Posts in Health & Wellbeing
Mindfulness Myths: You have definitely been doing it right (even if it feels wrong!) 

You’ve heard the buzz about mindfulness - Improved chronic pain, reduced blood pressure, lower stress levels, improved mood, reduced anxiety, reduced conflict in families, and more. You’ve heard that apps like Headspace and Calm are growing increasingly popular, and you’ve even heard that incredibly successful companies like Nike, Google and Apple all actively encourage their staff to practice mindfulness, to improve their productivity.

So you’ve decided to give it a go. You’ve maybe even felt excited about the potential of this seemingly magical technique to rectify your various ailments. You downloaded the Headspace app, or one of the many YouTube clips on mindfulness, you settled yourself into your seated position, and you began … 

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Tips For Parents With Anxious Children: Unleashing Your Hidden Parenting Superpowers. 

One question that parents often ask child therapists is this: “How can I stop my child feeling so anxious?” And this is, of course, a very understandable question - it can be heartbreaking to watch your child experience anxiety. Anxiety is characterised by so many uncomfortable experiences - Their minds can swim with thousands of negative thoughts, about all the potential bad things that might happen, and they might start to ask a lot of questions about these possibilities.

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How Specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapy Can Help You Recover From Birth

Women’s bodies are amazing! Growing and giving birth to a baby however astonishing can put significant stress and strain on a woman’s musculoskeletal system. Statistics show that after having a baby half of women have a weakness in their abdominal or pelvic floor muscles. Up to 60% have a separation of their abdominal muscle (Diastasis Recti) at 6 weeks post birth. 45% may experience some urinary incontinence which can remain present for years following the birth. 25% of women giving birth experience ongoing pelvic pain which may become chronic.

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Managing Yourself: How To Get Things Done & Still Have A Life

Do you sometimes despair at how few tasks you complete despite being so busy? Are people getting frustrated with you about jobs you have promised to do but have yet to start? Do you wonder how some people can achieve so much with their time? Comparing yourself unfavourably to others can leave you miserable and demotivated. Soon you are wondering exactly when you transformed from a human being into a human doing. If this sounds familiar, you need to look at how you manage yourself.

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Flourish With These Simple Self-Care Practices 

Health and wellbeing are vital for living a full and happy life. Incorporating self-care into our daily lives means we can enjoy the good times, and be better equipped to deal with life’s challenges. Taking steps to feel fit, healthy and happy seems obvious, but it is another thing to make it happen. Life gets busy, and there is always another priority. Often self-care activities are the first things to go when juggling family and work commitments. Here are some common issues that I encounter with clients in my wellbeing coaching practice, together with some positive steps to help address them:  

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Finding Your True Purpose

Finding your true purpose means finding something that really fascinates, intrigues, excites and fulfills you. Or blows your hair back, as an old, dear and very eccentric friend used to say. It’s most likely a job or career, but it could equally be a hobby or volunteer work, or travel or learning something new; in a nutshell it gives your life meaning, drive, and overall va-va-voom.

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How To Be Happy, Hint: It Takes Practice

There’s an incredible amount of cultural emphasis placed on being happy right now. It seems to be the new normal, as if it’s a fundamental right, to be pursued at the expense of all else. But the drive to be happy, and the expectation that being happy all the time is a normal achievable thing, can create a huge amount of pressure and highlight an unsatisfying contrast between the lives we have and the lives we think we would like to have.

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Pilates & Yoga - What’s The Difference?

There is still a lot of confusion between the two and the terms are used interchangeably. In social situations the statement that immediately follows when I answer Pilates teacher to “what do you do?” is, “is it like yoga?”!  It doesn’t help that in mainstream media images showing postures from Yoga are used to illustrate Pilates and vice-versa. And just to muddy the water further, I have seen "Yoga-lates” classes amongst other fusion concepts that mix the two disciplines. You can see why it is difficult to understand that the two modalities are separate and entirely different in approach and function. 

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