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Movement is Medicine

 When most of us think of medicine, we conjure images of pills, potions, tests or worse, surgery. However, one of the most potent forms of medicine is movement - pure and simple physical activity. I have just returned from a weeklong workshop dedicated to movement under the direction of MP founder Marja Putkisto. I arrived with a sore back and returned uplifted, relaxed and energised.  Slogans abound among health and fitness professionals, and everyday column inches are devoted to a new superfood that will lower your blood pressure, increase your metabolism, ward off type 2 diabetes or some other scary ailment. What we in our remote control culture often fail to recognise is that inactivity/sitting is the 'disease” of modern times, and no number of green smoothies will...

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The Importance of Working Safely (Part 2)

Injuries can happen anytime – getting out of bed, walking along the pavement, even standing still, but are more likely when exercising. This blog is a continuation on the importance of working safely. If you missed Part 1, you can retrieve it from the archived blogs. One thing that is worth noting is that many injuries develop gradually over years, and can be due to over-use, over-stretching and/or mis-alignment. In class I am there is to guide, supervise and assist; home practice is very beneficial, and following a few basic guidelines will help you stay injury free. Warm Up – this is important prior to any physical activity. Basic breathing, stretching and mobilisations help prepare your body for more challenging stuff. Don’t forget to give your mind...

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Transverse (Lower) Abdominals

This blog is the result of a question that came up inclass recently – 'Is it possible to reactivate and strengthen the lower abdominals following surgery such as a caesarian section, even after several years?” Yes* In my last blog on pelvic floor activation, the transversus abdominis (TA) got a mention due to working in coordination with the pelvic floor, so please do read that blog in conjunction with this one. The TA is the deepest innermost layer of your abdominal muscles and is located underneath your rectus abdominis (star of the six-pack). The TA runs horizontally across your abdomen and is involved whenever you move a limb or exhale; it also holds in your internal organs. Its main function is to activate your core muscles and stabilise...

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Pelvic Floor Activation and Strengthening

What is your Pelvic Floor and What Does It Do? You could think of the pelvic floor as a muscular hammock that spans from your tailbone at the back to your pubic bone at the front and from one sitting bone to the other (side to side). It supports your bladder, bowel and in women the uterus; it gives you control over when you empty your bladder and bowel. The urethra (urine tube) and the rectum (back passage) and for women the vagina pass through the pelvic floor muscles, which wrap quite firmly around these passages to keep them shut*. Pelvic floor muscles are also important for sexual function in both men and women. A weak pelvic floor means your internal organs are not fully supported, and...

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Drinking Water, how much and why

'Pure water is the world's first and foremost medicine' - Slovakian Proverb We are always being told to drink more water, but how much is enough or too much and why does it matter? All of you who attend my Method Putkisto classes, are familiar with my usual parting request to remember to drink water especially after class. I have never explained why - so here goes...

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