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Are you ready to return to running?

Are you ready to return to running? Earlier this year, three physiotherapists collaborated together to make the first ever "returning to running post natal guidelines for medical, health and fitness professionals managing this population". Tom Goom, Emma Brockwell and...

Why am I peeing so much in pregnancy?

During pregnancy, the female body undergoes a transformational change due to the wonderful hormonal orchestra being played out. Pregnant and peeing for England! springs to mind. Many will notice subtle body changes like tender achy breasts, a heightened...

Breastfeeding: The good, the bad and the ugly.

Breastfeeding: The good, the bad and the ugly. The reality is it's a mixture of all three and some parts take more centre stage than others. This blog post is based purely on my own experiences of breastfeeding my own two children and may not resonate with everyone....

Caesarean section scar tissue massage

Caesarean section scar tissue massage Did you know that post caesarean section surgery your scar tissue should be massaged? Were you told how to let air get to it to allow it to heal, then to try and walk tall to allow the scar to lengthen or even to touch it and...

Exercise post baby: the struggles

Fairly recently I had my second child. Up until 36 weeks pregnant I taught 4 pilates classes a week and until 38 weeks pregnant I taught many 1:1 client sessions. I was very fit. Super fit. I was very active. I thought very naively post baby I would breeze back into...

Six weeks post baby…what now?

When you get to six weeks post baby and you are told you can magically return to all normality. Is that realistic? What now... Post baby the initial euphoria and ecstasy quickly turns into serious sleep deprivation and the realisation of "what now" sinks in, your...

Get pelvic floor smart and stop leaking

This week marks World Continence week from 18/6/2018. There are several people campaigning to bring this to the forefront of the media and really grab the nations attention. Have a look at #pantsnotpads and see some of the amazing work that the pelvic roar team are...

Is being SEDENTARY keeping you STUCK?

Is being SEDENTARY keeping you STUCK? You know when you have a "to-do" list as long as your arm but you find yourself staring at the same page of that book you're trying to read, or the same screen of your computer for over 10 minutes? Do you recognise you are stuck?...

C-section recovery

As April is C-section awareness month let's talk about the recovery. This blog post tells you everything you need to know about the recovery if your baby was born through your sun roof! Having a caesarean section to give birth to your baby can be a blessing if it...

Mums Matter!

My blog post this month is written from the heart.  March is a sad month for me as it was at this beautiful time of year we lost our mum suddenly to heart failure. This is the double reason why I am passionate about improving post natal care for new mums as not...

How to do your Pelvic floor exercises

Pelvic floor exercises should be simple, squeeze and relax and they are done, right?   WRONG.   Pelvic floor exercises are complex. They require breath control, co-ordination & timing for starters. That's before you try & isolate the "squeeze" to the correct passage....

How to reduce hip pain when running with Pilates

How to reduce hip pain when running with Pilates... Are you an avid runner who suffers with knee or hip pain when running? Do you love running but it doesn't agree with your body? Would you love to run without all the aches and pains afterwards?   I am a self...

Preparation for my ideal birth

I wanted to share my birth story the second time round, as I was very passionate about having the opportunity to give birth naturally and not via Caesarean section, like I did electively (planned) with my first born who was breech. Here is my journey about my...

Pregnancy: the second time round

Pregnancy: the second time round Here we go again - I'm pregnant for the second time. I'm ecstatic and feel very privileged but was in complete shock at the news for the first few weeks. I didn't feel pregnant - until I took the test and then it was like an instant...

Why you need to get up off your bum!

Why you need to get up off your bum! (And why always sitting is bad for your health...) Why do you indeed? We live in a modern society in the Western world where lounging around and basically "doing nothing" is almost considered the "social norm".  This is worrying on...

What exactly are the health benefits of Pilates?

What exactly are the health benefits of Pilates? PILATES seems to have a "buzz" around it at the moment. With sayings such as 'Pilates has got your back' and with many healthcare professionals recommending it as a form of exercise - you may wonder what EXACTLY are the...

How to reduce the risk of prolapse

How to reduce the risk of prolapse After writing my blog about what is a prolapse it occurred to me that many women would also like to know how to reduce the risk of prolapse. There are probably many other common questions to answer which I have heard in clinic time...

Walk the PILATES way

Walk the PILATES way... One of my all time favourites since starting my Pilates journey has been learning to WALK the PILATES way. If you are wondering what I am referring to it's the essence of walking tall and being mindful of my posture as I walk.   Using all of...

How to reduce neck and shoulder tension

How to reduce neck and shoulder tension: three simple top tips Do you suffer with sore shoulders? Muscle tension around your upper back and neck muscles? Headaches that radiate from the back of your head into your eye socket? Rounded shoulders? Poor posture? It's a...

Seeds and salads

Healthy Eating: Seeds and salads Although you wouldn't have guessed it from looking at me, I wasn't particularly a healthy eater when I was younger. I was very fussy. I think I could count on two hands the amounts of different foods I would eat. I feel for my poor...

Desk based workers – is your posture causing you pain?

Calling all desk based workers - is your posture causing you pain? For the vast majority of us, we spend long hours chained to our desks which results in sedentary, inactive lifestyles. It is no wonder many of us are not doing enough exercise when we are sucked into...

Birthday celebrations – one year on

Birthday celebrations - one year on The Pilates Physio is one year old and celebrates it's first birthday milestone in April. I wanted to write this blog about that first year as both a reflection and a thank you for the gratitude I have for getting me to this point....

Pilates for men: why Pilates is not just for ladies

Pilates for men: why Pilates is not just for ladies Pilates is slowly gaining momentum and popularity and Pilates is not just for ladies. Many health care professionals highly recommend it due to its many benefits. It's like a "buzz" word that is here to stay. Most...

The Mummy Tummy: how to reduce the gap

Once the euphoria of having your baby starts to dissolve your thoughts will at some point return to your current body shape and altered body image. Not many of after the birth of our babies snap back into our normal clothes and out of our maternity trousers with the...

Do you make these mistakes when doing Pilates?

Do you make these mistakes when doing Pilates? Pilates is now hugely popular amongst the health care sector and the general public due to it's focus on strengthening the spine by working core stability muscles. These core muscles attach directly to our spine and so if...

How to prevent pregnancy pains? The three P’s.

Being pregnant is a transformational stage of your life. Your body physically changes shape. You often feel fatigued. Your emotions can become fragile as your hormones go haywire. It completely alters your identity and sense of self at times. During pregnancy is it...

Why Pilates is not a short term fix

Hello February! The start of a new month, the month of LOVE where we celebrate Valentine's Day with oodles of chocolate, roses, teddy bears and all the other commercial items attached to it. When we think about LOVE - it really needs to first come from within us,...

7 ways to get you motivated to move

Seven ways to get you motivated to move... As the New Year dawns most of us will promise ourselves New Years Resolutions such as drink more water, eat less biscuits, get more exercise and so on. So, how do we get motivated to do it? After the build up of Christmas and...

Keep Calm It’s Christmas!

KEEP CALM IT'S CHRISTMAS! Keep calm it's Christmas... It's that time of year were your to do list has been as long as your arm and the overwhelm of it all starts to creep in. Hopefully once Christmas Day and Boxing Day have passed things may start to settle down a...

A tribute to my late mum

Mum you were a shining star And we know you're still here both near and far. We'll always remember your big sunny smile And the constant photos you took all the while.   Your passion for speedway led you to our Dad, Who with him you travelled and three children had....

Does driving fill you with dread?

Driving - love it or hate it? It can be a bit like marmite can't it. BUT, does driving fill you with dread? Do you prefer quiet back country lanes or wide open motorways? Whatever you prefer chances are that certain driving scenarios do indeed fill you with dread....

How to poo in peace

How To Poo In Peace This is not the normal topic of conversation for many (unless you're a physio, nurse or GP perhaps) BUT...let's talk about "How to poo in peace". I'm here to address some issues around going to the toilet and being able to do a "number two" without...

How to improve your posture

How to improve your posture This blog post is all about how to improve your posture. Do you suffer with bad posture? Ever see yourself in photos and wish you had stood or sat straighter? Do you find your shoulders are constantly forward and your sat slumped? All of...

5 common mistakes made during core stability exercises

Are you doing them right? Core Stability Exercise Mistakes Core stability exercises if performed correctly can be life changing. Core stability exercises if performed incorrectly can be perceived as boring and pointless. So why exactly are they so difficult to grasp?...

How I overcame fear of needles

Before having my little boy I had two real phobias: Fear of needles and fear of childbirth. My needle phobia has always been a problem. I often fainted following injections - I think it was the thought of the pain rather than the actual injection that scared me most....

Core Stability Exercises – why are they SO good for you?

Core stability exercises - 10 Benefits and why are they really so good for you? Core stability exercises - what exactly are they and how can they help me? Have you ever tried Pilates? Maybe you braved a class or maybe you have never actually even got that far. If like...

Perfect present ideas for 0 – 3 year olds

Perfect present ideas for 0 - 3 year olds August is a month of celebrations in The Pilates Physio HQ! We have wedding anniversary's - 6 years this year, 4 year old birthdays and 30+ something birthdays to so we are pretty much cake, chocolate, crips, sweets and...

How grief helped me change my life

The multi-faceted face of grief Grief is a hideous thing. It grips your heart, it feels like its physically twisting it before it tears it in two. If you lose someone you love, the physical feeling is so intense it overwhelms you and this led to my first ever anxiety...

How to stop pee in your pants!

How to stop pee in your pants!   Do you cough, laugh or sneeze and a little bit of wee escapes? 1:3 women do. Do you plan your day out around where the next toilet is? Bladder problems are extremely common. Do you fear not getting to the loo on time? You are not...

10 tips for recovering from a caesarian section

10 top tips for recovering from a caesarian section If you have ever had a caesarian section or any form of abdominal surgery the main sticking point or memory is the pain. Let’s not beat around the bush here, having your abdominal muscles cut is painful. This is...

11 ways to make flying long haul with a toddler easy

Eleven ways to make flying long haul with a toddler easy. Eleven ways to make flying long haul with a toddler easy. Recently I embarked on a four week trip to Australia. Amazing I hear you say. With a three year old. Oh, that sounds hard work. On my own. Were you...

SAFE exercise in Pregnancy – the physiotherapist’s guide

SAFE exercise in Pregnancy Are you pregnant & want to keep fit and stay active but are not sure how? This blog covers SAFE exercise in Pregnancy. Did you exercise before becoming pregnant and are now uncertain about what is or isn't safe to do? Are you a complete...

9 reasons why you need to keep moving as a new mum

Are you struggling with upper or lower back pain since becoming pregnant or having a baby? Does your back ache from all the repeated lifting and carrying you are doing all day and night? Is it strain to carry your baby in their car seat? Do your shoulders and neck...

My newborn Story

My newborn story I have a healthy newborn baby, hurray! Here is my newborn story! Even though I had nine months to prepare, had read extensively about caring for newborns and had plenty of previous knowledge from my women’s health physiotherapy work… I was so not...