In 10 sessions you'll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you'll see a difference, and in 30 sessions you'll have a whole new body" Joseph Pilates
Starting Pilates for the first time can be both an exciting and sometimes slightly daunting time, so today I'm going to share some pointers with you from both my own and some of my client's early experiences. Like many people before me, I was slightly underwhelmed during my first 10 sessions of Pilates. I had a few favorite exercises but many seemed very basic to me. Being an experienced dance teacher at the time, I felt I was capable of more complex movements. How wrong I was! It's essential to begin with the basics - correct Pilates breathing techniques and learning how to connect your abdominal muscles and how to stabilise your abdominals as you add a simple movement. There are no shortcuts. It takes time to establish these connections both mentally and physically and the first 10 sessions are a steep learning curve as...
Knee issues and injuries are a debilitating problem for people of all ages, however, there has been a shocking 70% increase in young Australians having ACL reconstruction surgery over the last 15 years. This is largely due to sports that involve impact and sudden direction changes such as skiing, netball, football and martial arts. As children's sport becomes more professional and the demands on young bodies more rigorous, solutions are needed to reduce the rate of knee injury which is also putting them at risk of osteoarthritis in later life.
Many of my Pilates clients deal with knee pain at some point in their lives due to a large and varied number of reasons.
How Does Pilates Offer Solutions?
Pilates provides the perfect tools to assist with stabilizing the knee joint and strengthening the surrounding muscles, but as muscles don't work in isolation it's necessary to view the body as a whole. Everything really...
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