right? Same in Pilates. Pilates exercise was created by Joseph Pilates who was influenced by professional dancers, gymnasts and athletes. The repertoire is complex and requires mastering. Very few actually get to master the advanced repertoire. Continue reading Pilates Classes appropriate level for me

Pilates Exercise For Back Pain

Is Reformer Pilates Exercise for Back Pain Beneficial?
Yes, absolutely, it can be. However, One size doesn’t always fit all. Read more…
Improved core strength, improved posture, increased flexibility are widely advocated benefits of regularly practising Pilates reformer. These will help you improve and prevent bak pain. Pilates exercise is focused on your abdominal muscles, preferentially recruiting the deep ones. The goal is to retrain your muscles to fire when they are required, with the right amount of force at the right time in order to stabilise your spine. At the same time, maintaining your entire spine mobile. Remember, “You are only as old as your spine is” Joseph Pilates…

Intelligent Exercise. You have to think
Concentration is crucial to Pilates exercise! Mindful movement means that you have to be present in the moment without distractions and focus on the task in hand.
So if you are looking for exercises to fix your back without having to think about what you are doing, Pilates is not for you. If you are willing to put the effort and voluntarily learn how to recruit your muscles by concentrating and focusing on precision and learning anatomically how your body needs to work, Pilates is definitely for you. #intelligentpilates

Working from the Inside Out.
As with every rehabilitation programme, local stability means that the joints in your spine are preferentially recruited before calling on the big power producing ones. Deep stabilising muscles work close to the joint and need to work before targeting the big mobilising ones. Learn how to do this with our Pilates Exercise for Back Pain classes.

How Does the Spine Degenerate?
As we age and sometimes through injury, the spinal segments degenerate. Spinal Degeneration Happens when the spine is put through stresses that the discs are unable to withstand. Poor posture, sitting for prolonged periods slumping will speed up this process. A weak support system can cause also the spinal segments to shear, compress the discs and it’s contents. (annulus fibrosus and nucleus pulpous.
Compression of the discs cause small tears to appear on the outside portion of the disc (fibrillation). These tears heal with scar tissue. Scar tissue is weaker than the original architecture of the disc.
Overtime, the annulus and nucleus lose its water content, the disc loses height and the vertebral segments come closer to each other. This causes the facet joints in the back to overlap and twist into an unnatural position. In an attempt to stabilise the spine, the body creates bone spurs on the vertebral bodies and the facets. These spurs can cause pain, ache or discomfort as they lose their ability to move properly and may irritate the joint capsule as you move without support.

Pilates as Prevention For Further Damage
Pilates Exercise for Back Pain can help maintain your spinal segments mobile, strengthen your deep abdominal musculature in order to stabilise your spine as you move around in your daily activities.
Prevention is better than the treatment!

We Can Help
If you suffer from episodic mechanical, non-specific back pain, a Pilates programme may be beneficial for you.
Book now an assessment. We can diagnose, treat and help you get strong through Pilates exercise.

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Blog written by Carlo Yanez
Registered Osteopath B.A.(Hons.), B.Ost.(Hons)
Fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor

 

Pilates Classical Repertoire

What is the Pilates Classical Repertoire?
I often get asked what the difference is between classical and dynamic Pilates. With the ever popular dynamic Pilates workout people are often confused unsure which Pilates method they should be doing. First, lets briefly look at what Pilates is and how it became what it is today. Then I will explain the different styles. Continue reading Pilates Classical Repertoire

The Best Pilates Classes in London

What are the best Pilates classes in London?
We believe that the best Pilates classes in London should offer superior quality, individualised attention and price. Our business model is based on small, intimate, attention to detail classes.

Quality instruction
This means that your instructor should be educated, qualified and certified in Pilates, and have experience. Having said this, many Pilates studios in London offer Pilates classes, but their instructors are not necessarily qualified in Pilates. Yes, you read correctly. Some “Pilates” studios train their instructors in-house on a crash course and teach them a few circuit-type exercises on the equipment. The exercises are usually not found in the Pilates repertoire and you will be lead to believe that you are learning Pilates. Not only you will be missing out on the benefits of Pilates, but f you then go to a Pilates class anywhere else, you will be lost. Continue reading The Best Pilates Classes in London