Does Posture Really Matter?

Perhaps this is a heretical question…. the importance of ‘good posture’ to health and well-being is so widely recognised that it is beyond question. Certainly, in the world of Pilates, it would seem to be doctrine. 541 more words

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What's Your (Pilates) Dogma?

Being so closely associated with ‘dogmatic’, it’s easy for dogma to be something of a dirty word. Yet, if we take my dictionary definition (overlooking the first, which is specific to religion) – “a belief, principle, or doctrine or a code of beliefs, principles or doctrines…” – then it seems essential to any purposeful practice.  790 more words

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Pilates for digestive dysfunction?

Regular readers (if you exist, thank you) will know that I’m a fan of Katy Bowman’s work. I’m particularly intrigued by her thoughts on compression garments… 382 more words

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Teaching the body in front of you...

Whilst there may be vigorous debate, and plenty of argument on social media’s Pilates teacher forums, it seems that there is usually broad agreement on the ‘teach the body in front of you’ mantra. 302 more words

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The Dirty Secret

Or, ‘Clinicians, what have you done to Pilates?’

“We only hire experienced Physiotherapists trained in Pilates to teach in our Pilates studios: we dig the bloke that started it, but can’t understand how you’d let anyone who can’t relate your pain and pathology to your problem come anywhere near you!”  1,390 more words
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a hard knot of ignorance

The central features of a self are its sense of agency and its autobiographical memory, and I generally think of these as inherent in and specific to one organism.   404 more words

Is there too much flexion in Pilates? Part 2

Firstly, thank you to everyone who read Part 1 – something about this topic clearly resonated because more people have viewed that post than any other that I’ve written (no, it’s not saying much, but ‘from little acorns’ etc…) 1,583 more words

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