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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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