This why we have a network of practitioners we work and do mutual referrals with so combining this with personal training allows you to be sure that your physical health is receiving as much attention as your spiritual and mental well-being. If the two parts - the physical and the mental - are not in harmony, both will suffer.
Holistic services, when applied to personal training, means that your exercise program and diet support your overall health and well-being, fitting seamlessly into your life, supporting and enhancing all aspects of it.
Research has shown that people who exercise regularly are more relaxed, can think more clearly, sleep better, have better self-esteem, and suffer considerably fewer mental health problems.
In addition, you get all the great physical benefits of exercise, which include:
For anyone interested in achieving an overall life balance, combining these elements is the only way to ensure optimum physical and mental health.
What are the benefits of Pilates? Teachers and practitioners swear by this form of exercise, which was originally developed in the 1920s. Those who perform it regularly claim that the benefits of Pilates include increased body awareness, improvements in posture and alignment habits, increased flexibility, and greater ease of movement.
Qualified teachers have to acquire a thorough understanding human anatomy, and design a programme for each client that is aimed to maximize the benefits of Pilates. These include:
Who can do this fascinating form of exercise? While it is popular with those such as athletes and dancers who are looking to improve their technique, it is suitable for everyone, from children to the elderly. There are other populations for whom it is particularly useful:
As with other forms of exercise such as yoga, those who practice regularly report not only improvements in their physical conditioning, but also positive changes throughout their life.
This is an inherently relaxing form of exercise, and can thus help to reduce stress and improve overall health and well being.
There are many benefits of yoga - this practice, which is over 7000 years old, is one of the most practised forms of exercise in the world, and has helped millions of people feel better both physically and mentally.
For many people, Hatha yoga is their first glimpse of this amazing form of exercise. Hatha yoga is the most commonly practised form in the west, and combines Asanas (physical exercises and postures), Pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation, to offer a uniquely balanced approach to physical and mental health.
The benefits of yoga have been established over millennia, and can be realized by anyone who practices regularly. Benefits of yoga include:
The beauty of it is that anyone can do it - it is popular with children, yet many elderly people also practice.
The poses, or Asanas, also support the development of the more spiritual aspects, teaching poise, balance and strength, all of which can help to improve the body's physical health, while simultaneously helping to clear the mind for meditation and greater enlightenment.
Although people focus less on the breathing techniques, the Pranayama, learning to breathe slowly and deeply is also highly beneficial. It can help:
The use of chiropractic treatment has increased considerably over the past 30 years, offering a valuable alternative to surgery for many people with musculoskeletal complaints.
Chiropractic treatment operates on the principal that by dealing with musculoskeletal complaints we can improve the health of the entire person. Their focus is thus typically based on the network of nerves, bones and muscles in and around the spine, as damage or problems in this area can have implications that radiate through the whole body.
The most commonly treated areas in chiropractic practice include:
For millions of people, this form of treatment, though still considered outside mainstream medicine by many doctors, has provided a degree of relief from pain that more invasive treatments, such as surgery and drugs, simply can't offer.
In addition to the many patients who swear by it, this form of treatment is also finding growing support from research - indeed, in some cases, it is the most effective way to treat spinal injuries.
In addition, as any practitioner will tell you, it is also very safe - it is drug-free, and non-invasive, and thus far safer than standard forms of medical treatment such as surgery and drugs, which can have significant side effects.
The practice itself is deceptively simple - the therapist uses their hands to realign the joints of the body, particularly the spine. In most cases this reduces pain and increases joint function.
Of course, a therapy such as this doesn't work in isolation. You also have to play your part, so your therapist will thus often suggest stretches and exercises you can use to keep your joints healthy and in alignment once they have been successfully realigned.
An increasingly popular technique, nutritional analysis can help you to uncover the flaws in your diet, and make corrections to maximize your nutrient intake.
Nutritional analysis can therefore help you get the best from your food and thus improve your health. Nutritional analysis can develop an individual profile that includes information about not only your diet, but also facts about your age, sex, weight and health goals to provide a completely personalized report.
There are various methods. Some use a food frequency questionnaire that asks a number of simple questions on the amount and frequency of the food you eat to determine your dietary intake.
A more detailed method is to analyze your diet based on a 7-day weighed food intake - this is very time consuming, however, requiring that each individual item of food you eat is weighed and evaluated over seven day period.
Once all the information is gathered and assessed, you will be able to see exactly what is in your diet. This can include information such as:
A dietician or nutritionist can then use this information to diagnose any health problems, address any nutritional deficiencies, or design a custom diet for athletes or other people with particular dietary needs.
With more and more people suffering from allergies and other diet-related issues, this can be vital information for anyone looking to optimize their health.
The concept of metabolic food typing was developed in the 1930's by dentist Weston Price. He recognized the relationship between modern eating habits and chronic degenerative diseases, and suggested that there was no one diet that would be healthy for all people.
According to Weston Price, there was simply too much variation in climate, local produce, environmental conditions, heredity, genetics, and culture for one type of diet to be suited to everyone.
Metabolic food typing has been further developed by other researchers including George Watson, Roger Williams, and William Kelley. They believe that people function differently in two key areas:
Proponents believe that those people who are fast oxidizers rapidly convert food into energy and thus need to eat heavier proteins and fats to that burn slowly. Slow oxidizers, on the other hand, convert food into energy more slowly, and thus need to eat more carbohydrates than protein and fat.
If you are interested to learn more about this theory and how we can test for it then one of our accomplished trainers will provide the appropriate Metabolic Typing questionaire which provides a simple self-test for identifying your metabolic type, and offers suggestions for what sort of diet you should follow to optimize your diet and your health.
Osteopathy is a safe, effective and natural system of health care that uses an established, recognised system of diagnosis and treatment. It's main emphasis is centred on the body's physical structure and how it is coping with the demands and rigours of daily life. It is distinctive in that it recognises that many ailments are caused by irregularities in the function of the body structure as well as damage caused by actual diseases. For the Osteopath, therefore, the physical integrity of the whole body is seen as one of the most important factors in health and disease.
Conditions, injuries and complaints commonly treated including, but not limited to:
Osteopaths use their hands to relieve pain and discomfort through soft tissue massage and manipulative techniques. Exercises to release stiff joints and muscles can also be incorporated into the treatment plan. Whether you have suffered a recent injury, have a long term back problem or are experiencing backache due to pregnancy, an Osteopath can usually help the condition by relaxing the muscles and improving the range and quality of movement of the joints involved.
An important concept that has evolved during the 135 year history of Osteopathic Medicine is that of treating patients and their illnesses in a holistic manner. Osteopaths are taught to treat the whole patient, not just the disease; they consider a patient's lifestyle and previous history, and aim to provide a personalised approach in their care and treatment plans.
Less well known than other fields, Sports Therapy focuses on the prevention of injury, and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels. This can include occupational and exercise-specific fitness, and utilizes the principles of sport and exercise sciences, including physiological and pathological processes.
Sports Therapy can help to prepare you for training, competition and sometimes even work. To practice in this field requires a depth of training and qualifications that includes:
Our practitioners typically work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, enabling them to provide the best package of care, management and rehabilitation for sport and recreational participants, whatever their age and ability.