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Sport & Pilates Series: Dance

Many people believe that Pilates was created for dancers but in fact, that’s not quite true. When Joseph Pilates opened his first studio in New York in 1926 with his wife Clara, he shared the building with the New York City Ballet. By way of a happy coincidence, that’s why so many dancers took up Pilates

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spine

Client story: Martin Hunt

We’re very proud to feature our client, Martin Hunt, and his Pilates journey with us. Martin underwent spinal surgery back in 2002 and in the last three-plus years, has transformed what his body is capable of doing, thanks to Pilates. It’s been a pleasure for Kirsten to help Martin, and now it’s over to him to

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stress

Aaaand…relax!

Stress, anxiety and tension are part of all our daily lives and can’t be totally avoided, but there a few things we can do to help manage the feelings that modern life brings. Whether you favour meditation, Yoga, listening to music, a bicycle ride, cooking and baking, gardening, talking to a friend or a brisk walk

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Extended Bridge position with a Pilates ball

Spotlight on…Resistance Bands & Pilates Balls

Regulars at our BarreConcept classes will be familiar with how Pilates balls and resistance bands can enhance this already dynamic workout.  It’s also great for plenty of mat exercises too. For those of you who haven’t used either piece of equipment, let’s look at the Pilates balls first. You might not have seen one much because

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Sports & Pilates Series…Tennis

Most tennis players and armchair fans alike will be looking forward to the Aegon Tournament at Queens and the Wimbledon Championships, when the grass season kicks off in a month’s time. When it comes to ‘celebrity’ sportsmen and women, tennis was probably the first sport where players talked publicly about the benefits their game received from

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Pregnancy & Pilates

Pilates during pregnancy…and beyond

Like the eventual children women give birth to, every pregnancy is unique.  At The Pilates Suite, we support, participate in and advocate a varied fitness routine. When it comes to pregnancy, we really do believe that Pilates is the very best fitness activity that all women can do from pre-conception all the way through to birth, then

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Skiing and snowboarding

Sports & Pilates Series…Skiing & Snowboarding

Few holidays require any work ahead of time (except for packing!), but a skiing or snowboarding holiday is definitely one of them.  With November nearing its end, now is the time to start your pre-skiing and snowboarding training, with Pilates as an excellent complement.  The exercises focusing on the core, hip stability and all-body flexibility mean

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The Orbit

Spotlight on…The Orbit

The newest and most compact addition to the Pilates equipment family is the Orbit.  Think of it as a mini mat or reformer on wheels!  Its’ unique ability is to challenge the body in multiple planes and improve all-body strength and flexibility, which really gives it universal appeal. Various movements and exercises are enhanced beyond the

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Pilates for parents – tips and advice

Parenting is a journey unique to every family, but one thing parents all have in common is that it changes their lives entirely!  One of the many ways it does so is in the physical demands that are placed on Mum and Dad’s bodies, and with it being half term for many children this week, now

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