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The Pillars of Health

The Pillars of Health

There are general principles that apply across the board for optimal health and wellbeing called the Pillars of health. I do agree that a co-ordinated approach to lifestyle management is called for embracing movement, nutrition and sleep. So although there is some debate about precisely how many pillars exist…

Pilates for Menopause

Pilates for Menopause

The benefits of Pilates are well documented; and now research consistently supports activities like Pilates as an effective treatment for Menopause symptoms such as hot flushes, anxiety and sleep disruption. Pilates also helps to prevent long term health conditions associated with the…

Menopause is Inevitable

Menopause is Inevitable

Menopause is inevitable for a woman, it is not a disease: something that needs to be cured, like an infection, or injury, nor is it an Illness, although it can sometimes feel that way! But what is Menopause? Menopause marks the end of the reproductive years and is a...

Pilates for Mental Health

Pilates for Mental Health

My story I speak from experience when I talk about mental health challenges. My own struggles with my mental health began when I was 17. I lost my brother; only 15 months my junior, he was killed instantly in a motorcycle accident. The course of my life changed on...

Pilates to prevent Dementia

Pilates to prevent Dementia

Most weeks whilst teaching I can be heard to say that we are practicing Dementia Prevention as we enjoy our Pilates Classes. Mostly when we have a giggle as we struggle to coordinate moving arms and legs in different directions whilst keeping on breathing! Now it turns out I am right, it’s official Pilates prevents dementia!

Low Back Pain? Pilates Makes it Better

Low Back Pain? Pilates Makes it Better

For some of us backache is a feature of our daily life. It was for me, but this all changed when I discovered the power of Pilates for Low Back Pain. I injured my back working as a Physiotherapist in the days when lifting patients was the norm. I suffered intermittent...

What is Pilates

What is Pilates

Pilates is a physical fitness programme consisting of a unique series of stretching and strengthening exercises originally developed by Joseph Pilates around 100 years ago. Pilates is the ultimate mind-body programme for those who want to tone and streamline the body, improve posture, flexibility and balance. Bold claims but all this is possible with Pilates. 

Improve your Posture with Pilates – Part 2

Improve your Posture with Pilates – Part 2

Pilates is not just an exercise class you go to once a week, although even that can be highly beneficial. I suggest we bring the Pilates principles of ideal posture and alignment into every movement we make. Ok maybe not every movement… Pilates and the Pelvis The...

Pilates for Strengthening

Pilates for Strengthening

One of my goals for myself as my date of birth is retreating is not just to be fit but more specifically to be strong. I have lifted weights and chucked the odd medicine ball in my time, but I love the almost infinite range of strengthening exercises offered by the...

Improve your Posture with Pilates – Part 1

Improve your Posture with Pilates – Part 1

I see so many people who have pain and problems with the neck and shoulder area and there is no doubt that poor posture contributes to their experiences of pain and dysfunction. I am particularly interested in how Pilates can improve posture and alignment because I...

Menopause, Stress and Movement

Menopause, Stress and Movement

Stressed? Who me? There is no doubt that the shifting biochemistry associated with Menopause results in elevated levels of stress. Unexplained anxiety is a feature of fluctuating Oestrogen levels and I definitely found myself being worried about the slightest thing....

Exercise for Eye Health; it hadn’t occurred to me

Exercise for Eye Health; it hadn’t occurred to me

Is eye health something you think you might be able to influence through lifestyle interventions such as exercise? Exercise for eye health hadn't occurred to me until a recent conversation with my optometrist colleague Bansi Dhamecha. Age-related macular...

Menopause, Social Isolation and Loneliness

Menopause, Social Isolation and Loneliness

Are you feeling isolated? Cut off from your loved ones? A Global Pandemic will do that to people! But what about Menopause and loneliness? Times of transition like having a baby, menopause, children leaving the nest and even a change of job or a house move can leave...

Acupuncture for Menopause

Acupuncture for Menopause

Managing Menopause Symptoms using Acupuncture I am a Physiotherapist trained to offer Western Medical Acupuncture and over the years I have had some incredible results. Equally for some people this treatment may not yield the benefits hoped for. But what about...

Homeopathy and Menopause

Homeopathy and Menopause

Homeopathy has had a bad rap in my opinion and that’s a shame. I have used homeopathy consistently over the past 20 years and my first aid kit would not be complete without it. Homeopathic principles fly in the face of science since the remedies are diluted almost to...

Could the Menopause be affecting your bones?

Could the Menopause be affecting your bones?

We cannot escape the effects of our falling levels of oestrogen which can cause us to lose up to 20% of the bone mineral density (BMD) in the first 5–7 years after the menopause. Bone density is one of the factors which affect your bone strength overall and increase the risk of a fracture. Read how Pilates can help.

Stand up, Sit down!

Stand up, Sit down!

The Sitting Rising Test has been suggested as a way to assess components of musculoskeletal fitness, not only that but actually it has been shown to be a fairly accurate predictor of longevity. The ability to get on and off the floor unaided is a fundamental skill and...

Pilates for Bone health

Pilates for Bone health

Pilates has an important role in management of osteoporosis; promoting bone strength, reducing the risk of falling and managing symptoms associated with vertebral fractures and that overall “people should do more rather than less”.

The Yin and Yang of Life

The Yin and Yang of Life

Balancing Yin and Yang means having harmony in your world; your home, your work, your relationships. A good place to start is not going overboard with anything, be it work, emotions or pleasure. But how can Yoga help us achieve balance? 2020 was a year of extremes...

Can Yoga transform us?

Can Yoga transform us?

Can Yoga transform us? In my opinion YES, but I would say that! This week I recorded a conversation with a new acquaintance; Jeff Wellstead CEO of Big Bear Partners, Ltd. Jeff was an athlete in his youth but a sedentary work life and a busy family took their toll on...

What do you Value?

What do you Value?

Are you living your values? I am always telling anyone who cares to listen that I am passionate about the power of movement to improve our physical and mental health and the many varied ways in which this occurs. I tell people that I practice what I preach and I won’t...

Move to Live!

Move to Live!

A fundamental part of being human is movement says Dr Kelly Mcgonigal; health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University. Her book the joy of movement shows us how to fall in love with movement. She recommends that we choose activities that allow us to engage with life in the way that WE want to and that this could be through yoga, dancing, or walking in nature.

Know Your Shoulder

Know Your Shoulder

The Shoulder Complex. It certainly is! Are you curious to know what is inside you? It’s my bread and butter and even after 30+ years I find it interesting and empowering to understand the body. The shoulder joint is vulnerable to injury due to its high degree of...

Posture 101

Posture 101

What is Posture? Posture is defined as: the position in which someone holds their body when standing or sitting' but actually think about posture as constantly changing as we move around and thus dynamic. We must remember that our movement habits emanate from our...

How to Hack Healthy Habits

How to Hack Healthy Habits

BJ Fogg is one of the world’s leading experts in human behaviour. He teaches us that emotions create habits and that it is success that hard-wires a habit not repetition! So how does this help us to hack Healthy Habits? We can hack this process by ‘firing off’ an...

Stiff in the Hips?

Stiff in the Hips?

Then spending time on the floor is something that may not be totally comfortable if you are stiff in the hips! Floor dwelling is something that modern living is driving towards extinction, unless of course you are interacting with children; who you may notice are...

Knees are for life not just for Christmas!

Knees are for life not just for Christmas!

It might be a revelation but knees are designed to bend! Normal physiological movements at the knee are flexion and extension or bending and straightening; the normal range of motion is from 0 degrees and around 140 degrees of flexion. In addition the tibia rotates in...

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