My A-Z of Pilates
Summary here A is for… Abdominals – one of the most popular and main areas we work on during our Pilates sessions. B is for… Balance – we always spend some time working on proprioception and balance during our classes. C is for… Concentration – this is needed as you exercise to you make sure […]
Top 10 Benefits of Pilates
There are many benefits of Pilates. Some of the benefits will be more important to you as an individual than others. These are my top 10: Helps to Strengthen your muscles and bones Improves your Flexibility Helps Correct Muscle Activation Improves Imbalances in your body Improves your Posture and Alignment Gives you Greater Body Awareness […]
Has Pilates made me taller?
The Question? Since I started teaching 8 years ago this is a question I have been asked many times. The question normally comes as a result of a client going to their G.P and their G.P deciding to measure them while they are there and discovering they have grown since the last time they were […]
5 Great Exercises to Tone your Bottom
These are my 5 favorite exercises to help you Tone your Bottom. During these exercises we will be trying to target the gluteal muscles in your bottom. These exercises are simple, effective and easy to do anywhere. You just need a little floor space and maybe a mat. These exercises can be worked through in […]
What is Neutral and why is it important?
The Question? When I meet a new client and they are a beginner I always start by talking them through the basics and principles of Pilates. I then tell them that we often work in something called neutral and ask them if they have heard of this. The majority of people say no they haven’t […]
Exciting News! – Yoga starting at Vital Pilates
We are very excited to announce that we will soon be adding Yoga to our timetable. We are lucky enough to have a fantastic teacher Naomi Hayama joining our team. Noami is an experienced and fully qualified teacher who has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching since 2004. Her style of teaching […]
What’s the correct way to breathe in Pilates?
The Question? This is a question I often get asked by my clients, particularly by new clients who have just started Pilates. The breathing pattern and when to pull their stomachs in seem to be the thing that they find the hardest when they first start. Quite often they say that they end up either […]
5 Great Exercises for a Trimmer Tummy
These are my 5 favourite exercises for achieving a trimmer tummy. These exercises are simple, effective and easy to do anywhere. You just need a little floor space and maybe a mat. These exercises can be worked through in order 1-5 as a short routine. Exercises 1 and 2 are slightly easier, so will start […]
Pilates is based on 6 key principles. Every exercise we perform in Pilates is based on these 6 principles. When you first start Pilates I would recommend you focus on A, B and C. Alignment, Breathing and Centre. Once you feel you have got these right and are incorporating them into every Pilates exercise you can […]
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a body conditioning method that works in a different way to traditional fitness techniques. Targeting the deep postural muscles, which help protect and stabilize the spine. Pilates works by building strength from the inside out, rebalancing the body and bringing it into correct alignment. The exercises are performed slowly with control and the […]