“Lending a Hand to the Soul”

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So my latest addition to my practice is something that speaks volumes, yet is peacefully silent. Also known as “Yoga for lazy people” (the therapist does the work), I prefer to see it as “lending a hand to the soul”. As much as it is renowned for it’s physical benefits, it leaves one with a sense of well-being in balancing Mind, Body and Spirit.

Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient Oriental technique that combines acupuncture, passive stretching, reflexology and energy work, with deep tissue massage. It helps posture, alignment, strength, and flexibility. The massage is conducted on a mat, on the floor, fully clothed.

During Pilates classes, I would often feel the need to push a stretch further or to manipulate the body where misalignment was present. Having completed the course and currently working on case studies (many a willing participant I might add!!), the technique is proving to be successful, with improvement at every stage, on every age. A reminder: one is most likely to go through a detox, so it’s about being gentle with oneself, hydrating, bathing in Epsom Salts following treatments and nurturing the body in order to get the full benefit. Try it out, you… and your soul have everything to gain!

Core Inspiration

Skinny JeansWhen talking about the core, some believe that this just consists of one’s “6-pack”. This is not the case. It extends from the pelvic floor and right up into the diaphragm. Pilates instructors will often refer to the “Powerhouse”, which is an extension of our core. We are talking glutes, obliques, abdominals, lats, hip flexors, and pretty much all muscles of the torso (excluding the arms and legs).

So the next time you workout, don’t neglect the very important muscles that will help you fit into those super tight skinny jeans for summer. We don’t want the muffin-top look, do we now? Here is a link to some super exercises that will definitely do the job. Remember your form whilst doing them!


The 21 Day Challenge

The 21 Day ChallengeAs summer is now approaching us, it’s time to get our minds and bodies into action. It’s always around this time of year that there is a sudden realisation that we have let ourselves go…into that dreamy place of roasts, fireplaces, vino and the occasional malva pudding (with double thick cream, of course). We are all guilty of it, so don’t beat yourself up. Alas! There is a light at the end of the tunnel! It’s simply making the decision to change and to be the very best version of yourself that you can be. Apparently it takes 21 days to make a habit. I choose #4. Avoid procrastination. How about you? http://www.weandserendipity.com/2013/01/ive-been-thinking-about-this-little.html