Author Archives: yvie

A Spoonful A Day

You may well have heard the claims made of this ‘superfood’, but what exactly is so special about apple cider vinegar and how can just a spoonful a day benefit your health in a variety of ways? Firstly, what is apple cider vinegar? Vinegar is made in a two-step process. The first step exposes crushed apples […]

Holistic Benefits

We all have various reasons that we choose to exercise. Some of us go to classes, hit the gym or pound the pavement to improve cardiovascular health, build muscle mass or improve our physique, but that’s not where the benefits of exercise end. Check out our favourite fitness facts and discover how getting moving can […]

Gut Instinct

Healthy digestion is critical for the body and its essential daily functions. What’s more, it directly boosts our energy levels, positive outlook, mental clarity and sleep quality. More specifically, it is believed that every system in the body is interconnected. Your digestive and hormonal systems, for example, aren’t independent of one another. When your gut […]

Fuel Food: Before & After

All worked up to work out? Not so fast! Let’s take a look at the best fuel foods to eat before and after exercise to optimise stamina, energy and results: leading to the most productive of sweat sessions. PRE and POST exercise foods or meals play a key role in the effectiveness of our workouts. […]

What Goes Up Must Come Down

We’ve all been there, you make the effort and time go to an exercise class or to the gym and you just want to get stuck into your workout, without ‘wasting time’ with a warm up. Or you have done your time, tired the body working up a sweat and just want to make it […]

Light Up Your Life

‘Atapa Snana’ is the yogic phrase for the healing science of sunbathing: “Using solar energy, a sun-bath is taken during the hours when the sun index is low. Diseased parts of the body, usually skin ailments are exposed to the sun’s rays, whilst the remaining parts of the body are kept in the shade. Once the affected area […]

Client Q&A: Dr Paul Nolan

COULD YOU TELL US WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO START REFORMER PILATES? My sister in law in London had mentioned it to us before, she suffered from severe headaches and credits her reformer pilates sessions with curing them! My wife Bronagh and I were walking down the Lisburn Road one morning and saw the Reform billboard […]

If a Caveman Can…

Consider the generic, 21st century lifestyle – working long hours at a stressful desk job, while the end of the day is spent trying to recoup some down time with loved ones (often from the sofa). So what effect does this rather sedentary state have on our overall wellbeing and bodies? In this modern age, […]

Supermarket Superfoods

‘Superfood’ is a term that has grown in stature since the 1990s and today it’s the buzzword of the food industry. So what’s so super? Superfoods are foods that are thought to contain high volumes of wonderful health-boosting nutrients, making them a valuable addition to your diet. You may have seen news reports, fad diets […]

The Power of R&R

“Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.”   Thomas Dekker     We all have a love-hate relationship with sleep at times. As a young child, ‘nap time’ was the enemy; a boring activity to be avoided and resisted. As an adult with a full busy life, the notion of a […]

Client Q&A: Mia Lavery

Journalist Eve Brannon talks Pilates and Personal Bests with Reform Studios client Mia Lavery     Can you tell us what brought you to start reformer Pilates? Primarily I am a runner, so I was looking to find another form of exercise to improve and maintain my core strength. I had previously tried weight training for […]

Truly Egg-cellent

How do you like your eggs in the morning? Poached, fried, scrambled, boiled… Not just reserved for breakfast, eggs are one of the most versatile foods on the planet. With Easter just behind us, we take a look at the humble egg and all it has to offer.   Containing everything to turn a single […]

Client Q&A: Tonya Kidd-Beggs

Journalist Eve Brannon talks Pilates, pain management and perfect holidays with Reform Studios client Tonya Kidd-Beggs.   Could you tell us what brought you to start reformer Pilates? I had been doing mat Pilates for about six years and always enjoyed it, however due to a severe lower back problem, I found that every time […]

Get Happy!

Who has ever uttered the words: “I really regret that workout”? Probably nobody. If you are like most people, every time you complete exercise you come away feeling better and happier. EVERY TIME. Yes, yes, we all know it’s something about an endorphin release, which makes you feel good…but what’s actually going on in your […]