The Pilates Reformer has a moveable carriage with springs attached. These springs range from light to heavy (a bit like resistance bands). The springs can be used to add resistance OR assistance depending on the exercise. For example, they can provide support during a stretch or help increase range of motion. A heavier spring can be added to make an exercise more challenging (increased resistance) OR they can provide more stability for the carriage (less movement). A lighter spring may
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Pilates light weights
The Pilates industry is well known for promoting ‘long and lean muscles’ but sadly it’s also got a reputation for pushing lighter weights to avoid ‘bulk’. It’s well documented (and proven) that the amount of weight lifted will not determine the bulkiness of your muscles. When someone wants to ‘tone’ what they actually want to do is build muscle (and maybe reduce body fat). So should we even be using light weights in Pilates? It depends … Firstly, dumbbells are
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Exercise form and technique is something that gets a lot of attention in the fitness world, but is it being over emphasised? There is no one single way to perform an exercise.Form i.e posture/positioning of body parts can make the movement pattern more or less efficient (use more or less energy) … However, this will depend on your individual anatomy and what’s better for you won’t be better for someone else. Your form can also be altered to
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There are many soft tissue treatment modalities that are ‘hands free’ such as cupping therapy, electrotherapy, dry needling, IASTM etcAlthough there is still conflicting beliefs on effectiveness of these tools and equipment. (The same goes for hands on techniques too) … there are many pros and cons to both therapist and client. First the negatives 1- Tools cannot replace touch. Touch allows therapists to feel feedback in the tissues. You can feel resistance to application of pressure and
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Pilates is a great all round workout but it is also a fantastic add on to your existing exercise.  There is a large emphasis on core strength and stability which transfers over to many different sports and exercises, as does the focus on breathing, control, balance and coordination. Crossfit ‘Crossfitters’ are normally very aware that they need to improve mobility/flexibility but often overlook the critical element of stability. How does Pilates complement crossfit training? Weightlifting – We can often get
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Depending on the class type and teacher you may notice similarities between Yoga and Pilates. Yoga has been around a lot longer and Pilates actually draws inspiration from Yoga. Both are low impact and can be modified to suit fitness levels and injuries. So what is the difference? Typically … Yoga focuses on flexibility and mobility Pilates focuses on strength and stability. That’s not to say that Yoga doesn’t include strength/stability work and Pilates doesn’t include flexibility or mobility work (because
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The health and fitness industry has spent years drumming home the importance of a ‘perfect’ posture and how this is to blame for many musculoskeletal dysfunctions. BUT when every single body is unique, can there really be such a thing as a ‘perfect’ posture? What we are actually seeking is neutral alignment. Reducing any excessive postural deviations e.g. forward head position (aka text neck), hyperlordosis (arched lower back) etc. Posture is the position in which someone holds
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1 – It works really well for tender or stubborn areas Some clients specifically request cupping therapy and for some I recommend it before or during treatment. If a client is in a lot of pain or has an excessively ‘tight’ area, the tissues are less likely to respond to an excessive downward pressure. If the body is resisting against pressure, this defeats the whole purpose of the treatment and can leave the client feeling worse. By applying
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1 – Massage Obviously this is number 1 on the list.A sports massage for muscle recovery rather than injury/dysfunction can actually be really relaxing (believe it or not)! I’ve had many clients fall asleep during a session… A regular massage (every 3-6 weeks) is a wonderful way to improve recovery from exercise, reduce stress and keep you injury free. 2 – Bubble Bath (Bubbles optional) Apparently some people don’t like baths? A hot bath does wonders for relaxing the body
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If you exercise or even if you don’t, rest and recovery is vital for maintaining overall health.That could be rest/recovery for your mind if you have a high pressure job, are feeling stressed or have a busy schedule.Or it could be rest/recovery for your body if you exercise, carry your children around, sit at a desk all day, have an active job etc.A reactive person pushes their mind and body near it’s limit before taking
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