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Gentle Yoga Class at goPhysio, Chandlers Ford

Posted on 24th April 2017 by

We now offer a range of Yoga classes at out studio in Chandlers Ford.

Tomorrow will be out first Gentle Yoga class, from 10 – 11am.

Gentle yoga is particularly suitable for people with reduced mobility. Typically, the class will start with a short relaxation to prepare the body and eliminate tensions and fatigue, followed by a gentle warm up. Warm muscles allow smoother and easier moves.

The body is then ready for moderately energetic sequences and postures. In the sessions Marianne tends to use props (blocks, belts, chairs), so postures can be adapted to each student, according to their individual body.

The pace is slower than in a classic yoga class. The emphasis is on breath exercises, joint work and relaxation. Marianne also teaches at Yogalite.

Gentle Yoga Classes in Chandlers Ford – Tuesday’s 10 – 11am with Marianne

How to book a Yoga Class at goPhysio

  1. Create a free Studio Bookings Account here
  2. Purchase a Class Pass (single, 5 or 10 class passes available)
  3. Complete a Waiver form
  4. Select the class or classes you’d like to attend, the class credit(s) will automatically be deducted
  5. You can also download a Studio Bookings App for Apple here or Android here.

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New Studio Bookings App

Posted on 11th April 2017 by

We are delighted to be launching a range of new classes this spring to help further support your physical health and wellbeing.

These will include Yoga, Positive Steps exercise classes for older people and Active Backs guided exercise classes to promote a positive way to manage back pain.

These new classes will all be easily managed online via a new online software called Studio Bookings.

How to book

  1. Visit our Studio Bookings page 
  2. Click on the ‘MY INFO’ tab, this will enable you to create a free account
  3. Click on the ‘STORE’ tab to purchase class passes. There are 3 options to purchase classes. A single class (PAYG) costs £12.50 (valid for 1 month), a 5 class pass costs £55 (valid for 2 months) and a 10 class pass costs £100 (valid for 3 months). The class passes will be valid to use for any of the classes on our Studio Calendar – they will not be used to book Pilates, which will still need to be booked via the clinic directly.
  4. Before booking your first class, click on ‘MY INFO’ and then ‘Waiver of Liability’. Read the pdf waiver document and click ‘Sign Here’ to sign the waiver. Through the ‘My INFO’ tab you can also update any communication preferences, your personal details and see your payment and class booking history.
  5. Click on ‘CLASSES’ to see the scheduled classes. Select your chosen class, make sure you’re logged in and select the classes you’d like to book. Click ‘Book Now’. Your class credits will automatically be adjusted.
  6. Through this system you can book classes, buy class passes and cancel classes (24 hours notice is required to cancel any classes). You can also see your past and future bookings.

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As well as accessing this online, you can download the Studio Bookings app.

Download the Studio Bookings app for Apple here.

Download the Studio Bookings app for Android here.

Plesae note that Pilates classes will still need to be booked at the clinic directly either in person or by calling us on 023 8025 3317.

Get ahead and sign up now on Studio Bookings, so you’re ready to join the classes when they start!


Improving Flexibility: Yoga From A Physio’s Perspective

Posted on 28th November 2016 by

Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor, Gemma, recently attended a specialist yoga course for Physiotherapists. On this blog she gives a great overview of yoga and also highlights how it compares to Pilates.

Yoga combines movement, meditation and awareness of breathing through a sequence of exercises. This has many positive effects on the body from improving flexibility and strength, to aiding relaxation, body awareness and self-discipline.

Although originating in India, some 5000 years ago and linked with Hinduism and Buddism, Yoga is a non-religious practice and has been adapted into an exercise class format by Western cultures.

Is it different from Pilates?

Yoga and Pilates share many similarities and some of the exercises are indeed identical. However the philosophy and focus are different. Pilates works on training the core muscles, developing stability and improving normal posture. Whereas yoga focusses more on improving flexibility and mind-body awareness; tending to be a more flowing sequence of movements.

Which is better for me?

Generally if you are very bendy (hypermobile), Pilates will be better for you to help gain stability and strength through your joints, and if you’re stiff yoga is great to improve flexibility. However both types of class can be adapted to suit you so a lot of it comes down to personal preference.

What are the health benefits of yoga? 

Yoga can help improve:

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Prevent falls
  • Help with arthritis
  • Reduce lower back pain
  • Reduce depression, anxiety and stress levels

Do I have to do headstands?!

No! Headstands are just one exercise from a branch of traditional yoga poses known as ‘inversions’ but other inversions can include simply laying on your back with your feet up against a wall which is much more achievable for most of us!

How hard is it?

Yoga can be as hard as you want it to be… from pure meditation and breathing to an aerobic sweat-inducing power yoga class and everything in-between!

Yoga can be done by people of all ages; from adolescents to octogenarians it can have significant health benefits. It doesn’t matter how flexible you are or how good (or bad) your balance is as all the exercises can be tailored, there are even chair based classes for those less able.

What are the different types of yoga?

There are many different forms, the most common are:

  • Hatha yoga – a simple, slow class of postures
  • Vinyasa – a faster flowing sequence of poses
  • Ashtanga – an intense and athletic ‘pure’ form of yoga postures
  • Hot yoga/Bikram yoga – done in a heated room up to 32degrees C
  • Sivananda – slow, gentle and spiritual, focusing on 12 main poses, breathing, meditation, proper diet and mindfulness

Is it better to do a class rather than use a DVD/Youtube video?

Whilst the internet has a wealth of classes online and DVDs can be a good way of keeping up practice at home, the only way to make sure you’re doing the exercises safely and correctly is to come to a class with a trained yoga instructor. They will also be able to guide you through exercises of the right level, help you develop correct breathing techniques and teach you modifications where necessary to prevent injury.

Gemma is incorporating yoga into her rehabilitation programmes where her patients will benefit. You can read one of her success stories here.

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Yoga & Physiotherapy – A Success Story

Posted on 22nd November 2016 by

Physio Gemma, recently attended a specialist course to train in using yoga techniques as part of physiotherapy treatment. She has started integrating some yoga principles into some of her treatment programmes and her patients are benefitting greatly. Mrs A kindly agreed for Gemma to share her success story with you.

Mrs A came to see us one year after arthroscopic knee surgery – she no longer had any pain from the knee and was exercising regularly in a gym with a personal trainer. She felt the knee was strong, however she was concerned by her lack of flexibility; both the knee and hip on the same side had stiffened up considerably since her operation and didn’t seem to be improving.

When she first came to us she couldn’t fully straighten her knee, nor bend it much past 90 degrees, and her hip was similarly stiff, especially in rotational movements.

On her first session we discussed her goals – she was keen to get back to running but mostly wanted to be fit for ski season! We started with lots of hands on mobilisations to loosen up both the hip and knee joints but we wanted to find a fun way to progress her flexibility at home as, lets face it, a series of static stretches can feel like a bit of a chore……

We took her into our studio and chunk by chunk taught her a short routine of yoga poses specifically designed to improve her hip and knee flexibility, with the added bonus of being good strength and balance poses too.

We added to this over several sessions, combining hands on treatment with 1-2-1 yoga in her physio sessions until she was confident in a 10-15 minute routine that she could practice daily at home.

Mrs A said that doing yoga rather than static stretches helped her to relax, clear her mind and focus on the poses to improve her flexibility so that it has now become an enjoyable part of her daily routine.

6 weeks later she has regained full flexibility of both the knee and hip, is back to running and confidently looking forward to ski season!

A great success story! If you think you’d benefit from an integrated approach of yoga with physiotherapy, give us a call and book an appointment to see Gemma.