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Spring Cleaning (Lymphatic System)

Spring is one of my favourite times of the year; Increased daylight, crisp mornings that develop into warm days and the first delicate blossoms prompt me to clear out the clutter that has accumulated during the long winter 'hibernation”.  Husband and children run for the hills as I turn out every cupboard, and drawer before tackling the attic and cellar. My body too seems to want to take advantage of this special awakening time, and as many of you have asked me about Lymph flow recently, I thought it timely to write about the body’s behind-the-scenes cleaning system. The Lymphatic System has long been recognised in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine for its importance in preventative health care. Why? Because it supports every other system in the...

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Time to Detox

In an ideal world we would all grow our own organic food, eat according to nature’s bounty and breathe clean air. In reality we try to eat healthily, get too little sleep, drink alcohol and live in an urban environment full of unavoidable toxins. Our bodies naturally have a great way of detoxing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t support it from time to time. Spring is a great time to detox; here are my 8 top tips to help you boost that internal ability:  Alkalise your body  - The body’s pH is closely regulated and when it drifts out of balance so does our health, because the body’s natural detox pathways work better in an alkaline environment. Spring and Summer are times when there is an...

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Big Toe Injury and Back pain

A year ago I partially severed and crushed the big toe of my left foot and had surgery to pin and stitch it. I was told full recovery would take a year and that my big toe would be stiff, but otherwise not to expect any long-term problems. Having done extensive bodywork, I felt my body was in a good place and wouldn’t be significantly affected by this injury – how wrong could I be? Following a successful surgical outcome and returning to work four weeks after the incident, it soon became apparent that all was not well. I was experiencing knee pain, my pelvis had become rotated and lower back pain followed. The road to full recovery has been long and slow but my salvation has...

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Free to Move – Fit to Shoot

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link="https://youtu.be/ZJzdjHIQyLI"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Free to Move – Fit to Shoot ( A Unique Programme for Shooters) As a shooter I am very aware of the demands our sport places on the body. I have met shooters so afflicted with neck and shoulder damage that they require surgery or worse have to give up the sport they love. Although tales of being unable to put on shooting stockings without assistance due to lower back stiffness or struggling to remove a sweater because recoil has rendered the wearer unable to lift their arms are a humorous part of shoot day chatter, they are also indicative of the chronic effects of our one sided sport. Jokes aside, the effects of recoil are cumulative and cannot be underestimated. This video clip of John...

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The Importance of Working Safely (Part 1)

January is a time when most of us feel the urge to do something good for our health and fitness. This enthusiasm, and desire for results can often lead to trying too hard in class or comparing your flexibility, mobility and posture to your neighbour. Method Putkisto is a gentle, non-impact exercise that will reform your body, but like any form of exercise it is important to work safely, at your own pace and within your own limits, particularly if you are new to exercise, have had a long period without exercising or are recovering from injury. In this blog, I am going to explain why we do certain things in class and give you a few watchpoints for working safely. 1)  Centreline and Centreing Method Putkisto places demands on...

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