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The Dark Side of Scapular Positioning Cues

The scapular region can be a particularly challenging area to work with. It must be simultaneously stable and mobile, a tricky balance to strike when so many people have very little sense of connection to this area. A very specific biomechanical misunderstanding about function in this area has led to the use of a cue […]

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Stretching

Stretching is a subject that evokes much debate, when to stretch, for how long and how are questions that often arise. There are three main types of stretching commonly used static/passive, pre contraction and dynamic. What type of stretching is best is dependent on many variables. Static stretching is when a muscle is put into […]

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Conventional Wisdom – Thoughts on the Classical Pilates Convention

Windsor, 27-29 Sep 2013 It was with a certain amount of trepidation that I approached the Classical Pilates Convention.  My Pilates teacher training had included the classical repertoire as a sort of kernel of the method, from which all manner of shoots had subsequently grown.  I definitely wouldn’t describe myself as a teacher of “classical […]

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Pilates Footwork on the Reformer

The Pilates footwork on the Reformer is a fundamental section in a Pilates workout.  Footwork is often the first series of exercises to be taught on the reformer but despite this it shouldn’t be mistaken for a basic exercise. Although called footwork, it actually encompasses the whole body; in particular the spine and pelvic position […]

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Pilates For the Mind? A Requisite For Happiness?

Developmental movement patterns 2: the yield-and-push-reach-and-pull cycle by Katharina Hesse © As we head into winter, spare a little thought for those affected by SAD – seasonal affective disorder – a form of depression linked to a change in seasons, often linked to the lack of light. Exercise, particularly aerobic outdoor activity, is often recommended […]

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Pilates – Method For a Healthy Spine, a Healthy Nervous System and a Fulfilled Life

Pilates and developmental movement – the curvatures of the spine from birth to walking by Katharina Hesse © This piece is really just another look at Pilates and the spine. And yet it is also a piece about much more than that. You might wonder whether there is really anything else that can be shared on […]