I'm recovering well and getting faster....I'm so grateful I got it fixed....my instep was really worrying me.....you also let me know to take care of my body and to take twinges etc seriously.

Nigel, a runner

Over the last year, a deteriorating condition in my upper thigh had got even worse with increasing pain and stiffness, which no longer improved with use, and I felt my limp was in danger of being permanent....and acting on a personal recommendation I consulted Mike. After one treatment there was a marked improvement and now it seems to have completely gone and after some months there has been no sign of a return. Mike's treatment has been amazing.... I now attend the gym again with no problems.

Christopher Harbord, retired

I think this Pilates thing is really working...

Nick, after only six lessons

When you find a good masseur you stick to them, that's why I've been seeing Mike for more than 10 years. Having regular treatment has kept me running injury free and ready for my next workout with fresh legs. He always takes time on the problem areas and never rushes through the treatment - I would recommend him to anyone - give him a go, to help you achieve the best you can.

Hayley Yelling, European cross country champion 2005 and 2009

"Being treated by Mike has been a revelation. He pin-pointed the issues in my long-term back problem almost immediately and in just two sessions he has already made a huge difference. No drugs, no complex exercises just clear analysis and straight-forward corrective action."

 

Great Results, Personable, Expert

 

Peter hollingsworth 2011

Mike intuitively knows how to use his hands to release muscle tension, enabling me to move more fluidly again. He also imparts a load of knowledge which I hungrily absorb. After a session with Mike I always feel like dancing!

 

Mary Nonde Dance-Movement and Creative Arts Teacher

"I was desperately looking for someone who could help me with my back, neck and knee problems, all made worse by arthritis. Mike is VERY professional and knows what he is talking about. He knows exactly how to keep me on my feet and as for sorting out my neck pain and headaches, there is no one like him! So many people feel they need to go to someone who will crunch their bones to get relief but really the bones are being held together by muscle, so why not go for the root cause! I hope Mike never retires... as I couldn't do without him."

 

Marion

I very much enjoy and look forward to my weekly Pilates class with Mike. Being new to Pilates I appreciate the way Mike breaks down the exercises step by step, which is the way I learn best. I also appreciate the time he takes to encourage me to stretch myself  that little bit further each week to get the most from the class. Mike has a teaching style that works superbly well  for me for which is firm, caring and fun.

 

Dermot Fitzpatrick.

Autumn 2010

I hope that you have all had a great summer and are moving into autumn fit and well. I have spent much of the summer cycling – a new sport to me, and one that I have, up to now, avoided; this has been mainly because of aches and pains suffered, not to mention the pain in the backside! However at the beginning of the year I was invited to join some friends on a London to Paris cycle trip. A fair amount of training and a new bike made the 230miles in 3 days in mid August not only an achievement but also great fun.

Two principles concerning the avoidance of injury have been reinforced for me from the experiences of myself and the others on this trip:

  1. Make sure that your bicycle fits you properly. This does not just mean frame size, but also the relationship between seat, pedal and handlebar positions; most cycling injuries come from trying to adapt the body to the bike. So I would advise seeking the help of a professional when buying and setting up your new bike.
  2.  When starting a new sport (or returning to an old one after a lay off), get the technique right and build up steadily well within your capabilities before trying to push yourself hard.

The higher the demand placed on the body, the more important it becomes to move in alignment and the harder it becomes to keep that alignment as the body tires and loses stability – just notice how the feet slap on the road as you get tired when running. If you try and increase the level at which you exercise too rapidly then you can be spending longer than you should training tired – this may mean that you are not moving as you should, which in turn could lead to imbalances developing in the muscle system, often the start of injury problems.

It is for this reason that I always advocate that those that are raising the level at which they are participating in exercise to have regular massage treatment; this can pick up on tightnesses developing, before they lead to injury and pain, often just before achieving whatever goal has been set.

So if this is you.......why not book a treatment now - or better still book a series of treatments to match your planned increase in activity.

This should help to get the most out of training, and possibly prevent the disaster of not being able to participate in an event towards which months of effort may have been directed.

Pilates

Talking of alignment and correct movement......

There was an article published in the Times newspaper during the summer which has raised some hackles in the Pilates world. The article claimed that the benefits of core stability were a myth and that the emphasis on a strong core could even be harmful.

I feel that the writer has missed the point of Pilates entirely. She quoted some studies that showed that developing core strength did nothing to prevent injury. If the emphasis is placed on core strength rather than stability, then I would broadly agree. However, Pilates is not just about core strength – a view that predominates in the gym world, where I fear Pilates is somewhat misunderstood.

My belief is that Pilates is about good balanced movement, using the right muscles for the right jobs, so maintaining stability, good posture and correct alignment. An example of what I mean can be shown by the difference between "sit ups" (an exercise often used to strengthen the abdominal muscles) and "roll ups" (the much safer Pilates version). Both exercises use the same muscles to bring the body from lying to a sitting position, but with the sit up the low back is often pulled forward flat or possibly even hollowed, while with the roll up the pelvis is held back, by use of the deep core muscles, which keeps the spine curved back towards the floor. By rolling the back up from the floor the spine is more protected and the back muscles will be stretching and therefore less likely to spasm, which can happen with sit ups. So sit ups do not necessarily strengthen core muscles, but they are very good at strengthening the outer abdominals. So doing abdominal strengthening exercises may give you a great "six-pack", but unless you control the movement with the core muscles of the pelvic floor and the deepest layer of abdominals, you will probably be doing very little towards developing core strength or stability; and it would not be Pilates.

I seem to be getting more and more people referred to me by physiotherapists, osteopaths etc for rehab following injury or surgery. Sometimes this is best done on a one to one basis, but once past a certain stage can usually be carried forward in class.

So if you have been injured or had surgery send me an email or give me a call and see if I can not only speed your recovery but also help prevent it happening again.

Remember – Look after your body, it's the only one you've got!

Best wishes

Mike

 

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