Breathe And Nourish

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

 

Pilates on the Roller

Lying on your roller, make sure that the whole length of your spine including the head, is fully supported and central on the roller. Feet hip width apart, and hands on the floor to start. Remember the closer the hands to the sides of the roller the more challenging it will be for your balance. Stop if you feel sick, dizzy or out of control. 

NEVER work through pain, remember pain is a warning signal, listen to your body!!

Focus on your principles, relax and focus your breath, allow the body and mind to prepare and spine and muscles to ease out and lengthen along the roller. Keep your breath fluid throughout the exercises.

Try lifting one arm by your side and notice how the obliques fire up as they try to maintain full stability to the torso and pelvis.

Place that arm down and repeat on the other arm, notice the difference of how the muscles feel and switch to support the spine and pelvis with a different movement pattern.

After a few attempts, try both arm raised, keep them level with your hips.

Keeping the hands down on the floor, lift one foot just marginally off the floor, place that foot down and repeat on the other leg, again notice the connection of the muscles and if one side feels more challenging to the other.

Try lifting opposite arm and leg, keep the head down and stay relaxed through the shoulders,neck and breath, stay central, limiting the rotation through the body, but notice there will be an energy change to the supporting side so you can have freedom of movement in the moving side.

Watch that the supporting leg does not push out or in.

Keep the alignment through out, but remember when you are moving one leg or arm,that one side will stabilize and the other side should have the freedom to move, do not grip or add tension to the moving side.

Finally, you can try same arm and leg lift… this is much more challenging one side to the other!

Again, keep stability through out, try not to side bend in the body, keep the length in your waist.

Good luck and let me know how you get on with this one X

So what does practice do within our brains to make us better at things?

 Mastering any physical skill, takes practice. Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal being improvement. Allowing us to perform with more ease, speed and confifidence.

So what does practice do within our brains to make us better at things? Find out here….

Another “must watch” from the brilliant TED-Ed

https://youtu.be/f2O6mQkFiiw