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The origins of Pilates

In this blog Jonathan Grubb, APPI-qualified Pilates Instructor, writes about how Joseph Pilates originally created Pilates – and how his grandfather likely knew Joseph.  The background After the beginning of World War 1, Joseph Pilates was interned as a prisoner of war by the British Government – along with all … Continued

Joseph Pilates instructing

What is stress urinary incontinence?

Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is the involuntary leakage of urine during effort, exertion, sneezing, coughing or laughing.  You may be experiencing small leaks when you exercise or when lifting medium-to-heavy loads. This is usually due to increased abdominal pressure and weak or injured pelvic floor muscles. What causes SUI? The … Continued

Return of the Reformer!

Here are just some of the many great things we love about the Pilates Reformer: The spring loaded system provides resistance to get your muscles working hard, which gives you the feedback you need to connect your mind with your body. The enormous choice of movement options and different positions … Continued

What is overactive bladder?

Overactive bladder is a common medical condition where the bladder muscle contracts too often or spontaneously. This means you could experience a sudden and frequent need to go to the toilet, during the day and night. It can sometimes be difficult to control this urge and may result in some … Continued

The APPI Long COVID rehabilitation programme

We’re delighted to be launching one of the first tailored, structured and research-based Long COVID programmes available in the UK Physiotherapy sector. At APPI we pride ourselves on being on the forefront of ‘movement medicine’ – and as such see the enormous benefit we can provide to people suffering from … Continued

Man doing bridge pose

How to start or get better at running

One of our Physiotherapists Alex Parford is also a Running Coach – in this blog we’ve asked Alex to share his running tips with you. Is running right for you? What’s the best way to start running? How do you avoid injuries? How do you become a better runner? How do … Continued

woman stretching before running

How to exercise safely during pregnancy

Being pregnant in a pandemic can be worrying, so at APPI we want to support you through your pregnancy safely. Following current medical guidelines, we can help you stay fit and active so you’re well prepared for birth.  In this blog post we’ll take you through: what the current exercise … Continued

Here’s how Sports Therapy provides sport-specific injury recovery

We all know the benefits of Physiotherapy and personal training – whether to help us reach fitness goals, or after experiencing an injury or that niggle that’s lingered too long.  Do you know how a Sports Therapist can help you? Sports Therapists mainly focus on injury recovery. They’re highly trained … Continued

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The story of our rebrand

So the story about the APPI rebrand. The truth is we wanted to make sure the ‘downtime’ during Covid-19 was used properly. It has been the perfect time to take a step back from the day-to-day running of APPI and to reevaluate what the community means to us. It’s been … Continued

Strength and Conditioning for Runners

Like with most activities,running as a sport puts extra load and stress on the body that it needs to be able to manage. For runners, the load placed on the lower limbs is between 2.5 – 3 times bodyweight. The average male weighs approx 80kg x 2.5 (Load) = 200kg. … Continued