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Learnings from my experience with elite performance therapists

In April this year, I was very lucky to be able to spend a week at Altis in Phoenix, Arizona. Altis is an organization that has an elite training environment for track and field athletes and is a global leader of education in sport performance. As a remedial massage therapist, I was very keen to learn from the Altis team what they did to ensure that their athletes are “ready to compete”, and I have to admit, I was very happy to find out that we shared a very similar mindset to approaching the health and performance of their athletes – that is, it’s important to look after people from a holistic perspective, and crucial to this is communication and collaboration and telling your ego to “get out of the way”.

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A fresh new perspective on how to walk – try walking from your diaphragm

One of the common things I see during my remedial massage therapy sessions is a weak core which predominantly results from poor posture. You only need to look at the people around you and you’ll most likely be able to spot someone who’s shoulders are hunched over ever so slightly, their upper back has a bit more curvature to it than it should, and their neck is more forward than it should be. This is the inevitable state of where we are now given that we as a species have gone from a life where our days were full of physical exertion to a life where it’s mostly sedentary.

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The importance of fascia and why you need to pay attention to it

A few months ago, I wrote a blog post on fascia and how fascial unwinding can be extremely beneficial to you. I wanted to expand on the concept of fascia this time around, just so that you can understand why it’s something that everyone needs to take a bit more seriously! As I have previously said, fascia is connective tissue that unifies your entire living system. It surrounds your entire being, from your body, to your muscles, and around your organs, cells, tissues and the various systems of the body. Fascia is also relatively fluid (until it “locks up” due to lack of movement or elasticity) so because of this is actually plays an incredibly important role in the structure of your body. Structure and function go hand in hand together, so the fascia in your body will organize itself depending on how you physically use your body (which in…

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What causes knee pain? (and no it’s not old age)

One of the common complaints I get from my clients in clinic is in relation to knee pain. The knee pain can be anywhere – on the side of the knee, the back or front of the knee or below the knee. It can also range from just annoying to debilitating. There are a number of non-muscular causes for knee pain including bursitis, arthritis, a cyst in the knee (known as Baker’s cyst) or Osgood-Schlatter’s disease. However, I’m not a doctor or a physiotherapist so this article is really going to focus on the muscular (and structural) causes of knee pain. Muscles directly connected to the knee cap The muscles that attach to the knee cap are the quadriceps (i.e. the quads) – the main muscles at the front of your thigh. From a connective tissue perspective, the iliotibial band (i.e. the ITB, which is situated on the outside of…

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