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Pilates – Introduction

August 23rd, 2011
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The Hundred (Pilates)

Pilates, a physical fitness and body conditioning system, was developed by the German Joseph Pilates in the 1920s in the United States.
Joseph Pilates called his method “Contrology” because he believed that in his method the mind is used to control the muscles.
Pilates aids in gaining strength and endurance, conditioning the muscles and creating a streamlined physique. The whole body is toned without adding muscle bulk. It is especially well-known for its focus on creating a “strong core” (abdominal area) – strengthening the centre of the


Get a strong and healthy back through exercise

October 12th, 2011
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Chronic back pain is a common problem affecting around 80% of the world’s population at some point in life. That is four out of every five people! There is a high chance that you have suffered previously, are suffering currently or will be suffering from back pain in the future. Anyone who has suffered from back pain knows how limiting this can be when trying to get on with your daily activities.
A major cause of this back pain “epidemic” is our sedentary lifestyle. We


Get Great Abs and a Strong Core

October 28th, 2011
Abdominal Roll Down

The Abdominal Roll Down is a great exercise that will tone your abdominals, strengthen your core as well as mobilise your spine. I find this exercise quite calming and relaxing as it makes you focus on the movements and your breathing. It is almost like a moving meditation. Try to do this workout somewhere outside in your back yard or in a park if you can – it feels fantastic hearing the birds singing and feeling the warmth of the sun and a slight breeze


3 Great Exercises That Your Back Will Thank You For

October 20th, 2011
Cat Balance

Does your back feel tense some time? – If so, then try the following 3 back exercises. They are great for mobilising and strengthening your spine. You can do them daily. It only takes a few minutes out of your day but will make a huge difference.
Cat Pose
The Cat Pose is a great exercise for limbering the spine. It feels fantastic after you have been sitting for long periods of time.
How to do it:

Begin with limbering your wrists – rotating your hands around your wrists.


Knee Folds – A Great Exercise for Developing Pelvic Stability

November 21st, 2011

Knee Folds are one of the fundamental Pilates exercises – often used to help relieve back pain. It is great for developing pelvic stability which plays an important role in keeping the spine and pelvis in optimal alignment, and ensuring that the muscles and joints of the lower limbs are functioning properly.
How to do it:

Lie on your back with your knees and feet placed on the floor hip-width apart (Figure 1). You can have your arms beside your body with your palms facing down, or