How to prevent shin splints in runners

Shin splints is described as pain along the inner edge of the shinbone or tibia. Shin splints is a prevalent form of lower leg injury and can affect any of us. They are particularly common amongst runners. Why? Because the ONLY muscle that strongly lifts your foot is your … Tibialis (shin) muscles. Functionally, its major […]


Roller & Ball Class

At Pilates BodyTree, we offer a group class called Roller and Ball class. Common questions are “What is this class?” and “What would I be doing in this class?” This class uses three apparatuses, namely the Swiss Ball, small Pilates ball and foam roller – usually individually within a class, primarily to challenge the balance […]


Improving spinal mobility and strength

When students start doing Pilates, they are usually unaware that the human spine can move in more than one direction, and what these movements are. 1. FLEXION Flexion of the spine is seen in movements like Forward Bend or Roll Down : Flexion of the spine also occurs in Pilates exercises such as The Hundreds, […]


Pilates Matwork vs Spine Corrector

Quite often we get asked, “What is a Spine Corrector ?” Pilates Matwork is more known than the Spine Corrector and because of that, we offer Spine Corrector group classes at Pilates BodyTree, for clients to experience this unique Pilates equipment. The Spine Corrector is an equipment originally designed by Joseph Pilates – Picture 1 shows […]


Pilates Equipment Spine Corrector – a personal favourite

One of my favourite Pilates equipment to work with is the Spine Corrector, also known as the small barrel. Unlike the more well-known Pilates Reformer which looks like a single rectangular bed:   The Spine Corrector is rounded and curved. This unique shape provides many opportunities for me to explore the natural curves of my spine […]


Pilates Mat vs Yoga

If you want to condition your body, gain strength and flexibility, reinforce your self-esteem, and enliven spirit, then Pilates and yoga are 2 practices that can help you achieve these objectives. Pilates and yoga are called mind-body practices because they promote mental well-being and physical wellness. Pilates mat classes and yoga classes are both mat-based […]


2 simple exercises for neck pain

Have you ever wondered how the phrase “a pain in the neck” came about? Considering the fact that a human head weighs about 5kg, we are certainly quite vulnerable to neck pain. According to Dr. Kenneth D. Erickson, “for every inch that the head projects forward, the weight experienced by the muscles of the neck […]


What you can do now to prevent shoulder pain

In my previous post, I wrote about how tight pec muscles can lead to rounded shoulders and increase the risk of shoulder pain. The picture below shows a common posture amongst computer users. In today’s world, we spend many hours each day at the computer. The cumulative hours, spanning many years, have a heavy toll […]