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

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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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