The Polestar Blog

The Polestar Blog

Effective Cueing – Why Pilates Teachers Need To Mind Their Language

Effective Cueing – Why Pilates Teachers Need To Mind Their Language

Words are powerful. Cueing might have more impact than you realise. Words have the power to inspire us, and even motivate us to take massive action. Think of the great speeches by Martin Luther King and Winston Churchill for example. And inspiring people like Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama. I’m sure you have…

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Facts and Tips for Working Safely with Hypermobility

Facts and Tips for Working Safely with Hypermobility

The dictionary definition of hypermobility is:  “An increased range of movement of joints and joint laxity, occurring normally in children and adolescents or as a result of disease, for example Marfan or Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.” Fast facts about hypermobility:  Many children are naturally hypermobile – this will wane with age. If someone is hypermobile, it does…

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If You Can’t Connect The Issues – Think Connective Tissues

If You Can’t Connect The Issues – Think Connective Tissues

Imagine this scenario: a new female client arrives and completes her medical form. As you review the form you discover your client has described the following medical history: Chronic, widespread pain, not resulting from any particular trauma or accident. The pain can often be made worse by exercise. Joint pain and muscular tightness Very flexible…

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Katie Went From Unable To Run To Ultra Marathon

Katie Went From Unable To Run To Ultra Marathon

Katie’s Pilates journey started in 2012 with weekly Mat classes with Heather. Her flexibility improved, and month-on-month, Katie seemed to be more mobile and resilient. Katie soon added cycling and running to the mix, and in 2015, signed up for her first ultra marathon. Katie finished, but it wasn’t easy. An accident whilst cycling saw…

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Pilates for Back Rehabilitation, Alan’s Story

Pilates for Back Rehabilitation, Alan’s Story

Alan is a 63 year old client at our Shoreditch studio. Alan first came to see me in 2003 with debilitating back pain caused by pressure from a bulging disc. With weekly private sessions for over 15 years now, Alan is more flexible, energetic and mobile than he was in his 30s. This is the story of Alan’s remarkable recovery with Pilates for back rehabilitation.

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4 Pilates Exercises for Happy Hips

4 Pilates Exercises for Happy Hips

Hip pain is a common issue in our modern society. There are a variety of factors that can cause it, from shortened hip-flexors, due to prolonged sitting on chairs, to excessive compression and muscular tension from imbalanced walking patterns.

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The Journey of a Polestar Pilates Student – Meet SooHui

The Journey of a Polestar Pilates Student – Meet SooHui

To Love, Be Loved, Never Stop Learning, Never Stop Moving. That has always been my philosophy and motto in life. Pilates taught me how to put my ego aside, be at ease with not knowing everything, and truly understand what it means to never stop learning. Where My Pilates Journey Began I first encountered Pilates…

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Helen James’ Story

Helen James’ Story

On Saturday 3rd August, Moss Pilates King’s Cross is honoured to be hosting a very special day to support and raise funds for our dear friend Helen James in her journey back to health.

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What Pilates Equipment Do I Need To Start Teaching?

What Pilates Equipment Do I Need To Start Teaching?

Balanced Body Pilates Equipment Personally, I have always loved Balanced Body Pilates equipment. I appreciate well-made things, and their apparatus does not disappoint. Most of us have experienced the frustration of furniture not fitting together properly, so it is a real pleasure to assemble the Balanced Body trapeze table for example, and find that every…

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How I Went From TV Studio Manager to Pilates Business Owner with Polestar UK

How I Went From TV Studio Manager to Pilates Business Owner with Polestar UK

My name is Hali Procter, I graduated from my Pilates Comprehensive training with Polestar in London, March 2017. It was a long journey getting there and sometimes, I thought it would be impossible. I was a working mum, in an industry that couldn’t have been further away from the Pilates career that I so longed…

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5 Pilates Exercises For A Healthy Flexible Spine

5 Pilates Exercises For A Healthy Flexible Spine

In his book, Return to Life Joseph Pilates said, “ If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old; if it is completely flexible at 60 you are young.” And this was at a time when people spent a lot less time sitting. It was true then and even more true now. If your back is stiff or sore, how much can you enjoy daily life?

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3 Pilates Exercises To Alleviate Neck Pain

3 Pilates Exercises To Alleviate Neck Pain

Sitting at a screen for too long? Here are 3 Pilates exercises to alleviate neck pain that work. It’s an all too common scenario. As you tap or swipe away, absorbed in what you are doing, you begin to slouch, your upper back starts to hunch, and the head leans forward to meet your screen. Ultimately, slouching creates a shift in your centre of gravity which then creates knock-on effects like those above, that will eventually result in pain or discomfort.

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5 Benefits of Pilates Beyond a Stronger Core

5 Benefits of Pilates Beyond a Stronger Core

There’s a popular myth that the main benefit from Pilates is a stronger core. Truth is, there are many benefits from Pilates-based exercise, and they are not limited to the core or even your physical body.

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Julia Moss’ Recovery with Myofascial Release Therapy

Julia Moss’ Recovery with Myofascial Release Therapy

It had been raining heavily overnight and as I approached the cobblestone bridge along the canal in Camden, I noticed as I went up that it felt particularly slippery.  I made a mental note to walk down it on my return. If only I had listened to that inner voice when I approached the bridge…

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The Benefits of Pilates for Seniors

The Benefits of Pilates for Seniors

Bill is a retired broker who enjoys golf twice a week and walks for 30 mins each day. Bill was 86 when he first heard about the benefits of Pilates for seniors and came to see us – four years ago. His primary concern was to maintain his agility, since his balance was not as good as it used to be. He was also having trouble bending forward to take the golf ball out of the hole!

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How Pilates Can Help Relieve Period Pain

How Pilates Can Help Relieve Period Pain

It might be counter-intuitive that exercise such as Pilates can help relieve period pain. Clients often ask me if it’s OK to do still do Pilates while on their period. The answer is YES. The hardest part is generally motivating yourself to get to class. While your stomach feels swollen and sore in the early stages, you’d be forgiven for not wanting to contract your abdominals. But there is much more to Pilates that can help provide relief next time you experience period pain.

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Pilates for Office Workers

Pilates for Office Workers

Jane is in her mid 30s and has a desk bound job in the City. She regularly cycles to work and likes to go to spin classes at the gym but around a year ago, started to suffer from a niggling lower back pain. This pain always felt worse after spending long periods sitting at her desk, or after travelling on trains and aeroplanes which she has to do regularly for her job.

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How Pilates Helps Runners, Julia’s Story

How Pilates Helps Runners, Julia’s Story

At the age of 30 I was working full time as an aerobics teacher and personal trainer. I also loved to run and would regularly clock up a mileage of 100 miles per week. At the time I was living in Hong Kong and step aerobics was all the craze (we are going back 20+ years here!) so huge impact on all my joints.

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Akin Saatchi – From Injured Elite Athlete to Pilates Business Owner

Akin Saatchi – From Injured Elite Athlete to Pilates Business Owner

“Doctors said that I needed surgery and that there was risk of me not being able to do any sports again. This was indescribable for me as a young athlete. While attending Boston University and Bogazici University in Turkey, I studied management and marketing business in tourism, like all of my family. But after a year of…

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What You Need To Know Before You Start Working On Core Strength

What You Need To Know Before You Start Working On Core Strength

What is Core Strength? Believe it or not, core strength is not really a goal by itself. It is a concept, an idea, a theory about biomechanical function. As a Pilates Teacher, you know all about core strength. Or do you? It is touted to as a solution to many problems. Apparently a weak core…

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Could Osteopathy + Pilates Be The Key To Relieving Long-Term Backache?

Could Osteopathy + Pilates Be The Key To Relieving Long-Term Backache?

How Do I Know If Osteopathy Or Pilates Is Right For My Condition? A combination of hands-on treatment and strengthening exercises is the ideal way to recover from acute injury as well as chronic conditions. Re-educating the body through movement is an important part of the rehabilitation process. The perfect way to meet these requirements…

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Why Pilates Teachers Need to Know Their Anatomy

Why Pilates Teachers Need to Know Their Anatomy

Fundamentally, teaching Pilates is about movement, and movement is about the human body. As anatomy specialist Gary Carter puts it, knowledge of the body allows teachers to “see their clients” more clearly, which enables them to make stronger decisions when preparing an exercise plan. So, it makes sense for Pilates teachers to know their Soleus…

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Pilates, Yoga or Both? Interview with Haruka Saito

Pilates, Yoga or Both? Interview with Haruka Saito

Someone whose Yoga teaching has benefitted from their new-found Pilates knowledge is certified Yoga instructor and Comprehensive Polestar Pilates student, Haruka Saito. I sat down with Haruka this week to talk about how she felt her Yoga teaching and the Polestar Pilates training course worked together. Hi Haruka, thanks for chatting with us today about…

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Discover 4 Surprising Benefits of Pilates

Discover 4 Surprising Benefits of Pilates

A deeper understanding of the multifaceted benefits of Pilates, can enhance your Pilates experience, and further benefit your practice and your teaching. When you understand Pilates’ potential to influence the body in these ways, you can also use it more effectively for rehabilitation, mental and physical health. 1. Pilates for a healthy mind Pilates requires…

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Why Nina Ferguson Chose a Life of Teaching Pilates

Why Nina Ferguson Chose a Life of Teaching Pilates

Hi Nina, thanks for sitting down with me to chat about Pilates and Polestar. Let’s start from the beginning: why and where did you start practising Pilates? Nina: I moved to Marbella about eight years ago and, to be honest, at that point I had never even heard of Pilates. I noticed that around where…

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Polestar Pilates Student Testimonials

Polestar Pilates Student Testimonials

Audrey O’Connor, Comprehensive Graduate, London 2015 Training with Polestar Pilates UK has been more than a training course, it has been a journey. Polestar Pilates Comprehensive goes above and beyond what I imagined, as it encompasses Pilates on every level; physically, spiritually and through mindful practice. Polestar worked methodically through the comprehensive repertoire with emphasis…

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Pilates Industry Insights for Teachers & Studio Owners

Pilates Industry Insights for Teachers & Studio Owners

Pilates Industry Research Following are some key insights from an Ipsos poll conducted 12 August – 26 September 2016, on behalf of the Pilates Method Alliance and Pilates Anytime. For the survey; 930 clients, 102 inactive and lapsed clients, 243 teachers, and 230 studio owners responded to online interview questions. The study is U.S.A centric, however…

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Have You Ever Seen a Person Grow Young Again?

Have You Ever Seen a Person Grow Young Again?

Have you ever seen a person grow young again? I met an acquaintance the other day whom I hadn’t seen for two years; almost passed her by because she’d grown – not so much older, but so much younger. Did she have a facelift? Some funny gland treatment? Perhaps she fell in love? It was…

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Fascia as a Whole-Body Endocrine Organ

Fascia as a Whole-Body Endocrine Organ

Today we learned via Dr. Russell SCHIERLING‘s blog that “Superficial fascia, the adipose layer at the hypo-dermal level is a whole body endocrine organ, a whole body lymphoid organ, a sensory system, and a metabolic regulator.” Dr. Gil Hedley “Since connective tissue plays an intimate role in the function of all other tissues, a complex connective…

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How To Improve Stability & Motor Control Using The Oov

How To Improve Stability & Motor Control Using The Oov

Here are the top three ways that the Oov improves stability and motor control in a Pilates environment: Axial Elongation When someone first lies on the Oov, the shape of the Oov gently supports the 3 curves of the spine, and due to the design, also axially elongates the spine. This is because of the…

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Pilates or High Intensity Training?

Pilates or High Intensity Training?

Pilates or High Intensity Training? Why slowing down might be better for your health and wellbeing Ever since Joseph Pilates opened the first Pilates studio for dancers almost a century ago, Pilates has been widely adopted by people from all walks of life, all over the world. Pilates continues to be one of the most widely…

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Which Pilates Training Course Should You Do?

Which Pilates Training Course Should You Do?

Pilates Stats 7 out of 10 people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.  Pilates is now recognised as an excellent way to prevent and alleviate back pain The annual growth in Pilates between 2002 and 2012 was 12.1% Pilates studios were highly resistant to the recession.  Instead of negative growth…

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Polestar UK Interviews: Erika Treanor, Polestar Pilates Practitioner

Polestar UK Interviews: Erika Treanor, Polestar Pilates Practitioner

Hi Erika, thanks for sitting down with me today to discuss your journey with Polestar. I’m glad we’re both American, because I think we’ll understand each other! Let’s start with your first experiences with Pilates. How long has it been in your life? Erika: I’ve been practicing pilates since about 2006. I had my first…

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Polestar UK Instructor Interviews: Sam Walters

Polestar UK Instructor Interviews: Sam Walters

Sam and I met at Moss Pilates studios to discuss her history with Pilates, her experience training with Polestar, and what made her sweat when teaching students for the first time. Sam shares some lasting impressions of her Polestar training, and some great tips about how to approach both the Polestar programme as well as…

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Teaching Through Experience with Gateway Pilates by POLESTAR®

Teaching Through Experience with Gateway Pilates by POLESTAR®

“We learn by example and by direct experience because there are limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction” – Malcolm Gladwell For years, I have studied how the body moves, and expresses itself. I have taken my mind’s eye to the inner workings of the facet joints. I have learned how each joint surface glides,…

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