The power of visualisations

Go to any good Pilates class and within 1 hour you’ll hear dozens and dozens of descriptions for how the movements should feel in your body.  Visualisations help students to co-ordinate their bones, muscles and breath within a simple sentence.  Joseph Pilates himself used words that would help convey his intention for the body and movement suchContinue reading “The power of visualisations”

How do I engage my core?

All Pilates exercises, and most movements in life, originate from the core. Not being able to engage the core muscles means not being able to get the most from workouts, or from our bodies in general. A weak core can lead to postural deviations, back issues and injuries. So helping my students engage their core isContinue reading “How do I engage my core?”

The Zen & Energy of the Olympics

The Olympics provides a fascinating glimpse of what it takes to achieve incredible athletic feats.  Most of the training techniques are beyond us mere mortals but many athletes use breathing techniques to gain a competitive edge either to create calm and focus or power and energy.     One of the BBC commentary team explained how horse ridersContinue reading “The Zen & Energy of the Olympics”

Boost your NEAT for improved weight loss, strength and flexibility

In the first lockdown here in the UK the nation embraced exercise.  We replaced the daily commute by moving with Joe or grabbing our trainers and re-acquainting ourselves with nature.  By the third lockdown however, motivation dwindled.  Now at the end of our lockdown journey (fingers crossed), many of my clients have told me they’re now moving evenContinue reading “Boost your NEAT for improved weight loss, strength and flexibility”

Gain a broader perspective and create calm

When you feel really worried about something you’ve probably experienced tunnel vision – when your brain can only focus on one threat even your vision narrows.  The opposite is also true. When we’re in a relaxed state our peripheral vision (PV) widens because it’s connected to our parasympathetic nervous system. When we’re calm, we can takeContinue reading “Gain a broader perspective and create calm”