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Wrist Flexibility and Mobility

A lot of people have been telling me about experiencing discomfort in their wrists when performing weight bearing exercises in class. Other stories about repetitive strain injuries, carpal tunnel and myriad wrist troubles, as well as Marja's recent workshop showcasing 'Wellbeing in the Office' have acted as inspiration to blog on another often overlooked joint. We tend to take the flexibility and mobility of our wrists for granted; whether it is tying shoelaces, throwing a frisbee, or cradling our newborn we expect our wrists to perform. However, long periods at a keyboard, playing certain sports or doing a job that involves repetitive tasks can take its toll. This diagram shows the movements your wrists and fingers should be able to do. The wrist joint is a complex joint...


3 Reason to Stretch – Flexibility, Range of Movement & Strength

Many people struggle with inflexibility and diminished range of movement in their joints, especially as they age*. It is generally accepted that stretching is an important part of any fitness and exercise program, so why is it often the most overlooked or poorly executed part of such a program? Recent conflicting studies about the benefits of stretching have confused the 'to-stretch or not-to-stretch and when-to-stretch” debate, but as somebody who teaches Method Putkisto, an exercise method which incorporates several types of stretching and strengthening, I think it is important to highlight the positive results that I see in the large variety of bodies and their owners’ lifestyles until more research is done. Your focus may be on building strength, or you may prefer to regularly change your...


Ankle Flexibility – Crucial to Body Positioning and Injury Prevention

Today we spent a whole class working on ankle flexibility; 75 minutes and nobody noticed the time passing. Why? As often happens the catalyst was somebody arriving fresh from a visit to the podiatrist, with a new pair of orthotics, and sharing the news of their diagnosis. Our ankles are often ignored or taken for granted, but their flexibility is key to body positioning, athletic performance and injury prevention. As stability joints, they must absorb force, transfer and stabilise weight as you walk, run, or simply get up out of a chair. This must happen quickly, and if you consider the average person takes 5,000 – 10,000 steps per day, you begin to realise the potential impact of learned movement patterns. The ankle is a hinge joint and on it’s...


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...


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...