What if your beloved skinny jeans were actually making your pelvic floor symptoms worse?
Would you give them up? Could you?
The human body is a pretty fascinating subject. When you think about all of things going on inside of your body now, keeping you going, it’s pretty mind blowing. Just to sit up and read or type, needs so many different muscle functions and nervous system messages to ensure the right parts of you move at the right time. Then there’s your heart, lungs and digestion systems that are also working at the same time.
All of these micro movements happen as if by magic. We hardly need to think about how to sit or stand anymore, we just know how to do this. We learned this early on in our lives and our body works automatically.
So what happens to the body when we put restrictions on it? If you’re unfortunate enough to break a bone you may have to wear a cast. During this time, while your bones are healing, your muscles aren’t moving. They can’t move, so they just wither away. When the cast is removed you have to rebuild that muscle up again so that you can move it effectively.
What happens if you place your body in a variety of casts all day long? Now I can imagine you’re wondering what I mean. Why would you put your body in a cast unless it was broken in some way.
Well, let me tell you something you might not have thought about. If you’re wearing tight clothing right now you’re essentially wearing a body cast. Are you wearing an underwire bra that’s ‘expertly’ fitted so that it actually creates marks on your skin when you take it off? What about your feet? Are your shoes pointy, do they have heels or have you got lots of support in your shoe for your feet?
If you’re wearing any of these items right now you’re effectively wearing a body cast that is limiting your body’s ability to function properly.
The main point to all of this is that you need your whole body to function well so that your pelvic floor can function. If you wear skinny jeans your hips can’t move properly and then your pelvis won’t be in the right position for your pelvic floor. If you’re wearing overly supportive shoes that restrict your foot’s natural ability to move, then you’re affecting your pelvic floor’s ability to function.
Basically all roads lead to the potential for poor pelvic floor function if you’re wearing clothing that restricts your body.
So tell me this…now would you consider giving up your skinny jeans or high heels?
If you’re interested in learning more about pelvic floor function and more specifically how you can start to alleviate your pelvic floor dysfunction then join me on Tuesday 19th May at 11am for a free webinar.
What’s your daily movement regime like? Do you sit down a lot or do you get chances to move?
It can actually be quite difficult to fit in time for exercise or yoga classes so I want to offer you some help to move more and feel better. Our bodies need variety and diversity of movement to keep it feeling health and happy.
If you’re like most people you probably feel like there isn’t enough time, or perhaps you don’t feel like you have the money for classes and gyms or maybe you’re just not sure what to do or how to start?
First of all it’s important to differentiate between exercise and movement. You may already exercise a couple of times a week, which is a good start. But do you then spend 8 hours a day sitting down at work? Exercise is great but movement is even better.
And I’m talking about any kind of movement that’s not being still in the same body position. This could be walking, dancing, cleaning, playing a sport, going to the gym or gardening. It’s literally, anything you do with your body that gets you moving. So in a way it’s easier to add into your life than exercise because you already have the only equipment you need – your body!
I’m really passionate about natural movement to improve wellbeing. I’m sharing some ideas to get you thinking differently about movement.
Are you ready to move more and feel better? Here’s my 5 top tips to get you started.
Think about what your body needs
This requires you to think about what your body has been doing already today. If you’ve been doing repetitive movements or stuck in the same position for a while – do something different that nourishes your body. So for example, if you’ve been doing lots of computer work then you’ll definitely need to open your shoulders and do some twisting movements. If you’ve been driving or sitting, lunges are your go to movement. This will help to stretch out the front of the hip. Try to tune in to how you feel and move your body in a way that feels good. It doesn’t have to be a specific pose – just move around in a natural way for a bit.
This one is fairly easy. Just walk more. No need to say more – I think you’ve got the idea!
This has to be my most favourite way to incorporate more movement. Adding in movement into tasks you are already day is pure genius. Not only are you doing more movement but you’re also making the current task a little more interesting. A couple of examples could be adding in some toe lifts and foot stretches while preparing your food. Combine TV watching with sitting on the floor and stretching. If you’re familiar with 90/90 legs then this is a great one for hip mobility while sitting in the evening.
Breathing is moving too
If you’re stuck on a train or in a meeting, it might not be appropriate to start dancing around or doing some stretches. This is the perfect opportunity to practice your rib cage breathing. Focus on expanding your ribs as you breath will not only be soothing but also counts as important movement for your intercostal muscles.
Keep a diary
So if time was one of our barriers then this is going to feel like another time-consuming task. But I’m not talking about writing endless notes. Simply making a note at the end of the day of when and how you’ve moved. When you begin to write something down it feels more tangible and there is more chance that you’ll move more knowing that you are answerable to those notes in your diary at the end of the day.
The main thing is to move more. It really doesn’t matter whether it’s on a yoga mat or in front of the TV. It could be at your desk or out in your garden. Movement in nourishing for both mind and body. Yoga plays a vital part because it helps us to connect with ourselves. But don’t worry about doing fancy yoga poses – just move, feel good and your body will thank you.
Are you interested in learning more about your body’s needs?
Would you like to have a daily yoga and movement practice that feels easy and interesting?
Then join me on 16th March for a week long yoga and movement challenge. This is going to be a fun week of moving together, learning how to create a home yoga practice and feeling inspired with new ideas and tips.
It’s a week long challenge and it’s totally FREE! The best thing is it will be all online so you can join in at any time in the day. Each day you’ll receive an email with a new and easy challenge to get you moving. By the end of the week you will have moved in a variety of ways, experienced what it’s like to have a daily movement practice and hopefully have more knowledge to carry on!!! There will be an online community to join together with everyone taking up the challenge and you’ll receive an email as well.
Interested? Sign up for this totally FREE, week long challenge to get you moving more!
Did you know that it’s more important to be mobile than flexible? Read my blog post all about it
1-2-1 yoga offers a personalised programme to suit your body, mind and lifestyle
Wouldn’t it be great if our bodies worked really well all of the time? If we could always spring out of bed feeling refreshed and ready for the day.
But for many of us that’s not the reality. We awake with aches and pains from the previous days activities. We know we need to exercise to stay healthy, but what’s the best movements to do for your particular body. That’s where private and personalised yoga classes can really help you.
Unfortunately our modern life often causes many of our aches and pains. Over the years of working, driving, sitting etc… our bodies come out of alignment and that’s when the pains and problems start. Sometimes over exercising can be the cause or doing the wrong type of activity for your body.
It takes a while for all of this to happen of course. Then we reach our mid forties perhaps and suddenly start to feel like life is taking it’s toll. That’s when we start to tell ourselves we are just getting old and maybe even start to accept it.
And who’s going to go to the doctors to complain of aches and pains? Would you just work around it and start adapting your movements so that your body isn’t causing you pain? When you start adapting and avoiding doing those movements, you start to lose the ability to move that bit freely. It’s so true when people say, use it or lose it! We have to keep moving our bodies in order for us to be able to keep moving our bodies!
Private yoga classes can help you to learn how to move your bodies to develop and maintain the strength, balance and mobility needed to feel strong and happy.
This is how a personalised, private yoga class can help you.
- The first place we start is with assessment. We see how your body moves in and out of poses as well as looking at posture. We also talk about you and find out what you want from a yoga practice. Everyone has a different starting place. You could be coming back from an injury or wish to regain strength. You already love yoga, so you know the many benefits, but what’s important to me, is what you need.
- I create a practice that works for you! Each session will be different, offering you a variety of movements, poses and opportunities to explore different areas of the body. The main job for me is to observe and support you with the right cues and props, so that you are moving safely and working towards your goal.
- From day 1 you will start to learn more about your own body. Over time you will become an expert in what your body needs. Through our 1-2-1 session we will get a detailed understanding of exactly how your body moves and where you need to focus to help you feel great
- We’ll look at your practice on the mat and also how you can integrate more movement into your modern life. So if you have to spend hours at a desk over a computer, we will discuss and practice movements and poses that you can do daily to help combat those aches and pains. The body that we work with on your yoga mat is the same body off the yoga mat. We always need to be considering how we treat it, if we want to develop and maintain our physical and mental health.
- So, not only will you have a personalised programme of yoga poses that you can practice at home you will also have a wealth of actionable lifestyle tips that will keep you moving well and feeling calm. Exercises, movements and poses that you can do at work or before a sports game. As well as breathing and meditation tips that you can practice anytime you need to retreat away and focus on you.
If you’ve started to notice the aches and pains, perhaps it’s time to consider a more personalised approach.
If you want to enjoy the free of movement for many, many years and love the mind body connection that yoga provide, get in touch to find out about working 1-2-1
It’s a questions I get asked the most and I find it a really difficult question to answer. Mainly because I don’t feel like it fits with just one specific genre or style. In the West, we have created so many different class themes, styles and types of yoga that there really is something for everyone. Which I think is great. But it doesn’t answer your question…
Every yoga class you go to will be different, because each teacher has a different approach. The poses will be vaguely similar but how they are taught will differ.
I believe that there is a yoga style for everyone and it all depends on what you hope to get out of the class on whether a certain style will suit you.
It’s important that you find a class that suits your needs and your aims for yourself. When someone new comes to my class, I always ask ‘what brings you to yoga?’ That’s what I’m really interested in and why I teach…
So here is a little more detail about my approach and who might benefit from my class.
My focus is to improve the functional movement of your body. What this means is that your bones, muscles and joints are strong, mobile and flexible in all of the right proportions so that your body feels good.
I’m influenced and inspired by a new group of yogis who are developing a sustainable approach to yoga. One that suits the needs of modern life and is a safe and effective practice for your body.
I like to include some of the traditional standing and seated poses alongside strengthening exercises and poses to release tension. We will move mindfully into each pose, flowing and sometimes holding and breathing in a pose.
Some times we move in and out of poses, for example, we might hold warrior 2, keeping the legs strong and work on shoulder mobility at the same time with variations of arm and shoulder movements.
You might sometimes experience movements that you don’t find in other yoga classes, such as foot mobilising exercises. This is because I’m learning new techniques all of the time and I like to bring in different movement concepts into my class. So the benefits of working on your feet, for example, can be felt further up the body in helping to ease lower back pain or knee problems. Every part of our body is effected by how well every other part works. So by focusing on our whole body, we benefit as a whole too!
Most of all there will be variety for your body – as this is the best way for you to enjoy a well-functioning body.
My class suits anyone who is interested in looking after themselves, being the best version they can be and finding a little ‘me’ time to relax and unwind.
My class are also perfect for you if you:
- spend a lot of time sitting down hunched over a computer, driving or on the sofa
- experience problems with your pelvic floor or have regular back or knee pain
- feel stressed or anxious
- would like to feel better in your body
- want to stay active for as long as possible
- are bored of the usual yoga class and want something new!
I’d say my class is a little bit like choosing a healthy eating diet. A healthy movement diet should include variety and be well balanced. That’s how I plan each class or workshop. There will be something for your whole body, it will be different each week and you will feel nourished afterwards.
Most of all it will reflect the nature of yoga giving you time on the mat for loving kindness to yourself.
If you want to experience my teaching you can find me every Tuesday at Haywood Road community centre in Mapperley.
I also run a Sunday morning yoga club for anyone wanting to spend more time on the good stuff!!
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