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January and injured already

Friday, January 28th, 2011

I love running but I am not a natural runner, currently when I reach about 1.5 hours of running I get an overwhelming feeling to lie down in the road and cry. However this isn’t really an option, and nearby pedestrians may think I am a little strange. So I have embarked upon a hideous training program, veteran marathon runner Seb has convinced me to sign up to a half marathon in exotic Watford on the 6th February, and in my mad rush to try and be ready for this I have successfully obtained my first problem. Marvellous. Lucky I work in a Physio clinic……

…after much prodding of my hip, agonising torture with Simon and his elbows, and Seb observing me run on the treadmill the pain in my hip (bursitis) apparently stems from the fact I have a weak bum. Great.  The solution? Squats, lunges, working on my weak bum and that dreaded word ‘core stability’.  All fairly unpleasant exercises.

I took myself off to Runners Need with Seb on Monday, where I was told by the expert young Australian chap that I had allowed my trainers to get into an unacceptable state and was in urgent need of new trainers. They filmed me running on the treadmill and concluded that I drop my knees and right hip in, most likely the cause of the pain, and I was fitted with a new pair of Brooks trainers. Not so happy about being wrenched from my beloved Asics, but apparently these trainers are going to do the job more effectively. Watch this space.

Seb will be talking at Runners Need this Monday 31st January on Marathon training and running, free advice and recommendations, free goodybags from Runners Need, 10% discount on kit on the night and 50% discount on physio with us – an opportunity not to be missed, to book a place contact kirsty@runnersneed.co.uk.

I would like to point out that I am not doing this for fun. My target is to raise £1600 for shelter, the homelessness and housing charity in the UK. All the money Shelter raises goes towards the dispossessed, the homeless, and campaigning for fairer rights and housing for everyone.  The work they do in this country is invaluable and they rely heavily on charitable donations.  You can find out more by visiting www.england.shelter.org.uk.

If you’d like to sponsor me I do have a justgiving site at www.justgiving.com/hollylondonmarathon

Holly xxx

Christmas running..

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

An attempt at London Marathon training has started, this Christmas I dragged my sorry self out on a few runs on Dartmoor when I was home visiting family.

It was cold, slushy, snowy, windy and miserable. Beautiful views but seriously cold!  After 4 miles I wanted to lie down in the snow and have a tantrum, fear is setting in.

Thanks to all who have sponsored me so far – I am running to raise money for Shelter – you can read more and sponsor me here

Icy road running

Beautiful Devon views

Secret Santa and Winter Wonderland

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

We had our Christmas lunch at The Mall Tavern in Notting Hill yesterday. The food was scrumptious and the wine delicious. After Secret Santa paid a few visits, Chris presented the Annual PENGUIN awards to everyone. Feeling more than a little full we made our way to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park to ride the ‘Observation Wheel’ – unfortunately not much was observed due to the english weather.  Wandering around the markets, buying silly hats and Brazilian churros for the perfect end to a very festive day.

Santa with his binbag of secret pressies

Ash and Amy

Vuko with his award

On the Observation wheel

The Black Hole "rollercoaster"

Holly Wilkinson is fundraising for Shelter

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Holly Wilkinson is fundraising for Shelter.

Yes that is correct – I have joined the ranks of the insane and decided to run the full 26.2 miles of the London Marathon on 17th April 2011. I love running but struggle to comfortably get past the 10k mark – the last half marathon I did was in May 2010, and by Mile 10 all I wanted to do was lie down in the middle of the road. When I finished I vowed I would never do a long run again, so quite why I thought the challenge of a marathon was a good idea is anyone’s guess.

However I am all signed up and fundraising for the very worthy charity Shelter, I am off to a Shelter marathon party tomorrow, busy sending out emails and setting up my Justgiving page, now all I have to do is start training!

I am off to Runners Need to get some new trainers as my current ones have definitely had their day, and then I am goign to beg Seb to sit down and write a training plan with me.

I will endeavour to update this blog over the next few months with training and fundraising progress.

In the mean time wish me luck and anything spare change goes a long way to helping the homeless and those in need of help with housing.

Thanks!

Holly xx

Happy Christmas!

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Happy Christmas from all of us at Marylebone Physio!

We will be closed on 24th, 27th and 28th December and on the 3rd January 2011.

We are open on the 29th, 30th and 31st January with limited hours.

The clinic will reopen as usual on Tuesday 4th January.

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Treat your liver this Christmas!


The festive season is upon us – parties, drinks, work do’s.  All taking its toll on our health, skin and energy.

Want to make sure you don’t put on weight and stay looking healthy and energised?

Come along to Ayano’s FREE TALK and hear about:

  • What the liver needs to work properly
  • Foods that support liver function
  • Supplements and herbs
  • Hangover remedies!
  • How to prevent a hangover
  • Natural skin treatments before parties

Start the New Year without the mother of all hangovers – look after your liver this Christmas.

Tuesday 7th December

at 7pm

8 Dorset Square

London

NW1 6PU

Reserve your space:

0845 370 8222

info@marylebonephysio.com

Boosting your immune system the natural way

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Boosting your Immunity : Part 1 : Cold & Flu


Having a cold once a year is good thing as it detoxifies the body.

However recurrent catching a cold or prolonged recovery might indicate deeper cause(s)

Reason(s) can be

1. Built up toxins in the body

2. Stress

3. Unhealthy gut

4. Nutrient(s) deficiency

5. Hormonal imbalance

6. Diet

7. Allergy

8. Sluggish Liver

9. Lack of sleep or rest


Nutrient Boosting Foods

Eat simple foods such as soup when feeling chills

More fruits or vegetable juices (ideally homemade, avoid made from concentrated ones) when feeling feverish.

For acute symptoms eating less can actually help the body in detoxifying.

1. Liquid (still water, herbal teas such as nettle, ginger & lemon, rosehip and soups)

2. Beta carotene rich foods such as carrot, squash, pumpkin, broccoli, kale, watercress

3. Fruits rich in antioxidant such as berries

4. Unsaturated fat

5. White colored vegetables to strengthen lungs such as garlic, turnip, cabbage, radish, daikon radish, mushroom, kuzu( Japanese root vegetable)

6. Mucilaginous foods – grounded flax seeds, marshmallow, sea weeds

7. Green powder such as wheat/ barley grass, blue green algae, chlorella

8. Fibre such as pectin, grounded flax seeds

9. Protein ( Fish, chicken, turkey, tofu)


Foods to avoid

1. Sugar!!!!!!

2. Coffee, alcohol, smoking

3. Saturated fat such as cheese, red meat, hydrogenated fat such as margarine

Trans fat such as deep fried foods

4. Processed foods, foods containing additives

Supplements

1.Vitamin C 2-3g a day

2.Whey protein powder

3.Zinc

4.Selenium

5.Colloidal silver water

Herbs

1.Echinacea

2.Golden seal

3.Astragalus

4.oregano

5.Elder berry (sambucus nigra)

6.Garlic

7.Bee products such as propolis, royal jelly

8.Medicinal mushroom

Homeopathy

Acute case, take one pill every 30min under the tongue

1.Aconite 30c

2.Apis 30c

3.Belladonna 30c

4.Gelsemium 30c

Aromatherapy

Steam               Eucalyptus, Tea tree

Massage oil     Jojoba oil 30ml

Benzoin 3drops, Eucalyptus 5 drops, Sandal wood 2 drops

Cedar wood 2 drops, Frankincense 2 drops

Acupuncture

Helps to strengthen immunity and release the nasal congestion and cough

Prevention is better than cure

1.Eat healthily, lots of antioxidant

2.Dry skin brush esp. between shoulder blade, chest and arms

3.Improve the lymphatic flow (exercise, massage)

4.Sleep well

5.Sweat to eliminate toxins (hot bath with dead sea salt, sauna, exercise)

6.Bowel health (probiotics, high fibre, aloe vera juice, bentonite clay)

7.Stress management

8.Keep the back of the neck, upper & lower back and ankles warm

9.Gargle

10.   Do not ignore the early sign of onset.

Sponsored Read in aid of Debra

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Please sponsor Diva and Sofia McLean

Sofia and Diva

Katia and Chris’s daughters Sofia and Diva are doing a sponsored read in aid of DEBRA, a charity supporting children and adults suffering from a rare genetic condition. Sofia has a classmate with this condition.

Diva would be really grateful if you would sponsor her for reading her socks off throughout half term next week!

If you would like to sponsor them please email Reception for further details info@marylebonephysio.com

On behalf of Diva and Sofia, thank you.

You can find more information on www.debra.org.uk including information and a special screening of a short film highlighting this rare condition showing on 1st November in Belsize Park.

The Opium Den

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

We all decamped to The Prince Regent on Marylebone High Street on Wednesday night to say goodbye to Eloise and Mike and hello to Holly and Vuko.  We sat upstairs in the Opium Den room and ate and drank ourselves silly until we had to leave, Simon kept appearing with more shots of a dubious nature and everyone looks a little jaded today!

Lucy and Mike

Alona and Andrew

Ayano and Katia

Eloise and our lovely new receptionist Holly

Jess and Mike

Sambuca?

Danjela, Pete, Seb and new Physio Vuko!

Yoga at Marylebone Physio

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Yoga at Marylebone Physio

Rebecca practising yoga

During individual yoga sessions at Marylebone Physiotherapy

Rebecca uses a safe and systematic approach to learning

yoga postures.

Yoga provides fantastic overall benefits in the areas of:

- Strength

- Flexibility

- Stamina

- Concentration

- Body Alignment

- Balance

- Muscle Recruitment

These are all vital aspects to higher functioning and

increased performance outcomes for those coming from a variety of sporting backgrounds.

Sessions have a rehabilitative focus and are designed to meet the specific needs of the individual. Whilst you needn’t have a particular health concern to participate in sessions with Rebecca, some of the conditions that can be addressed are:

- Systemic conditions – for example chronic fatigue, headaches / migraines, circulatory / cardiovascular conditions or high / low blood pressure

- Neurological disorders

- Chronic stiffness and flexibility issues

- Musculoskeletal injuries

- Pelvic instability concerns, including pre/post pregnancy conditions

- Psychological concerns – for example depression and anxiety

If you would like to arrange an individual yoga session with Rebecca, please speak to Reception.