Posts made in January, 2016


Mel Collie | I Just Decided …


Posted on Jan 31, 2016

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 open my little finger. Mum ran me to the Dr’s up the road. This was early 1970’s…Im not even sure we had a phone.. Mum was a good runner. All I remember then was being in the hospital, they were sewing up my finger, I remember the blood and the pain and the smell of the hospital I waved goodbye to wanting to be Florence Nightingale ( she was my heroine!) Later on in my little life, I remember passing out in hospital after going to visit a friend after she had her appendicitis out. I felt faint when I’ve visited family in hospital. I had a phobia. Hospitals and me were not going to get along However, I’ve recognised this , accepted it, talked myself through it, and if I go to a hospital now, I accept that I have about a 30 minute allowance before my head feels like its about to cave in and my spine shatter in two. Yep…nice reaction! I’m better than I used to be! Maybe thats one of the reasons why I’ve not wanted to have kids! Anyway, maybe its also why Im finding other ways of fulfilling my desire to be a nurse, to help people out of pain and have a better quality of life. To undo the tight joints and improve stability and mobility Pilates does a lot of stuff, and has helped many people I’ve also seen it not help(not many fitness people will tell you that..) I’ve seen people trying so hard to do core exercises, they’ve over activated their necks, held their breathe and increase a dysfunctional...

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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 bad ass glutes going, that psoas working and that SI joint pain disappear. However – you also might find other stuff – a simple posture assessment telling of other stories and compensations, maybe a shoulder thats overworking, maybe a core that is inhibited, no matter how hard you try with core exercises, it just wont respond, maybe you will find a few movement patterns your brain remembers, but you don’t. Maybe your story needs unravelling to save time, gain strength, power, mobility, stability. Mel Collie melcollie@gmail.com Pattern Detective in Training  ...

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Mel Collie | Athletic Movement


Posted on Jan 29, 2016

Mel Collie | Athletic Movement First & foremost, athletic movement is about human movement. How you move. I’m often saying to clients in my sessions – its not about achieving the end range of the move, its what you use to get there..Im not impressed that you can do 10 reps in side kick kneeling, for example, if your shoulder is hiked up, your hips aren’t level, your bottom knee is wonky and your toes are curled up. You are compensating to achieve those reps. You are cheating. Its not about doing loads of sit ups, leg lifts, rotations, side bends, planks, push ups. Its what you use to get you there Its what form you have, from beginning to end. Its what you use to flex and extend. Its how you move, not how you look that defines an athlete. Sound movement practice cannot be achieved with limited flexibility, poor stability and mobility. Limited ankle mobility means a more mobile knee – which creates instability in a hinge joint that wants stability, if its too mobile because the ankles are lacking mobility, the knee will tell you about it. Instability in the shoulder and /or wrist can lead to pain in the elbow. Too much texting, overworked flexed muscles in the fingers, tight pec minor, weaker rotator cuffs, tighter elevator scapula, weakened rhomboids. Do you know which is which and whats going on in your system? Your body is sensitive to input. Tight & weak muscles change the input, the sensory system has to adapt, creating changes in your kinetic chain, all the way up the system. This creates pain, fatigue, bad form, dysfunction, stress. Get assessed, then move on and play the game.   Mel Collie Movement & Pattern Detective http://neurokinetictherapy.com  ...

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Mel Collie | Helping with Cake


Posted on Jan 29, 2016

Mel Collie | Helping with Cake I met a new person the other day, well, they weren’t totally new, they have been on the planet for a few years, but its only the fourth time I’ve seen them around. Turns out this person had an accident on their bike, and landed up in hospital, with concussion, neck pain and a bad head. …had their head glued back by the Dr’s & Nurses Had a compressed neck, which was causing a neck pain We invited our friend back to the home treatment room, where I practiced my new NKT skills on them In about 15 mins I had taught them how to release their tight neck muscles, which were working overtime to stabilise the head, which weighs quite a bit when its only relying on half the muscles, this poor neck extensors were proper tired! Released those and got the neck flexors working again with some gentle detective pattern work Re wired the brain using NKT protocol which is really neat stuff Works fast It also holds when you do your homework so the brain releases the old pattern it knew Its like giving a map back to your brain, showing it the path it should be taking, but it got a bit lost by the overpowering tight muscles. The more you do your homework, the quicker the brain gets that pattern and lets go of its old pattern that wasnt working. Give someone a map, compass and a torch and they are pretty much set, if you show them how to use it, then thats really cool. We also gave our friend some cake we had made too, Lemon Drizzle (my fave!) and Carrot Cake too. Cake buddies!   Mel Pattern...

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Mel Collie | Chatting


Posted on Jan 29, 2016

Mel Collie | Chatting Every fortnight on a Thursday my client comes to my studio for Pilates She’s hypermobile That means her joints are super bendy! We spend most of that hour chatting She talks, I listen! I love that though! Its not all about sit ups, flat abs and wondering if you will look good to your friends. Its about connection. Rock up, chat about stuff, unwind, un-burden, de-stress and the body moves way better. Try saying you feel happy with your shoulder slumped forward and your head down to the ground with the weight of the world on your shoulders. Now try saying you feel depressed, sad, pissed off with the world with your head high and a smile on your face having spent an hour chatting to a friend. Putting the kettle on is Britains fave past time Do it more often, and if you don’t like Tea/Coffee, then go for a run with your mates, go to Pilates with your friends, book a session for the both of you to enjoy, go for a spa day together, go for a walk in the park, or on the beach together. Natter. Chat. Laugh. Be silly. Play on the swings and the slide (make sure you don’t get told off!) Do it all without checking your mobile! It release so many good hormones, and the cascading effect that has really shows in your body …better than a six pack any old day Mel...

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Mel Collie |Back Pain & Your Cheating Core Its not nice when you get back pain, it can really take over your life and be so debilitating. Its also not nice to be told that the reason your back hurts could be that your core isn’t stabilising, its not switching on quick enough to be able to do its job. You cheat You compensate You find other ways The main way, I’ve found through doing some pattern testing on some willing volunteers,  is holding the breath We then find that the back holds, but at the costs of compensating through the diaphragm and the hip flexor- Psoas – as it has fibres that connect to the diaphragm.Then these get tired, and complain. Those complaints are felt as pain. So pain is a friend, sometimes, its knocking on your door, telling you to do something about your cheating core. Is breathing important? You betcha back pain it is! Breathe well and you’ve got great core ability, great connection with your abs and Psoas. I do a simple Psoas test, Transversus and Rectus Abs test, to see if its your breath holding is compensating for your lower back. It’s one of my favourite pattern detective tests. I’m now onto the hands and fingers…these I find complicated, interesting though, because as we spend more time on mobiles, laptops and computers, we spend more time with bent fingers, so the flexion muscles of the fingers become more hypertonic, and the extension muscles become sub optimal. Testing each finger on an extension against a low pressure from my own hands, reveals which fingers are the weakest, on an extension pattern. We may also see compensation in the breath , holding it to stabilise, also in the shoulder lifting , which creates tightness in the upper Trapezius and Scalene muscles, and if both scalene muscles are tight, this can be lead back to the core again, as a de stabilised core can lead to stabilisation in the neck, on both sides. So, for all you texting bunnies out there, those finger tests are very revealing! Texting is a repetitive movement, as is tapping your keyboard, that repetitive movement has to show up somewhere along the pattern of movement , and if you see the fascia picture of the arm lines, you can follow the line back to the upper skeletal frame. Pain usually is the site of a tight , hypertonic muscle, doesn’t mean is weak, it can be strong, thats the beauty of the patterning tests, to see if the muscles are weak or strong, which ones are working and which ones aren’t, so...

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