Hot Tips on Deciding the Right Pilates Studio – Part 3: Pilates Studios in Pain Relief Work

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 Part 1 of this article talked  about self thinking and assessment before
deciding on a pilates studio.  Part 2 of the article deals with
how to ask the right questions for the pilates studio.   The last sequel of this article will deal with pilates studio that
specalises in pilates pain relief and pilates rehabilitation.

The health trade is filled  with many different  pilates studios.  Most of them will
somehow associate themselves with rehabilitation as pilates is by nature
rehabilitative..  I will provide some guidance on finding out for the right pilates studio when you have a medical condition like back injury and slipped disc.

1.Ability to Address Specific Needs
 Talk to a pilates studio that  major in rehabilitation to get your injuries fixed. But because Pilates is in itself a form of rehabilitative work,
most studios will offer rehabilitation of some sort.   Enquire more about the rehabilitation work required when the studio mentioned rehabilitation.  Pilates rehabilitation must involve some form of manual bodywork therapy to see its effects. The staff at the pilates studio involved in rehabilitation must be trained to deal with injuries and medical conditions. Check their credentials and find out where they are certified and how many years of working experience with injured clients they have.

Rehabilitation usually involves some form of assisted manual joint release and
manipulation like myofascial release in combination with specific pilates
routines.  This approach helps to speed up recovery with very positive results.
As such, it is generally more expensive than a general pilates program because
the instructor involved in rehab work are usually experts in the industry.
Don’t be afraid to ask all the necessary questions. Beware of choosing a general pilates fitness instructor who is not trained to handle injuries cases. Not only would you set yourself back, you may even get yourself injure further. Ask for testimonials and proof of credibility.

Most pilates rehabilitation programs should be pilates reformer (machine) based.
When the body is injured, the muscles are weakened, hence it is not advisable to
do pilates mat classes as there is no resistance. The springs in the pilates
reformers provide resistance and helped the weakened muscles to move. Do not
attempt to do pilates mat classes in a group class when you have an injured condition.

2. Education & Credibility
Generally, choose pilates studios that is well known in the industry for its work (not
for tons of advertising) and its pilates instructors are internationally accredited with
practical experience. Check how often the pilates instructors go for continuing
education and how they kept abreast with the newest development in the industry.

 Choose studios which are the certifying studios of internationally recognised “Pilates Teacher’s Certification Program” because they have to keep upgrading themseleves in order to be able to offer teaching courses. Better yet, the person who is conducting the course is the immediate
staff of the studio rather than an external overseas facilitator. This will ensure you are in safe hands!

By now, you should have a general idea of how to go about in your search of a
great pilates studio that suits you especially if you have injuries and cut out the hassle of wasting valuable

Here’s to your Pilates journey! Happy reforming!


Joanna Ng runs an authentic Pilates Studio, Singapore Pilates Central & Rehabilitation.? She specialises in using Pilates for pain relief in back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and more.? Visit her at to see how she can help in your pain relief.

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Joint Pain Relief Remedies and Natural Treatments That Work

Regardless the causes of joint pain, obtaining pain relief seems to be almost vital for sufferers. It is easily understandable why, if we think that joint pain is seriously affecting our lives and it makes us incapable of performing even the simplest activities. Many people struggle with the pain for years, living under the impression that nothing can be done in order to improve their condition. When experiencing pain in the joints, the first step that you need to take in order to put an end to this situation is to see a doctor and to determine the causes of your pain. Only afterwards an efficient treatment scheme can be established. There are also many natural remedies that can help you get joint pain relief. 

Warm baths and massage are soothing and relaxing for your joints. If you also use essential oils when massaging the painful joints, you will benefit of their anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Lavender oil, rosemary oil and chamomile oil are known for their pain killing effect while cypress oil and juniper oil contain anti-inflammatory compounds. Minerals like magnesium and nutrients like omega 6 fatty acids are of uttermost importance for the health of your joints because they ensure a lower level of damage to the cartilages. If you can’t get enough of these substances from your daily diet, consider taking supplements. Talk to your doctor to establish the recommended dose in your case.  

Herbal supplements can sometimes even replace traditional medication. It is also best to ask for the opinion of your doctor before taking any because they might interfere with the synthetic drugs that were prescribed to you. Take a look at the following list of herbs that are efficiently used in obtaining joint pain relief -

1. Stinging nettle – The anti-inflammatory compounds are similar with those in steroids. It also contains boron, a mineral ensuring joint health.

2. Alfalfa – It contains an impressive number of essential minerals. It is available both as powder and as tea. 

3. Feverfew – Clinical studies have shown that it is more efficient than non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It is best to take 250 mg daily.

4. Ginger – It has no side effects and it was proven to have great results in joint pain caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

5. Yucca – Studies showed that it reduces joint pain associated with arthritis. This might happen indirectly due to the fact that it affects the gastrointestinal flora and reduces bacterial endotoxin absorption.

Read about effective Joint Pain Relief supplements. Find how Joint Pain Massage Oil helps to reduce inflammation and pain. Also know useful Home Remedies for Joint Pain.

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