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How Pilates has improved my Saxaphone playing

So today I asked one of our clients how she was getting on in our Body Maintenance Pilates classes and to my amazement she responded by saying "they are great, they are really helping my with my saxophone lessons".  This has to be one of the more interesting ways in which our Body Maintenance Pilates  classes have helped our clients.

We were intrigued and asked her, in what way have the classes helped her? She went on to explain that she can hold a note longer (increased lung capacity), one of the lessons is to hold a note as long as you can with the one breath.

Before she would have been one of the first to run out of breath, but now she is able to out last most  of the others in the class. So why is this? well we can speculate that due to the amount of focus we put on diaphragmatic breathing, has helped her increase her lung capacity. By training to use your diaphragm to draw air in and not just your chest and neck muscles, you will increase the volume of air you draw in and utilise the full capacity of the lungs.


The second area she said it has helped is to enable her to practice longer, she found that when sitting practicing she tended to slump forward after an hour . She now feels she can support herself better and practice longer without slumping. By developing a stronger core the body can support itself longer without the use of the back of a chair.

Incidentally this slumping would also restrict her lung capacity, so the combination of core strength and breathing exercises would have contributed to both of these improvements in her saxaphone lessons. She has been attending our Body Maintenance Pilates classes for 2 months and can definitely attribute the improvements to the classes.

So if you want to improve your saxaphone playing, develop core strength and get fitter and stronger, check out our Body Maintenance Classes.

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Pilates Lucan

New Timetable of Pilates Classes Lucan

We are delighted to announce our New Timetable of Pilates Classes Lucan, our New timetable of classes will start Monday 4th January 2016.

Following on from talking to our clients we are introducing these new classes:

  • Monday 6:45pm Beginners Level Class
  • Intro OfferSaturday 10:30am Mixed Level Class


You can see our new Timetable and book your Pilates classes by clicking this link.

If you are new to our classes we have a great Introductory Offer of Unlimited Classes for 4 weeks for just €59. 

We have a number of Body Maintenance Classes running during the week. Our classes are a mix of Pilates, Mobility and Flexibility, specifically designed to help make you stronger, prevent injury and pain.

Contact us to book your class or avail of our Introductory Offer.

Hamstring Injury and Prevention

Hamstring Injury Treatment and Prevention

At ServiceYourBody.ie we see a lot of Hamstring Injuries and as a result get asked a lot about Hamstring Injury Treatment and Prevention.

While there is a lot known about Hamstring Injury Treatment and Prevention, unfortunately the incidence has not diminished. Research has shown that not all hamstring injuries are the same and that certain types of Hamstring injuries require prolonged rehabilitation and return to play programs.

We are often asked how long will it take to recover, again the research is quite inconclusive on this, while it is believed the main tendon (Bicep Femoris) takes longer to recover, there is no one answer, each hamstring injury is different and needs to be treated as such.

Similarly we are often asked how can you prevent a hamstring injury and re injury, various tests have been proposed as predictors of hamstring injury but the evidence is conflicting.

Unfortunately re-injury rates remain high but it is now thought that strength deficits may be an important factor, also strengthening exercise should be performed with the hamstrings in a lengthened position. 

Research has shown that hamstring rehabilitation programs that does not include eccentric loading can leave the muscle to be weak, again these exercises should be done with the muscle in a lengthen position, some exercises that are good examples of this are the Nordic Hamstring Exercise (NHE), the Romanian Dead Lift and Askling's ‘extender’, ‘diver’ and ‘glider’ exercises, these are now becoming the main post injury rehabilitation.

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Nordic exercise is an eccentric exercise and research has shown that  the hamstring is best served to be rehabbed in a lengthen position, again the Nordic exercise is lengthening the muscle while under load. This exercise has shown to reduce hamstring injuries by up to 2/3, this was based on a small study of professional footballers.

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It would be good to include these exercises as part of your Hamstring Injury Treatment and Prevention protocol, consider them as part of your training sessions.

If you would like to learn more or book in for a treatment please contact us.


Gift Voucher ServiceYourBody.ie

Gift Vouchers ServiceYourBody.ie

Stuck for gift ideas, our Gift Vouchers ServiceYourBody.ie are great for someone who wants to Be Stronger, Fitter and Pain Free. If you know someone that would benefit from attending our Body Maintenance Classes or would like one of our Deep Tissue / Sports Massages, you can purchase Gift Voucher @ ServiceYourBody.ie

You can choose from our Body Maintenance Class Passes, Introductory Offer and Deep Tissue / Sports Massage
- 6 Class pass €70
- 10 Class Pass €100
- Introductory Offer €59 - unlimited classes for 4 weeks
- Deep Tissue / Sports Massage €50

Call us to order 086 8318931 / 01 6283827