Pilates – Perfect for Seniors

One of the many great attributes about Pilates, is how widely accessible it is to all fitness levels, sizes, ages… you name it. We often hear things such as “Oh, I’m too old for that” or “my body isn’t like it used to be.” Sure, our bodies adapt and change over time, but why limit ourselves with this belief? Rather, why not reach for new goals that meet us where we are and as we are.

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Emma Speakman
Pilates and Gardening

Once we’ve established a good postural foundation it’s important to keep a few other things in mind. Such as the placement and alignment of our bodies as we’re gardening. For example, it is wise to bend at the hips, knees and ankles for our support as opposed to reaching and over-working our back muscles. Have a look at these videos by Pacific NorthWest Pilates. 

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Emma Speakman
The Benefits of Body Awareness

Most of us know that Pilates is great for strengthening core muscles, increasing flexibility, and rehabilitating from injury. We’d like to take a moment to highlight a less talked-about benefit of Pilates: increased body awareness.

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Emma Speakman
Treating Shoulder Pain with Pilates

Did you know…
There are no bony attachments connecting our shoulder blades to the back of our body. The only skeletal connection between our shoulders and the rest of our body is in where the shoulder and clavicle meet, forming the AC joint. Essentially, muscles are responsible for keeping the shoulder stable and supported, making it the most mobile joint in the body,
and also the one most susceptible to injuries.

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Welcome to the World of Fascia!

Fascia is an all-encompassing system which Victoria Pilates, defines as “an elastic connective tissue that runs throughout [the] entire body” and is made up of a “dense web of fibres.” One way to think of it, is that it is like the casing that encapsulates a sausage, or the white layer of skin beneath the exterior layer of skin on an orange or grapefruit.

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Warming Apple Crumble Recipe

There’s something really special about eating with the seasons… In the Greater Vancouver area we’re blessed with a bounty of incredible produce from squash and parsnips to rutabagas. But our personal favorite at Full Circle, is all the incredible apples that are harvested this time of year. 

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Emma Speakman