Good Morning!

How do you wake up?

Sometimes I can literally just keep hitting snooze over and over and struggle to want to get up, mostly due to being menopausal and that disrupting my sleep.

Sleep is so important to our wellbeing, and getting to sleep easily at the end of the day, surprisingly begins with getting up easily in the morning (more than the other way around!), so try this energiser to get up and start your day on the right footing. I will cover getting to sleep at the end of the day in another podcast later.

I have noticed over many years that I need to make a conscious choice to get up straight away, and definitely NOT listen to that old narrative that can buzz around my head, and and allow me to habitually press snooze.

It is about making that conscious decision, yes, making that decision and being responsible for your thoughts. So, I have made this little 5 minute energiser to inspire my lovely clients, and hopefully to you too, to change that. This will help get you to get up by introducing some gentle moves and and good intentions to start your day the best way.

Being only 5 minutes it is so doable. no excuses, it’s less time than the snooze gap, try it out and let me know what you think and if it helps.

Please subscribe, rate and review the podcast, this may help others find the positive benefit of this energiser – thank you.

Enjoy your morning, enjoy your day.

Much love Sue xxx

Morning Energiser SGPilates

Wake up energised and alive and ready for a good day.
  1. Morning Energiser
  2. Deep Within
  3. A Little Me Time
  4. Crystal Thunder
  5. Good Morning!

The Psoas, beyond the abdominals

The Psoas,

your true core, your emotional centre.

Poor posture will upset the complex psoas amongst many things, and can affect your breathing, and can be the cause of your bad back or inflexible or tight hips. Upsetting vagal tone and the nervous system keeping you locked into the fight/flight/freeze.

A tight core can restrict the diaphragm and the lungs and disrupt coherency.

Understand its’ relationship and health benefits to breath, hip, back, kidneys and the pelvic floor, abdominals, back and it’s emotional links to good health

Fluid movement is what we want to encourage to establish a healthy core.

The Psoas -an embodiment and mindful movement workshop.

An holistic approach to relax and condition your Psoas.

Explore where the Psoas resides, what is it anyway?

Why it is something you should know about, and why

knowing and embodying it can help improve its function.

Enjoy discovering the location and function of the Psoas and illiacus, efficient movement and training and release and its supportive structures

Explore the emotional psoas. Finishing with a bonus meditation to fully absorb and embody an holistic workshop.

Who is this workshop is for?

Anyone who wants to

learn more about their body, embodying its movement,

those who want to

release tight hips or back tightness, and feel more open, physically and mentally.

Pilates/Yoga/Movement/Meditation Teachers or Therapists and Bodyworkers who want in-depth explorations and user friendly way to gain knowledge to help themselves and others

When?

Saturday 11 July- 10:00-12:00pm

Investment £35

Live teaching in the comfort of your own home through zoom

Limited spaces so BOOK NOW

Breathe Better Workshop SGPILATES

WHAT do we do more than anything else in our life?

And right now what do we need to focus on MORE than ever?

release tension, anxiety and stress,
loosen tight musculature of the neck and back,
ease emotional tension

maybe we could improve the pelvic floor, spinal movement, digestive problems

and generally just feel a whole lot better!

 


⭐️Wouldn’t you want that for yourself?⭐️

in this workshop we will

  • Experience the diaphragm 
  • Learn to embody the design of our breathing anatomy
  • Tone the diaphragm and relax it
  • Understand the link with breathing, abdominals, pelvic floor and emotions
  • Relax the neck
  • Ease anxiety and stress
  • how breath can help you think clearer, manage stress and boost your immunity

 

Better breathing equals a calmer mental state, increases energy levels,
improve heart and lungs, digestion, ease the thoracic spine, neck and its musculature.
and more importantly how we experience life.
 
With the current situation we need more than ever to have tips and the understanding of simple ways we can use at any moment, to keep us healthier and give us better clarity for making better decisions.

 

💕Better Breath Equals Better Life💕.

 

come and join me for this

Breathing Better Workshop

learn, move, embody

Franklin Method, Bodywork, Movement and Meditation

live streaming from zoom into your own home. 

you will need

a safe space, where you won’t be interrupted,

a mat or chair, cushions/pillows or yoga bolster, blanket an open mind and curiousity.

internet, computer or iPad or similar device to watch from and zoom (free platform)

investment for your health

£30 for one – £45 for 2 from same location and on the same device

Tuesday 19th May
12:00-14:00

BOOK NOW

 

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SGPILATES Workshops ON ZOOM

 

NOW BEING LIVE STREAMED INTO YOUR HOME VIA ZOOM

3 workshops

Healthy Hips and Back,

Breathe Better,

The Psoas, your true core and emotional muscle 

learn, move, embody, breathe

 

Healthy Hip and Back Workshop May 9th 2020

Your pelvis, your root, have you ever given it any thought?

No? maybe that is the problem.

Come and explore why knowing and embodying the pelvis and it’s rhythms can have profound effects on the health of your hips, back, knees, pelvic floor and even hamstrings, hip flexors and shoulders.

If you are curious, if you want to move with more ease, flexibility, and feel good in your body this is a workshop you will want to be part of!

Whether you are a Pilates or Yoga devotee, dancer, sports person, gym bunny or ANYONE who wants to experience what feeling good in your body REALLY feels like, or wants to release tension, improve movement and flexibility, and increase strength, this workshop is for you.

Understand the biomechanics and how visualisation and imagery effects your function.

Get to know the design of your pelvis, what it looks like, the function of the hip joint, the rhythms of the bones for healthy hips and spine, and learn bio hacks to better movement.

Additionally participate in a healthy hip class, self massage, and finish with a ROOT meditation.

This workshop is informative, yet fun and relaxed.

Please wear clothes appropriate for moving easily.

Come, listen, learn, embody and move! Be curious, I look forward to taking you on a journey.

Sue Dawson, Franklin Method Educator, Garuda and Pilates Teacher/Therapist, BodyWorker, Meditation Teacher

We will use movement, touch, proprioception and visual props.

Email me to book now and secure your place.

Where?

LIVE STREAMING TO YOUR OWN HOME

Saturday 9 May

10.00am – 1.00pm

Investment £45 Healthy Hips Workshop]

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Breathe Better Workshop  May 19th 12:00-14:00 £30

please press on the link for more details

Breathe Better Workshop SGPILATES

 

 

the Psoas, (hip flexors) your true core, your emotional centre.

Poor posture will upset the complex psoas amongst many things, and can affect your breathing, and can be the cause of your bad back, inflexible or tight hips.

A tight core can restrict the diaphragm and the lungs and disrupt coherency. Fluid movement is what we want to encourage to establish a healthy core.

The Psoas -an embodiment and mindful movement workshop. An holistic approach to relax and condition your Psoas. Explore where the Psoas resides, what is it anyway? Why it is something you should know about, and why knowing and embodying it can help improve its function. Its relationship and health benefits to breath, hip, back, kidneys and the pelvic floor and it’s emotional links. 

Enjoy discovering the location and function of the Psoas and illiacus, efficient movement and training and release. Explore the emotional psoas. Finishing with a meditation to fully absorb and embody an holistic workshop. This workshop is perfect to do after the healthy hip workshop to deepen your understanding, but is an individual workshop.

Who is this workshop is for?

Anyone who wants to learn more about their body, embodying its movement, those who want to release tight hips or back tightness, and feel more open, physically and mentally.

We will be using props, dynamic imagery, the use of balls and bands, we will touch on the pelvic floor and breathing ready for the next workshop “Just Breathe” and “the Pelvic Floor, being resilient.”

please note each workshop is a stand alone workshop in their own right but very powerful when linked together

Where?

PENDING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Saturday July 4th

10-1pm

Investment

One workshop £45

✨BOOK ALL three workshops FOR a real depth of learning ✨

Keep an eye out for the next dates and workshops

If you have a venue and would like to host one then please get in touch.

Peace and love, and freedom of movement to you

Sue xx

 

SG Pilates Retreats

What a fabulous weekend was had by us all on the SG Pilates Coastal Retreat, we were blessed with amazing sunshine on the North Devon and perfect sea state and wind conditions for paddleboarding as an additional treat.

We started our mornings with an early start with Qi Gong cleansing and strengthening the organs routine on the headlands with the perfect view. The energy created was just amazing. We closed each evening with a meditation. Sessions were Pilates, Garuda and Barre plus a Franklin Method Workshop about the Pelvis and Psoas. The weekend was a perfect balance of moving, mindfulness and play!

Every bite of our food was just super delicious thanks to our wonderful chef Stacey Fae Jones and her husband Will, the Gin Master!

So thank you to everyone that came, with their amazing energy, laughs and love and to everyone that were involved along the way, Stacey and Will Jones, Lucia Mcauliffe for the exceptional bodywork she provided, Darren  Sturgess, the man of musical talent and his handpan session, and of course my  wonderful husband for helping with the behind the scenes lugging equipment and listening to me checking over and over again I had everything in place! (for the many months in preparation and on the weekend!)

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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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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 💕