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Pain Relief With Pilates

My body became a write off about four and a half years ago, following a head-on car accident with an uninsured driver.  I had been in fairly good, energetic shape until then – although relatively healthy I was never a fan of, or any good at, exercise.

Until May this year I had been in constant pain, managed with Bowen therapy, Homoeopathy and Acupuncture.  A friend of mine told me that both herself and her sister had found great benefit from going to Pilates regularly, so I thought I would take the bull by the horns and started Pilates classes.

Within two weeks I was starting to notice a change for the better.  I had more energy (always useful when looking after a toddler!), and the pain was no longer constant.  Gradually over the weeks the pain lessened and I was feeling more positive in myself.  I didn’t realise the benefits properly until I missed a couple of weeks due to being  away.  During this time I slipped back a bit, feeling more uncomfortable again.  It was only on returning to Pilates that I realised it was helping all along!

I was feeling good for three or four days after a session then by the time the next class came round I felt like I needed to start all over again.  So now, nearly six months on, I have just started going twice a week, and hoping for further improvements.

I have done Pilates before, many years ago, but never  ‘got it’ until now.  That is all thanks to an excellent teacher – Zoisa is inspirational and motivational.  She explains everything very clearly and her hands-on approach to reposition where needed really makes such a difference.   It is flipping hard work and I feel muscles I didn’t know I had afterwards, but that is preferable to the pain and discomfort that followed me everyday for the last few years!

I still have a way to go but I certainly feel I am improving week by week.  So if you are in pain or have restriction of movement, please do consider Pilates to complement regular Bowen treatment.



Are you a Stagnant Swamp or a Flowing Waterfall?

Picture a stagnant swamp…

Lifeless, slow, stiff, dull, lethargic, struggling… and many more words besides…

Now picture a beautiful flowing waterfall…

Full of life, vigor, vitality, energy, flow, force…

Which are you?

What is the key that links the swamp to the waterfall?


Unfortunately the world has become more of a Swampy kind of place.  Many of the

wonderful people I see in clinic every week have become Swampy kinds of people.  In

the nicest possible way, of course!

The hardest part of my work, particularly with Bowen, is not the treatment itself.  It

is encouraging rehydration amongst many chronically dehydrated people.  These

people have back pain, joint pain, stiffness, soreness, arthritis, digestive problems,

sleep difficulties, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, excess

body weight, asthma and eczema.  The list goes on.

This worries me.  A lot.  Many of these things could be prevented, simply by drinking

water.  Not fancy, fizzy, flavoured water.  Just ordinary tap water.

We are so lucky in the UK to have water available whenever we need it.  It is clean

and fresh (usually) and although there are chemicals added to it to keep it that way,

it is still better than water in other countries.  Most importantly, water is FREE!  This

is why I really don’t understand how as a nation we have become chronically


The modern culture is all about drinking tea and coffee, fizzy drinks, juices and

alcohol.  Don’t get me wrong, these things can be fine in moderation, but there needs

to be a balance.

Turn yourself from a stagnant swamp in to a beautiful flowing waterfall… drink


8 glasses a day is the recommended minimum.  If you are a 10 cups of tea or coffee

kind of person, start introducing water slowly and gradually build up your water

intake over a few days whilst at the same time reducing the other drinks you have.

The most frequent reason for not drinking water is that people believe they will be

rushing to the loo all the time.  Firstly, this really is not something that should be

considered a problem.  But secondly, as long as you sip the water gradually

throughout the course of the day, you should not notice too much of a difference.

What tends to make people need to pee more is the irritation of the concentrated

urine in the bladder.  If you are a water minimalist, you may notice that your urine is

dark in colour, possibly cloudy and may have a strong odour.  Water will dilute the

urine, making it less irritant and it should be pale and clear.

If you can do all this then you really WILL notice the benefits in such a short space of

time.  Let’s become a nation of waterfalls!

If you would like to read more about how water can help with pain and illness, please

do have a look at this website by an amazing man!

Good Old Arnica!

If there is one thing that I would NEVER be without it is a bottle of Arnica 30c tablets.  Especially now I have a toddler!  I keep some in my bag at all times and several supplies around the house!

It is most commonly known and used for the healing of bruises, but there is so much more to it than that.  It is great for sleep problems, overtiredness, pain, shock and trauma – amongst other things.  It is perfectly safe to use and will not intefere with any other medications or treatments.

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Cider Vinegar – Liquid Gold?

Either you love it or you hate it, but cider vinegar seems to have a huge array of beneficial health properties.  It was recently referred to by one of my patients as ‘Liquid Gold’ because he had felt so much better since taking it!


So what is it? Simply, cider vinegar is what is left over from the production of cider.  Fermented over a longer period of time and containing no alcohol, it usually contains a maximum of just 5% acidity.


So as a predominantly alkaline substance, it is useful as an anti-inflammatory which is why I advocate its use so strongly to my patients.

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