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 should you breath in Pilates?

How should you breath in Pilates?

Breath is one of the key principles of Pilates yet it’s the one that many people find the most difficult. Have you found yourself breathing in as your instructor is telling you to breath out or vice versa? Or perhaps you find yourself holding your breath during...
History of Pilates

History of Pilates

The Pilates system is the vision of Joseph Pilates.  Born in Germany in 1880 he was a sickly child.  Rather than giving in to his various debilitating conditions, he resolved to build up his strength and overcome them.  As he grew up he took up many different sports...