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Pilates for Prevention of Back Pain

Facts about Low Back Pain Did you know that chronic pain affects over 1.6 million people in Ireland with chronic back pain being the most common. About 80% of adults in Ireland will experience low back pain at some point in their life. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading […]

Breathing and Awareness of your Breath

Did you know on average every day we take 26,000 breaths!!! This is done subconsciously – without us having to think about it. Breathing or respiration is an autonomic response as is our digestion, our excretory systems, our cardiovascular system and many other systems in our body. Autonomic means our body does it automatically or […]

Exercise Guidelines when Pregnant

There are a lot of guidelines about exercising when Pregnant – the HSE/NHS/ACOG/NICE- and they all recommend exercising when Pregnant. If you are healthy and your pregnancy is normal, it is safe to exercise when pregnant. It is important to discuss exercise and what types you plan to do with your GP or medical health […]

Mid Back Mobility

The middle part of your back or the Thoracic Spine, runs from the base of the neck to the bottom of the ribcage. There are 12 vertebrae or bones in this part of the spine, T1 to T12. The ribs attach into the vertebrae in the thoracic spine. This part of the spine can move […]

Perfect your Sit-up Technique

The Sit ups in Pilates are known as Ab Preps. This exercise is fantastic for strengthening the abdominal muscles as well as mobilising the upper back and working on the deep core muscles. There are so many different variations, some more challenging than others. Watch Your Neck! When doing sit ups it is so easy […]

Activating Gluteal Muscles

Did you know your gluteal muscles are one of the strongest muscles in your body? The gluteal muscles are the muscles in the back of the hip otherwise known as the bum muscles! They are responsible for extending the hip so moving the hip backwards and then abducting the hip/leg so moving the leg out […]

Squats- how to do them and the importance of squatting

Who hasn’t done a squat in their lifetime? From the time we are kids we are squatting. Bringing our bum down to our heels to play or to pick something up. Even in some Asian countries they sit in a deep squatted position to eat food or to converse. Modern day life is becoming more […]

Shoulder Mobility and Strength

In this blog will talk about shoulder mobility and strength and ways to improve your mobility and strength as well as tips on injury prevention. What is a normal or healthy shoulder joint? A normal or healthy shoulder joint is one with full range of movement with no pain or stiffness and with good control […]

Sun Salutations

Sun Salutations otherwise known as Surya Namaskara in Sanskrit are key components in Ashtanga Yoga. Surya means the sun and Namaskara is to greet or honour, so to greet the sun. What I love about Sun Salutations? ·         It helps to connect movement to breath. ·         Warms […]

Home Workouts

Since the lockdown a lot of us have converted some space in our home to do online classes or gym classes. The best thing is that technology is keeping us connected and moving. Personally as an instructor, I find teaching online challenging in terms of the level of the exercises and if clients are moving […]