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Summer Pilates – All The Balls

Posted on 17th July 2018 by

Summer Pilates at goPhysio Chandlers Ford

This summer, we’re trying out a few ‘special’ classes at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford. One of which is a Pilates class using the big gym / swiss balls. Gym Ball Pilates

We often use various balls during Pilates classes – gym balls, weighted bass and squishy balls. They’re a great way to add variety and challenge to our Clinical Pilates Mat classes. This 1 hour class will use the gym balls in a variety of exercises – whilst you sit on the ball, lay over the ball or use the ball in your hands or under your feet. The natural instability of the gymball mens you have to work a little harder, so the Pilates exercises will be a bit more challenging.

This 1 hour class will take place in our air conditioned studio in Chandlers Ford and costs £12.50 a class.

Our Pilates Exercise Ball classes are being held on:

  • Wednesday 8th August 7pm with Roz
  • Thursday 16th August 9.30am with Roz
  • Tuesday 21st August 10am with Chris
  • Tuesday 28th August 10am with Chris

Take a look at the Summer Pilates Timetable 2018 here.

If you’d like to book onto the All The Balls classes or any of our other Summer Pilates classes at goPhysio, you can find out more here.


 

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Summer Pilates Glutes Blast Express Class

Posted on 15th July 2018 by

Summer Pilates at goPhysio Chandlers Ford

This summer, we’re trying out a few ‘special’ classes at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford. One of which is the an express Pilates class, a 30 minute Glutes Blast!Pilates for your bum

The big Gluteal (buttock) muscles are notoriously weak in many people. This weakness can cause many common injuries, aches and pains, including hip pain, back pain and knee pain. The gluteal muscles play a crucial part in so many activities and sports. So, here’s your chance to do a targeted Pilates class, that will focus just on these important muscles. A great chance to tone and strengthen!

The express classes are timetabled around lunch time, so are a great opportunity for you to pop out of work to get an express workout in during the day. £6.50 per class.

Take a look at the Summer Pilates Timetable 2018 here.

Glutes Blast 30 minute classes are being run on:

  • Tuesday 7th August 12.30pm with Francesca
  • Monday 13th August 12.30pm with Francesca
  • Tuesday 21st August 1pm with Hugo

If you’d like to book onto the Pilates Express Glutes Blast classes or any of our other Summer Pilates classes at goPhysio, you can find out more here.


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Introducing goPhysio’s Newest Team Member

Posted on 13th July 2018 by

Chris Tiley Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
Chris at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

goPhysio are delighted to welcome the 12th member of the team, our 5th Physiotherapist, Chris Tiley MCSP.

Chris has joined the Physo and Pilates team on a full time basis, working Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and every other Saturday. Here’s a little introduction to Chris.

“After graduating from Coventry University in 2008, I started practicing physiotherapy in Canada. For 18 months I worked initially in the ski resort of Whistler Blackcomb and then in Vancouver before heading back to the UK.  Since my return I have worked in the Berkshire area within private hospitals and private practices and then more recently in a private practice in Bournemouth.

Throughout my career I have had a keen interest in sport and pursued this within physiotherapy and personally.  I have worked with Reading FC academy for 6 seasons which has given me invaluable experience within a large sporting organisation.  This lead to an amazing experience volunteering at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where I spent the majority of my time working within Rugby 7’s as well as covering some of the table tennis events.

I then spent 2 seasons as one of the physiotherapists for British Parasnowsport, working and travelling with elite skiers and snowboarders with varying disabilities.  This has involved travelling abroad for the training camps and competitions. One of the highlights was being part of the Winter X-Games in Aspen, Colorado with one of our athletes who competed in the adaptive boarder cross race.

My experiences through my various roles have given me invaluable assessment and treatment skills throughout many areas of physiotherapy including: sports injuries, back/neck pain, chronic pain and post operative physiotherapy to name a few. I have also completed level 1 and 2 APPI Pilates matwork training.

Outside of work I enjoy participating in several sports and activities.  I regularly run and have completed the London Marathon twice and multiple half marathons.  I like to cycle and have taken part in several Sportive’s including the Prudential Ride 100.  I enjoy playing racquet sports, indoor climbing and have recently taken up golf.

For further information about myself or the treatments on offer at the clinic please contact me on: chris@gophysiotherapy.co.uk or call the clinic on 023 8025 3317.”

Chris with the Parasnowsport Snowboard Team
Chris with the Parasnowsport Snowboard Team

 

Chris with the British Parasnowsport Alpine Ski Team at the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships
Chris with the British Parasnowsport Alpine Ski Team at the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships

 

Chris at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with the Papua New Guinea Rugby Sevens Team
Chris at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with the Papua New Guinea Rugby Sevens Team

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National Health Research Review

Posted on 13th July 2018 by

A new report from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), titled Moving Forward: Physiotherapy for Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing, has NHR Moving Forward Physio highlighted how effective physiotherapy is at improving outcomes for MSK conditions.

MSK or musculoskeletal conditions, are those that affect the bones, joints and muscles of the body, like back pain, arthritis, sprains, strains and overuse injuries. These conditions have a huge impact on our daily lives and it’s what our team at goPhysio specialise in managing. Musculoskeletal conditions are the leading cause of pain and disability in the UK, affecting more than one in four people. The evidence coming out of Moving Forward: Physiotherapy for Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing highlights the importance of physiotherapy for treating these conditions.

This review presents evidence from a range of physiotherapy-related studies. Data from these studies shows the beneficial impact physiotherapy has on a range of MSK conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, chronic knee joint pain and low back pain.

The key findings show that:

  • There is overwhelming evidence that exercise and activity are effective and should be a core treatment in musculoskeletal pain.
  • A rehabilitation programme including targeted exercise, is effective at reducing knee joint pain.
  • Investment in high quality rehabilitation adapted to individual patient needs, leads to better outcomes, reduces the need for further investigations and treatment, such as surgery or joint injections.
  • Work absences can be reduced by an average of five days when people receive advice on low back pain from physios.
  • Stretching and strengthening hand exercises can improve function for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Make exercise a core treatment

The key message from the review is that there is overwhelming evidence that exercise and activity are effective for musculoskeletal pain. This is something that is fully integrated into our care at goPhysio.

  • When you see one of our Physio’s or Sports Therapists, you will always be given a customised exercise programme to help support your recovery. This will be emailed to you along with explanatory videos and/or pictures, so that you have access to the exercises and are confident what you should be doing in between your appointments.
  • We aim to keep you as active as possible whilst you recover from your injury. We offer solutions and alternatives to balance your recovery with staying active wherever possible. We rarely advocate complete rest!
  • We offer a comprehensive, specialist rehab service. Led by our Sports Therapy team, you will have the option to come along to supervised small group rehab sessions, where evidence based exercise is used to optimise your recovery and prevent long term issues. Read more about our rehab service here.
  • We also offer a range of specialist Clinical Pilates classes, which help build long term strength, flexibility and durability. A fantastic way to help recovery, manage long term MSK conditions and ward off injuries.

Our whole ethos here at goPhysio is “Helping local people live a healthy, active, positive life, free from pain & injury”, so it’s great to hear what we are doing and the way we work is supported by the last research.

Download the full report here.

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Magic Circle Summer Pilates Class

Posted on 10th July 2018 by

Summer Pilates at goPhysio Chandlers Ford – This summer, we’re trying out a few ‘special’ classes at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford. One of which is Pilates Magic Circle Class goPhysio Chandlers Fordthe Magic Circle Class.

What’s magic about this circle you may ask? The Magic Circle is a popular piece of Pilates equipment, created by Pilates founder, Joseph Pilates. It’s a ring made of flexible metal and rubber with 2 pads on the outside. The great thing about using the magic circle in Pilates is:

  1. It provides additional resistance to your muscles during your class, challenging you in a slightly different way and working to increase muscle strength and tone.
  2. It can be used for leg or arm exercises and adds another dimension to the mat Pilates exercises.
  3. It provides some feedback about what muscles you are working during the class, it can really help further connect you to your centre whilst you’re exercising.

It is rumoured that Joseph Pilates was inspired to create the ‘Magic Circle’ by the metal ring of a beer keg!

Take a look at the Summer Pilates Timetable 2018 here.

Magic circle classes are being held on:

  • Wednesday 15th August 7pm with Francesca
  • Thursday 23rd August 9.30am with Roz
  • Tuesday 28th August 6pm with Hugo

If you’d like to book onto the Magic Circle classes or any of our other Summer Pilates classes at goPhysio, you can find out more here.


 

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Summer Pilates 2018 at goPhysio!

Posted on 2nd July 2018 by

This summer we’re mixing it up a little for summer Pilates at goPhysio! We’re offering a totally Summer Pilates 2018 goPhysio Chandlers Fordflexible and varied timetable of classes.

You’ll still have the opportunity to come along to a regular Clinical Pilates mat class, but we’ll also be offering some fun classes and a charity class throughout the week. It’s a great opportunity for you to try a different class, a different instructor or do some extra classes!

Whatever class you choose to come along to, you’ll find a warm welcome in our cool, air-conditioned and spacious studio. All equipment is provided.

We appreciate summer is a busy time for many people, with holidays and children to work around. Based on feedback from our regular Pilates attendees, we’ve put together a system that aims to offer an easy, flexible and fair way for you all to enjoy your Pilates over the summer. 

Summer Timetable

Summer Pilates classes will be running from 6th August – 1st September 2018. Bookings open Friday 6th July.

Take a look at and download the full Summer Pilates Timetable here – Summer Pilates Timetable 2018

You can download the full Summer Pilates class descriptions and booking information here – Summer Pilates 2018 Booking Information and Class Descriptions.

Booking a class 

To ensure efficient and smooth running of the Summer Pilates for all, please read the following booking information carefully which applies to all Summer Classes (mat classes, express classes and Special classes): 

  • All classes can be booked at Reception or by calling 023 8025 3317. Booking opens on Friday 6th July.
  • All classes are booked individually, so you can book and pay for exactly which classes suit you over the summer. You can book as few or as many classes as you like. 
  • Places will be limited, so advanced booking is recommended. You can book a place in a class (subject to availability) right up until the class starts, so as long as there is a space you may be able to join on the day.
  • To secure your place in any class, you will need to pay for the class(es) at the time of booking. No bookings will be made without payment. 
  • All bookings are final, there will be no refunds for unattended classes, so please only book and pay for classes that you know you can attend. 
  • Summer classes will not be transferable. We cannot swap you from one class to another once a booking has been made. 
  • Unattended classes can not be ‘made up’ over the summer or during the next course. 

Class Descriptions

Mat Classes £12.50/class 1 Hour Regular Clinical Mat Pilates classes will be run throughout the week. Classes are run at 3 different levels, beginners for those new to Pilates or who want a gentler workout, intermediates for those who regularly attend Pilates and want more of a challenge and advanced for those who are really confident with their Pilates. There is also a mixed class, where all levels will be catered for.

Pilates Express – Abdo Blast £6.50/class  30 Minutes A quick, fun 30 minute express class, purely focused on targeting the abdominal muscles. Get ready to feel the burn!  

Pilates Express – Glute Blast £6.50/class 30 Minutes A quick, fun 30 minute express class, purely focused on targeting the gluteal (bottom) muscles. Get ready to feel the burn! 

All The Balls £12.50/class 1 HourA Pilates class for all levels using the large Swiss/Gym Balls. A variety of exercises whilst you sit on the ball, lay over the ball or use the ball in your hands or under your feet! A fun and challenging session to add variety to your Pilates workout.

Charity Mixed Mat Voluntary Donation 1 Hour This year, goPhysio are supporting The Brain Tumour Charity. Once a week, we’ll be dedicating one class to this charity. There will be no charge for this mixed level mat class, but we will be collecting voluntary donations from all those attending. Places will be limited, and advanced booking is essential to reserve your place on this class. You can donate to our chosen charity online here

Pilates For Sports £12.50/class 1 Hour Whatever your sport, this Pilates class will work around challenging you to improve your strength, flexibility, endurance and stability to help with your sporting performance, help build physical durability and prevent injury.

Magic Circle £12.50/class 1 Hour A fun class, using the magic circle to add resistance and aid flexibility as part of your mat work class.

Absolute Beginners £12.50/class 1 Hour This 1 hour session is for absolute beginners to Pilates. If you’re not sure what Pilates is, what a class would involve or whether it’s for you, now’s your chance to give it a try! It will cover all the Pilates basics, help you understand more about Pilates and give you the opportunity to practice some exercises.

Please download the Summer Pilates 2018 Booking Information and Class Descriptions here.

Please note, if you are new to Pilates, you will be required to come along for a 30 minute Pilates 1-2-1 before you join a class. This is commonplace for Clinical Pilates and helps make sure you get the most from the classes. Why not take advantage of our free Pilates 1-2-1 this summer?

Free Pilates 1-2-1 

Throughout the whole of August, we are offering a FREE PILATES 1-2-1 for anyone new to our classes. We always advise doing a 1-2-1 with one of our Pilates Instructors before starting Pilates. It’s a great way to find out what you want to achieve through coming to Pilates, screen for any injuries that we may need to consider or work around during the classes and teach you the basics of Pilates. This will really help you get the most benefit from the classes.

If you or someone you know would like to start Pilates, this is a great opportunity to get started. To book your free 1-2-1, just give us a call on 023 8025 3317 or pop into the clinic in Chandlers Ford and quote ‘SUMMER PILATES’. We’ll get your 1-2-1 booked in at a time that suits you and then you’ll be ready to start the classes!

Enjoy your summer of Pilates at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford!