Will I feel sore after a Pilates workout?
The Question This is a question I have been asked more often recently, particularly by new clients who haven’t ached after their Pilates session and wondered if they should have and if they have worked hard enough. The Answer I believe that you shouldn’t feel sore after a Pilates session. However, if you are new […]
Pilates during pregnancy can be very beneficial, it can help strengthen postural muscles, reduce back pain, improve posture, increase energy levels, improve circulation and promote relaxation. First Trimester The first trimester is a time when the body is getting used to changing hormone levels and women may suffer from morning sickness and start to get […]
What is the difference between Yoga and Pilates?
The Question? I often get asked by clients, particularly new clients who have just started Pilates and clients who not done any Pilates before but have done some Yoga. The Answer The simple answer I give is Yoga primarily works on flexibility and Pilates primarily works on stability. In Pilates we do work on flexibility, […]
What is the difference between Matwork and Equipment Pilates?
The Question? This is a question I am often asked by clients, particularly new clients who have just started Pilates. Most of them have heard of matwork Pilates but the equipment side is new to them. The Answer Matwork classes At Vital Pilates a mat class is an hour long and has a maximum of […]
Sequential Spinal Movement
What is it? Sequential Spinal Movement is a key characteristic of many mat work and equipment exercises. It is a movement that requires the spine to move one vertebra at a time, releasing the spine joint by joint, from top to bottom or bottom to top. The exercises need to be executed slowly and in […]
What stretches would be good for my stiff neck?
The Question? This is a question I am frequently asked by my clients who are suffering with stiff, immobile necks and a question I now seem to be getting asked more often. I have always worked with a wide range of clients of all ages and generally I have found that my older clients have […]
Can Pilates help me to lose weight?
The Question? This is a question I often get asked by my clients, particularly by new clients who have just started Pilates and are looking at improving their general fitness and changing their current lifestyle. The Answer Yes – From my experience of working with clients for many years and seeing their bodies change shape, […]
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 […]
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 […]