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Daily Pilates Vs Inactivity for Patients with Low Back Pain

Reviewing the Evidence Low back pain (LBP) is the most common reason why people attend our Physiolates private sessions and classes, and also the most common problem I treat as a physiotherapist. Patients tell me they want less pain, normal function and less stress – but is there any evidence to support Pilates for improving […]

Pilates for dancers who want to perfect their performance

Hello, fellow dancers! Have you ever been frustrated by being unable to perform the perfect dance move? Or been set back in training due to recurring injuries? Well, I may have a solution for you! I have taken part in many forms of dancing – tap, jazz, ballet, modern, and even Irish dancing! All are […]

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Yoga vs Pilates

An age old argument. The clash of the titans. There can only be one winner (not really, but it sounds dramatic). Let the battle begin! Similarities People very often group yoga and Pilates together as being the same type of exercise, and in some ways, they wouldn’t be wrong in doing so. They both place […]

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Who Is Suitable for Pilates

Pilates has something to offer people of all ages and levels of ability and fitness, from beginners to elite athletes.  From the young to the not so young and everybody in between. Pilates can be used to provide support for beginners and people with certain medical conditions, as well as provide more specific resistance for […]

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What Is Pilates?

What is Pilates, and why should I be doing it? Pilates is a form of exercise, designed to improve the overall health of individuals, to either prevent injuries or help recovery following them. It’s also a great way of maintaining health in someone who’s already fit and healthy. Pilates specifically targets the smaller stability muscles […]

Pilates exercises to improve your stability

Stability (The Best Exercises)

Welcome back for part 2 of our ‘best of’ Pilates exercise lists, where we recommend our top 5 exercises for specific problems. We’ve already covered posture and strength, and this time round we’ll be covering flexibility and stability.Stability When we talk about stability in the world of Pilates, we’re talking about Joseph Pilates’ key principles […]

Pilates exercises to improve your strength

Strength (The Best Exercises)

The Best Exercises to Improve Your Strength There are hundreds (hopefully you’ll understand this pun by the end of these ‘best of’ posts!) of Pilates exercises that physiotherapists and instructors can choose from, and each one provides specific benefits for your mind and body. This post will list our top 5 most recommended exercises for common […]

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Reviewing the Evidence: Effects of Core and Gluteal Strengthening on Chronic Low Back Pain Patients

Background Information Lower back pain is very common; this study reports it to affect 60-80% of people at some point in their life. Weakening of the core muscles reduces trunk activity due to pain, structural damage and inhibition of the reflex muscle contraction mechanism, leading to disuse, muscle atrophy and more damage. Adams (2004) reported […]

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Pilates and Pregnancy

“A match made in heaven”– Anonymous “The ultimate dream team”– Also Anonymous “It’s alright, I guess”– Anonymous Pregnant Lady These many famous things have been said about the relationship enjoyed by pregnancy and Pilates, and all of them are made up. They are very well suited, though, with Pilates helping to prevent and treat many […]

Pilates exercises for posture

Posture (The Best Exercises)

There are hundreds (hopefully you’ll understand this pun by the end of these ‘best of’ posts!) of Pilates exercises that physiotherapists and instructors can choose from, and each one provides specific benefits for your mind and body. This post will list our top 5 most recommended exercises for common goals and problems that we encounter […]