Posts made in January, 2016


Mel Collie | Sacroiliac Pain


Posted on Jan 24, 2016

Mel Collie | Sacroiliac Pain Have you ever had SI Joint pain? Painful stuff! So, as part of becoming a pattern detective with a certificate to put on my wall, I’ve asked in a Facebook group for the village I live in, for some guinea pigs with SIJ pain, and was inundated with replies! Theres a lot of it around it seems, who knew?! So, after doing some homework, I’ve studied the core relationship, but am also aware that it can be as far away as the lower leg, so Im hoping its the core and we can resolve it. If the core is inhibited, the SI will compress. leading to some pain in that area. If your body lacks stability at its core, it will fight for that stability elsewhere. That elsewhere could be at the SIJ. Commonly found also , along with inhibited glutes and core muscles are facilitated quadratus lumborum (yes, the James Bond of muscles, my favourite!) iliac and erector spinae. All of theses, along with some others, will be tested, by me, as if Im not uncovering the whole story, the finest details, then Im not doing my client a service, I want them to skip off the massage therapy table and do their specific holding homework. Homework is crucial here, home exercises that help groove the correct movement pattern in the brain can take 3,000 reps to learn, so doing the new movement pattern as many times a day as possible helps, but at first, we say at least twice a day. Thats why you come back for further visits as per the package details in my Assessment package, you wont get very far by coming here just once and then doing nothing. Its not about stretching tight muscles, its about re-learning a new movement pattern. That takes commitment, time , dedication and a connection with your most amazing brain. Its a bit like Midsomer Murders! Sometimes when they think they have the bad guy, yet another villager dies (where do they all come from??) and they are back to the drawing board. Dont do that! Use your most amazingly amazing brain, you’ve only got one, aren’t you lucky! Its such an amazing thing, it can work wonders for you! Mel Collie Pattern Detective in training! http://neurokinetictherapy.com...

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Mel Collie | Abdominal Strength – How Is Yours? As part of being a pattern detective, I’ve been practicing abdominal reaction , abdominal strength. The tests – theres 5 of them I have practiced – test the deep transversus abs and the more superficial rectus abs (the 6 pack!) as well as 3 other pattern tests. Even someone with a 6 pack can have abs that don’t meet the core test protocol, which is fascinating right? We are so conditioned to work on core strength yet we seem to be missing it completely. Instead, our brain compensates and uses other stuff to get its stabilisation – the neck is a good one, as is the jaw. Get your core assessed if you find you have neck tightness, back pain or even knee pain. Assessment by a NKT specialist is kind of like a shortcut to delving into your body without being sliced open to reveal the workings , your patterns, of movement. Injuries, scar tissue, compensations – can equal pain, dysfunction in the system, and it may not be as text book as it makes out to be. There are many pattern compensations, a pattern detective tests, assesses and gives homework for the findings from your unique body and its story. What works for you may not work for another. So next time in your core workout session,, remember, ribs to hips if yours are flexible enough to allow this movement. Lie on your back, bend the knees, feet on the floor, place a small towel under your lower ribs, keep the lower ribs into the towel so it cant be pulled away as you take the arms up to the ceiling and overhead, maintain the towel and rib connection. Increasing core stability for your shoulder mobility is priceless. It decreases tension in your lower back and increases shoulder mobility and core stability. When you try to reach for stuff on the top shelf you can do it by using your thoracic extension, not your lower back. More functional than doing 100’s of sit ups for a better body for the future of your movement quality… if thats what you are investing in… Mel Collie www.melcollie.com Pattern Detective in Training in Snowdonia Find a therapist here: http://neurokinetictherapy.com...

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Mel Collie | Low Back Pain isn’t quite what it seems! Pattern Detective checking in ! Yesterdays top pattern detectivinism (is that a word?) was my other half having constant right low back sensitivity by the last rib. As I have to do 3 case studies and a 30 minute session to earn my Level 1 NKT certificate, the findings of his pain was going to be just one of my NKT case studies. I touched his low back and found the site of sensitivity, he nearly jumped off the table I check the synergists and antagonists for the muscle in this area – Quadrates Lumborum (love that name…sounds like a villain in James Bond) This is where you place your ego aside, and listen to the body. Not what you THINK should be happening. Turns out the TFL (on the outside of his opposite leg) was not as great as it should be, it wasn’t stepping up to the plate, his low back was doing the work to stabilise it. Weird huh!! ?? When we went back to check the sensitive area, it had, more  of less, gone..of course, he has the homework to do, thats a given to ensure the result sticks, the brain has a new path to carve, accept and stay on. Magic But being honest with the work Accept the reality and go with it, be prepared to allow it to blow your mind  …there are no absolutes.. Mel Collie Pattern Detective in...

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Mel Collie | How to Stretch a tight Psoas Have you got a tight Psoas ? Most of us do, but as we are all different, some of us have a tight Psoas and some of us have a weaker one, but..how do you know? You can tell by the tilt of your pelvis, however, the tricky bit is that if your pelvis is tilted forward, your Psoas may well be tight, but it could also be weak too, so if you do stretch it, you could find that is the last thing it wants, and end up with a whole host o other compensations, and a very pissed off hip flexor. So, enough of this anatomy speak, where is it that pesky Psoas anyway? At the base of your ribs where they meet the lumbar spine, so thats T12 (the 12th rib of your thoracic spine) , all the way down to L5, thats the last vertebrae of your lumbar spine.Heres a lovely picture for all you visual people, (thats me!) It then attaches to a little notch at the inside top end of the femur, thats called the Lesser Trochanter, because its small than the Greater Trochanter which is on the outer edge of the femur , clever eh! Some smart cookie knew what to call that bit of the thigh bone. The Psoas attaches the upper body to the lower body. Flexes the femur, thats your thigh bone,the  longest bone in the body, at the hip joint.You are flexing your thigh when you are bending your knee. Some of us lose this skill and tend to use the lower back instead, thats when we can get problems with lower back pain. Too much lower back, not enough hip stuff going on.                   Stretching that long Psoas can create an imbalance in a structure thats tight for a reason. Even if you’ve been told you have a weak Psoas, it can also be strong…weird isn’t it, but true.Took me a while to get m head around that one, and I still spend time thinking on how that actually works… So, maybe its holding on, as in its tight, because something else in the pattern of your movement isn’t awake, isn’t doing its job, thats called inhibition, a muscle thats not doing its job is inhibited, its shying away from standing up to its responsibility. If the Psoas has been diagnosed as being tight, it may be inhibited, but it may also be facilitated, that means it has high tone, it may just be overworking to stabilise a structure. As...

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Mel Collie | My Abs Failed…


Posted on Jan 19, 2016

Heres the truth.. My abs failed their tests at the weekends Neurokinetic course Simple tests on your core muscles, show if they are actually kicking in or some other  tight muscle  is.. And mine were rubbish.. But…so were many others on the course. Pilates people, Yoga people, Osteopaths, Chiros, Physios – all there for the same reason – to help clients  move freely with less pain. Many of us failed the tests were would be doing on our own clients Humbling – BUT, awesome too. Because your body is amazing in finding another way to get things done. Isn’t that great! Its so clever! I have an ever growing belief that unless you are working with a client 1:1 you are NOT giving them the best investment. A client gives you an hour of they time and you fail to deliver a result because there were too many other clients in the room too, sharing that hour. Its a common tale in the fitness industry and one that drives me further to deliver a specific 1:1 service, thats unique, theres nothing else like it out there, which is why I’m scared to take that initial step and say no, I’m not going to offer a Pilates class for 4 people or more, because you just cant be there for everyone in that session. Ive taught a class in a gym for 30 people,and when you do that, and can see unstable hips and shoulders, jutting chins and pronating feet, you get it that a class with less people in is superior! Definitely! If you are investing in your movement, quality of movement, and want the very best from your body, then 1:1 is the way forward. Why would you want to share your time? Its up to you… Mel melcollie@gmail.com 1:1 sessions are not payable by the hour, but by the result you are looking for, which we will discuss in our initial 15 minute telephone consultation via Skype or FaceTime. 6 sessions , once or twice a week £245 Each session includes: 15 minute neurological warm up – a warm up like no other, one that actually gets the tight muscles released and the sub optimal ones fired up, then you will get 100% from each session. Balance training to switch on deep core stabilisers Decompression of tight joints, if they require it – ankles, sacrum, neck for example. Specific home exercises via video link to do from home, no more than 15 minutes, twice a day. Follow up emails and video calls in between sessions All sessions from Llanberis, North Wales....

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