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The Elders (& anti-aging cream)

The Elders (& anti-aging cream)

We revere our elders in Pilates- in fact, there’s a whole gang of cool octogenarians who are still on the teaching and mentoring circuit, imparting their wisdom AND showing off their incredible athletic prowess! Lolita San Miguel is one of them. She was trained...
Does reading this stress you out? 4 ways to cope

Does reading this stress you out? 4 ways to cope

Does looking through social media posts stress you out? Participants in a US study about Facebook said that that the site made them feel anxious, guilty about rejecting friend requests, pressured to post inventive updates and frustrated with applying different rules...
Pilates- it’s a man’s sport

Pilates- it’s a man’s sport

Think Pilates is just for girls? Think again. Its founder, Joseph Pilates, was a whisky-drinking body-builder and martial arts expert who was recruited by Scotland Yard to teach self-defence. He developed his proto-type exercise machines whilst interned in a prisoner...
Can’t get to class? Just Laugh!

Can’t get to class? Just Laugh!

We know that our mindful movement practice in the studios reaps many benefits. Both Yoga and Pilates promote a calmer state of mind, a better sense of control & self-esteem and more efficient body functioning. But now that we are shut for the Easter break, what...
Why we bothered creating a Pilates space

Why we bothered creating a Pilates space

With Pilates classes running in every upstairs pub room, village hall and sweaty gym floor, you might wonder why we bothered creating a dedicated Pilates space. But to accept just a thin mat and a bare floor as a Pilates class is to not have had a true Pilates mat...
Times article praises Pilates for back pain relief

Times article praises Pilates for back pain relief

If you consider that when you stand you load your spine 100% but when you sit you load it 150%, it’s no surprise that over three quarters of British adults suffer from episodes of back pain. When you work in a desk job, you are paid to be immobile for two thirds...
Pilates and Yoga hurt your back…

Pilates and Yoga hurt your back…

There you are, sporting an injury and your GP or Physio tells you to strengthen your ‘core’ with Pilates or Yoga classes- off you hop to your local gym, village hall or leisure centre to a Pilates or Yoga class and BAM….your back hurts even more....