Archive for August, 2018

Why I Do Pilates (And Maybe You Should Too!)

I’m Marilyn, one of the Pilates Instructors at Hatt’s and I’d like to share with you the journey I took to find Pilates and how it has benefited me. I was always the sporty kid at school; an all-rounder that liked to get involved in most sports.

I wasn’t very competitive but loved all things sport which is what lead me into a career in fitness. I spent most of my late teens and twenties teaching pretty much every fitness fad under the sun, I was very fit…. Or so I thought!

True that I could power through teaching 4 spin classes in a day and up to 25, Boxercise, aerobics, circuits or any other type of exercise class in a week, but by the age of 26, I was starting to wonder ‘why is my back aching and what is this  shoulder and neck pain all about?’

I then realised that if I was going to continue to stay active, not least make a living out of it, I needed to understand in more depth, the importance of using better technique when exercising and how to do so.

That way, I could find a way of keeping fit that worked with my body instead of working against it. This is when I started to develop an interest in Pilates.

As a movement practice, Pilates is about gaining and developing an understanding of how to control your body and movements. It’s about developing motor control and improving your joint stability, core stability and posture.

Because of Pilates, I was able to avoid what could have been a nasty shoulder problem in my late 20’s and have spent the best part of the last decade refining and understanding how my body moves through Pilates and subsequently feel like if I wanted to I could take up any activity with confidence.

Think about your day to day movements, either in sports like golf or cycling or your daily routine around the house, in the garden or in the car. Although these activities have many benefits, they all have repetitive movement patterns which can put stress on certain body parts. If you repeat these movements on a daily basis, the muscles around your joints can become imbalanced which over enough time can contribute to injury.

However, if the foundation of your body is strong, stable and mobile then not only will you reduce your risk of injury, you’ll be able to excel at any activity you choose to do and feel much stronger doing it and Pilates is a great way to achieve this.

What is it you would love to take up or feel more physically capable in?

Maybe it’s time to give Pilates a go so that you too can enjoy all the benefits of Pilates like I do too.

Click here to find out more about Hatt Pilates, or call 01380 730473 to become a Hatt Pilates member.

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How To Improve Your Posture In Just Seconds

If you’re a worker that spends most of your day sitting at a desk, on average you’ll be sitting down for:


8 hours a day,
40 hours in a 5 day work week,
1,880 hours in a 47 week working year.


As a Physiotherapist when I explore these facts with a patient who suffers from pain related to their sitting posture, the look on their face is probably similar to yours right now. It seems unbelievable right?


When they hear that they can sit for up to 1,800 hours a year (and that is not including your commute or sitting at the dinner table with family) it becomes more apparent just how much of their time is spent sitting which is less than ideal for your posture – but that’s where Physiotherapy can make a difference.


Physiotherapy can do so much to help with posture related pain including massage, dry needling and strengthening programs. However,if we don’t look to improve the way you sit alongside Physiotherapy then we cannot in my mind begin to resolve your pain, which is why I recommend a little piece of kit called a ‘Posture Medic.’


As I write this article I am like so many of my patients, sitting. However, I am trying to sit in a way that is good for my body; head over shoulders, looking directly at my high monitor, leaning comfortably into my back rest with the support of my Posture Medic.


The premise is simple, the Posture Medic helps to open my chest (by pulling my shoulders back) which reminds my muscles to keep the position of my head over my shoulders and therefore improving my sitting position. I don’t have to think about what I look like from the side or actively ‘’pull my shoulder blades back’’ because believe me trying to do that for 1,880 hours gets tiring!


When looking to improve your sitting posture and reduce any posture related pain, some of the best solutions are really simple. Wearing a Posture Medic intermittently throughout the day can significantly help you take the first step in improving your sitting posture in just seconds and bring about a change to your posture, your pain and your future.



You can purchase a Posture Medic from any of our clinics – if you are already seeing one of our Physios why not ask them if you can try one out at your next session to see how it can benefit you. For more information, give us a call on 01380 730473.

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