Author Archives: Pam Downing

Blackpool Fitness Convention – 21/22 March

This is an Annual event in Blackpool which I attend.  For two days I will be attending numerous Pilates workshops and other fitness master classes.   A great event and I always come back with new ideas.  Looking forward to it.

Shoulder Course

My final course in the Clinical series is the Shoulder Course which I will be attending on 14/15 March 2015 again learning in detail with Physiotherapist support. The course was excellent, very detailed and covered everything a Pilates Teacher needs to know when assessing their clients shoulder related issues.

Christmas Pilates Party – Thursday 4th December

This year’s Christmas party was held at The Down, Bridgnorth.  We are all thoroughly enjoyed the party. Excellent food and company.  Looking forward to next year’s already! Thank you to you all for making it a great success. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year!

The flat shoes that really leave your feet in agony!

Every woman knows there’s nothing more flattering than a leg lengthening feel.  But thanks to vertiginous stilettos and chunky wedges being blamed for a host of problems, from bunions to backache, more of us than ever are pushing them to the back of the wardrobe and opting for flats. Flat shoes, particularly ones that offer […]

Hip and Knee, Pelvis and Lower Limb Course

I have just attend the 2nd in the series of courses, Hip and Knee, Pelvis and Lower Limb.  This course has given me great insight into various hip and knee conditions including knee and hip surgery including recommendations on the kind of exercises given to people who have had this kind of surgery. The Pelvis […]

Effects of Good Posture versus Bad

Over time, your body tends to bend forward, moving from your centre of balance the same direction, making your body unstable as you walk and increasing your chances of falling down.  Similarly, adaptive patterns of movement can increase the stress on your joints.  For instance, frequently slouching puts pressure on your vertebrae, ultimately causing discs […]

Boning up on Bone Loss

Loss of bone density is a common problem in ageing.  There is a lot you can do to reduce your risk of osteoporosis, but if the loss becomes so substantial that you may get spontaneous fractures, you may need treatment. As bones become less dense, the risk of fractures increases.  This risk is heightened because […]

Spinal Conditions course

I have now completed the Spinal Conditions course with Modern Pilates in Leeds, which was very thorough and presented by a team of physiotherapists.  Topics included Anatomy of the spine, The Nervous System, common spinal conditions and case studies, less common spinal conditions.  We also looked at how important posture is when performing tests for segmental control […]

Standing on one leg

Although you may not have realised it, your balance begins to deteriorate around the age of 40.  Poor balance is associated with an increase in falls and injuries such as wrist and hip fractures, even in middle-aged individuals.   Poor balance is readily apparent if you stand on one leg and shut your eyes.  You […]

Spinal conditions course

I am going to be attending a series of Clinical Pilates courses over the next few months.  The first one is ‘Spinal Conditions and Diagnostic’  with emphasis on the Spine and Abdominals.  The course date is 13/14 September and  I will post a blog when I have attended to let you know how I found […]