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Pilates for Arthritis

Pilates can help people with arthritis in many ways. It reduces joint pain and stiffness by increasing flexibility, muscle strength, cardiac fitness, and endurance. It can also help with weight reduction and contribute to an improved sense of well-being. Pilates can be a part of a comprehensive arthritis treatment plan. People with arthritis may be...


Stretch the buttocks

When a joint, particularly the hip or knee, has either degeneration or inflamation caused by arthritis there is typically a misallignment in the biomechanics of the region and as a result of this different muscles work too hard and others not hard enough. In nearly every case it is the gluteas muscles that are affected...


Basic Princilples of Pilates

Before commencing any Pilates it is important that the basic principles of Pilates are understood. Joseph Pilates called it “the powerhouse”. Centering or core stability is achieved by engaging the deep postural muscles which support the spine. This involves the transversus abdominis (deep lower abdominals), Pelvic floor (urethra in men, muscles of the vagina in...


The pilates squat

The squat is a lower-body exercise  that weight trainers use for all round strength. The main emphasis is on the quads (upper front leg muscles or thigh) group, and the buttocks (gluteas), It also exercises all of the other major leg muscles as well as lower back too. The squat is often called “the king...