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Walk well before you run!

Walk well before you run!

We think it’s easy and it just is what it is, but what if you could walk in such a way that it protects your joints, is breast health protective, improves circulation of the blood and lymph, breathing capacity, develops even muscle tone including the pelvic floor. ...

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Ditch the Furniture, Sit on the Floor

Ditch the Furniture, Sit on the Floor

We really have no excuse for the amount of time we spend sitting in chairs, on sofas, at the dining table, at the office, in the car, on a bike or even on the toilet.  All of these wonderful inventions that make our lives far too comfortable are robbing us of our...

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Managing Menopause Middle Spread

Managing Menopause Middle Spread

It's like you wake up one morning and think, "Shit, what the fuck just happened, why does my body look like a melting candle... everything is heading south."  What's going on?  Well, for one thing, as menopause approaches our metabolism slows down.  Okay, so can we...

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The Whole Health Cairn

The Whole Health Cairn

Does your health shape your life, or does how you live your life shape your health? Lissa Rankin created the Whole Health Cairn model of wellness/health whereby Physical Health is dependent on all the other aspects of life. "Most wellness models suggest that the body...

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Quick Tips for Choosing Safer Products

Quick Tips for Choosing Safer Products

These tips were taken from the Enviromental Working Group website.  Check it out for more information on all your household products, cosmetics and all information on farming, food and other environmental issues.   Reducing the amount of harmful chemicals you use, eat...

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Practice Pilates YOUR Way

Practice Pilates YOUR Way

Virtual Pilates classes and individual sessions are a great way to keep on top your Pilates practice. You can practice at home, when you're travelling, on holiday, at work or whenever and wherever else you find yourself unable to get to the studio.   I am currently...

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8 Ways to Help Your Thyroid Thrive

8 Ways to Help Your Thyroid Thrive

HYPOthyroidism, or an underactive thyroid is thought to affect many people who may be completely unaware. Some studies suggest that 10% of women experience some degree of thyroid hormone deficiency. The purpose of this post is not to go into all the ins and outs of...

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Power Tower & Chair Masterclass May

Power Tower & Chair Masterclass May

Wednesday 22 May 5.30-7pm The next Masterclass will include chairs and towers so you start to learn other exercises across all the equipment.  These masterclasses are led, but with some playtime, but they’re usually a solid workout.  I will be aiming to...

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Heifer to Husk to Healthy(ish)

Heifer to Husk to Healthy(ish)

Again, in support of Michelle Smith at the Pilates Pod, her E Cup Bad Boys (still jealous) and her Your Body Rocks Campaign, here’s my own weight loss story where I experienced both extremes of the body weight scale and everything in between and how...

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Mess Acceptance & The New Hotness

Mess Acceptance & The New Hotness

Warning, I don’t do short posts… you’re in for the long-haul here, my friend. My friend, peer and part-time-unaware-that-she-is-my-mentor Mentor at the Pilates Pod, Michelle Smith has started The “Your Body Rocks Campaign” A celebration of our bodies and...

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FREE Virtual Pilates Mat Class

FREE Virtual Pilates Mat Class

Saturday 13 April 10-10.30am Pilates Mat Classes in the comfort of your own home (or wherever you are). The class is hosted via Zoom which is an online meeting software platform. You can take the class or receive the recorded version afterwards if you...

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Power Tower & Chair Masterclass

Power Tower & Chair Masterclass

  Wednesday 24 April 5.30-7pm The next Masterclass will include chairs and towers so you start to learn other exercises across all the equipment.  These masterclasses are led, but with some playtime, but they're usually a solid workout.  I will be...

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Bunions

Bunions

Click the top left link to open the whole playlist here for help with bunions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLn6XiQ_EmXXdJk5uy3vuYyteE6Wt2tHf6&v=LCrvF55HYiw

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Lesley Logan Mat Exercises

Lesley Logan Mat Exercises

One of my favourite teachers, Lesley Logan, demonstrating all the Pilates matwork exercises. Lesley specialises in brief, to the point, descriptions and demonstrations that you can simply whizz through.  Watch them back to back to make it into a workout....

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Self Practice Sessions are Here!

Self Practice Sessions are Here!

Self Practice Sessions are a great way to improve your Pilates practice.  You can book yourself in and use the Pilates equipment at Inner Power Pilates studio in Lytham St Annes as long as you've been having individual private sessions with me to make sure you're safe...

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Classical Pilates Retreat

Classical Pilates Retreat

4pm 17 May - 4pm 19 May 2019 I am excited to teaching on our second Classical Pilates Retreat this coming May.  Our first in the Lakes was a huge success and this time we are making it bigger and better and taking some Pilates apparatus with us - chairs...

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Classical Pilates Mat Class

Classical Pilates Mat Class

Saturday 6 April 10-11 Those who know me know that I no longer teach regular group classes and tend to do either ad hoc sessions or workshop and masterclass style stuff.  I am running a group classical mat class on Saturday 6 April in honour of completing...

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Power Tower Masterclasses

Power Tower Masterclasses

Wednesday 20 March 5.30-7pm I will be teaching some group Power Tower Masterclasses in March and April.  The first one is 9 March 10-11.30 and the second, Wednesday 20 March 5.30-7pm. Unlike my usual workshops, these masterclasses are for those of you who...

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Restore Your Core – Beyond the Kegel

Restore Your Core – Beyond the Kegel

The female pelvic floor is often misunderstood and when trying to correct problems, we can often create more issues. A strong pelvic floor helps to keep our organs healthy and prevent incontinence and other pain, but being strong needs to be balances with flexibility....

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Delve Deeper Classical Pilates Workshop

Delve Deeper Classical Pilates Workshop

Sunday 24 March at 10-1 This is a three hour Pilates Playtime for you to explore the intermediate/advanced work both on the Reformer, Mat and other large equipment.  It is structured as a workshop which, from my point of view involves regular discussion,...

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Power Tower Masterclass

Power Tower Masterclass

9 March 10-11.30am I will be teaching some group Power Tower Masterclasses in March and April.  The first one is 9 March 10-11.30 and the second, Wednesday 20 March 5.30-7pm. Unlike my usual workshops, these masterclasses are for those of you who want a...

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Bunion Workshop

Bunion Workshop

Sunday 10 March 10-1 My next workshop is dedicated to bunions and will be held at Inner Power Pilates at Sunday 10 March 2019 from 10-1.  If you can't make the workshop book in for an individual session with me instead. Bunions, and their little toe...

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Vivo Barefoot Transitioning

Vivo Barefoot are one of the companies that I recommend as a good starting point for purchasing minimal shoes.  Their YouTube channel offers some great info and exercises for transitioning well to minimal shoes and barefoot adventures.  Below is a playlist...

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90 Day Challenge Prep

In honour of our 90 Day Pilates challenge, I have created a Playlist on our YouTube channel which details all the Pilates mat exercises for you to refer to in one place.  Click the top left icon for a list of all the exercises included in this Playlist....

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Connecting to Something Bigger…

I have been struggling over the last few months.  That feeling of something missing, being stuck, being lost and then running around trying to gain some semblance of control.  As is often the way, a little bit of magic comes along and you set off on the...

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Five Year Anniversary Bash

Five Year Anniversary Bash

19 January 10am-10pm Inner Power Pilates is 5 years old this January. To celebrate we are hosting a full day of classes from 10am onwards. Come and join in. Open to everyone. From around 4pm we will put on some music, get out the wine and food and have a...

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Pilatesology Full Workouts

Pilatesology Full Workouts

Full Pilates workouts for you to do at home. Pilatesology is a great resource for the Pilates enthusiast and they do some great free videos for you to practice with....

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Pilates Anytime Exercises

Pilates Anytime Exercises

Below is a Playlist of Pilates Anytime Videos breaking down the matwork exercises. You can use these videos to help further understand what you learn in our sessions....

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Personal Practice Workshop

Personal Practice Workshop

Sunday 13 January 10-1 New Year New You Pilates Personal Practice and 90 Day Challenge “You will feel better in ten sessions, look better in twenty sessions, and have a completely new body in thirty sessions” – Joseph Pilates Joseph said “Change happens...

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My Ass Cancer Story

My Ass Cancer Story

Ten years ago I was lucky enough not to get breast cancer… I got butt cancer instead, but given there isn’t a Butt Cancer Awareness month, we went with supporting Breast Cancer Awareness instead.  This here’s my almost true story, alongside the before and after pics. ...

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Teasers for Tatas

Teasers for Tatas

Sunday 14 October 10-4 Breast Cancer Awareness Teasers for Tatas COMPETITION October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and throughout the month we will be supporting this charity, collection donations and raising awareness. On Sunday 14 October 2018 Inner...

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Correct Toes

Correct Toes

Correct Toes are a wonderful innovation by Dr Ray McClanahan of North-West Foot and Ankle.  By spreading the toes, when active, Correct Toes can relieve foot pain from bunions, plantar fasciosis & crooked toes.  They've been an integral part of my foot...

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Foot Exercises

Foot Exercises

Rather than reinvent the wheel, below are a couple of videos from GMB Fitness (a great resource for all things strength related).  Increasing the strength and mobility of the feet can have a huge knock-on effect for your knees, hips and lower back -...

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Wrinkly Tootsies

Wrinkly Tootsies

I have been working on my body for about two years now.  Not in an effort to lose weight, get toned or look better, but in a huge effort to move better, be naturally stronger and with the end goal of maintaining my health and mobility well into my old age....

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Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor Kitchen

It's about that time of year when Blackpool starts to see the odd evening of warmer weather. This conveniently coincides with mine and BBE's urge to get the hell outside.  Outdoor cooking is very much back on the agenda now that we have an actual outdoor...

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Lifestyle Hacks

Lifestyle Hacks

Handstand in a doorframe. As human beings we are genetically wired to make things as efficient, easy and convenient as possible.  But that convenience comes at a price.  We all know that eating convenience food isn’t good for us, but what about convenience...

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A Convenient Life

A Convenient Life

***Warning - this blog post is a rant - therefore it contains a lot of Yorkshire and a lot of cursing*** This catalogue contains just about every conceivable piece of plastic crap to help you "outsource the work of your body (read movement)*".  Instead of...

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Minimal Shoe List

Minimal Shoe List

Current shoe collection (as of 2016 - I now only have the Docs as my final pair of 'crap' shoes (as of March18)) Several months ago now I threw out all my heeled shoes apart from the ones pictured above (I don't wear them, I just look at them and wonder...

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Your Shoes Your Choice

Your Shoes Your Choice

Check out your feet, what shape are they? Are they the same shape as your shoes?  This is not the shape your foot should be or would be if it wasn’t kept in the wrong shoes. Here’s a foot and the shoe that it usually lives in Check out the toe box on your...

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DIY TOPO Mat

DIY TOPO Mat

Being the over-achiever that I am, not only do I run a couple of businesses, instruct Pilates several times a week, I also do glass lampworking, a hobby of mine which I love, but which isn't particularly movement friendly.  One would find it quite tricky...

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Move Your DNA

Move Your DNA

This weekend was spent in the beautiful Loch Lomond area of Scotland with my Wilson on our first Move Your DNA Workshop as part of our ongoing study to gain the coveted title Restorative Exercise Specialist.  One of the best CPD courses I have ever been...

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Free Your Toes

Free Your Toes

It’s about that time of year where it starts to get warm enough for my feet to come out of hibernation.  Granted, they’ve been in minimal shoes all winter and barefoot in the house, garage and garden etc. but they’ve still spent a lot more time shod than...

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The Squatty Potty

The Squatty Potty

So as previously mentioned it was my fortieth birthday on 12 March and we decided to have a bit of a do (a do-do to be precise pun).  I’m not big on do-dos to be honest, I’d rather be curled up under a duvet with a book, but BBE (best boyfriend ever)...

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Shoe Amnesty

Shoe Amnesty

I very much doubt that I am the only woman ever to declare an endless love affair with SHOES.  Shoes, boots, sandals… pointy toed, skyscraper heel, the sort of thing that BBE describes as ‘car to bar’ shoes – only able to get me the short distance from the...

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Sit to Stand Test

Sit to Stand Test

The sit/rise test was revealed in 2013 by Brazilian doctors convinced that it gives a good insight into how long you will live.  It seems that whole body flexibility, mobility, balance and coordination do give some indication of a healthy body and also an...

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Is your Pelvis Way Ahead of You?

Is your Pelvis Way Ahead of You?

Many of my students come to me with the same issues, foot, knee, hip and back problems, pain or discomfort.  One of the main things they have in common with each other is their pelvis alignment.  I've had some blokes come in and their pelvis is that far...

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