Breathe And Nourish

MY WEEK, 6 DAYS AT THE GARUDA STUDIOS, MY PASSION…

Six full days of training from 9am to 6.30 pm at the Garuda Studios in London.
I feel amazing, I have spiralled and twisted, lengthened and undulated, hung upside down, pushed, pulled , flexed, extended on springs, straps, poles, paddles, bands and bricks.
I have trained with other instructors, coaches like myself from all over the world; Switzerland, Sweden, Korea, France , Brazil, Spain , Italy and Denmark.
What an enriching experience. A bonding of energies through movement. Our common ground.
Taking time to work on my own body for hours is such a privilege and a great reminder of how much my body loves to move. It’s something I have always done, from a young child to young adult learning martial arts, gymnastics, dance and athletics
Cycling around Europe in my early twenties. And then training To be a fitness coach from 1990. Competing In aerobic competitions just before I had my 2 beautiful babies, 23 years ago now! I still love teaching even now 28 years later.
I am so passionate about what I do, I am so passionate about helping others whether it is simply trying to be able to walk with ease after injury, be able to turn over in bed easier, to get rid of back or hip pain, to be able to reach up to the top kitchen cupboard, or whether it’s an athlete trying to gain more body awareness, more flexibility, more strength or balance, to be able to work well,so they get less injuries, to beat their personal goals and improve their PB’s. To a mother who just needs a break from the home and gain some ‘me time’. From the office worker who just wants to be able to be less stiff, or an insomniac to sleep better.
Movement should be a joy, a celebration, something that makes you feel alive and centred and connected back to your authentic self. A time to return home to the centre of your being. To escape the external pressures, a release of pent up frustration, pressures, rules.
Doesn’t that sound so amazing?! Is that your experience?
A reminder of the me time that is so important to our well being on so many levels and yet sometimes we got lost in doing stuff for everyone else we forgot about ourselves.
For me, that is true, sure I train and move everyday but I need that quality switch off time, where I go in my studio and shut out the world and just listen and honour my own bodies needs more. Yes more! I meditate daily several times a day if I can, sometimes for only short periods and sometimes hours but lets see if we can all make sure we stop and listen to what our bodies really need, not what we think we need, or what we have been told we should do or not do. To really stop, feel the response of what the body is really needing, more sleep? More flow? Better nutrition, meditation, family time, more space, less work, less online time. Get connected to the earth, grounding, barefoot outside. I was fortunate enough to rent a room for bodywork many many years ago with an inspiring man who taught me so much about earthing the self, he was so ahead of his time. Always so interesting, so thank you to him.

So guys, let make it our reality. Dance, sing, move and take time out.
Have a wonderful week 💕🧘🏻‍♀️GARUDA B HANG

Josephine-knowing how to help your body recover through a challenge

Our last week together before Josephine leaves for Norway.

Josephine’s challenge is to be the first British Woman to complete the Amundsen Expedition, known as the hardest ski race in the world! And I have the pleasure of training her over the last 2 months of prep to help her. We have been working on true core strength and resilience.

Todays 90 minute session we worked on techniques to help ⭐️rejuvenate, relax and restore⭐️.  One of my favourite sessions that I teach.

As a professional bodyworker I showed Josephine how to release tight muscles and tension by using her hands, body weight and also spiky balls (something I have promoted to all my clients, over the last 20 plus years, whether this is in Pilates sessions, restore or one-to-ones) for massage and acupressure points and through breathe and imagery. We discussed and practiced meditation and breath, and the relation between a tight psoas (hip flexor)  breath, stress, back stiffness, less resilient core and pelvic function. I showed Josephine bones and props to  help her have a clear mental imagery to help her improve the function of the psoas and diaphragm link when she practised her release conditioning exercises. and breath work.

Having her mind focused is so important she has to think clearly under such stress in order to survive the conditions and succeed in her challenge.  This is no ordinary race.  Josephine has a time pressure (it’s an endurance race), but also has to navigate in extremely dangerous situations, whilst cold, in the dark and with little or no rest.   She is in unknown territory, on her own, competing in an extreme physical test of her strength, endurance and determination to survive and succeed clarity and focus is not just needed it is essential.  So how do you maintain that clarity and focus under such pressure?

So practising Meditation and rhythmic breathing will help keep the pre frontal cortex optimally working for performance,  quick thinking, decision making, something that is impaired when stressed. Practicing these skills is equally important in both the rest and recuperation phase as well as the exertion phase. This is why  as part of your trying for such an extreme endurance event it is critical to learn how to rest and recuperate properly and effectively. This is an area, in my experience where most athletes and most of us in general, could increase there performance of many levels by focusing on these areas. After all muscle is built and healing takes place when the body is in a rested state.

Josephine, I send you off with so much love, energy and the best of all my knowledge and wish you success and ease! I cannot wait for your return to gear all about it!!

If you would like to hear more, please contact me and we will let you know when we arrange

⭐️An evening with Josephine⭐️

a fund raising event to hear her story, an event you really must attend and see what inspires this amazing, lovely and humble lady!!!

contact me here sgpilatesuk@icloud.com

support Josephine and Donate here

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Josephine and Pilates Training

With only a couple of weeks left until the hardest ski race in the world, Josephine is working hard dragging tyres around the hills of Wrington, Cleeve and Redhill prepping her for pulling the 40kg pulk around Norway’s Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau.

Josephine’s challenge is to be the first British Woman to complete the Amundsen expedition, known as the hardest ski race in the world! And I have the pleasure of training her over the last 2 months of prep to help her. We have been working on true core strength and resilience.

Strength comes from balancing all systems. Over the last two months, when I was introduced to Josephine, I have watched her move and how she moves, listened to her challenges and created plan of what would really help her the most. We are working on being flexible, resilient, balanced, using functional movement patterns, anatomy trains, facial slings, dynamic neuro cognitive imagery and somatics, integrating Pilates, Franklin Method, Bodywork and Garuda.

Josephine will be needing her body to be working efficiently so she can maximise her performance and endurance. She needs her body to move smoothly and well and not be in a tension state that just causes the body to be under more stress, not a good place to be if you want to be efficient or need to able to repair itself.  Moving well, For example tight hip flexors need to be conditioned to be more fluid which will then release tightness in the back and dysfunctional hip patterning. This is crucial to her when her core needs to be balanced and functioning well for walking and pulling the pulk. A tight psoas (hip flexor) will also impair breathing, not something anyone wants let alone when you will be challenged aerobically, under extreme stress and cold weather conditions! We mobilised her spine in all ranges, paramount for spinal health and disc health.

She is raising money for two wonderful charities: The South West Children’s Hospice and The Pilgrim bandits.

This is the link to her fund raising page:

Please support this awesome inspiring lady on this enormous challenge
Thank you 💕

look out for the next session, we have only one more until the big event!

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Josephine Bush PT session-balancing the systems

 

Josephine, as you may of read in my previous blog, has a huge challenge ahead of her.  She is taking on the enormous challenge of being the first British woman to complete the Amundsen Expedition, the hardest ski race in the world. She will be pulling a 40kg pulk across the Hardangervidda in Norway on skis for 100km. She will be facing all sorts of cold weather conditions as well as self navigating and supporting herself on the race.

In order to pull the pulk effectively and without injury, it is imperative for her to be balanced in strength and resilience in her left and right sides.  In her training sessions in my studio, we tackle this with lots of unilateral work as well as bilateral movement to see where she needs most help and also working with the felt response, somatics.

“If you can’t feel it you can’t change it!!”

The split pedals on the Pilates Chair is great for unilateral work.

Working the systems and looking for weaknesses and strengths and re-balancing and educating the self through movement and waking up parts of the body that are not performing as it should.

Working with the myofascial slings -(for full information on slings check out Anatomy Trains, Tom Myers. Anyone who works with the body will know this work)

SO WHY IS THIS important?

with the body being balanced and aligned there will be less chance of injury, pain, discomfort, less tension, and the body will be more economical, efficient, faster, stronger and also giving more balance. Everything needed for everyday life let alone pulling a 40kg pulk on uneven surfaces through thick snow with no idea whats underneath.

Take a look at the time-lapse video (below) of our latest training session below, I am guiding Josephine with verbal and tactile cueing to create this balance.  It is definitely harder than it looks! Josephine will vouch for that!!

If you  are interested in moving well and really getting a good balance and flow to your body for whatever reason, improve your posture, reduce pain, reduce injury, better sports, athletic performance you really can not beat a one-to-one session with an integrated advanced Pilates Professional so they can use their trained eye and skill to help you.

Josephine is raising money for two wonderful charities: The South West Children’s Hospice and The Pilgrim bandits. Here is the link to her fund-raising page:
https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Josephine.Bush1
Please help to motivate Josephine further with this enormous challenge by supporting the causes above.
Thank you 💕

 

Inspirational Lady to be the first British Woman to…

Josephine Bush

Josephine is taking on the enormous challenge of being the first British woman to complete the Amundsen Expedition, the hardest ski race in the world.

She will be pulling a 40kg pulk across the Hardangervidda in Norway on skis for 100km.

She will be facing all sorts of cold weather conditions as well as self navigating and supporting herself on the race.

She has been training for a year for this event.

You may have seen her pulling a tyre around the hills of Wrington, North Somerset.

The physical requirements of the challenge mean that she must have great balance, core strength and equal strength left and right side.

I have the absolute pleasure of working with Josephine to prepare her for this unique challenge.
I am training her to strengthen her body whilst making sure she has the right balance of ALL systems to support her, training her in somatics, teaching her techniques to support her mind and body through any situation or injury, creating a resilience that she will truly need in these tough conditions.

Follow her journey here with me in the studio, and how she gets on in Norway.

I will also be interviewing Josephine and she can tell you about her challenges, her fears, her drive, dedication and passion. And how Pilates is helping.

She is raising money for two wonderful charities:

The South West Children’s Hospice and The Pilgrim bandits.

Here is the link to her fund raising page:
https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Josephine.Bush1

Please support this awesome inspiring lady on this enormous challenge
Thank you 💕

 

juicy inspiration

Generally when I juice, I just grab whatever is around, I make it up. It works pretty well and I genuinely like what I am tasting. I am not one for measuring, weighing or being precise when it comes to cooking or juicing. I like to experiment and just see what flavours I can make. NO RULES!

However being inspired by my client Lynda, who is a complete advocate to healthy living, I tried some recipes from Deliciously Ella,  I really love her books and now have them all.  but true to my own laziness or creativity, not sure which, maybe a bit of both!

I look at what she uses and then just add it in random proportions to what my gut is telling me, and throw it in. These 2 are a great summer cooling blend, and worth a try!

I really love the way juicing makes me feel. It really is an instant “hallelujah” song of rejoicing from my deeper inner self. I feel instantly more alive and my gut feels satisfied.

Whose juice recipes inspire you?

and how does it make YOU feel?

 

 

ON LINE SESSIONS

IMG_3365This summer I set up an online class sessions for my clients, as I take the month of August off, to regroup, plan and chill!!

the program consisted of four 30 minutes sessions live, with different a focus on each class.

session 1- belt/straps /towels workout

session 2- spinal articulation

session 3- legs and butt

session 4- arms and abs

on top of this I added bonus sessions, tips, meditations, massage techniques  and quotes

its now coming towards the end of the August program, and its been lovely to stay connected to those who chose to join me. I will be running more programs like this, if you are interested in working out from the comfort of your own home and would like to join a similar program in the future .

Maybe you would like to have one-to-one FaceTime/Skype sessions -please get in touch, where ever you or they are in the world.

I would love to work with you

feel free to share this page if there is someone you know who may benefit.

have a peaceful day 💕🌞

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Green “Summer Cool Breeze” Juice by SGPilates

For a delicious green, creamy and fresh juice you may want to try this one out.

I often just throw together what ingredients I have and mix the flavours of what I love and this little combo works a refreshing tasty treat!!!

this will serve 2

all ingredients are organic for a super healthy and tasty juice

you will need a juicer and a blender

2 apples (I tend to use Braeburn)

1 pear

2 big handfuls each of spinach and kale

1 parsnip

chunk of ginger

1 small carrot

couple of stems of broccoli

1 whole lime

juice all the above and then blend contents with

1 avocado

1 banana

pour into two wine glasses and top with chilli seeds for a tasty crunch, it really does work well.

let me know what you think when you try it, it really is one of my favourites.

and go ahead, be creative!

play and mix up your ingredients and see what delicious varieties you can come up with.

enjoy

Sue xx

 

Nutritious, Yummy and Quick Lunch

Are you always in a rush? Like healthy foods, that are tasty and colourful? 

Long stem broccoli spears,

Chunky slices of Romano Pepper 🌶

Shiitake Mushrooms, whole

Piccolo tomatoes 🍅 

Pine nuts

Chilli flakes 🌶

Spiralised courgettes, 🥒
Stir fry! 

Ta-da!!!! Easy -peasy, quick and tasty!!! Enjoy 💕