women’s health and fitness, personal training and Pilates                       

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Pilates still has some stigma surrounding it, everything from it being a ladies-only class, to it being like Yoga. In this blog I’m going to try and dispel those myths and hopefully persuade you to join a class or book Read more…

There are still quite of lot of myths surrounding pregnancy and exercise. Here I aim to dispel some of the most common myths I hear. I can eat what I like: This isn’t strictly true. Your body does need more Read more…

For something that is necessary for everyday life, it can be a real challenge for some people to breathe optimally. Many factors can change the way we breathe; stress, anxiety, pain, posture, pregnancy are a few. Optimal breathing ensures proper Read more…

Gone are the days when pregnancy was viewed as a good excuse to eat for two or stop exercising. Now the latest guidelines from the NHS and WHO encourage regular physical activity and a good balanced diet throughout the trimesters. Read more…

Ok here’s a biggy- should you stretch or should you strengthen? Let’s look at the hamstrings (back of the thigh) for this. Their job is to bend the knee and help take the leg behind you. They commonly get ‘tight’ Read more…

If you have ever been to a Pilates class you will hear the term ‘neutral spine’ mentioned a lot. But is a neutral spine actually good posture and why is it important? A neutral spine can be described as ‘the Read more…

In class we do a lot to work our feet. Simple warm up exercises such as rising up and down on the tip toes and using the spiky ball are quite regular. But why? Well first up our feet play Read more…

The squat is a basic movement pattern, one that our bodies is designed to do. It is also one of the most used movements we do in everyday life, take sitting to standing for instance. Every time you do this Read more…

The Jellyfish® explained: more than one diaphragm. Often in class I talk about how the pelvic floor is connected to the diaphragm which is connected to the mouth and skull. Here I will attempt to explain that very strange concept. Read more…

OK so this might be a little controversial, but I am against exercising whilst wearing a sling. Why? Well several reasons really. First up has to be the safety aspect. Most slings and carriers aren’t designed to be used for Read more…