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  • By wpadmin
  • Apr 20th, 2016
  • Blog

Pilates lengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups in the body in a balanced fashion. It improves flexibility, strength, balance and body awareness and is a challenging workout that caters for everyone, from beginner to advanced. The health benefits of Pilates include: – improved flexibility – increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the ‘core muscles’ of your body) – balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body – enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs – improved stabilisation of your spine – improved posture – rehabilitation or prevention…

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  • By wpadmin
  • Apr 2nd, 2016
  • Blog

The terms neutral pelvis and neutral spine are frequently heard in a Pilates studio. But what exactly is this position and why do many exercises work in this neutral zone? Neutral Pelvis is defined as a position in which the anterior superior iliac spines (hip bones) and pubic symphysis are in a horizontal plane. The term neutral spine indicates that the natural curves of the spine are present. When in a neutral spine position there should be a little bit of space between you lower back and the mat. We often refer to this neutral position as a reference point…

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  • By wpadmin
  • Mar 20th, 2016
  • Blog

In order to achieve good alignment and correct movement mechanics, the body must be equipped to do so. Certain muscles play a crucial role in providing a stable and flexible core. These are the deep muscles of the pelvis and trunk. The superficial muscles are sometimes overdeveloped and overused in relation to deep muscles which means our core muscles are not working at their full potential. We must differentiate between the two groups because it’s the deeper muscles that provide the support to stand upright and the flexibility to bend. Think about the abdominals and the back muscles, together with…

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