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Why I don’t like ‘Belly button to spine’ as an instruction to engage the core

Is ‘belly button to spine’ really a useful instruction when it comes to engaging the core? Part of restoring function to the pelvic floor is to create a reflexive core – that is abdominal muscles that switch on when they are needed to help with movement or an activity. (lifting, carrying, twisting etc) During exercises … Continue reading Why I don’t like ‘Belly button to spine’ as an instruction to engage the core

What can your feet tell you about the rest of your body?

Whichever class I am teaching always starts with the feet. A strong, balanced foundation is so important and assessing your feet can tell so much about what is happening in the rest of your body. Not just plates of meat. There are 33 joints in your feet, thousands of sensors on the soles and one … Continue reading What can your feet tell you about the rest of your body?

Why movement matters

“Watch your habits, for they become your posture. Watch your posture, for it creates your boundaries. Watch your boundaries, for they restrict your growth. Watch your restrictions, for they create immobility. Watch your immobility, for it becomes your illness.” Katy Bowman Your body is capable of moving in lots of different ways, it has an … Continue reading Why movement matters

Knees and the pelvic floor

How does your knee pain reflect on your pelvic floor health? Aching knees, knee surgery and knee replacement are seen as inevitable signs of ageing and wear and tear. The issue, though, is in how you walk and use your knees. Lots of sitting, heeled shoes, excessive tightness down the backs of your legs and … Continue reading Knees and the pelvic floor

Do your feet really grow during pregnancy

All sorts of amazing and incredible things happen to our bodies in pregnancy – not just growing a baby! Feet growing bigger is a common occurrence but do they actually grow? That common image of a pregnant woman with her tummy pushed forwards and leaning back is typical of a tucked pelvis and rib thrust … Continue reading Do your feet really grow during pregnancy