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Change happens through...

In many of my training practices, the word change appears the most. Joseph Pilates famous quote is due to adorn my treatment room at the studio. 

"Change happens through movement, and movement heals"

His teachings are clear, the body needs to move, but it can have a profound effect on the mind, which can be one of the biggest barriers to living a pain free life, I've certainly seen this first hand with many of my rehab clients.

A few years ago now, I came across the Kubler-Ross model through my biomechanics training, where it explains the emotional rollercoaster we go through when we learn. 

It's actually a model to describe the stages of grief, however it's an interesting way to describe how we cope with change, especially new learning, and even more when something challenges your existing knowledge or belief. I've talked about this in my workshops and quite often see participants go from one end of the curve to the other, some rollercoaster up and down...

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Exercising during lockdown.

The phrase 'unprecedented times' is one of the most widely used terms since mid March this year. By now this is probably finding you in some form of lockdown depending on where you are in the world. Not in our lifetime have we ever had to face anything like this. We cannot see our 'enemy', the messages about having the 'blitz spirit' in part are useful, but the reality is that 77 years ago, people could still socialise and were for the most part warned when threat was close.

Some history first....

Throughout history we have seen bacteria as an enemy to human existence, our immune systems compromised or unable to cope, and science not quite ready for what is being thrown at us. The plague pandemics over 800 years ago were thought to have been transmitted from rats, however recent research has shown, human lice, climate change and migration to be the biggest contributors to the global spread of the black death and other pandemics. Sounds rather familiar, if you remove the lice. You...

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Are you a slave to numbers?

nutrition Feb 27, 2020

Calorie counting has fast become a hot topic over the years, and with the rise of applications available on your phone to help you log food and water, it has become even easier to track what we put in our bodies. However, is that becoming too much of an obsession? 

I have worked with many types of clients, and I have 2 groups I worry about the most, the ones that religiously punch the numbers of every morsel into an app, and those that are obsessed with clean eating, so much so it can be classed as an eating disorder (orthorexia). As a qualified nutritional coach, the latter I would refer to a qualified nutritionist/dietitian (those with a degree in nutrition) because it is beyond my scope of practice. However, the number crunchers are definitely within my remit. 

Nutrition in the fitness industry goes from a level 3 course in nutrition (open to L3 PT's & L4 S&C coaches) who can advise on the basics within guidelines set by NICE, to specialists in nutritional...

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Ladies do you need more support?

Let's face it ladies, this part of our body can have more enthusiasm in movement than other parts do depending on size. They also attract a lot of attention, positive or negative, but they may well be affecting how you communicate with your dog. Not to leave the gentlemen out because you could need support for your reproductive organs (I will do a post about that later).

Boobs love to move, in all planes of movement, your body and your boobs are governed by Newtons second law of physics Fma

"When a net force sigmaF acts on an object of mass m, the acceleration of that mass can be calculated by sigmaF = ma.” 

In short a pair of boobs dependent on size can seriously shift without the support. The breast is not a muscle.They are our fleshy assets with a distinct function, and depending on how 'blessed' you are in the breast department they can certainly move about alot when you are in motion. Research says up to 15cm...

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Finally! You made me do it.....

Well I've finally caved in to the growing pressure to put my programme online. For those of you that know, this is a huge step. I have no idea how this is going to grow and develop, but it is happening and I'm scared, which is strangely exciting. I've spent years, 6 to be exact, trying to put the message out there that agility is a two way street, a partnership of dog and handler. Any dog sport is, and it is my hope, overtime, I can help the human part in all dog sport disciplines.

Nearly 12 years ago I came across an advert in the vets for a dog agility class, my husband and I rocked up with Max (our collie x staffie x I have no idea) who is now nearly 17 years old, and from that moment I was hooked, we both were. Only one problem, 1 dog and 2 handlers, so I let my husband train Max and I watched every week, quietly searching for a Border Collie, until one day along came Chace (Brueway Chasing Dreams).

We were warned that one day we would need a van, and we steadily went from 2...

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