Mel Collie

Assessing Movement. Not Muscles.


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Wellness, movement, mindfulness

Mel Collie | Change Your Posture in a Week?

Mel Collie | Change Your Posture in a Week?

Mel Collie | Change Your Posture in a Week? Can you change your posture in a week? Changes that last and that reduce pain and tight muscles? Change that reduces tight hamstrings, weak glutes and tight shoulders? Before you think ‘Ive lost it and 7 days isn’t long enough, then you are right..it isn’t! However, I love to prove you wrong, but I’m not out to to impress you, Im just simply looking for a way that works, that constantly proves its assessments are thorough, and hat doesn’t leave me hunting or guessing. So, to test my theory, to see if what I have learned was going to work, I needed to test it on real people. Is that illegal in some countries? Maybe! Anyway, I posted in a local Facebook group(its great for somethings!) for someone who had SI Joint pain, and this lady stepped up. With pain in her SI joint (sacro-iliac), that was my focus in the first sessions. She is dedicated and did her daily...

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Mel Collie | The negative meditation

Mel Collie | The negative meditation

Mel Collie | The negative meditation Mindfulness is big news You should meditate they say You tried it, your mind wandered, you had stuff to do, it didnt work Me too.. Life gets in the way doesn’t it? Heres what helped me to recently get some kind of clarity , because some kind of stillness, quiet, meditation practice does really work. Maybe you find the answers to stuff when out for a walk, or in the shower, or dancing around the kitchen to your favourite tunes…this is one kind of meditation you can do at anytime of day..or night.. Massage those negative thoughts. Gather then up, all those words that are holding you back – cant, should, maybe, what if, not good enough..all those negatives that are holding you back from being you, and get them in a corner of your mind and massage them Treat them to a lovely massage, use your imagination to get in there with your hands and give them some love. Feels really good!...

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Mel Collie | Hip Height & Legs

Mel Collie | Hip Height & Legs

Mel Collie | Hip Height & Legs Difference in hip heights is very common, you may well find you have one leg longer than the other. Ive got that I noticed it a few years ago, when I wore my workout trousers, one trouser leg was longer, actually touching the floor, the other was shorter…I tried to blame my trousers, maybe they were made like that, or had shrunk in the wash or something. Nope…my pelvis had a little bit of a rotation. If you were born with 1 leg shorter than the other, then its more of a hardware issue, rather than software, thats why I ask you if you have always had certain issues, like scoliosis for example. Were you born with it? Chances are, if you were, you will know about it, your medical records will show it. With a hip height difference, one of your complaints maybe  lower back pain on one side. However, we all have different pain receptors in the brain, and you...

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Mel Collie| Forget What You Think You Know

Mel Collie| Forget What You Think You Know

Mel Collie| Forget What You Think You Know I subscribe to a few email lists of things that interest me , challenge me and make me laugh One of those emails had a link to an article about autism and this guy chatting about physics, teaching, rules, what others think of you and more importantly what you THINK you SHOULD be doing of know…and how that affects us.. Whats your take away from listening to this talk? My bloke has a degree in Cosmology, he adores Physics and wanted to be an astronaught…he also loves Led Zeppelin…what can I say?! When he was 7 his mum bought him a book – Dancing Wu li Masters.  It was awarded a 1980 U.S. National Book Award in category Science. If you haven’t read it, give it a try. Bet you don’t get beyond chapter 2… Hes more intelligent than many of the so called intelligent people that run the country, that run the world, he doesn’t have any possessions, he doesn’t...

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Mel Collie | Which Vitamin Gets Depleted When You Are Stressed?

Mel Collie | Which Vitamin Gets Depleted When You Are Stressed?

Mel Collie | Which Vitamin Gets Depleted When You Are Stressed? Stress comes in many forms, it can be as simple as that electric bill dropping on your mat that is the final straw. Its all the events that have lead up to that moment that are like little stones being dropped into a bucket thats half full of water, the level slowly rises until it overflows. Muscles get tight Movement is not as efficient Minerals and vitamins diminish Vitamic C is rapidly diminished by stress, which means muscle tissue gets affected. Take supplements, a powder of 5 grams a day really helps your immune system when stressed Its not just a vitamin for the winter time.. Mel Collie...

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Mel Collie | Fancy A Core Challenge?

Mel Collie | Fancy A Core Challenge?

Mel Collie | Fancy A Core Challenge?   I had a core workout yesterday…Sunday…a day of rest?! Ha! I was awake at 4am! Didn’t have to be up though, but I had some anatomical studies I wanted to do before going to Chester for an anatomical therapy study group session. As we drove to Chester, yep, my lovely other half wanted to come too, we heard on the radio that Sir Terry Wogan has died …I loved that bloke, his chat was always fun to listen to, my personal faves were his Janet & John episodes, some of them were very risqué. If you haven’t heard any of them, check them out, you can probably find them on Google somewhere. Be prepared to laugh your socks off! So, when I got to Chester, my bloke went off in the car to have a look around, whilst I spent 3 hours talking and testing muscle patterns. My idea of total joy I can tell you. Yep, Im a geek! Uh...

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Mel Collie | I Just Decided …

Mel Collie | I Just Decided …

Mel Collie | I Just Decided .. I have no bad feelings for being judged in the past for being too “into posture and anatomy” and why don’t I just stick to teaching Pilates. Well, thats kind of been nagging at me for a while now. I had second thoughts, maybe even third and 4th thoughts about doing yet another course. Another course on anatomy. I had to hit the book again. Re study muscles, antagonists and synergists. At times I though I was going backwards instead of forwards. I questioned my decision, and thought those people were right, I should just teach exercises and stop trying to “fix” people in pain. However, since I was 5 , or there about, I wanted to be a Nurse. I remember I had a Ladybrird book about it. They were the BEST! Then I went and put my left hand through a glass pane in the kitchen door whilst having a paddy about clearing up my comics before bedtime…the glass shredded...

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Mel Collie | Painful SI Joint is awesome!

Mel Collie | Painful SI Joint is awesome!

Mel Collie | Painful SI Joint is awesome! OMG – as they say – a painful SI Joint is amazing..you might not think so if you have Sacro iliac pain, because it ain’t nice! BUT…..flip your thinking now, and what you’ve been told..because you certainly are not your diagnosis.. Its hurting because its doing an AWESOME job! Its trying so hard to give your pelvis some stability, its hurting from overworking Try this – Lie on your back and bend your knees. Feet on the floor Flatten your back – feel ok, no pain? great! Arch your lower back, what side pains you the most? Thats the side your scare iliac has compression going on…maybe.. get assessed …but.. why bother..? Because, like my awesome case study today I assessed, you may just find that your SI Joint is actually working bloody hard for a glute and psoas(hip flexor) that isn’t working at all. You just might find that your home exercises – that take 5 mins a day-will get those...

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