An animated history of Jospeh Pilates

Such a fantastic animated movie on the history of Joseph Pilates and Clara Pilates

New Pilates Arc at our Studio

Pilates arc
Our Pilates Arc has arrived from Balanced Body

I am really excited to have two Pilates Arcs in my studio. Our clients have loved using the Pilates Arc this week, not only because it is light in weight and quick to move around but because it has added an entire new challenge to their repertoire.

As an instructor it is so light I can pick it up with two fingers, compared to the spine corrector, this makes moving equipment around, beyond easy and also prevents injury. It’s 3 in 1: a classic spine corrector combined with an exercise arc and a wedge for the reformer.

Read below to find out more about this little gorgeously slender and wonderful Pilates Arc.


The Pilates Arc is a versatile piece of equipment that is three exercise tools in one. It’s a classic Spine Corrector, an exercise arc, and a wedge for your Balanced Body Reformer! You’ll appreciate the improved comfort and ergonomics – a gentler curve on the barrel and a more rounded step. This asymmetrical shape is extremely versatile for different uses and body types. You can also slide it on the shoulder rests of the studio reformer and use it to provide back support and stability. Be creative!


  • Weighs just 1.8kg.
  • High-density foam, in Black. Surface is smooth and slightly more slick than traditional upholstery.
  • Specifications: 96.5cm long x 26.7cm high x 39.4cm wide


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5 Hidden Secrets to Pilates

Many of my clients tell me about the additional benefits that they feel from doing Pilates consistently and as soon as they take a break or go on holiday these benefits become more pronounced. So my next article is about just that… We have Pilates principles and now Pilates secrets.

  • Younger looking skin that is blemish-free: While practising Pilates you increase your circulation and the perspiration that occurs with exercise delivers more nutrients to your skin while allowing impurities and waste to be removed. The result—a beautiful complexion!
    Younger looking skin that is blemish-free
    Younger looking skin that is blemish-free
  • “Feel-Good & Happy” hormone:  Exercise releases endorphins, the brain chemicals that boost your mood and make you feel happy, as well as relieve stress, and enhance your self-esteem and self-confidence. Exercise has also been shown to increase neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, which gives us a natural high and allows us to sleep better. Many of my clients suffering from depression have told me that Pilates has not failed them, after every session they feel like a million dollars and that their coping skills and emotions are in a much better place.


Happy People Practise Pilates
Happy People Practise Pilates
  • Prevents Constipation: Exercise increases the contractions of the wall of the intestines, helping to move things along through the intestinal tract more easily, and decreasing the time it takes to pass through the large intestine. But wait an hour or two after eating before exerting yourself: Exercising too soon after a meal can divert blood flow away from the gut and toward the muscles and slow down the digestion process.


No more constipation
  • Prevents brittle bones: Walking, jogging, dancing, Pilates and yoga are all weight-bearing exercises that help strengthen bones. During weight-bearing exercises, bones adapt to the impact of the weight and the pull of muscles by building more bone cells, increasing strength and density and decreasing the risk of fractures and osteoporosis. Prevention is better then cure.
Pilates Prevents Osteoporosis & Brittle bones
  • Increase Your Immunity: Physical exertion increases the rate at which antibodies flow through the blood stream, resulting in better immunity against sickness. The increased temperature generated during moderate exercise makes it difficult for certain infectious organisms to survive.
Boost Your Immune System
Boost Your Immune System

Make a difference not just to your posture and your physical appearance but to your skin, your happiness, your tummy, your bones and to your immune system.

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Stomach Bug Solutions

I was thinking about the stomach bug you have and strangely how you can get a stomach bug – every now and again. None of us picked up anything so the source has to be elsewhere – and so here are my thoughts
Stomach bugs
Stomach bugs
I did a bit of research and this is some of the things to look for:
1.      Open food in a fridge – the more days something is opened even in a fridge or frozen the more bacteria you get
2.      Dogs licking you – a major source of bacteria as dogs eat soil, and lick things and have apparently a 1000 more bacteria filters than we do
3.      Visitors in your home – they bring in other bacteria – so hand washing is key
4.      Children – like to bring bugs from everywhere and so be very careful, hands washing etc
5.      Water filter – change your filters and clean them often because they trap bacteria
6.      Dish cloth – soak them in Jik almost every day – this one surprised me a lot because apparently a huge bacteria source
7.      Wipe your door knobs especially when you have had visitors or been to someone else’s house
9.      Wipe off shopping cart handles – one of the no 1 culprets
Mr Stomach Bug
Treat Your Stomach Flu Symptoms
Sadly, there’s not a lot you can do for yourself once viral gastroenteritis sets in. Once the first visit to the toilet happens, you’re probably not going to be able to eat or drink anything at all for a few hours.
So just forget about that for now. If you feel up to it, you can suck on a piece of ice (it’s important to stay as hydrated as you can), but don’t try to put too much into your stomach, because it’s just going to head on back up soon anyway.
Here are some other things you can do, though, that don’t involve eating or drinking:
·         Take a cool bath with mustard. Mustard helps draw out impurities from your body and it increases circulation. If you have a fever, make sure your bath is on the cool side. Add 2 Tbsp mustard powder to 1/4 c. baking soda, and stir it in the bathwater. Relax as much as you possibly can.
·         Put a warm towel on your stomach. If your flu involves stomach cramps, one way to get them to chill out a bit is to warm your stomach muscles up. I wouldn’t recommend this if you’re running a high fever, but it’s one way to keep yourself from doubling over in pain every few minutes.
·         And then put a cool peppermint washcloth on your head. You could skip the peppermint and just use a cool washcloth to help lessen a fever and headache, but if you add peppermint to the mix, you’ll get extra headache-fighting powers and relief from nausea. Either soak the washcloth in peppermint tea (and put it in the freezer until it’s cold), or put two or three drops of peppermint essential oil on the washcloth after wetting it down with cool water.
·         Have someone special rub your feet. One tried-and-true home remedy for nausea is a good old-fashioned foot rub. Have your lovey grab some shea or cocoa butter and go to town on your footsies. It may keep you from lurching to the bathroom so often.
·         Pinch away your headache. Take your first finger and thumb and pinch (as hard as you can) the very sensitive webbing between your other first finger and thumb. This simple acupuncture-type treatment might help lessen the headache pain significantly.
·         Sleep as much as humanly possible, and stop worrying about your life. This was the hardest thing for me the last couple of days. When I wasn’t sleeping, I was worrying about what I wasn’t getting done. It didn’t help me get better any faster, and–surprise–the world didn’t fall apart during my down time.
Ok there we go – now you know
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How to do Pilates Exercise Hundred

This famous Pilates exercise called Hundred challenges clients in so many ways. It got its name because of the pumping action of the arms that continues for 100 breaths. The breaths consists of 5 inhales and 5 exhales in a staccato manner.

The pumping action of the arms are not light and flimsy but rather assertive, like a turbine of a machine pumping vigorously to create a strong energy in the body. Making sure that the movement comes from the lats and not from the front of the shoulders.

This exercise targets breath control, abdominal strength, co-ordination, control and stamina.

Here’s How:

Hundreds Starting Position
  1. Lie on your back with your legs bent in tabletop or 90 degree position, with your shins and ankles parallel to the floor. Keep an imprinted spine which means your lower back should remain flat on the floor, not by tucking your bum in but by engaging your abdominals so much that they draw the lower back into the mat or floor underneath you. Reach you arms straight up to the ceiling so your hands are in front of your shoulders.
  2. Inhale to prepare
  3. Exhale: Lift your head and shoulders off the floor, drawing your chin down into your chest.  Use your abdominal muscles to curl your upper spine up off the floor to the base of your shoulder blades. Keep the shoulders sliding down the sides of your body and engaged in the back. Your gaze is looking towards the belly button.


  4. Stay here in this position and begin. Your arms extend straight and low, just a few inches off floor, with the fingertips reaching for the far wall. Inhale 5 sharp breaths in through your nose while simultaneously moving your arms up and down on every inhale.
  5. Exhale: Take 5 short and sharp deep breaths out through the mouth. Be sure to keep your shoulders and neck relaxed. It is the abdominal muscles that should be doing all the work.
  6. Do a cycle of 10 full breaths. Each cycle is five short in-breaths and then five short out-breaths.
    The arms pump up and down — about a 6-8 inch pump — in unison with your breath.
    Keep your abs scooped, your back flat on the floor, and your head an extension of your spine, with the gaze down.*Breathing big is important. Breathe into your back and sides.
  7. To finish: Keep your spine curved as you bring your knees in toward your chest. Grasp your knees and roll your upper spine and head down to the floor. Take a deep breath in and out.


  1. To modify the hundred: You can keep your legs in tabletop position. You can also do the exercise with your knees bent and the feet flat on the floor, lifting only the upper body.
  2.  People with upper back and neck issues can do this exercise with the legs extended or tabletop but the head down on the floor.
  3. To make the hundred more challenging: Lower your legs. Do not lower your legs past where you can control the movement.
  4.  Don’t loose your imprinted spine, so no gaps between your lower back and the floor.

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Body: Born to run… and throw

The human body may be week, puny and gawky but if there were an Animal Olympics there are two sports in which we could challenge for gold, says Graham Lawton

“HUMANS are remarkable in many ways, but in terms of physical attributes, we generally get out-muscled by other animals. Pound for pound, a chimp is about four times as strong as a human. Our jumping and gymnastic abilities are similarly weak, and we are sluggish sprinters. If there were an Animal Olympics, we would finish, feebly, near the bottom of the medals table.
But let’s not be so quick to write ourselves off. It turns out that there are two events in which we would challenge for gold. Both require talents that reveal our body to be a remarkable piece of machinery. What’s more, without these physical abilities we might never have acquired the mental adroitness we prize so highly.
Human body running
Human body running muscles structure into bone structure


At first glance the idea that we excel at running sounds unlikely. Usain Bolt can briefly hit a maximum velocity of about 45 kilometres per hour. Cheetahs can easily double that; greyhounds, horses and even chimps can beat it too. Mo Farah won the 2012 Olympic 10,000 metres in just over 27-and-a-half minutes. A racehorse could run the same distance in less than 20 minutes.
Beyond 10 kilometres, though, the playing field starts to level out. At marathon distances and beyond humans are up there with the best. A well-conditioned athlete can run at 20 kilometres per hour for several hours, which is comparable to nature’s endurance specialists, including wild dogs, zebras, antelopes and wildebeest.
This ability depends on anatomical adaptations to the feet, legs, hips, spine and even rib cage that appeared in our lineage about 2 million years ago. In 2004, two biologists proposed that the human body is specialised for long distance running, perhaps as an adaptation for hunting (by running prey to exhaustion) or scavenging (allowing us to compete with dogs and hyenas for widely dispersed carcasses). Either way, endurance running could have supplied early humans with a rich source of protein that supported the flowering of our extraordinary brains.
If the marathon glory is a possibility, the javelin gold is a certainty. Other primates can fling objects with force, but underarm and with a poor aim. Only humans can launch a projectile such as a spear or a rock from over the shoulder with power and precision. This ability depends on several unique anatomical features. The shoulder is more forward-facing than in other apes and is capable of freer rotation. The wrist, too, seems to be uniquely adapted for a throwing action.
Evolutionary biologist Paul Bingham of Stony Brook University in New York argues that our “accurate overarm throw” was a key force in human evolution. As well as allowing hunting and scavenging for all-important protein, it has also been credited with driving brain changes involved in fine motor control, which underpin the evolution of language and technology. Most important, being able to kill at a distance led to a social revolution. No longer could powerful individuals browbeat their way to dominance. Cooperation became crucial, leading to the unique social arrangements that make civilisation possible.
So give your amazing physique the credit it deserves. Human achievement is not the product of brains alone.”
This article was written by Graham Lawton is New Scientist‘s deputy editor