My Pilates with Tamara Dey

My Pilates, Exo Chair Pregnancy Workout with our brand ambassador, Tamara Dey

✨Seated tricep dips: Your instructor will depress and hold the chairs pedal, while you reach your arms back and place your hands firmly on the pad. Draw your elbows back and towards each other and gently let the pedal rise. ✨Breathing: 

Inhale to prepare, exhale press the pedal down. ✨Benefits of the move: Strengthening tricep and stretching across the chest. ✨Why this exercise? 

During pregnancy you need to develop strong arms to make sure you can carry your baby around without over straining your neck or back. 

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Scoliosis and Pilates is a perfect match. 

Client pick of the week, the incredibly inspirational and gorgeous…Natalie Milroy. Thank you for writing such incredible words and for being an inspiration to us all 

“I have heard of so many young girls having back ops. For me – this is a CRIME!! So if I can spread the word about what Pilates and commitment can do, then that’s fab!!

Pilates is my soul food; it actually makes me rather emotional. I have gone through times throughout my life when I actually haven’t been able to afford it but then I realize… I cannot afford not to.

Pilates CHANGED MY LIFE. without it, I was guaranteed a back fusion. I would have had to give up my greatest passion- drama- I would not have been able to participate in team sports, I would have lived with inflexibility for the rest of my life and as a little girl of 12 with a giant scar across both my back and my abdomen and the inability to move; can you imagine what that would have done to my confidence!! I owe a sense of freedom to Pilates and would encourage anyone with any skeletal problems to pursue Pilates (the lucky ones with no issues have no excuse!!)

I have been doing Pilates for almost seventeen years. My scoliosis was op-ready at 39 degrees in lumbar spine and 26 in thoracic spine. My L5 is irregular shaped, causing herniated discs throughout my spine. After doing Pilates EVERYDAY for the first ten years, my spine (a miracle according to the orthopods) went from 39 to 26 and 26 to 12!!!! 

While I still have daily pain and discomfort, Pilates has offered me the freedom to move; to use my body for physical expression and to alleviate a lot of the aches and pains that come with this silly deformity. I owe everything to Pilates (and my mother who refused to let me give up!!)”  


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Pilates Movement 

Pilates is full of wonderful moments between teacher and student, when the technicalities of a movement give way to open, integrated movement. The Pilates practice is a journey to self discovery, self love and understanding the physical body on a technical level like never before.

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What poor posture does to your spine?

One of the most important principles in Pilates is good posture. Good posture alleviates pressure on the spine and allows the ligaments, muscles and the skeleton to function symmetrically and optimally. Proper functioning of the joints and muscles makes moving easier as it allows the correct group of muscles to work and does not overwork the compensatory muscle groups. Therefore moving requires less energy – easier, more efficient movement.

The spine bears the brunt of pressure placed on the body by gravity, loading (picking up weight), movement etc.  Compared to a neutral spine or neutral posture when standing, sitting raises the amount of pressure by 40%. Slouching while sitting raises it up to 90%. Bending forward with a rounded spine raises the pressure with a whopping 120%.

This increased pressure causes a lot of wear and tear on the discs and they lose their natural ability to cushion and act as shock absorbers.  The ligaments and muscles in the spine become overstretched from poor posture and the blood supply is interrupted. The overstretched muscles and ligaments become weak and locked and can eventually not hold the disc in alignment. The disc then gets squeezed out at the back of the spine. This is referred to as a bulging or herniated disc.  This in turn causes even more serious problems because it increases the pressure on the spinal cord as well as the nerves running in the spinal column.  Damage to the nerves cause pain and a smorgasbord of other problems in the arms, shoulders, neck and legs. It prevents proper stimulation from the brain to the nerve, causing difficulty in moving the related muscle and body part therefore affecting movement patterns. It badly affects the perception and sensations of pressure, pain, and temperature.

Below are some examples of the havoc that poor posture wreaks on your spine.

Pilates Posture

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So, for a healthy spine, become aware of your posture! Oh, and come to Pilates to improve it.

Happy spining!

Manet Badenhorst

My Pilates Instructor in Muckleneuk, Pretoria.

Back Extension with a view at My Pilates

Our instructor, Gisela Bean performing a beautiful Full Back extension on the Exo Chair with South Africa’s magical sunset as a perfect back drop.
Strengthening your back muscles is probably one of the most important muscle groups to focus on especially in this world where sitting for prolonged periods of time has become the “norm”. Back pain is debilitating and we have all experienced it at some point in our lives.
Pilates back extension
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Positive Movement Experiences with Pilates

Pilates Classes Johannesburg

Physical therapists right across the globe are now recommending the use of Pilates as a form of rehabilitation.

It is time to choose Pilates classes in Johannesburg for a professional, positive experience. Pilates is especially beneficial for those individuals suffering from injuries; a brilliant way forward for injury rehabilitation in any form.

Pilates is one of the fastest-growing forms of exercise right across the globe, with millions having enjoyed the many fitness and health benefits of enhanced strength, stretch and suppleness.

Pilates is also fast gaining popularity in the world of rehabilitation from injury, where the main offender is usually muscle imbalance.

It is no secret that numerous injuries are the result of muscular imbalances in the human body due to a whole host of reasons such as:

We can experience muscle imbalances from the way we walk, bend or sit; even the way we work out, if these are done incorrectly.

The way we move tells a story all of its own – and because most of us move in ways that are incorrect and harmful to our bodies, these become areas where negative pressure is put on some muscles whilst others are weakened – the result being muscle imbalance.

Pilates is brilliant in the promotion of an even musculature throughout the human physique, which is done by strengthening the core.

Needless to say, the core is considered to be the “centre” of the human body and comprises deep abdominal muscles as well as the muscles that are closest to the spine.

Pilate’s focuses on spinal and pelvic alignment which is key to getting us to move the way we are meant to so that we don’t cause injury to the body.

Positive movement practice with Pilates classes in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

It is up to you take responsibility for your own rehabilitation – in other words, rehabilitation is far more than diligently attending Pilate’s classes.

With Pilates, patients learn where and why their bodies are injured and to identify the best sequence of movement for their individual needs.

With a positive movement practice Pilates classes in Johannesburg will facilitate recovery significantly. Choose Pilates classes in Johannesburg for a flexible form of rehab to assist with body alignment, correction of posture – all with the main goal working towards a pain-free existence.

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We have two beautiful studios situated in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Call to book your Pilates class and contact us on 084 580 5284 

Pilates Full Stop

“Pilates developed the body uniformly, corrects wrong posture, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit” quote from Joseph Pilates

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