Why can’t I do a roll up?

Why can’t I do a roll up?

We all have our favourite Pilates exercises and the roll up is one of mine. It combines strength, mobility and coordinated rhythm and when performed well can look graceful, elegant and effortless.  But many people struggle with this exercise.  No matter how hard they...
Should I exercise if I have back pain?

Should I exercise if I have back pain?

Once upon a time, if you had a bad back you were told to rest. However, we now know that, in the majority of cases, rest is most definitely not the best thing for your back, in fact it could make your condition worse. When you rest you tend to seize up and it can take...
How to improve your hamstring flexibility

How to improve your hamstring flexibility

Can you bend down and touch your toes with ease?  Or do you feel a tightness in your back/thighs/calves that stops you getting your fingers onto the floor? Tight hamstrings (a group of three muscles than run from the pelvis to just below the knee) are a very common...
Move Your Spine – The Spine Twist

Move Your Spine – The Spine Twist

A well designed Pilates class will include a range of exercises that challenge you to move your spine in different directions: Flexion – bending forward (eg. Roll Up) Extension – bending back (eg. Swan Dive) Lateral Flexion – bending sideways (eg....
How to get a crick out of your neck

How to get a crick out of your neck

A couple of weeks ago I must have slept in an awkward position because I woke up with a crick in my neck.  The pain was at the base of my neck on the right side which meant I couldn’t tilt my head or turn to the right.  Not only was it incredibly uncomfortable,...