Physiolates Blog

21st April 2019

Pilates for Golfers – Pilates to improve strength and flexibility

Pilates can improve strength and flexibility of a golfer. It is important for all athletes and sports people to maintain a strong core in order to maximise performance and prevent injury. Maintaining appropriate strength and control throughout the body is important when participating in a sport that requires good posture – I’m thinking of all […]

14th April 2019

Pilates for neck pain

The neck is becoming an increasing common source of pain and discomfort for many people in the general population. Both acute and chronic neck pain can be distressing and can interfere with many activities of daily life. In the majority of cases, neck pain should resolve on its own with time. In some cases, however, […]

24th February 2019

Five reasons why Pilates is beneficial for people of all ages

Pilates is a form of exercise that can be performed by many people throughout all stages of life. The benefits gained through practising Pilates can improve your general health as well as improve functional strength. Practising Pilates can help to increase daily function and sporting performance, as well as improve spinal mobility and reduce common […]

20th January 2019

Pilates for Swimmers

Pilates for Swimmers Correct and controlled alignment of a swimmers body is crucial in ensuring they are working with the water and not against it. Swimming is a sport that incorporates repetitive movements under load, which can often lead to areas of muscular imbalance or even pain. Even the smallest areas of muscular weakness, imbalance […]

17th December 2018

Pilates for Skiers

As a beginner skier, you are up to 5 times more likely to injure yourself on the slopes. Although women and children have a slightly higher chance of injury, it is actually young men in their 20’s and 30’s who have the highest prevalence of injury in skiing. You may wonder how practising Pilates can […]

26th August 2018

The Evolution of Pilates Based Exercises: From Then to Now

Some of you may have read over one of our previous blog on Pilates called ‘The History of Pilates’. You may have read that the founder of Pilates, Joseph Humbertus Pilates, born in Düsseldorf, Germany grew up suffering from a number of health problems such as rickets, asthma and rheumatic fever.  Determined to overcome his […]

20th May 2018

Pilates at Home!

Pilates at home Find it hard to juggle your working hours with Pilates classes? Tired of traveling to and from the gym? Pilates in the comfort of your own home couldn’t sound better right?…. Especially on a cold and rainy day. Performing Pilates at home is easy and simple, all you need is yourself! Personally, […]

22nd April 2018

Neutral Setting and Core Activation

Before beginning Pilates, there are a few key points we must review and master in order to reap all the benefits Pilates has to offer. In this blog we will review the 5 key aspects of body position and core activation that are fundamental to Pilates when performed as a form of exercise. It is […]

25th March 2018

Top 5 Exercises for Relaxation

Although Pilates is not an easy form of exercise it can be used as a great method for relaxation! The slow and controlled movements of Pilates in combination with breathing techniques can significantly reduce your stress levels and in turn make you feel more relaxed. It is hugely important to look after our mental health […]

25th February 2018

Pilates for Incontinence

Are you getting up to the toilet constantly and always in fear of leakage? Incontinence or the lack of control of urine outflow can be a very stressful and anxiety provoking matter. No one wants to live a life where they are in constant fear of leaking. Did you know that something can be done […]

21st January 2018

Pilates for Those With Neurological Conditions

Do you suffer from a neurological impairment? Does exercise/physio or just getting out makes you feel better?  Have you considered taking part in formal exercise? Despite what people think Pilates is not just beneficial for those who want to strengthen themselves but has many other benefits including relaxation, postural development, balance, proprioception and mind/body awareness. […]

17th December 2017

Pilates for Expectant Mothers

Pilates is a form of exercise that helps strengthen your tummy, pelvic floor, and back muscles. Pilates encourages an overall improvement in strength, coordination, and flexibility which helps to reduce pain and instability and improve posture.  Pilates also helps to control your breathing to help encourage full relaxation-something us pregnant women always need work on. […]

26th November 2017

What is Core Strength?

What is core strength and why do I need it? When a person talks about having a strong core, the majority of us will immediately think of having a six-pack, and the thousands of crunches and planks it has taken to get it. Patients will often come for treatment with the knowledge that having a […]

29th October 2017

Pilates for Those With Chronic Pain / Fibromyalgia

Do you suffer with chronic pain?  Have you been suffering for years and feel like you’re not able to exercise/perform your activities of daily living like you used to?  Chronic pain can be a very debilitating, demoralizing and stressful.  Research has shown that moderate exercise actually HELPS people that suffer with chronic pain.  It has […]

24th September 2017

Stressed? Pilates is Best!

As a nation, we’re stressed out! And stress takes its toll by negatively affecting our hormones and immune system with chronic elevation of a hormone known as cortisol. Cortisol is a necessary hormone useful in those occasional circumstances when we need the extra oomph to get us going. But chronically elevated levels of this hormone […]

27th August 2017

Top 5 Exercises to Improve Your Glut Strength

What is a gluteal muscle Glut this glut that, but what is a gluteal muscle?  Often people throw out the muscle glut but don’t necessarily even know what they mean, where it is or even how to strengthen it.  There are three gluteal muscles in the body.  Gluteus maximus, often referred to our bottom muscle; […]

23rd July 2017

Top 5 Exercises for Toning/Body Shape

Have you always wanted that perfect beach body?  Have you tried various forms of exercise and dieting without any success? With summer just around the corner many people have asked me “how can I get toned?” and “how do I get a beach body?”  The answer is simple ……….… Pilates!   Pilates is great for […]

25th June 2017

Pilates for Climbers

Do you enjoy wall climbing?!  Have you always found joy in getting to the top of those coloured indoor rock climbing walls or do you enjoy the outdoors and climbing out in nature?  Do you enjoy a challenge and always strive to tackle the next hardest wall?  Have you been struggling recently or are you […]

21st May 2017

Pilates for New Mums

Pilates is becoming a very popular and effective form of exercise used by new mums. Pilates for new mums, or post-natal Pilates, will focus on regaining core strength and control as well as correcting posture, improving your pelvic floor strength and reducing back pain after carrying your little one for 9 months and continuing to […]

7th May 2017

Pilates for the Office Worker

Do you work 9-5 (or even longer!) behind a computer?  Do you find after a long day’s work you have sore shoulders, tight muscles and a heavy neck?  Has posture been something you have struggled with at work for years?  Pilates may be just what you need to help rid of those aches and pains […]

23rd April 2017

Daily Pilates vs. Inactivity for Patients with Low Back Pain

Reviewing the Evidence Low back pain (LBP) is the most common reason why people attend our Physiolates private sessions and classes, and also the most common problem I treat as a physiotherapist. Patients tell me they want less pain, normal function and less stress – but is there any evidence to support Pilates for improving […]

9th April 2017

Pilates for Dancers Who Want to Perfect Their Performance

Hello, fellow dancers! Have you ever been frustrated by being unable to perform the perfect dance move? Or been set back in training due to recurring injuries? Well, I may have a solution for you! I have taken part in many forms of dancing – tap, jazz, ballet, modern, and even Irish dancing! All are […]

26th March 2017

Yoga vs. Pilates

An age old argument. The clash of the titans. There can only be one winner (not really, but it sounds dramatic). Let the battle begin! Similarities People very often group yoga and Pilates together as being the same type of exercise, and in some ways, they wouldn’t be wrong in doing so. They both place […]

12th March 2017

Who is Suitable for Pilates

Pilates has something to offer people of all ages and levels of ability and fitness, from beginners to elite athletes.  From the young to the not so young and everybody in between. Pilates can be used to provide support for beginners and people with certain medical conditions, as well as provide more specific resistance for […]

26th February 2017

What is Pilates?

What is Pilates, and why should I be doing it? Pilates is a form of exercise, designed to improve the overall health of individuals, to either prevent injuries or help recovery following them. It’s also a great way of maintaining health in someone who’s already fit and healthy. Pilates specifically targets the smaller stability muscles […]

12th February 2017

Stability (The Best Exercises)

Welcome back for part 2 of our ‘best of’ Pilates exercise lists, where we recommend our top 5 exercises for specific problems. We’ve already covered posture and strength, and this time round we’ll be covering flexibility and stability.Stability When we talk about stability in the world of Pilates, we’re talking about Joseph Pilates’ key principles […]

29th January 2017

Strength (The Best Exercises)

The Best Exercises to Improve Your Strength There are hundreds (hopefully you’ll understand this pun by the end of these ‘best of’ posts!) of Pilates exercises that physiotherapists and instructors can choose from, and each one provides specific benefits for your mind and body. This post will list our top 5 most recommended exercises for common […]

15th January 2017

Reviewing the Evidence: Effects of Core and Gluteal Strengthening on Chronic Low Back Pain Patients

Background Information Lower back pain is very common; this study reports it to affect 60-80% of people at some point in their life. Weakening of the core muscles reduces trunk activity due to pain, structural damage and inhibition of the reflex muscle contraction mechanism, leading to disuse, muscle atrophy and more damage. Adams (2004) reported […]

1st January 2017

Pilates and Pregnancy

“A match made in heaven”– Anonymous “The ultimate dream team”– Also Anonymous “It’s alright, I guess”– Anonymous Pregnant Lady These many famous things have been said about the relationship enjoyed by pregnancy and Pilates, and all of them are made up. They are very well suited, though, with Pilates helping to prevent and treat many […]

18th December 2016

Posture (The Best Exercises)

There are hundreds (hopefully you’ll understand this pun by the end of these ‘best of’ posts!) of Pilates exercises that physiotherapists and instructors can choose from, and each one provides specific benefits for your mind and body. This post will list our top 5 most recommended exercises for common goals and problems that we encounter […]

4th December 2016

Pilates for Athletic Performance

No Men Allowed? I think that as a rule of thumb, most blokes are put off the idea of taking up a form of exercise like Pilates, dismissing it as being an airy-fairy, and that it’s mostly women who do it. They don’t feel as though it would be enough of a challenge for them, […]

20th November 2016

Common Pilates Mistakes to Avoid

Pilates is a great form of exercise that people from all walks of life and of all skills levels can take part in, and it not only helps to keep you fit, it also helps prevent injuries and help recovery following them. However, as with all forms of exercise, technique is crucial. Technique can mean […]

6th November 2016

Pilates for Those Who Are Stressed

Stress is something that everyone experiences in their day to day life.  Whether it’s stress caused by work, family life or relationships, they can all affect our mind, body and health.  Stress can manifest in forms of stomach aches, headaches, digestive issues, sleep disruption and many more hindering ways. Although we all experience stress, some […]

10th October 2016

Pilates for the SuperMUM!

Feel you don’t have time? Or if you have time you’re just too tired to get to the gym?  It’s not easy being a superMUM, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have time to take care of yourself.  Take a break and try these simple exercises to help you feel healthier, more energetic and […]

26th September 2016

Pilates for Those With Pain

Are you someone that has chronic pain?  Have you just been dealing with it, hoping it will go away one day, but doing nothing about it?  Do you like to exercise, but are afraid that it will make your pain worse?  Did you want to do something about it?  Did you want to strengthen your […]

Pilates for the Office Worker

Do you work 9-5 (or even longer!) behind a computer?  Do you find after a long day’s work you have sore shoulders, tight muscles and a heavy neck?  Has posture been something you have struggled with at work for years? Pilates may be just what you need to help rid of those aches and pains […]

17th September 2016

History of Pilates

When did it all start? The Pilates Method of exercise can trace it’s origins back to over 80 years ago, and was conceived by a German gentleman who went by the name of Joseph (you guessed it) Pilates. It’s reported that Mr Pilates himself was rather frail as a child, and so he turned to […]

The Best Pilates Exercises to Improve Your Flexibility

Welcome back for part 2 of our ‘best of’ Pilates exercise lists, where we recommend our top 5 exercises for specific problems. We’ve already covered posture and strength, and this time round we’ll be covering flexibility and stability.Tight muscles and joints become sore and painful muscles and joints much more easily than flexible ones, and […]

Pilates for Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is a huge problem worldwide, and is the single biggest cause for people taking time off work each year, causing businesses around the world billions of pounds. For physiotherapists, patient’s with pain in their lower backs should be our bread and butter, but it’s also a bit of a minefield. There are […]

Benefits of a Pilates Private Session

Personal approach: Private Sessions are designed to be specific to YOU.  From the moment you walk into the session, to when you walk out the Pilates is about tailoring a program to your needs.  Each muscle group is assessed for its strength, endurance and effectiveness.  Ever wonder if the exercises that you’re doing are targeting […]

Benefits of a Pilates Class

Motivation: Having a weekly or biweekly class can help keep you on track and motivate you to stay there.  It is so easy to say “I’ll go tomorrow” when going to the gym.  Or “I’m just too tired today”.  But when you are part of a class that looks forward to your attendance each week […]

7th August 2016

Top 5 Pilates Exercises… for Runners!

With the start of the 2016 Olympics looming ahead of us, we look at how Pilates training may be incorporated to provide an event-specific improvement in performance. This blog will look at 5 Top Pilates Exercises for Runners.  Why would Pilates help? As we know, Pilates is a multi-faceted method of exercise that challenges practically every […]