Continuing Education, Innovation and Awareness

At Live & Breathe Pilates we are all firm believers that there is always more to learn about the human body and movement.

Our instructors’ respective Pilates certification programs require each of us to attend continuing education workshops annually to ensure we have up to date information and new exercise repertoire to offer our clients.

However we all study outside these programs as well, to enhance our understanding of anatomy and movement so we can better teach our clients. And part of that teaching process is to ensure our clients understand the how and the why of the movements that we teach them. After all, if they can only do Pilates in the studio, we’re not doing our jobs right! Continue reading

Movement is Key

As a Pilates instructor I always try to spread the word about how important movement is for the human body. Recently, the importance of this has again been underlined for me.

Dad's leg with rodAt the end of June, 2014 I got a call to say that my 75 year old father, who was in Portugal, had fallen and fractured his left leg in two places and his arm as well. Not the most pleasant of calls as you can imagine. His doctors planned to operate on his leg to pin it. It took two days for the operation to be scheduled as the hospital was so busy.

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Barre Blitz – what’s all the fuss about?

We’ve just launched our unique Barre Blitz classes, taught by our Pilates Instructor and Ballet Teacher, Katrin Neue. We’ve asked Katrin some pressing questions to which we all want the answers…

So Katrin, what are the benefits of Barre?

Barre classes are based on Ballet, Pilates and conditioning. This means you get a full body workout that’s fun, graceful and yields fast toning results.

By training in an upright position, we challenge our balance and work on our posture, while small isometric movements tone arms, legs and behinds without creating bulk.Barre Class

Barre – like Pilates – is a low­ impact, joint­ friendly class, mainly using our own body weight to strengthen and tone. It also improves your co-ordination, posture, balance and stamina, just like ballet but with ­no dance experience required!

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September 2014

It’s time to get your ass back to class!

September is a time of new starts – new school terms, new seasons and new opportunities. Seize the day or Carpe Diem as the wonderful Robin Williams once said. Do something now that your body will thank you for in future. Pilates is a wonderful method of movement that will teach you things that will last you all your life. We believe everyone should move more and Pilates (and dance) will help you do just that. Movement helps the body and calms the mind – so come to the studio and let us show you how to look after your body this September!


Motivation is what gets you startedOur new September timetables are now available to book online. As well as all our regular lunchtime, evening and Saturday classes, we now have new morning classes to facilitate the school run and we have new Barre classes for you to check out too.

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Foam Roller Release for Runners

In this 90 minute Foam Roller Release for Runners workshop, we will run through (‘scuse the pun) lots of ways to help runners release tight muscles in their legs and upper back. We will also show you lots of ways you can help your body be more comfortable with your running and how to help you stay injury free.
Foam Roller for Runners

Photo: Scott Draper

We use foam rollers a lot in the studio to help release tight muscles but also to challenge your Pilates exercises.

Also open to anyone who wants to know how to get the best out of their foam roller for their home practice.
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Pilates for Equestrians

Over the past few months we have blogged about how powerful a tool Pilates is for cross training for other sports. It helps you to balance the muscles around your joints, improves your posture and teaches you how to control your movements.

This is especially beneficial for equestrians. We’ve worked with a number of dressage riders over theDressage Riders years, which has been a really interesting experience from an instructor’s point of view. The level of control required to guide the horse through the many complex movements expected in a competitive round is fascinating and is all done between human and horse on a physical basis. It’s very similar to the overall goals we have in Pilates! Every move the rider makes can be construed as an instruction by the horse. So if your inner thigh muscles are tight and grippy, this can lead your horse to think you want him to go faster. Tight shoulders which lead to a tighter grip of the reins can be misconstrued too.
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The Hazards of High Heels

Statistics show that high heels are one of the biggest factors leading to foot problems in women, with up to a third suffering permanent problems as a result of wearing them regularly. What’s with that?

Problems can include nerve damage, bunions, tight calves, osteoarthritis of the knees and lower back pain.



In a shoe with a heel two inches or higher your foot will slide forward in the shoe, forcing your toe into the unnatural shape of the shoe itself. This also redistributes your bodyweight affecting your posture – and not in a good way for your poor spine. The increased weight on your toes causes your body to tilt forward, and to compensate so you don’t fall over, you lean backwards and overarch your spine. This creates a posture that will strain your knees, hips, and your lower back. The change to your posture puts pressure on nerves in the back and can cause sciatica, which can cause nerve pain all the way down the legs into the feet.
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July 2014

It’s mid July, the temperature is above average and we’ve all been out enjoying the sunshine – definitely something we’d just love to get used to! It’s amazing how the sunny weather can improve our temperaments and even our health. The sun is an ideal source of Vitamin D which is essential for strong bones so get out there and talk a walk or a run or a cycle in the sunshine. To complement your cardiovascular fitness, and to help your strength and flexibility we offer a great mix of Pilates classes for all levels, as well as some amazing workshops to keep you in shape and ready for anything. We’ve a few changes to our summer timetable so be sure to check them out – and we are open all the way through July and August too, so you have every chance to get fitter, get stronger and get more flexible this summer.
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June 2014

Summer is here, the sun is shining (mostly) and all is good with the world.  We have our usual mix of great classes as well as some amazing workshops coming up in June and July to keep you in shape and ready for anything. We’ve added new classes to our timetable, we’ve extended our 10 packs to a 4 month expiry AND we’ve added 20 and 50 class packs to our store to make it even more affordable for you all to get stronger, fitter and more flexible!  Continue reading

Pilates and Running

This week’s guest blog post is by Andrea, one of our studio’s fabulous instructors and an accomplished runner.

Pilates and running is a great combination I reckon! Pilates to teach your body to moving efficiently and with ease and running to improve and maintain your cardiovascular fitness.

While there are many benefits of both forms of exercise, have you ever thought of how Pilates can Pilates for Runnersbenefit your running specifically? No matter if you’re a marathoner aiming to improve your last time or a casual jogger who wants to achieve a lap of the local park without falling over breathless, add a few well chosen Pilates exercises to your routine and you’ll be running strong.

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