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Posted on 20th April 2020 by

We’ve pulled together a carefully selected list of products that can help you with your rehab, recovery, Pilates and exercises at home. Take a look at the items and click on the links to be taken through to the individual products that your Clinician has recommended.

PAIN RELIEF


COLD TREATMENTS


FOOT SUPPORTS


EXERCISE AND PILATES EQUIPMENT


MASSAGE


POSTURAL PRODUCTS


BRACES AND SUPPORTS


TAPING AND STRAPPING



Take Time to Focus on your Breathing

Posted on 31st March 2020 by

Now, more than any other time, we should regularly spend a few moments each day and think about our breathing.

The current change in our life styles will have a significant impact on our breathing, whether that is due to lower levels of activity from the imposed restrictions, or an increase in stress and anxiety due to the unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in.

Both of these scenarios will lead us to spending most of our time doing what we call Apical Breathing.  This is when the breathing is mainly confined to the upper chest. As a result of apical breathing, the accessory muscles in your shoulders are doing all the work without the pay-off of a deep breath. Since the inhalation is shallow, the body has to compensate by breathing more frequently. This creates a poorer exchange of oxygen and increase tension in our neck and shoulders. 

Image courtesy of Temple Health

Ideally we should spend regular periods of time doing what is known as Diaphragmatic Breathing.  This is when we use the diaphragm to lift and spread the ribs on inhalation and ease them back down on exhalation.  This allows the lungs to work more efficiently, utilising a larger proportion of the lungs resulting in more oxygen being transferred into the bloodstream and around the body.  It also reduces the work load of the muscles around our neck and shoulders.

Try these two approaches to improving your breathing technique, feel the benefits of increasing oxygen supply and reducing the tension in the muscles around your neck and shoulders.

Technique 1 ‘At Rest’

Lie on your back with your hips and knees bent up, feet flat on the floor. Place a folded towel or small pillow under your head. Place your hands across the lower half of your ribcage with the tips of your fingers slightly interlaced.  Breathe in and allow your lower ribs to expand widthways. Let your fingertips draw apart from one another slightly. Breathe out and allow your ribcage to sink inwards and downwards. Your fingertips may interlace slightly as you empty your lungs. Watch that you do not lift your breastbone as you breathe in. Instead imagine the back of your ribcage spreading wide into the floor underneath you.  Keep your neck and shoulders relaxed.

Once you have learned to do this exercise lying down you can then use this skill to improve your breathing when sat at your desk or when standing up.

Technique 2 ‘Being Active’

When we increase our activity levels we require more oxygen and therefore generally we employ more of our lung capacity to do this.

Current Government guidelines (as of 23rd March 2020) allow each individual to leave the house for exercise once a day. So a run, walk or cycle (within social distancing limits) are excellent ways of improving your breathing. If you are unable to do this then the following exercises can be done in your own home:

  • Star jumps
  • Step ups on the bottom step of the stairs
  • Repeated sit to stand from a chair
  • Skipping
  • Squat thrusts/burpees

The list is endless so see what you can come up with!


Pilates Exercise of the Month: Double Leg Stretch

Posted on 1st February 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, Hugo recommends the Double Leg Stretch.

This is my favourite Pilates exercise. It is the most complete one. Not only do you need to focus on keeping your core muscles engaged but also on coordinating arms with legs. Coordination and stability, all in one exercise, can’t beat that!

  1. Lie on your back with your knees bent up in the Pilates Rest Position.
  2. Have your legs a hip width apart, shoulders drawn down and in and your neck long. Centre engaged.
  3. Float your legs one at a time into the table top position and lift both arms to the ceiling.
  4. Breath in to prepare.
  5. Breath out and lower both arms overhead. Simultaneously, reach your left leg forwards and upwards on a diagonal.
  6. Breath in and circle your arms outwards and then downwards. Simultaneously, fold the left leg back into tabletop.
  7. Repeat alternating legs.
Hugo Carvalheiro - Physiotherapist & Level 2 APPI Pilates Instructor

Enjoy this month’s exercise! Hugo, Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor



Thinking of Starting Pilates?

Posted on 7th January 2020 by

The new year always gets people thinking about or talking about starting something new. It can be a great time to give a boost to your health and wellbeing.

Pilates is a great form of exercise, so many people are recommended to do it by friends, family, their GP or surgeon. But many people don’t actually know what it is or what it will entail and that can put them off.

Starting any new form of exercise can seem daunting at first, many us worry about looking silly in front of a class or not knowing what to do, what to expect or even what to wear!

But fear not!! Everyone started somewhere, and although many of our classes have formed close friendships, they can too remember what it was like to start out!

This is one of the reasons we always offer everyone new to Pilates a free 30 minute induction session. This allows you to talk through any health or injury concerns with one of our Clinical Pilates Instructors and help you find out more about Pilates. The Instructor will modify any exercises to suit your individual needs and guide you towards a suitable level class for you.

You’ll also learn the basics of what pilates is: finding your postural muscles and learning some of the common beginner exercises to get you up to speed before entering a class.

You’ll have the chance to ask questions about anything else you’re concerned about so you can start your first class in confidence.

Your first class

The first class can be as much as a mental workout as a physical one whilst you get used to controlling your breathing whilst using new muscles in a new way. However, no one expects you to be perfect straight away so don’t panic – the Instructor leading the class will make sure you’re exercising safely and at the correct level, as long as you are still breathing that’s a good enough start for the first few weeks so don’t worry if you can’t co-ordinate everything straight away!

As with learning any new skill it takes time. Remember that pilates is non-competitive so you will work at your own level during each class. We’ll progress your exercises gradually and encourage you to move up to intermediate and advanced level classes when you’re ready.

It can take 6-8weeks to build muscle, and much longer if you’ve had pain or weakness in an area for a long time so whilst we can’t expect an overnight body transformation, you will notice the difference if you stick with it. Our regular pilates attendees report increased flexibility, reduced pain, improved balance, improved muscle tone and strength, better posture and improved confidence to exercise as just a few of the benefits of our classes!

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Don’t forget – everyone was a beginner at some point and our classes provide a really supportive and friendly environment to exercise.

We run 20 classes a week from our studio in Chandlers Ford and offer a range of flexible membership options, to suit everyone. If you’d like to give it a try, why not book a FREE no obligation 1-2-1 by calling us on 023 8025 3317.

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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.
goPhysio Pilates Instructor

Enjoy this month’s exercise! Roz, Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor



Christmas Raffle Winners!

Posted on 23rd December 2019 by

Thank you so much to everyone who bought raffle tickets to help us raise money for Trinity Winchester. We raised £154. We picked the winners of all the prizes on Friday, here’s the draw!

Pilates Gift set – S. Strange

Sports Massage voucher – R. Bareham

Foam Roller Workshop – S. Dovey

Prosecco – S. Clements

Prosecco – P. Gomm

Mens Shower Gel selection – M. Tose

Victoria Biscuits – J. Edwardes

Pedicure set – D. Davis

Prosecco – M. Burry

Sparkling Rose – I. Jacobs

L’Occitane Hand Cream – D. Parker

Candle and Incense – V. Wright

Blue spikey ball – R. Bareham

Orange spikey ball – F. Wicker

Yankee Candle – A. Gammie

Luxury Tea Selection – P. Gale

Toblerone – A. Kelly

Mulled Wine – P. Turner

Elemis – M. Folland

Liz Earle Hand Cream – P. Turner

Crackers – P. Gomm

Massage Roller Stick – M. Burry

Cadburys Heroes – T. Alexander

Sangria – A. Gammie

Massage Roller Ball – P. Bindey-Gartand

Ice Pack – B. Eade

Please pop into the clinic to collect your prize when it’s convenient for you. Here’s a reminder of our opening times.

Christmas opening hours 2019

We wish you all a very happy Christmas!


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.


Christmas Gift Packs

Posted on 8th December 2019 by

This Christmas, with people often struggling to find gift ideas for their loved ones, we’ve put together a few of our most popular services and products, to offer some ready to buy gift packs.

Christmas Gidt packs

Our Foam Roller Workshop gift packs are great for runners, sporty types or those that exercise and complain of aches and pains. Each pack comes with a voucher for one of our Foam Roller Workshops and the choice of a Trigger Point Grid Foam Roller or small MB1 Massage Ball.

Lot’s of people are often heard chatting about Pilates, they’ve been recommended it or would like to start. Why not encourage them by buying a Pilates gift pack. This includes a 30 minute Pilates induction session, a pair of Pilates socks, a resistance exercise band and the choice of 1 or 3 months of classes! This pack is heavily discounted and offers great value for money.

Massage is always our most popular gift purchase. You can buy a single massage or set of 3 massages, both with a self massage roller ball, to ease any tension in the comfort of your own home!

To purchase any of these special reduced gift packs or a gift voucher for any amount for any of our services, just pop into the clinic in Chandlers Ford.


Pilates Exercise of the Month – Abdo Prep

Posted on 1st December 2019 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, Rosie recommends the Abdo Prep.

Abdominal preparations (Abdo Prep) does what it says on the tin! It prepares the abdominal (tummy) muscles for all the other Pilates exercises and helps to train those ‘centering’ muscles in a correct and controlled manor. Training the abdominal muscles can help with keeping the core tight and stable which helps in day to day life.

This isn’t one to be afraid of and its always good to push yourself with this exercises but remember to breathe! Getting this exercise right and practicing it regularly will help with all your other Pilates exercises.

  1. Pilates rest position with your hands interconnected and placed behind the top of the neck to support the head. Elbows slightly lifted away from the floor, shoulders drawn down and in.
  2. INHALE and lengthen the back of your neck.
  3. EXHALE, slide your ribcage downwards towards your waist to lift your head, neck and shoulders off the mat.
  4. INHALE to hold.
  5. EXHALE and lower to the mat.

Tips

  • Think of lifting and lowering your body from the ribcage and not the head or neck.
  • Maintain the neutral spine position.
  • Do not allow your lower abdominals to dome.
goPhysio Pilates Instructor

Enjoy this months exercise!

Rosie, Sports & Rehabilitation Therapist and Pilates Instructor


Charity Christmas Raffle

Posted on 28th November 2019 by

This year we have put together a little raffle to raise funds for local charity, Trinity Winchester. Trinity are a Winchester-based charity which addresses the effects of homelessness and vulnerability through specialist practical and emotional support, and proactive prevention, empowering positive change. They help people who are vulnerable to the effects of homelessness, addiction, physical and mental ill health, poverty, social isolation and domestic abuse, offering solutions, hope, choice and control.

Trinity Charity

Raffle tickets are available to buy in the clinic for £1 each from Monday 2nd December. All proceeds will go to the charity. The draw will be made on Friday 20th December.

We have a range of prizes on offer, including………….

  • Pilates gift pack
  • Bottle of Mulled Wine
  • Hand cream
  • Body wash
  • Mani/Pedi set
  • Mens body wash set
  • Bottle of Sangria
  • Candle
  • Spikey balls
  • Pilates socks and Pilates ball
  • Place in one of our Foam Roller Workshops
  • Sports Massage voucher
  • Massage roller stick
  • Massage roller ball