A brief history of Pilates

A brief history of Pilates Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th Century – originally from Germany he suffered many debilitating conditions notably asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. He was reportedly told early in his life that he would die prematurely – he lived until 83!  So the Pilates method has been…

Understanding Pain

Understanding Pain I have been asked to write a brief summary of those areas in which I have a clinical interest. I qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1987 and emerged from training with a determined desire to understand those factors which influence pain in everyday musculo-skeletal injuries and conditions and therefore would hopefully be…

The benefits of strength training for older adults

The benefits of strength training for older adults As an ageing population continues to pile pressure on Britain’s health and care system, it’s increasingly important to get older people more active to enable them to lead happier, healthier and more independent lives in their later years – with strength training able to play an important…

Bottoms Up!

Bottoms Up!Some facts about your gluteal (bottom) musclesSitting for long periods can lead to the gluteal muscles atrophying (wasting) through constant pressure and disuse. This may be associated with (although not necessarily the cause of) lower back pain, difficulty with some movements that naturally require the gluteal muscles, such as getting up from sitting, and…

New Class Starting

Starting Tuesday 1st October we are introducing an extra Beginners class which will run for 4 weeks at a price of £40. This is a fantastic class catered to new beginners who need to get comfortable and into the swing of a regular Pilates class. The classes consist of gentle exercises done on a mat in either a…

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis Bones stop growing in length between the ages of 16 and 18, but bone density continues to increase slowly until a person’s late 20s. After the age of around 35, bone loss increases very gradually as part of the natural ageing process. This can lead to osteoporosis and an increased risk of broken bones,…

Reflexology & sleep problems

Reflexology and Sleep ProblemsInsomnia means “the inability to gain adequate sleep” and usually refers to a state in which sleeplessness is a regular condition interfering with normal life. Some people may find difficulty falling asleep as well as waking up prematurely, or a sleeping pattern punctuated by frequent periods of wakefulness. Reflexology may help improve…

Night cramp and water

NIGHT CRAMP AND WATER! How many people do you know who say they don’t want to drink anything before going to bed because they’ll have to get up during the night? A Cardiac Doctor was asked why people need to urinate so much at night time.  Answer from him – Gravity holds water in the…

Fascia

‘First, many think of fascia as a glorified body stocking – a seamless piece of tissue that cling film wraps you just underneath the skin. While this is true of the superficial fascia, it’s important to understand it is a richly multi-dimensional tissue that forms your internal soft tissue architecture. From the superficial (“body stocking”)…

What is Shiatsu?

What is Shiatsu? Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork based on ideas in traditional Chinese medicine. In the Japanese language, shiatsu means “finger pressure”. Shiatsu techniques include massages with fingers, thumbs, feet and palms: assisted stretching and joint manipulation and mobilization. To examine a patient, a shiatsu practitioner uses palpation and sometimes pulse diagnosis.…