30 December 2016

Stretch workshop with Cherie Lathey

STRETCH WORKSHOP WITH CHERIE LATHEY


SATURDAY 14 JANUARY, 1 - 2:45PM


Are you looking to increase your flexibility? Then this is the workshop for you.

Many people, whether they are elite athletes or desk bound office workers, need to spend more time stretching to increase their range of motion. Lots of injuries and back problems can have their roots in tightness or in balance in the muscles or stiffness around the joints.

This workshop is loosely based on the Yin Yoga principle of holding stretches for  3- 5 minutes, thus also stretching the facia that surrounds the muscles.

This workshop is open to anyone as we will use props to help facilitate this deep stretching. There is no jumping around and the workshop is mostly floor based. Be prepared to take yourself out of your “normal” stretch comfort zone.

COST AND BOOKING

This workshop costs £25. To book your place, visit the Yoga Mama online booking system or call us on 020 8789 3881.

January / February 2017 class timetable

Below you will find the timetable and prices for classes running at Yoga Mama during January and February 2017. This timetable comes into effect on Monday 9 January 2017. Courses last for 7 weeks, unless otherwise stated.

To book your place on your chosen course, go to our live schedule and booking system. At present, online booking is not available once a course has started (except pregnancy classes). To check availability or to book, call us on 020 8789 3881.

One-to-one Yoga, Fertility Yoga, Tai Chi, Reformer Pilates and mat Pilates classes are also available. Individual sessions are £65, with discounts available on block bookings. For more information or to book, call us on 020 8789 3881.

Timetable and Prices

Day Time Course Teacher Duration Cost
Monday 09:00 - 10:00 General Pilates
(starts 16 January)
Rachel 6 weeks £90
Monday 11:00 - 12:00 NEW Postnatal Pilates
(starts 16 January)
Emily 6 weeks £90
Monday 19:00 - 20:00 Pregnancy Pilates Susannah Ongoing Class pass
Monday 20:00 - 21:00 NEW General Pilates Babs 7 weeks £105
Tuesday 10:30 - 11:30 Mum and Baby Yoga Hajni 7 weeks £105
Tuesday 20:00 - 21:00 Pilates Rehab Claire 7 weeks £105
Tuesday 18:45 - 19:45 NEW Pregnancy Yoga Cherie Ongoing Class pass
Wednesday 09:15 - 10:15 Tai Chi Enid 7 weeks £105
Wednesday 10:25 - 11:25 Tai Chi Enid 7 weeks £105
Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Postnatal Pilates Rachel 7 weeks £105
Wednesday 16:30 - 18:00 Yoga for Birth Preparation
(starts 25 January)
Diane 2 weeks £45
Wednesday 18:45 - 19:45 Pregnancy Yoga Diane Ongoing Class pass
Thursday 10:30 - 11:30 Mum and Baby Yoga Eftal 7 weeks £105
Friday 09:00 - 10:30 Ashtanga Yoga Led Cherie 7 weeks £119
Saturday 10:00 - 11:00 Pregnancy Yoga Eftal Ongoing Class pass
Saturday 11:15 - 12:15 NEW General Pilates Claire 7 weeks £105
Saturday 12:00 - 15:00 Hypnobirthing
(Starts 11 February)
Dr Stacy Gandolfi 3 weeks £295
Saturday 13:00 - 14:45 Stretch workshop
(14 January)
Cherie 1 day £25

Pregnancy Yoga & Pilates Class Passes and Drop ins

Class Duration Class pass Price Pass expiry period
Pregnancy Yoga 60 minutes 6 classes £90 Use within 8 weeks
Pregnancy Pilates 60 minutes 6 classes £90 Use within 8 weeks
Drop in 60 minutes 1 class £17 1 class

One-to-one classes

Class Duration Individual session Block booking
1-2-1 Yoga 60 minutes £65 Call 020 8789 3881
1-2-1 Fertility Yoga 60 minutes £65 Call 020 8789 3881
1-2-1 Tai Chi 60 minutes £65 Call 020 8789 3881
1-2-1 Mat Pilates 60 minutes £65 Call 020 8789 3881
1-2-1 Reformer Pilates 60 minutes £70 Call 020 8789 3881

28 December 2016

50% discount on your first 1-2-1 Reformer Pilates session

As part of our expanding selection of  Pilates services, we are pleased to announce that we will have 2 new Reformer Pilates teachers joining the team in January. Babs Afolayan is an experienced Reformer Pilates teacher and personal trainer who has worked in a number of top studios in London. Throughout January 2017, he is offering a special introductory offer on first Reformer Pilates sessions.  See below for full details.



What is Reformer Pilates?

Reformer Pilates is low impact (easy on the joints), yet challenging, form of exercise. At Yoga Mama and The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy, we use the Allegro 2 reformer machine, a versatile piece of equipment that allows a wide range of exercises to be performed. The machine’s attachments increase the range of modifications that can be made to exercises, and allows for additional exercises beyond what can be done on in a mat-based Pilates class. This, in conjunction with the support given by the resistance the machine provides, allows people with a limited range of movement or injuries to safely perform modified exercises.

Special January Reformer Pilates Promotion

As a special introductory promotion, Babs is offering a 50% discount on your first 1-2-1 Reformer Pilates session. These 1-2-1 sessions usually cost £70, but throughout January it will cost just £35. There are a limited number of sessions, so book early to avoid disappointment. To book your first 1-2-1 reformer Pilates session, visit our online appointment booking system. Alternatively, call us on 020 8789 3881 quoting promocode 121REFORMER.

About Babs Afolayan



Babs is a Sports Science graduate and lives health and fitness. He has amassed 9 years experience within the industry and enjoys a variety of disciplines such as weights, boxing, long distance running and Pilates. This variety has given Babs a great understanding of anatomy and exercise. As a youth, Babs played football at semi-professional level and has also competed in triple jump and 400m at county level.

14 November 2016

Christmas Gift Vouchers from Yoga Mama and the Putney Clinic


This Christmas, Give the Gift of Health

Looking to give friends and family a healthy Christmas gift this year? Then look no further... Christmas gift vouchers from the Putney Clinic, and its partners at Yoga Mama, are now on sale. There are four different packages to choose from. These vouchers are available to purchase in person at reception, by email on info@putneyclinic.co.uk, or by calling 020 8789 3881. They will be on sale until 21st December 2016 and must be used by 31st March 2017. Other terms and conditions apply.

Hypnobirthing courses



What is hypnobirthing

Pregnancy is a time of joy, excitement and anticipation, but the thought of childbirth often evokes fear and anxieties. Hypnobirthing provides the knowledge and tools to help reduce those fears and build confidence in this natural process. Based on a well established practise and rooted in medical research, hypnobirthing empowers you to feel in control regardless of how your baby is born. It will make a positive difference to your experience and will hugely benefit both you and your baby.

Likely benefits for you and your baby

Before
  • Feeling empowered, calm and in control when approaching the birth
  • Looking forward to giving birth
  • Providing a relaxed atmosphere for your baby
During
  • A positive experience of giving birth for you, your baby and your partner
  • Shorter and sometimes even pain free labour
  • Reduced likelihood for the need of medical intervention
After
  • Having an alert and calm baby who is ready to bond with you
  • Reduced recovery time and minimised postnatal difficulties
  • A shared and loving experience for you and your partner

The course

The course runs over three sessions, during which it covers:
  • Techniques to release fears and achieve a deep level of relaxation
  • Breathing and visualisation exercises
  • Massage
  • The role of the birthing partner
  • How your body is designed to give birth and how your mind can help
  • Positions to help you and your baby achieve a comfortable birth
  • Information surrounding the medical procedures offered during pregnancy
  • How to make informed choices throughout your pregnancy and beyond
To experience the full benefits, some simple practice is required at home. To facilitate this you will be given a full hypnobirthing kit (including relaxation CD, hypnobirthing book and a folder of handouts).

Your birthing partner is essential in providing support and protection to you during this special time and the course is designed to empower you both. Partners who have attended the course report feeling included and actively involved during both the pregnancy and birth. Of course it is not always possible for partners to attend, and you will still benefit from attending alone.

The ideal time to undertake this course is during your second trimester, as this allows time to follow the simple practices and prepare for the birth. The techniques learned are also wonderful tools to help you relax and enjoy the pleasures of pregnancy. You are, however, welcome to attend at any time that suits you. All pregnant women are welcome, regardless of how they are intending to have their baby.


Follow-up

There is free support after the course, including an optional session for you to attend closer to your big day!


Cost and bookings

3-week hypnobirthing courses with Dr Stacy Gandolfi cost £295 per couple. The next course will take place on Saturday 19th November, 3rd and 10th December from 12-3pm. To book your place on this course, visit the Yoga Mama booking system. Alternatively, you can book by calling us on 020 8789 3881.

30 October 2016

Osteoporosis and Fall Prevention




The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy is holding a free public educational evening on Osteoporosis and Fall Prevention on Thursday 17th November 2016 (7-9pm). There will be talks by Enid Gill (Tai Chi Teacher) and Adrian Dilworth (Registered Osteopath).

About the talks

Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become very brittle and may break, even with a low impact fall. It is more prevalent in women, however it is estimated that one in five men over the age of 50 suffer bone breaks due to osteoporosis. We will look at the mechanism of osteoporosis, the most common fractures and the impact they have on day to day life. We will also talk about osteopathic care, pain management, and steps that can be taken to help prevent fractures occurring.

Sometimes called Meditation in Movement, Tai Chi Chuan is a traditional Chinese practice. It uses the slowed execution of fighting movements to relax the upper body while strengthening lower limbs, and centring the mind and breath. Through this ancient practice, we will look at how these traditional exercises can assist in fall prevention and bone health.

Bookings

This talk is free and open to the general public. Spaces are limited, so you need to book your place online, by sending an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk or by calling us on 020 8789 3881.

About the speakers

Adrian Dilworth DO. IIST BSc (Hons)
Registered Osteopath, Sports & Remedial Therapist, Medical Acupuncturist / Dry Needling

Adrian’s osteopathic career has included developing clinics and operating within two GP medical practices. This involves liaising regularly  with GPs, nurses and health visitors. He has had training in the ‘cranio-sacral’ field to assist in the treatment of babies and children. He is also a qualified sports and remedial massage therapist and is qualified to perform medical acupuncture, including dry needling.

Adrian has a firm belief in rehabilitation. He encourages patients with advice on posture, lifestyle, diet, nutrition and exercise. As well as working at the Putney Clinic, Adrian is also a lecturer at the University of Surrey (Institute of Osteopathic Medicine), teaching osteopathic technique.


Enid Gill
Tai Chi Teacher and Dance Movement Therapist

Enid studied dance from an early age and trained at the prestigious London School of Contemporary Dance. After graduating, she performed as a contemporary dance artist in the UK and Europe for 10 years. During this time, she explored other bodywork techniques, focusing on Iyengar Yoga, Shitasu and Tai Chi Chuan.

Enid’s interest in health and well-being through movement is ongoing. In 2009, she obtained a master’s degree, becoming a registered Dance Movement Therapist.

Class timetable for November/ December 2016



Below you will find the class timetable for  classes run by Yoga Mama at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy during  November and December 2016. This timetable comes into effect on Monday 31 October 2016. Courses last for 7 weeks, unless otherwise stated. Please note that The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy will be closed for essential maintenance works on Saturday 5th November.

Class timetable

Day Time Course Teacher Duration Cost
Monday 09:00 – 10:00 General Pilates Rachel Ongoing £105
Monday 10:30 – 11:30 NEW Barre and Baby
Starts 7th November
ZoĆ« 6 weeks £90
Monday 18:00 – 19:00 General Pilates
No class 14th November
Laurent 7 weeks £105
Monday 19:00 – 20:00 Pregnancy Pilates Susannah Ongoing Class pass
Tuesday 10:30 – 11:30 Mum & Baby Yoga
Class full
Hajni 7 weeks £105
Tuesday 20:00 – 21:00 Pilates Rehab
Starts 8th November
Claire 6 weeks £90
Wednesday 09:15- 10:15 Tai Chi Enid 7 weeks £105
Wednesday 10:25 - 11:25 Tai Chi Enid 7 weeks £105
Wednesday 12:00- 13:00 Postnatal Pilates
Class full
Rachel 6 weeks £90
Wednesday 18:45 – 19:45 Pregnancy Yoga Diane Ongoing Class pass
Thursday 10:30 – 11:30 Mum & Baby Yoga
(class full)
Eftal 7 weeks £105
Thursday 10:30 – 11:30 Osteoporosis and Fall Prevention
Public Educational Evening
(Thursday 17 November)
Enid Gill and
Adrian Dilworth
1 day Free
Friday 09:00 – 10:30 Ashtanga Yoga Led Cherie 7 weeks £119
Saturday 10:00 – 11:00 Pregnancy Yoga
No class 5th November
Eftal Ongoing Class pass
Saturday 11:15 – 12:15 Pregnancy Pilates
No class 5th November
Rachel Ongoing Class pass
Saturday 12:30 – 13:30 General Pilates
Starts 12th November
Rachel 6 weeks £90

Pregnancy Yoga and Pilates Class Passes

Class Duration Class pass Price Pass expiry period
Pregnancy Yoga 60 minutes 6 weeks £90 Use within 8 weeks
Pregnancy Pilates 60 minutes 6 weeks £90 Use within 8 weeks
Drop in 60 / 90 minutes 1 class £17 1 class

Booking a Class

Please note that, in some cases, online booking is unavailable once a course has started. Bookings can still be made in person at reception, or by telephone on 020 8789 3881. Go to the Yoga Mama live schedule and booking system.

07 September 2016

Movie with a Smoothie & Brunch


MOVIE WITH A SMOOTHIE AND BRUNCH

BREAST CANCER FUNDRAISING EVENT

SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 2016, 9:30AM - 2PM


You are invited to "Movie with a Smoothie and Brunch",  a breast cancer fundraising event at the famous Olympic Studios in Barnes on Sunday 2 October from 9:30am - 2pm. There will be a movie, a smoothie and a delicious canapĆ© brunch in the exclusive private members' club.


JOIN US AND WIN PRIZES

We also have some wonderful raffle prizes, including:

  • A Jimmy Choo handbag
  • An Apple watch
  • Limited Edition artwork
  • and other prizes

TICKETS

Tickets for this event cost £50 each and are available to buy online. Click here to purchase yours. All money raised will go to the Caron Keating Foundation. Raffle tickets can be purchased on the day.

Yoga Mama and The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy are proud sponsors of this event. Please join us to help make a difference. We would be grateful if you could share this with your friends.

THE VENUE

This fundraising event will take place at the Olympic Studios in Barnes. For full address, see below.

Olympic Studios
117-123 Church Rd,
Barnes,
London SW13 9HL


Did you know...

1 in 6 women will develop breast cancer... Wives, sisters mothers, daughters, aunts, grandmothers... Please join us or make a donation to support these women and their families, with care provided through the Caron Keating Foundation.

About the Caron Keating Foundation

The Caron Keating Foundation makes a considerable difference to many individuals and families affected and dealing with cancer, through assisting small but significant cancer charities throughout the UK, financing professional carers and support groups. Its a family run foundation, with Gloria Hunniford as the administrator and the only costs are one part-time secretary, with all the money raised going to cancer charities. So every penny donated is accounted for and spent wisely.


01 September 2016

Pelvic Floor and Core Stability Workshop



Pelvic Floor and Core Stability Workshop


with Baz Moffat
Thursday 6th October, 7 – 8:30pm

Venue: The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy
Cost £30 (early bird rate £25)


This workshop is for women who are interested in finding out more about their pelvic floor. Whether you have had a baby or not and however old you are, every woman needs to know this!

The evening will teach you how to strengthen your pelvic floor and core so that, for years to come, you have got a solid, strong and dependable body which does not let you down when you jump, laugh or sneeze!

You will leave this workshop knowing the important role the pelvic floor has on stabilising the body, and how to engage it effectively so that you can be healthy, active and fit at all stages of life.

About Baz Moffat


Baz Moffat is a Women's Health and Fitness Coach. She has a BSc and MSc in Sports Science, rowed on the GB Senior team for 4 years and won World Championship medals. She is mum to two young boys and specialises in pelvic floor and core stability.

Bookings


This workshop costs £30. There is an early bird rate of £25 if you book and pay before Friday 23rd September. Booking is available online or by calling 020 8789 3881.


Class timetable for September and October 2016

Below you will find the timetable for classes running at Yoga Mama. This timetable comes into effect on Monday 12 September 2016. Courses last for 7 weeks, unless otherwise stated.


Day
Time
Course
Teacher
Duration
Cost
Monday 09:00 - 10:00 NEW General Pilates Rachel 7 weeks £105
Monday 18:00 - 19:00 NEW General Pilates Laurent 7 weeks £105
Monday 19:00 - 20:00 Pregnancy Pilates Susannah Ongoing Class pass
Tuesday 10:30 - 11:30 Mum & Baby Yoga (class full) Hajni 7 weeks £105
Tuesday 18:45 - 19:45 Pregnancy Yoga Claire Ongoing Class pass
Tuesday 20:00 - 21:00 NEW Pilates Rehab Claire 7 weeks £105
Wednesday 09:15 - 10:15 Tai Chi Enid 7 weeks £105
Wednesday 10:25 - 11:25 Tai Chi Enid 7 weeks £105
Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Postnatal Pilates (class full) Rachel 7 weeks £105
Wednesday 18:45 - 19:45 Pregnancy Yoga Diane Ongoing Class pass
Thursday 10:30 - 11:30 Mum & Baby Yoga (class full) Eftal 7 weeks £105
Thursday 19:00 - 20:30 Pelvic Floor Workshop
6 October
Baz 1 day £30
Friday 09:00 - 10:30 Ashtanga Yoga Led Cherie 7 weeks £119
Saturday 10:00 - 11:00 Pregnancy Yoga Eftal Ongoing Class pass
Saturday 11:15 - 12:15 Pregnancy Pilates Rachel Ongoing Class pass
Saturday 12:30 - 13:30 General Pilates Rachel 7 weeks £105
 
Class
Duration
Class pass
Price
Pass expiry period
Pregnancy Yoga 60 minutes 6 classes £90 Use within 8 weeks
Pregnancy Pilates 60 minutes 6 classes £90 Use within 8 weeks
Drop in 60 minutes 1 class £17 1 class
 

Booking a Class


Bookings on Yoga Mama courses can be made via our online booking system, in person at reception, or by telephone on 020 8789 3881. Visit our website for terms and conditions.



19 July 2016

Yoga and fertility




1 in 7 couples in the UK are affected by fertility issues. There are many factors to consider in both men and women.  These include: endometriosis, tube blockages, Fibroids, lack of ovulation, poor quality sperm,... to name but a few.  However, 25 % of couples tested for fertility problems will be classified as being “unexplained”. This doesn't mean that you cannot get pregnant,  but  that there is no underlying medical reason for it not happening. This in itself can be very stressful and is why many fertility experts will recommend a mind body approach to fertility.
What is infertility?
According to the NHS guildlines “infertility is when a couple cannot get pregnant (conceive), despite having regular unprotected sex” with one in seven couples having difficulty conceiving this is 3.5 million people in the UK.
About 84% of couples will conceive naturally within one year if they have regular unprotected sex ( every two to three days) “ See NHS website for full statistics.
 It is best to get a check up with a GP to rule out any underlying medical conditions that might be preventing a pregnancy and then consider the path and options open to you.
Some things to consider are:
·         Age
  • Weight (BMI)
  • Lifestyle (drinking, smoking, nutrition)
  • Stress

If you are looking to make changes and choose the natural pregnancy route, some of these factors should be considered. Couples who are taking the medical intervention path will also be advised to look at these factors as well.
There are not many research papers on the effect yoga can have on fertility.  Nonetheless,  there has been a lot of research on the effects of yoga/meditation on stress. For some women, chronic stress can affect ovulation by altering signals to the brain. Overly anxious women may ovulate less regularly-The body can go into “fight or flight” mode and may use the energy necessary to conceive ineffectively-Stress has also been shown to lower sperm count in men. Yoga has been clinically shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol. 

A 2003 study published in the journal Fertility and sterility found that yoga and meditation are helpful adjuncts to fertility treatments. “When women learn to attain physical relaxation she feels better about her body and begins to treat it with more respect-resulting in heathier lifestyle choices” (NB this was not a scientific study but a study by a yoga teacher but deemed worthy of adding to the study list).

Many fertility experts now recommend yoga to their patients who are having difficulty trying to conceive. One leading expert, Zita West, says: ”Any exercise that involves mindfulness, breathing techniques and meditative visualisation has many physical, emotional and mental benefits. Yoga is a calming antidote to any woman consumed by an overwhelming desire for a baby. The resulting stress of which becomes an impediment to conception itself”.
Gentle yoga classes taught  by compassionate teachers who may have chosen to specialise in this area are really beneificial.  Classes that have an emphasis on breath, relaxation, positive mantras and visualization are what can help women who are struggling to accept the situation they are in. Poses/asana that encourage blood flow to the hips, abdomen and heart area should be included in these classes. Teachers who have studied fertility yoga specifically will be able to offer slightly different sequences for different times of the month. They can also include women who are in the two week implantation phase of IVF (a very stressful time indeed for women). Whether you have specific training or not, I think it is worth considering is there enough Yin in a class to balance a yang practice/lifestyle that goes with fertility issues.

Mr Kamal Ojha MD MRCOG of Concept Fertility encourages his patients to our fertility classes – he feels the benefits of alleviating stress and encouraging poses that increase blood flow to the uterus can really help the success rate of Fertility treatment he offers.

Of course some women who have a strong yoga practice already may have to look at letting go of some poses that they love, or consider changing their practice to incorporate some of the aspects already mentioned.
 One of only a handful of certified ashtanga yoga teachers Phillipa Asher wrote an incredibility honest and moving account of her journey and experience with infertility in the wonderful book YOGA  SADHANA for mothers by Shamila Desai & Anna Wise -detailing how the length and intensity of her practice caused her to stop menstruating and reduced the hormones necessary for conception. She describes how she had to find another way “creating a welcoming environment for a pregnancy, rather than pushing her body to its physical limit.” - “giving herself permission to be a bit more relaxed with asana practice”
 Philippa also described being honest with her teacher about this-if you are struggling to get pregnant your yoga teacher may be able to advise and encourage you to practice in a different way-I have heard my own teacher Nancy Gilgoff advise students who are trying to conceive, to practice as though they are pregnant- essentially in a softer way.
I believe women should be encouraged to honour their cycles and their bodies, and it is often in the surrender and letting go that that the “ Shakti” can be found.

Yoga Mama host fertility yoga courses for both students and teachers


Futher recommended reading and websites ;
Fertility yoga a natural approach to conception By  Kerstin Leppert
Yoga and Fertility a journey to health and healing By Jill Mahrlig. Lynn Jensen.
Yoni Shakti By Uma Dinsmore Tuli
www. NHS.uk   www.conceptfertility.co.uk




04 July 2016

How yoga can help with a smoother birthing experience






How yoga can help with a smoother birthing experience.




             
Babies that are well positioned in a woman's pelvis at the end of her pregnancy can have a major influence on her birthing experience and the way her baby is born. A lot of women will work up to 36 weeks in pregnancy, often seated at a desk leaning back in the chair. This seated position can cause the heaviest part of the baby ( the back of the body) to fall towards the woman's spine in the Occipital posterior position (OP) or back to back as it is sometimes called.


Occipital Anterior position (OA)

Babies in the Occipital Anterior (optimal fetal position) have an easier passage through the pelvis. Women delivering in the Occipital Anterior position tend to have shorter and more comfortable labours, with rapid cervix dilation and efficient contractions. There is less likelihood of medical intervention or complications during the birthing process.



Occipital Posterior position (OP)

Babies that are in the Occipital Posterior (fetal back towards the mother's spine) have a much more difficult journey to make. Women delivering babies in an OP position tend to have 'back labour', longer deliveries and will sometimes need medical intervention to assist them.   



How can yoga help encourage a baby to rotate into optimal position?

Using yoga poses that are forward-leaning or that are on all fours, especially during the last six weeks of pregnancy (last two-three weeks with second and subsequent pregnancies) can help create space for a baby to move into an OA position. Yoga poses such as Cat position, hip rotations and pelvic floor rocking can all assist with this optimal fetal positioning and help assist babies on their journey into the world.

29 June 2016

Coming soon Yoga Mama baby range


Its been a while since I posted here...Ive been very busy working on a few projects-here is one of them.

The organic hand printed baby range will be on sale very soon.....hand printed with love, and modeled by the beautiful Henryk.

Watch this space....




11 May 2016

Why every new mum needs physical therapy







A very interesting article by Julie Revelant, published in Fox Health News on 17 April. She argues that every new mother needs physical therapy in order to rehabilitate and strengthen pelvic floor muscles that become weakened during childbirth. We would recommend this after the 6-week postpartum check up.


Why every new mom needs physical therapy

By Julie Revelant, originally published on Fox Health News on 17 April 2016

After she gave birth to her son, Valerie Orsoni knew what to expect: a prescription from her doctor for 12 sessions of physical therapy to rehabilitate her pelvic floor muscles.

 “Even when you’re a little girl in France, your mom always tells you to stay stretched and to always tuck in your tummy and contract your abs. When you do that, naturally it leads to contracting the perineum,” Orsoni, 45,  the founder of Lebodychallenge.com, said.

After the birth of her son, now 19, Orsoni underwent biofeedback, a treatment that uses an electrode or probe inserted into the vagina to measure the strength of the pelvic floor muscles and to help ensure that Kegel exercises are done correctly.

Although she was prepared for it, Orsoni admits she was a little embarrassed. “At first, it’s pretty surprising. They’re putting something in your vagina,” she recalled.

Orsoni, who now lives in San Francisco, Calif., said postpartum rehabilitation is so important in fact that doctors in France won’t give women the green light to start exercising again without completing the two-to-three month program.

“The worst thing that you could do would be to go back to doing regular exercises after giving birth without doing perineum rehab,” she said.

Rehab for your pelvis and abs

After giving birth, it’s common for women to deal with issues like urinary incontinence, diastasis recti— a separation of the rectus abdominis muscle— and pelvic pain.

In fact, approximately 85 percent of women have pain the first time they have sex after childbirth and nearly a quarter of them still do at 18 months postpartum, a recent study in the journal BJOG found.

“Most moms are in pain after birth and they just figure it’s common and normal but there is treatment for it. They don’t have to live with it,” said Marianne Ryan, a physical therapist in New York City and author of “Baby Bod: Turn Flab to Fab in 12 Weeks Flat.”

In France and other countries like the Netherlands and Australia, postpartum physical therapy is a common treatment to help women recover from the rigors of childbirth. Yet in the United States, women have a 6-week postpartum check-up and are told to resume their normal activities. 

“Not only do we do nothing in the U.S., but also if a woman goes to her physician, particularly her obstetrician, with these complaints after delivery it’s written off as ‘Well, you just had a baby,’” said Stephanie Prendergast, co-founder of The Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center in Los Angeles, Calif. and author of “Pelvic Pain Explained.”

“While that’s true, there are still musculoskeletal implications that come with both pregnancy, labor and delivery and of course, C-section,” she said.

Although they might be well-intentioned, OB-GYN’s are not trained to identify pelvic floor or abdominal problems like physical therapists are, Prendergast said.

Another issue is that although women are encouraged to do Kegel exercises, doing so can make perineal tears worse. What’s more, a study in the journal Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery found that 23 percent of women who said they knew how to do Kegel exercises did not do them correctly.

If problems are left untreated, over time they can lead to low-back pain and hip problems, urinary and bowel function issues such as urgency, frequency, burning, constipation, anal pain, and infection and pelvic organ prolapse, a condition in which the bladder, uterus or other organs descend into the vagina, Prendergast said.

What’s more, studies show that even if women feel fine after childbirth, it could take between 6 and 10 years until these issues become a problem.

How physical therapy can help

“In an ideal world, everybody should have an evaluation to identify what their particular issues are and get a specialized home program,” Prendergast said. 

A physical therapist can help identify impairments in the tissues, muscles, nerves and joints and evaluate the abdominal wall and the pelvic floor muscles to determine what has changed during pregnancy, labor and delivery.

Once the issues are identified, women are given an individualized program to help the muscles heal, improve urinary, bowel and sexual function as well as the overall stability of the pelvis so they can do things like pick up their babies, Prendergast said. 

Physical therapists can also help moms do daily tasks in a way that doesn’t put pressure on the abdominal muscles, or even teach them how to have a bowel movement without straining the pelvic floor muscles, Ryan said.

Biofeedback, the therapy Orsoni used, can help, especially for those women who have recently given birth and find it hard to pinpoint their pelvic floor muscles. It can also help identify a temporary neuropathy, or damage along the nerve that controls the muscles.

“They may need electrical stimulation to help those muscles fire if the nerve can’t direct the muscle to do so itself,” Prendergast said.

Caring for a new baby can leave little time for sleep, a shower or a workout, much less multiple physical therapy sessions. Yet experts agree it’s one of the best things women can do for their health, both right after childbirth and in the future.

“Women deserve treatment,” Ryan said. “Your body is not going to just magically snap back together.”

Originally published in Fox Health News on 17 April 2016


04 May 2016

Yoga for Birth Preparation


YOGA FOR BIRTH PREPARATION

NEXT COURSE: WEDNESDAY 8 & 15 JUNE, 4:30-6PM



Diane's "Yoga for Birth Preparation" classes are tailored for the final stages of pregnancy (from 32 weeks), where what we need most is to quieten the mind, let go of time pressures and constant doing and be in a consciously relaxed state, where we can connect with ourselves, our babies and our inner birthing wisdom.

The course runs over two weeks covering the following topics:

Week 1:
The natural physiology of birth – What to expect at different stages of the labour process
Using breath as your anchor in labour – Detailed breath techniques for the different stages of labour.

Week 2:
Managing fear – Trusting your body and nurturing a sense of empowerment Creating a positive intention and guided relaxation – Letting go of the intellect and connecting with intuition and instincts. After the initial discussion, the session then becomes more body focused incorporating yoga postures that can help move the labour process along and build an inner and outer strength, to support a woman along the course of her labour. The class ends with a restorative relaxation, fully supporting the mum to be, so they can let go and connect with their inner self and their babies. Above all, the class aims to nurture a sense of community and sharing in the final stages of pregnancy to support women as they approach their birth and enter into motherhood.

BOOKINGS


This course costs £40. To book your place, visit the Yoga Mama online booking system or call us on 020 8789 3881.


How to take yoga photos for Instagram

Ever wondered how you should take yoga photos for your Instagram account? Well, watch this video from JP Spears and discover some useful tips! #livingtheyogaloca :-)

22 March 2016

Fertility and Pregnancy information talk by the experts.



FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY

FREE PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL TALK



Thursday 21st April 2016. 7 – 9pm

The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy and its partners are holding a free public educational evening on Thursday 21st April (7 - 9pm), with talks by consultant gynaecologist and fertility doctor Mr Kamal Ojha and nutrition therapist Fleur Borrelli.

The theme of this month's talks is fertility and is open to the general public. See below for details.

PRESENTATION TOPICS AND SPEAKERS

Polycystic Ovaries, Fertility and IVF
Mr Kamal Ojha (Consultant Gynaecologist, Fertility Doctor and Honorary Senior Lecturer)

Nutritional Factors Affecting Fertility and Pregnancy
Fleur Borrelli (Nutrition Therapist)


VENUE

The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy
2nd Floor, Putneymead Medical Group Practice
266 Upper Richmond Road,
Putney,
London SW15 6TQ


BOOKINGS

This talk is open to the general public and is free. If you would like to attend, call us on 020 8789 3881, or send an email with your full name (for catering purposes) to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

Class timetable: April - May 2016


The new Yoga Mama class timetable will come into effect the week starting Monday 11 April. There are a couple of new classes, including a new beginners yoga flow class on Saturday mornings and a 2-week baby massage course. See below for details.

To book on any of the courses listed, visit the Yoga Mama online booking system. Alternatively, you can call us on 020 8789 3881.



Day Time Course Teacher Duration Cost
Monday 18:45 – 19:45 Pregnancy Pilates Rachel Ongoing Class pass
Monday 20:00 – 21:00 Pilates Rehab Rachel 6 weeks £90
Tuesday 10:30 – 11:30 Mum and Baby Yoga Hajni 7 weeks £105
Tuesday 18:45 – 19:45 Pregnancy Yoga Claire Ongoing Class pass
Wednesday 09:15 – 10:15 Tai Chi Enid 7 weeks £105
Wednesday 10:25 – 11:25 Tai Chi Enid 7 weeks £105
Wednesday 12:00 – 13:00 Postnatal Pilates Rachel 7 weeks £105
Wednesday 18:45 – 19:45 Pregnancy Yoga Diane Ongoing Class pass
Wednesday 20:00 – 21:00 Restorative Yoga Diane 7 weeks £105
Thursday 10:30 – 11:30 Mum and Baby Yoga Hajni 7 weeks £105
Thursday 19:00 – 21:00 Fertility & Pregnancy public talk
(21 April)
Mr Kamal Ojha &
Fleur Borrelli
1 day FREE
Friday 09:00 – 10:30 Ashtanga Yoga Led Cherie 7 weeks £119
Friday 11:00 – 12:00 Baby Massage
(22 & 29 April)
Hajni 2 weeks £40
Saturday 08:45 – 09:45 Beginners Yoga Flow Eftal 7 weeks £105
Saturday 10:00 – 11:00 Pregnancy Yoga Eftal Ongoing Class pass
Saturday 11:15 – 12:15 Pregnancy Pilates Rachel Ongoing Class pass
Saturday 12:30 – 13:30 General Pilates Rachel 7 weeks £105


Class passes


Class Duration Class pass Price Pass expiry period
Pregnancy Yoga 60 minutes 6 classes £90 Use within 8 weeks
Pregnancy Pilates 60 minutes 6 classes £90 Use within 8 weeks
Drop in 60 minutes 1 class £17 1 day

03 March 2016

Postnatal women- Rehabilitation and Surgery



POSTNATAL REHABILITATION AND SURGERY


FREE PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL TALK


Thursday 17th March 2016. 7 – 9pm

The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy and its partners are delighted to invite you to attend a FREE public educational evening on Thursday 17th March (7 - 9pm), with talks by Neil Bulstrode and Katie Howard.

The theme of this month's talks is postnatal rehabilitation and surgery and is open to the general public, as well as to medical, healthcare and fitness professionals. See below for details.


PRESENTATION TOPICS

Physiotherapy and rehabilitation of the postnatal mum

Katie Howard (Physiotherapist)

Loss of Postnatal Core Strength. A multidisciplinary and surgical approach

Neil Bulstrode (Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon)


VENUE

The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy
2nd Floor, Putneymead Medical Group Practice
266 Upper Richmond Road,
Putney,
London SW15 6TQ


BOOKINGS


This talk is free. If you would like to attend, call us on 020 8789 3881, or send an email with your full name (for catering purposes) to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

Note for Medical, healthcare and fitness professionals: this talk is included in our CPD programme. When booking, please inform us for certification purposes.

Extended early bird offer on Yoga Mama April 2016 Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training



PREGNANCY YOGA TEACHER TRAINING WITH YOGA MAMA


NEXT COURSE: 8 - 10 & 22 - 24 APRIL 2016


Further your yoga teaching skills with the Yoga Mama Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course. Our next course will take place over two full weekends in April 2016. Take advantage of our early bird discount before Monday 29th February. Book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


COURSE SYLLABUS

This is an 80-hour course, accredited by Yoga Alliance UK, with a maximum of 15 students per class. There will be six full days of classes, divided over two weekends in April 2016. Topics that will be covered are:

  •     Asana, pranayama (breathing and relaxation techniques)
  •     Sequencing pre and postnatal classes
  •     The dos and don'ts of pregnancy yoga
  •     Propping and assisting pregnant students
  •     Pre and postnatal anatomy for yoga
  •     Common ailments associated with pregnancy
  •     Setting up classes for pregnant students

For full details about the course, visit the Yoga Mama website.


ELIGIBILITY

The course is suitable for both existing yoga teachers who already hold a yoga teaching qualification and trainee teachers. We may also consider applications from midwives and health professionals who have a strong personal yoga practice.


APPLICATIONS

To apply for this course, send an email to christine@yogamama.co.uk to request an application form. Once completed it should be returned, along with a copy of your yoga teacher certificate.


COST OF COURSE

The Yoga Mama Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course costs £750.


EXTENDED EARLY BIRD OFFER

There is an early bird offer of £695 on the April 2016 Yoga Mama Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course for those who book and pay for their place before Thursday 10th March 2016.


16 February 2016

Prescribing yoga and arts classes on the NHS is money well spent


Want, Idleness, Ignorance, Squalor and Disease: these were the five "giants" identified by Sir William Beveridge in his wartime report that laid the foundation  for the postwar welfare state. He omitted a sixth that is less viable yet as old as civilisation: loneliness.

Isolation inflicts a heavy psychological burden, especially on the elderly. It also has financial costs, in worsening ill health. An innovative scheme in Rotherham suggests how these can be reduced. Health administrators in the town have since 2012 allocated about £500,000 a year to community groups to help vulnerable patients to join them.

It works, for patients and health budgets. GPs direct patients to activities such as yoga, fitness classes or the arts, or counseling for those with financial or welfare problems. This sort of social prescribing reduces the pressure on medical services. Analysis by Sheffield Hallam University suggests that by reducing A & E visits, hospital stays and GP appointments, the programme saves the NHS 43p for each £1 initially spent. If the benefits were continued for five years, the NHS would save twice as much as it spent.

It takes care to interpret and apply these figures. As life expectancy increases and other institutions (such as organised religion) wane in their adherents, however, it makes eminent sense for policymakers to stress social and preventative health measures.

In their recent book Thrive,  the economist Lord Layard and psychologist David Clark argue that mental illness causes more widespread suffering in society than physical illness, or than poverty and unemployment. For the NHS to provide effective, evidence-based psychological treatments is money efficiently spent. To prescribe activities for patients before they fall prey to the scourge of mental illness at all is humane and economical.

Article published in the The Times, Monday 15 February 2016, p.29

Prescription for yoga cuts A&E visits



Prescribing yoga, arts and Xbox fitness classes on the NHS can cut A & E visits by a sixth, according to an analysis of one of the largest such schemes.

Lonely older patients are much happier of GPs send them to knitting, woodwork or local history groups and the NHS could save money because they need less treatment, the study suggests.

Family doctors say they have replaced priests as the first port of call for people with social or financial problems, and non-medical help will free up appointments. Loneliness exacerbates health problems of the elderly.

In one of the longest running programmes, health chiefs in Rotherham have spent £500,000 a year since 2012 on community groups and advisers to help vulnerable patients to joint them.

Tai chi, quizzes, indoor curling and other exercises are among the groups offered to lonely older people, while those with financial problems are given debt and welfare advice and those with depression are steered towards music or creative writing classes. The NHS pays for 10 or 20 weeks of classes.

An evaluation of the scheme by Sheffield Hallam University suggests that patients taking part reduced their attendances at A & E by 17 per cent and hospital stays by 11 per cent. This saved the NHS 43p for each £1 it spent initially, while 82 per cent of patients felt happier, better connected or less worried.

Maureen Baker, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs, said: "Social prescribing schemes can contribute to a patient's overall health and well-being and this report shows that it can lead to a number of positive outcomes".

Article by Chris Smyth, published in The Times, Monday 15 February 2016, p.4