PILATES FOR #BACK PAIN FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME…

Pilates is a holistic exercise system designed to elongate, strengthen and restore the body to balance.

Exercises involve the whole body and are performed on spring-assisted apparatus or a mat, sometimes utilising small equipment.

Pilates is effective as it addresses underlying structural imbalances in the body which can create on-going pain and difficulty with movement. The whole body is considered. Lengthened and strengthened muscles improve posture and overall fitness and retrain dysfunctional movement patterns, restoring optimum physical function.

The Pilates Foundation was founded in 1996 and is the only not-for-profit Pilates association in the UK. They aim to establish and maintain quality and excellence in Pilates teaching.

They promote the original works of Joseph and Clara Pilates, including honouring the original repertoire and principles, yet bring current knowledge and research to the teaching of the Pilates Method.

Their Members undergo extensive training with a Pilates Foundation Accredited Teacher Training Provider and pass a rigorous examination process (or meet standards set by our Professional Standards Committee) to gain membership into the organisation, and is the best place to find a class or pilates teacher.

There are lots of Pilates classes throughout the UK but if you find it difficult to get to a class or give your commitment to one then why not try the Pilates Anytime from your own home.

Pilates Anytime is an online Pilates studio, delivering world-class teachers anywhere, anytime, at an affordable price.

Members have access to over 3,000 Mat and equipment classes for any experience level, all of which are available for streaming on computers, tablets, smartphones, and televisions in high definition video. Over one hundred highly skilled instructors film about six new videos each week.

You simply choose a video after searching, browsing and filtering to find the class you want and get moving. You can take a challenge from one of their programs for guided practice and join the global community to chat to other people from around the world.

It could not be easier. You can try a free 15 day trial and then it’s only £12 a month and you can cancel anytime. This has to be the easiest way to try this if you are unable to get to a class or are not even sure if it’s what you are looking for.

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PILATES IN YOUR HOME FOR BACK PAIN…

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If you can’t get to a Pilates class then the latest DVD will really suit you.

Lynne Robinson (Pilates doyenne) new DVD, ‘Pilates, The Core Workout’, £14.99 available from amazon.com

Her conditioning programme focuses on core muscles to help improve fitness, posture and appearance.

It also incorporates the Pilates principles of concentration, relaxation, alignment, breathing, co-ordination, flowing movements and stamina.

Its perfect for novices and the more experienced alike.