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Behind the Mask: Hugo

Posted on 28th September 2020 by

Behind The Mask Hugo

Hi, I’m Hugo. I’m a senior Physiotherapist and APPI Pilates Instructor at goPhysio. I’m happy to be back at work, to see my colleagues again and help my patients overcome their injuries. Lockdown was a great opportunity to catch up with reading and to learn new skills, and I’m glad to say I did not miss that train.  


*New* Online Live Pilates Classes

Posted on 24th September 2020 by

In the light of the uncertainty, ongoing changes and turbulent times we are living with. We are committed to helping as many people as possible benefit from Pilates, so have a range of ways for you to take part in Pilates.

Pilates is such a popular form of exercise and activity. For some, it’s such an important part of life, helping maintain mobility, freedom of movement, flexibility, and warding off injuries, aches and pains.

We are delighted to have now launched a full timetable of live Online Pilates classes. This means you can enjoy the benefits of Pilates from the comfort of your home, perfect if: you want to do a regular, live Pilates class but don’t feel confident coming into the studio.

Unlimited access to the full online timetable is £29/month. You can enjoy as many classes a week as you like! Alternatively, you can choose to pay £5 per class on a PAYG basis.

The online classes also offer another option if you are one of our face to face Pilates mat or Reformer members, but can’t make your regular class as you are having to isolate, look after a child home from school, can’t get into the studio, aren’t feeling up to coming to the studio (or any other reason!). As part of your studio class membership, you will now get unlimited free access to all the online classes.

How does it work?

  1. Visit our online class management system and sign up here.
  2. Purchase your membership, either a Single Online Pilates Class or Unlimited Virtual Pilates Classes. Take a look at the membership options and purchase here. If you already have an active F2F membership, access to online classes is now included in your membership.
  3. Take a look at the timetable and book your place in the class or classes you’d like to join.
  4. You’ll need to have access to a device and have Zoom installed.
  5. Have a read here of our top tips of how to get the most of online sessions.

The new online classes are part of our new ‘Hybrid’ model of Pilates, where we are live streaming our face to face studio classes. During the live stream, there will be some interaction with the people in the studio class. Those joining us at home will not have 1-2-1 guidance or interaction, but as an integral part of the class you will have full instructions, prompts and guidance throughout.


Behind The Mask: Roz

Posted on 17th September 2020 by

Behind The Mask Roz

Hi, I’m Roz, Physio & APPI Pilates Instructor at goPhysio. Luckily I am an introvert so the isolation of lockdown wasn’t too much of a challenge – however I discovered the demands of being a single parent in isolation has a whole world of challenges that come with it! All of us need a support network around us and the best thing about being part of the goPhysio team is that we can provide some of that support for our patients.

As well as helping people individually within my role as a physiotherapist it has been really exciting seeing so many familiar faces come back to Pilates. The real bonus for me coming back to work after lockdown has been the opportunity to develop our Pilates Reformer service, starting classes as well as continuing with individual sessions. Being able to pass on my knowledge and love of reformer training to others is really exciting.


Studio Re-Opening News

Posted on 18th July 2020 by

We are delighted that we can finally re-open our studio and re-start our wonderful, Pilates classes, albeit in a slightly different way (but hey, think we’re all used to constant change by now!).

The good news is, you’ll be meeting the same great instructors in the same place, so not all change!

We’ve carefully scrutinised and analysed all of the official and expert guidance and advice and have put in place some key changes to ensure you can safely re-start classes. Here’s a bit more information about the new class set up.

Class Sizes

The good news is, there is a maximum of only 4 people per class, so you’ll receive lot’s of support and guidance!

New Timetable

In order to comply with the latest guidance, we have to limit the number of people in the studio. We also have to allow extra time between classes, for cleaning, ventilation and to manage the flow of people. We have therefore launched a new class timetable. The timetable will be revised regularly and new classes added as soon as we reach capacity. Should any classes not be popular, we reserve the right to review the timings and change the timetable based on demand.

Class Timings

All classes will now be 45 minutes to help ensure we can run them all smoothly and offer enough sessions. Classes will start and finish on time and we ask that you don’t hang about after the class (sorry, we know you all enjoy this but we have to limit numbers in the building).

Class Bubbles

For now, we won’t be offering our usual ‘make up’ system if you can’t attend your regular class. We need to help limit contact between individuals, so you will need to sign up to a regular, weekly class and won’t be able to swap classes.

Membership & Payment

We have had to review our prices and given that we’ve had to reduce our class capacity by almost two thirds, we’ve had to increase the monthly Pilates membership slightly. It equates to just over £1 a class increase. The new prices for Pilates are:

  • 1 mat class a week monthly membership £60 / month
  • 2 mat classes a week monthly membership £115 / month
  • 1 Reformer class a week monthly membership £100 / month
  • Reformer / Mat combo (1 of each class a week) £150 / month

We are currently unable to offer PAYG Pilates as we have to carefully manage numbers and ‘bubbles’, so can’t have lot’s of different people coming to different classes every week.

What to bring to the studio?

We ask that you bring as little as possible to the studio. You’ll need to wear socks (ideally with grips) and bring a face covering with you.

During the Classes

Our Instructors will still be on hand to guide and help you with the exercises. They will be taking a ‘hands off’ approach, so will be prompting you verbally to help you get the most from the exercises.

If weather (and noise) permits, we will be keeping the windows open during the classes. So, depending on the weather you may want to add (or remove) a layer of clothing or bring an extra layer!

We ask that you stay within your own area during the class and don’t move around the studio.

Coronavirus Screening

Before anyone comes to the clinic, you’ll be asked to complete an online Coronavirus screening questionnaire.

When you arrive at the clinic, we will take your temperature with a distanced forehead thermometer. Anyone with a high temperature will not be able to join in the class.

We ask that if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of Coronavirus, that you follow the latest isolation guidance.

Enhanced Cleaning

At the end of every class, we will ask you to wipe down your own area with the products supplied. The studio will be thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis.

Reformer Pilates

If you are coming to Reformer Pilates, you will be asked to wear gloves whilst on the machines. We can supply disposable gloves or you can purchase full finger ‘grip’ gloves to bring with you. These are great or you can find something similar in sports shops.

What to expect: Step by Step

  1. Do not arrive any earlier than 10 minutes before your class is scheduled to start.
  2. When you arrive, you will be let into the clinic by our reception team, who will take your temperature. Please wear a face covering and use the hand gel.
  3. Please make your way straight up to the studio.
  4. Each participant will have a dedicated area in the studio. Please ensure you stay within this area. There will be a box for you to put in anything you bring with you.
  5. Ensure you are wearing socks, ideally Pilates socks with grips / non-slip.
  6. During the class, your Instructor will be able to walk round and prompt and help you with the exercises verbally, but they won’t be able to be ‘hands on’.
  7. At the end of the class, we ask that you wipe down the mat, blocks and any other equipment you’ve used with the cleaning products supplied.
  8. Use the hand gel on leaving the studio.
  9. Make your way out of the clinic promptly, using the exit at the bottom of the stairs.

We know how much you all value the ‘social’ aspect of the classes and catching up with people and chatting every week. However, we have to strictly limit the number of people and time spent in the clinic, so we’d really appreciate your support with this by leaving classes promptly.

FAQs

Take a look here, where we answer some of your most frequently asked questions.

Thank you!

This is just a starting point for us. We very much hope that in time we can relax how we operate, expand the timetable and be more flexible by re-introducing PAYG Pilates and make up classes. We hope you can understand that we are operating under very stringent guidance which is in the best interest of our team and the community, so any decisions are based on this. We’ve been providing Pilates classes to the local people of Chandlers Ford since 2011 and want to ensure we can continue to offer these highly valued classes for a long time to come!

We appreciate your compliance with the new ways, your understanding and continued support.

The goPhysio Pilates Team



What level of Pilates should I do?

Posted on 8th April 2020 by

A question we get asked a lot at goPhysio, as people become familiar with Pilates or have been coming for some time, is

What level class should I do?

We offer 3 levels of mat based Pilates classes, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. This follows the APPI training concept, which all of our Instructors have completed.

Now there is access to so many online classes, with less in person and face to face support, it is even more important that people are advised what level of classes to take part in.

At goPhysio, if you’ve been attending any of our Pilates classes for a while, we keep an eye on you and will suggest when we think is the right time for you to try and progress up a level. Without that guidance, Physio & Pilates Instructor, Roz, has put in place fantastic guide to help you identify what you.

So, are you ready to progress and challenge yourself with the next level?

Follow the diagram below to see what skill set you require to start each level.

Challenge yourselves during this time of isolation with our online Pilates classes

Then book a 1:1 review when the clinic re-opens and see if you have met that challenge and are ready to progress to the next level.



5 Key Elements of Pilates

Posted on 24th March 2020 by

All of our Pilates classes focus around 5 important, key elements. These elements help to underpin all the exercises we do, connecting your breathing, posture, mind and movement.

Many people are now taking part in our online Pilates classes in their own time, or starting Pilates for the first time. We would normally always go through these important underlying steps with you on an individual basis, before you start Pilates. And remind you on a regular basis. So, we thought it would be useful to provide a reminder of these 5 Key Elements.

Key Element #1: Breathing

  1. Lie on your back with your hips and knees bent up (the rest position).
  2. Place a folded towel under your head if you feel that your chin is poking upwards.
  3. Place your hands across the lower half of your ribcage with the tips of your fingers slightly interlaced.
  4. Breathe in and allow your ribs to expand widthways.
  5. Let your fingertips draw apart from one another slightly.
  6. Breathe out and allow your ribcage to sink inwards and downwards.
  7. Your fingertips may interlace slightly as you empty your lungs.
  8. Watch that you do not lift your breastbone as you breathe in. Instead imagine the back of your ribcage spreading wide into the mat underneath you 

You can repeat this in standing or sitting to truly understand your Pilates Breathing.

Key Element #2: Centering

Lie in the rest position.

FINDING NEUTRAL SPINE POSITION.

Place your thumbs in your belly button, your fingertips on the pubic bone and flatten the heels of your hands onto the bony pelvic bones to form a diamond shape, AKA – the pelvic diamond. Tilt the pelvic diamond away from you to exaggerate the arch in your lower back. Tilt the pelvic diamond towards you to flatten your back. Repeat these gentle tilting movement a few more times. Now position the pelvic diamond in the middle of these two positions – this is your neutral spine position. 

SETTING YOUR CENTRE WITH ABDOMINALS MUSCLES.

Feel your deep abdominal corset by placing your fingertips on your bony pelvic bones and then sliding your fingertips in and down 4cm. Now imagine your deep abdominal muscles forming a natural corset, criss-crossing the torso in layers. There are 10 notches in this corset, below the belly button, just like a belt. Breathe in to prepare, breathe out all the way and before the next breath in slowly and gently draw in the muscular corset from below the belly button onto the third notch. You should feel the muscles under your fingertips subtly draw away. Hold your centre and keep breathing normally. Less is better – the contraction is very gentle so don’t over do it.

SETTING YOUR CENTRE WITH PELVIC FLOOR MUSCLES.

Gently draw your pelvic floor muscles in and up to hold your bladder from emptying. Now breathe normally and try to keep that engagement in your pelvic floor muscles. Now place your fingertips onto your deep abdominal muscles. You may also feel the muscles under your fingertips gently draw away – this is normal!

Key Element #3: The Rib Cage

Lie in the rest position, with your arms resting over your ribcage. Find your neutral spine position and set your centre. As you take a deep breathe in, feel the movement of your Ribcage expanding laterally and upwards. Breathe out and notice the movement of your ribcage back to its start position. Repeat this movement about 6 times.

Key Element #4: Shoulder Blades

Lie in the rest position.

SHOULDER BLADE RETRACTION AND PROTRACTION

Keeping your arms long, float them upward vertically to the ceiling. Imagine you are holding a helium balloon between your hands. Breathe in and reach upwards through your fingertips, allowing the helium balloon to lift your arms further upwards and glide your shoulder blades gently apart from one another. Breath out and gently draw your shoulder blades back towards one another without pinching them together. Repeat several more times and then lower your arms to the mat.

SHOULDER BLADE ELEVATION AND DEPRESSION

With your arms resting long beside your body, breathe in and glide your shoulder blades gently upwards, keeping your arms on the mat. Breathe out and gently glide your shoulder blades down away from your ears (this movement is produced by the lower trapezius muscle). Repeat several times.

Key Element #5: Head and Neck

If you have neck pain or headaches, always commence this exercise lying down to reduce the load through your neck.

Lie in the rest position. Place a small folded towel under your head if your feel that your chin is poking upwards. Place a shiny magazine on top of the towel to reduce friction. Feel the bony area on the back of your head resting on the magazine. Now lengthen this bony part of your head away from the base of your neck. Hold for a second or two and then relax. Repeat several times. Alternatively, imagine that someone is gently pulling the hair on the crown of your head to lengthen the back of your neck.

Less is better – the contraction is very gentle so don”t over do it. Place your hands on the muscles on the front of your neck. The muscles should remain soft.

The Rest Position

In the rest position your muscles are relaxed and your joints are in neutral alignment. You should try to incorporate the key points of the rest position into all postures throughout your day.

  1. Lie on your back with your knees bent up and you head supported on a small cushion or folded towel.
  2. Relax the weight of your head into the support.
  3. Lengthen the back of the neck by reaching the crown of the head towards the wall behind you.
  4. Gently draw your shoulder blades down towards your waist to relax the neck and shoulders.
  5. Soften the ribcage into the mat to connect the back of the ribcage on the mat.
  6. Place your feet and knees hip distance apart.
  7. Make sure that your weight rests on the six key points of the feet: the base of each big toes, each little toe and the centre of the heel on each foot.
  8. Imagine your pelvis is a bucket of water. Tip it backwards to spill some water out the back of the bucket and you will feel your back gently flatten onto the mat. Now tip it forwards to spill some water out of the front of the bucket and you will feel your lower back arch slightly. Find your ‘neutral spine’ position by resting the bucket halfway between these two movements. There should be a small space between your back and the mat, and your pubic and hip bones should form a small flat triangle.
  9. Maintaining the neutral spine position, INHALE wide into the sides and back of the ribcage and then EXHALE. At the end of your exhale, slowly draw up through the pelvic floor muscles to engage these and your deep abdominal muscles.
  10. Hold this gently contraction and keep breathing for up to ten breaths,

If you’d like to join us for some online Pilates classes, head on over to our Pilates Facebook community group.



Pilates Exercise of the Month – Roll Up

Posted on 1st January 2020 by

Each month we’re bringing you a different Pilates exercise to practice and focus on, as recommended by one of our Pilates Instructors. This month, Roz recommends the Roll Up.

This is a more advanced abdominal exercises that ensures you continue to activate all the layers of abdominal muscles together.  If the deeper ‘core’ muscles are not working effectively your feet will lift off the floor, giving you the perfect feedback as to how well you are doing the exercise.  As your control improves you simply increase the range you move through.

  1. Sit on the floor with your legs in front of you, hip distance apart. Bend your hips and knees a little. Ensure that your pelvis is in an upright, neutral position. Lengthen your upper spine and back of your neck. Lift both arms to shoulder height, keeping the arms long.
  2. Breath in to prepare.
  3. Breath out and roll off the back of your sitting bones to round your lower back and tilt your pelvis backwards. Continue to move in this direction as far as you can maintain control, allowing your back to form a C shape curve. Keep the head upright.
  4. Breath in and maintain the C shape curve of your spine and bring your shoulders over the hips, then roll your pelvis forwards onto the sitting bones and re stack your spine, one bone at a time to resume your starting position.
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Enjoy this month’s exercise! Roz, Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor



Meet Your Team – Hello Charlotte!

Posted on 16th December 2019 by

As our team has grown over the last year or so, we thought it would be a great time to introduce you to the team that we have to help you, re-introducing the more familiar faces and welcoming the new ones!

Today we meet Physiotherapist, Charlotte.

goPhysio Pilates Instructor

What are your qualifications?

I studied at the University Portsmouth and gained a BSc in Sport Science from 2000-2003. I then went to the University East London and qualified as a Physiotherapist, with a BSc Physiotherapy from 2004 -2007.

What areas have you previously worked in?

I have worked with the Rugby England ladies selection days, London wasps and Beaconsfield RFC.

I have worked in private practice since 2007, initially based in Chiswick, Twickenham and Camberley and now in Chandlers Ford.

Do you have any special areas of interest in physiotherapy?

My specialism is in assessing, diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal injuries, so those that affect muscles, bones, joints etc.  

I am qualified to use acupuncture with the AACP and also a Level 1 and 2 APPI Pilates Instructor (soon to complete Level 3!).

What you’re most proud of?

 Without a doubt, My Family 

What’s the best thing about being part of the goPhysio team? 

The team are wonderful and highly motivated. It’s a great atmosphere working at goPhysio – I’m over the moon to be a part of the team.

We asked………

If you could invite any 3 people in the world round for dinner, who would they be?

  • Peppa Pig – to entertain the Children
  • Micheal Mcintyre
  • Lee Mack

Where in the world is top of your list to visit?

Orlando, Florida

If you were going to space and could only take 1 thing, what would it be?

A Spacesuit to explore

What’s the 1 thing that may surprise people about you? 

 I share the same birthday as Nicole Scherzinger, (not year!)


Charlotte works at goPhysio on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. If you’d like to book an appointment to see Charlotte, you can give us a call on 023 8025 3317 or book an appointment online here.


More Pilates Exercises In Standing

Posted on 1st October 2019 by

Mat based Pilates exercise are carried out in a variety of positions, including lying on your back, front or side, sitting and kneeling on hands and knees. In addition to these positions, there are many popular Pilates exercises you can do in standing.

Here’s a few of our Pilate’s teams favourites!

#1 Mermaid Standing

  1. Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip distance apart. Imagine your head is a helium balloon to lengthen your spine. Imagine your pelvis as a bowl resting upright to align your pelvis in the neutral position. Gently set your centre. Glide your shoulder blades downwards towards your waist. Place your hands on the brim of your pelvic bowl.
  2. INHALE and lift the left arm to the side and overhead.
  3. EXHALE and lengthen the curve of the spine to the right while maintaining the neutral position.
  4. INHALE and return back to upright starting position.

#2 Corckscrew Warm Up Move

  1. Standing upright, back of the neck long, shoulder blades set, neutral spinal position, knees soft, weight placed evenly through the feet. Arms resting long beside the body. Centre set.
  2. Inhale, circle the arms outwards and upwards overhead. Keep the arms within your peripheral vision and the shoulder blades set, so pulled back and down.
  3. Exhale, fold the arms and place the hands at the base of the head. Keep the back of the neck long.
  4. Inhale, glide the shoulder blades upwards. Keep the collarbones wide.
  5. Exhale, glide the shoulder blades downwards. Keep the collarbones wide.
  6. Inhale, reach the arms overhead. Keep the arms within the peripheral vision and the scapulae set.
  7. Exhale, circle the arms outwards and downwards to return to the starting position.

#3 One Leg Circle

  1. Start in a natural standing posture. Hands on your waist.
  2. Put your feet and heels together. Keeping your heels together, turn your feet outwards slightly.
  3. Inhale, slide your right leg forwards keeping the toes on the mat.
  4. Exhale, circle your right leg outwards, placing your foot directly behind your right hip. Keep the toes in contact with the mat.
  5. Inhale, slide your right leg forwards, placing your floor directly in front of your right hip. Keep the toes in contact with the mat.
  6. Repeat up to ten times in this direction and then reverse the direction of your leg circles on both sides.

#4 Clam Level 3

  1. Start in a natural standing position.
  2. Bend your right hip 45 and the knee to 90 degrees, keeping your legs a hip distance apart.
  3. Put your hands on your waist. Inhale to prepare.
  4. Exhale, rotate your right hip outwards, keeping your pelvis stable.
  5. Inhale, rotate your right hip back to the middle, keeping the pelvis stable.
  6. Repeat up to ten times on the right leg and then repeat on the opposite side.

#5 Roll Down

  1. Stand in a natural standing position. Engage your core.
  2. Inhale to prepare.
  3. Exhale, lengthen the back of the neck and curl the head and neck forwards. Continue to curl the body forwards, one bone at a time. Wheel the pelvis forwards and continue to roll the body downwards as far as comfortable. Allow the head and arms to relax forwards with gravity and keep the knees soft.
  4. Inhale and hold the roll down position.
  5. Exhale, draw the tailbone downwards and wheel the pelvis upwards. Continue to roll the spine upwards one bone at a time. Lengthen the upper body upwards and widen the collarbones to return to the starting position.
  6. Repeat 3 5 times.

Read More 

We have lot’s of informative and educational Pilates articles over on our blog, which you can find here

If you’re interested in finding out more about joining our specialist Clinical Pilates classes at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford, take a look at the details of what we offer, our timetable of over 20 classes a week and more information about getting started with mat Pilates.

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Top 3 Pilates exercises in standing


The goPhysio Pilates Team

Posted on 24th September 2019 by

Specialist Clinical Pilates is one of our core (excuse the pun!) services here at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford. We are unique in the area in that all of our Instructors, in addition to APPI Pilates Chandlers Fordbeing specially trained Pilates Instructors, are clinically qualified, so have a degree in Physiotherapy or Sports Therapy.

This level of qualification and specialist experience enables then to incorporate Pilates with rehabilitation and recovery of injuries, and/or using Pilates for injury prevention.

The Pilates qualifications that all of our Instructors have is from The Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI). This is the world leading provider of Pilates education.  The APPI has developed a unique modified Pilates technique. This technique has been developed specifically for rehabilitation settings. It ensures that safe and scientifically researched movement patterns are learned and taught to be part of effective Rehab, retraining of alignment, correcting posture, improving range of motion, supporting the spine and for safe sport and strength training.

All our Instructors are a minimum of Level 2 qualified with APPI. 

Meet Our Instructors!

We are so privileged to have 6 fantastic Pilates Instructors in our team. As they all work clinically too, this helps provide seamless care if you are moving from physiotherapy, sports therapy or rehab to Pilates or via versa.

So, whether you’ve heard great things about Pilates and would like to start, are looking for small, supportive classes to help with prevention or recovery from injury or want to do Pilates as part of a regular exercise routine, look no further!

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How to book a Regular Pilates at goPhysio

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