Biomechanics and Movement Coaching, Incorporating Clinical Pilates
Movement assessment and injury management. Pain free movement.
What is 'Biomechanics and Movement Coaching?'
The concept of biomechanics helps us to understand why we move in a certain way and the real root cause of our aches, pains and injuries. Every muscle, bone, joint, tendon, ligament and bit of fascia in the body is connected and we don’t move in isolation. So we shouldn’t treat injuries in isolation. Our bodies are like a giant jigsaw puzzle.
I use a really unique methodology, combining biomechanics, functional movement coaching and clinical Pilates, pulled together in a holistic and person-centred approach to understand the 'why' behind your injury or niggle, rathern than just fixing the pain. We have a saying in biomechanics - 'Where the pain is, the problem is not'.
Does this sound like you?
Maybe you have some sort of pain, an injury or an ongoing niggle that just won’t go away?
Perhaps you feel something’s not quite right about how you move, but you can’t put your finger on it? You just feel a bit ‘off’ and don’t know why.
You may have seen various practitioners already or had treatment and the problem hasn’t improved? You feel like you’re starting to lose hope.
If so, you’re probably starting to feel fed up, especially if it’s stopping you do the things you enjoy or moving in the way you want to.
So, imagine having an assessment which gives you an invaluable insight into how and why you move. Which gets to the root cause of your injury or pain. Allowing you to discover where your imbalances are (because we all have them) and then, most importantly, what you can do about it.
That’s what biomechanics coaching is and that’s what I can do for you. It’s a unique process of insight, understanding and empowerment.
I provide you with a ‘toolbox’ of knowledge - of personalised corrective exercises, rehab movements and training strategies so you have everything you need to look after your body. Giving you the skills to prevent injuries/aches/pains and niggles and to manage them when they do occur.
I use a combination of self massage/fasical release, strength exercises, Pilates, corrective exercises and can even teach you how to tape.
I want you to walk away with a toolkit of ways to help yourself.
For most people the process provides an ‘aha’ moment, when everything falls into place.
What's so different about it?
Learning about ‘Biomechanics Coaching’ was a lightbulb moment for me and it changed everything about my practice. It coincided with my own recovery from major abdominal surgery, but also after 20 years of working with clients as an exercise professional it caused me to rethink the way I worked completely.
I used to watch people move, run and exercise and wonder why they moved in a certain way. Why did their foot flip out when they ran, what caused their hip to twist when they walked or why did they keep having the same injury over and over. What was the real cause of their sore knee or back pain?
Moving and exercising with correct alignment and biomechanics is vital for good health, joint function and a happy, pain free body – especially if you want to keep moving well into old age. When we have poor biomechanical alignment, the body will compensate and then overload other tissues and muscles, resulting in injuries and pain.
In biomechanics we have a saying…‘Where the pain is, the problem is not’. So if you come to me with a sore knee/foot, the chances are you’ll go away with exercises for your hips, quads or glutes.
Since that ‘lightbulb’ moment, I have helped hundreds of clients from all walks of life, with all sorts of aches pains and niggles and imbalance issues. It’s a fascinating process – every client brings a new challenge and a new puzzle to solve.
I take a holistic (the fancy term is Biopsychosocial) approach, so the whole process will also look at your nutrition, hydration, sleep, rest and recovery habits. I take into account your job, hobbies, family, lifestyle and any stress in your life.
Who is it for? will it help me?
In a nutshell. If you have a body, you can benefit from biomechanics and movement coaching. It’s for anyone and everyone, of all ages and from all walks of life. I love to work with a wide range of clients who come to see me with all sorts of issues.
I work with the body in front of me and love to get to the root cause of the problem.
Changing your biomechanics and alignment is the key to ‘offloading’ where the pain is felt or where the tissue is overloaded and stressed.
Here are just a few reasons why clients come to see me:
Knee pain, hip pain, glute tightness/weakness, piriformis and SIJ pain, sciatic nerve problems, foot and ankle problems, bunions, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, calf tears, low back problems, Achilles pain, mid back pain, breathing/rib issues, pelvic floor problems, groin pain, shoulder issues, rotator cuff problems, neck pain and median nerve/arm symptoms.
Understanding your body, your alignment and how to move better is a fundamental process. It’s like putting the foundations in place before you start to build the house. And moving with correct biomechanics, means you’ll be able to keep moving - and enjoying life - for a very long time.
What makes me different?
I listen. I really listen to you and understand your story and your goals. I immerse myself in your journey and give you my time.
I get it. I know just how it feels like to miss out on something due to illness or injury. Or how it feels to be worried about making something worse or to have pain and not know what to do about it. I know that feeling of vulnerability and fear. And I can help you overcome it too.
I’ve got lots of tricks up my sleeve. With more than 20 years’ experience, I have a huge toolbox of tips, techniques and tricks to share. I weave together a unique range of skills to offer you a truly holistic and person-centred approach. I use methods from biomechanics, clinical pilates, mindset coaching, sport science and functional movement coaching.
I don’t fix you. I teach you to fix yourself… and that’s so much better for you in the long run. I don’t do ‘hands on’ therapies such as massage or manipulations. Although therapies like that have their place and I may still recommend them, I believe you should be empowered to have your own ‘toolkit’ so you can take care of yourself.
You get lots of time with me. I offer 90 or 60 minute appointments, which is much longer than most consultations with other practitioners. This gives me time to properly assess you, but to also understand you, your life, your body and how it all fits together. I also spend ages teaching you the exercises you need to do, so you leave feeling empowered, engaged and knowing EXACTLY what you need to do.
How does it work?
Having a biomechanics or ‘movement’ assessment and coaching is a bit like having a MOT for your car (but in this case it’s your body) and coming away with a list of ‘advisories’ and other things that need more immediate care.
You might already be aware of an injury or issue, or you might be curious about how to move better or want to prevent injuries occurring.
Either way, the process is the same.
This is how it works:
Email me first with brief information about you, your history and current problem
We can then chat on the phone, video or via email to decide if I’m the right person to help you – there’s no charge for this initial chat
You complete some medical history forms in advance of the initial appointment. To provide a full medical and clinical history, background, lifestyle and future goals/desires
In my clinic I take you through a unique assessment using a variety of screening tests, measurements, movements and visual observations – from both biomechanics, functional movement screening and clinical pilates methodologies.
Together we choose a range of movements, exercises and strategies that will help and fit into your life. I spend a long time teaching you the right exercises and movements to do, so you know EXACTLY how to do them.
I usually film you doing the exercises (with voice-over instructions), so you go home with your own mini-workouts to refer back to. So please bring your phone with you so I can make the films.
Ideally return 2 weeks later for a follow-up assessment and review of exercises and progress
2-4 weeks later – return for a final assessment and review
Return for a ‘follow-up’ at any time in the future
But there isn’t a quick fix (of course you knew that already). Most clients need a few sessions, to re-assess, tweak exercises and address additional issues.
In many cases, an injury or imbalance can take 3-6 months to fully resolve (of course you knew that already too).