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Free your spine and the rest will follow

You know when you’re about to do something really brave and someone says to you, ‘well, you’ve got the backbone for it’, you know that what they’re saying in a roundabout way is that you’ve got the strength to do it. And there’s good reason why the word backbone is...

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Are your ribs and hips connected?

‘Of course they are!’  I hear you cry. ‘All my insides would fall out if they weren’t.’ And you’d be right, they are connected. But after reading this, you’ll discover that there’s more to it than you think. To enjoy the best health and a wide range of movement you...

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What does core strength mean to you?

What does core strength mean to you?  If you look in a dictionary the word ‘core’ relates to the central part of something that is deemed to be the most important.  But I also found this explanation, ‘… the part of something that has to be understood before the whole...

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Let it go, let it go ….

Ok, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that the theme for this blog centres around a certain Disney film, but it’s actually about letting go of pulling in your tummy.  Apologies if you now have ‘that’ song stuck in your head for the rest of the day.  Sorry! Habitually...

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Are you a Tipper or a Tucker?

How your pelvis ‘sits’ within your body can have a huge impact on the capacity to: Move well. Transfer forces through the spine. Support the internal and pelvic organs. Breathe well. Maintain the tone of all the muscles (that’s 72 in total) , amongst many other...

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Core Training vs Core Exercise

How well the 'core' works is integral to so many aspects of our whole wellbeing, not just preventing back pain and 'oops' moments, although it is pretty great at doing those things and there is nothing a bit of discomfort to motivate us to make a change.  After all...

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Breathing: Are you doing it right?

Does it really matter how you breathe?  In a word – yes. It can matter greatly where core and pelvic floor dysfunction is concerned. Breathing is not something we really think about.  In the main it’s an unconscious process.  But the fact that we breathe 20,000 times...

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Let’s get up close and personal with the reflexive core

I’m a firm believer that knowledge is power. To regain control of your body and get back to doing the activities you love, knowing how the body works can really help in understanding the reasons behind WHY certain routes to recovery are recommended and being able to...

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Release The Pressure For a Better Pelvic Floor

Your body is under constant pressure from its external environment and what’s going on inside it.  And this pressure is necessary - it keeps your blood circulating and your digestion moving.  In relation to having good ‘core function’, the pressure we’re interested in...

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Why pelvic floor exercises aren’t the only answer

For anyone who has ever experienced an embarrassing leak, no doubt you’ll have heard about pelvic floor exercises – ‘squeezing’ the pelvic floor muscles to contract them. And when I talk of embarrassing leaks, I mean the ones that happen when we sneeze, cough, jump,...

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The importance of Vitamin D and healthy bones

The importance of Vitamin D and healthy bones

It’s getting to that time of the year again.  The mornings aren’t as bright, evenings are drawing in, the days are getting shorter and winter is on its way.  Some days you might only see the daylight through the office window, or for an hour at lunchtime.  Apart from...

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It’s time to come clean?

It’s time to come clean?

I have a confession. I’m obsessed with your buttocks. More specifically the muscles of your buttocks, which are known as your Glutes. It’s all for the best reasons, you understand. It’s just that they are so important to supporting your body and being pain free. The...

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Are you square aware?

Are you square aware?

I picked up this little gem on a workshop at the weekend and I’ve been using it in class all week. It’s a fabulous little tool to check you are in the best alignment for spine health. In optimal alignment the ribs should sit directly above the pelvis. But in our...

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Text Neck

I shouldn’t just blame your phone, there are so many reasons why we start to develop a forward head posture or ‘chin poke’. Driving, long term computer use, need to wear glasses or using bi-focals or vari-focals. Our modern lifestyle is very forward facing and tends...

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Osteoporosis

Did you know that your skeleton is 1/10th of your body mass and 10% of your bone is renewed each year. Our bone mass peaks between the ages of 20 and 40 years and from the ages of 30-35 years there is an average decrease of 1% in done density per year. This can be...

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Hyperextension of the knees

Hyperextension is the movement of a joint past its normal range. All our joints have an optimal range of movement, which they are designed to function optimally within. They are also designed to be able to a little bit beyond that range as a mechanism to protect from...

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Our Nutritional Needs

For the past couple of months I’ve been learning more about nutrition. Not just the eat 5 fruit and veg a day (you do, don’t you?) but getting at the nuts (get it?) and bolts. The macro-nutrients and the implications for our bodies. Many factors make up our...

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The Swayback Posture

Last time we looked at the importance of an aligned spine and good posture. So, what are the other types of common deviations from this optimal position? Do I remind you to push your hips back in class? If so, you may have developed a Swayback posture. In a swayback...

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Do you look after feet in the same way?

Can you believe we are over half way through the year already? It’s been all about our feet this week. How much thought do you give to the health of your feet? They are your contact with the world. They are complex machinery. You have just over 200 bones in your body...

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