Posts made in February, 2016


Mel Collie | Plantar Fascitis?

Mel Collie | Plantar Fascitis?


Posted on Feb 12, 2016

Look at it another way – when you have Plantar Fasciitis, you probably are rolling a ball under your foot, stretching it out, trying to get some relief, and thats what I used to tell people to do too…and thats ok, because it just might work for you. Now though…look at it this way..Plantar Fasciitis is a symptom..do you know why its like that, what the cause is? Would you rather treat the cause and have it go away rather than just treat the symptom?   Your body has a line of connective tissue called Fascia, in this picture its in blue, its not like that in real life though 🙂 Your plantar fascia also connects to the calves and glutes too..wow! your body is so amazing! So thats why I look to the calves and the glutes.. Heres what I did to a client who volunteered for me to have a look at their Plantar Fasciitis issue I tested the strength of their calf muscles Then I tested their gluteal muscle Turns out the calf was tender in some areas, I released that, got the glutes functioning again to release the pain under the foot. Of course they have home exercises to do everyday, and come back and see me to retest everything within 7 – 14 days, as I don’t want any of my clients wandering around with pain thats been unresolved That makes me feel like I’ve not done my job properly I don’t like that I am hoping that you wouldn’t like me to be that unprofessional either! Mel www.melcollie.com  ...

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Mel Collie | Fat Kids, Thin Kids


Posted on Feb 10, 2016

Mel Collie | Fat Kids, Thin Kids In a very popular newspaper this week theres been articles about fat kids, thin kids, schools that tell kids off for being fat, stories about how that makes their parents feel..and each article is so scant with detail that it doesn’t really tell you anything. Don’t know about you but that leave me feeling like I’ve just had some of my brain cells stolen for nothing in return. I feel frustrated that the paper leaves the reader…thats me..a feeling of blaming the system, that the system is failing the kids and that the fat kids are to blame. Are they saying the kids should be weighed more? How much more?What do they do with those figures? What words do they choose to say to the kids that are being weighed. Do the kids truly understand why they are being weighed? Do they understand the consequences of being over or under weight? Do they understand what food is? Do they get what energy is? Do they know what carbs, protein and fibre are? Do you? Do they understand that metabolism changes all the time? Do you? Do they like moving, playing, running, skipping, jumping, climbing, swimming, games? Do you? Are they made to do sports in the rain that they hate? (I loved tennis, hated netball…I was very lucky to have the opportunity to play tennis in secondary school, but hated netball when I was in first school…top tp – you cant play tennis in the rain, but you can play netball, Im a fair weather sports girl..Pilates was around but not as much when I was growing up. It only came to the UK in the 1970’s, and Yoga was just for hippies back then, but so was peanut butter and health food shops. ) How is their self esteem?How is yours? How often do you weigh yourself? Daily? Weekly? Monthly? How do those numbers leave YOU feeling? Like they STOLE a piece of your happiness? Transfer that feeling to the kids now… A feeling of failure, not being good enough, hating themselves. Some of those kids, with the right support and mindset, will use that as fuel to better themselves. Many of those kids will use the information to go further into themselves, ironically turn to comfort eating, keep walking around in circles, chasing their tales. Crying out for help from the inside. These stories are becoming more common, and they make me sad to see them We label everything. We tell our kids that they are fat or thin. We do that They learn from us We are their example...

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Mel Collie | Stretching Your Thighs?

Mel Collie | Stretching Your Thighs?


Posted on Feb 10, 2016

Mel Collie | Stretching Your Thighs? I sit here at my laptop studying, reading, writing, and I do exactly what we shouldn’t be doing. Crossing my legs, tilting the pelvis, shortening the quads – rectus femurs mainly – front of the thigh. You know what though? Theres no perfect seated posture! yay!! Stop sitting up straight! I’m so happy about that because I can be such a fidget. I hate sitting still, well, for too long anyway. I will sit still when I am meditating, or watching a really good movie. I sat still watching About Time last week, such a sad movie, a bit cheesy, but I adore Bill Nighy! He’s a great actor, but I also love that he is very rarely in the celebrity limelight. He is just himself. So, anyway, back to those hips – which Bill sways quite nicely in the film by the way when he does a little dance, but also when he’s playing Table tennis. Tightness, and restriction in your hips can create tightness in the lumber spine, and further up the chain, affecting the head position too. No hip sway, more lower back and shoulder compensation. So when you stretch the thigh, what happens? The thigh muscles, the quadriceps – theres 4 of them – one of them attaches at the knee and runs up the front of the thigh to your hip bone. Hip flexor and hip extender. It can affect the knee as well, but thats for another post as theres other things that can affect the knee like limited ankle mobility and side thigh muscles like Tensor Fascia Lata . Tightness can affect the knee and pelvis when walking, running, walking up and down stairs. It can also inhibit the hamstrings from doing their thing and compress the hip joint which can in turn inhibit the glutes. Pretty amazing muscles then aren’t they? Stretching: If you are used to stretching it by holding the ankle, have a look in the mirror and see whatyou do this what happens to the rest of your body Shoulder must be level Hips must be level Knees must also be level Problems: Common issues are that the shoulders change position The ribs lift The breathing changes, usually gets held The knees change position, usually the knee thats being stretched moves forward. Corrections: Use a band around the bottom of the leg to assist you until you feel you can stretch the quads without affecting any compensational movement patterns in your body, the first picture is how not to do it, and how I see it done often though.      ...

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Mel Collie | Groin of Steel ?

Mel Collie | Groin of Steel ?


Posted on Feb 8, 2016

Mel Collie | Groin of Steel ? Groin strain – a very common issue in footballers lives..and heres why! My client wont mind telling you that when he told me that his groin muscles were like steel, I though ooooohhh, how exciting! But being an anatomy geek I was thinking –  Psoas & Rec Fem … So I tested them Because I don’t guess, I assess…it could have been just the Psoas..so thats where I went first Psoas tested unorganised. I tested the relationship between Pectinous and Psoas, and turns out his Pectineous was helping his Psoas be a hip flexor. The same when I tested his Rectus Femurs, another hip flexor, and part of the quadriceps. Thats a small muscle doing the work of 2 larger muscles. Magic!NO wonder it feels like steel! Groin of Steel! Should be a new show on TV! So gave him some home exercises to do. Its all about patterns, and when they are unorganised, finding the organised muscle in that pattern, if its hypertonic or painful, releasing that to strengthen the unorganised muscle. Complicated? A little bit yes! But when you see the patterns and what does what, unorganised patterns reveal themselves. The human body is a little miracle. NKT is also a little miracle. If you seriously want to know how to get a client out of pain, this is the course to do. Mel Pattern Detective...

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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 homework, which didn’t take more than 5 mins a day. She came back in the second week as a follow up, so I could check her homework and she could give me an update. Those follow up appointment are crucial, the body works in patterns, unravelling the main one can uncover others..and that showed in this second appointment. A further posture check to see what, if anything, had changed And rather than guessing at what needs stretching because its tight, I used NKT protocols. As a pattern detective in training, I assessed her movement patterns. That means checking how effective was her hip flexion, knee flexion, arm flexion.  What pattern does her brain have in its software to use these movements? A chat about her history gave me a few clues, checking her posture assessment gave me more clues, and checking her organised and disorganised muscles gave me other clues. I felt like a proper Poirot! Assess, I don’t guess. You are unique Just because you have SI joint pain doesn’t mean the painful area needs stretching. Just because you have tight neck doesn’t mean it needs stretching. You could be stretching a muscle thats exhausted , has been hanging on for so long its knackered and is telling you its had enough, its pissed off, it wants you to get those other muscles working pretty quick. Which muscles to test though? We looked at her right shoulder which was rolling inwards from a tight pec minor. When thats pulling forward then something in the back changes. After testing a few muscles, her mid and upper Trapezius muscle turned out...

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Mel Collie | The negative meditation


Posted on Feb 5, 2016

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! Mel www.melcollie.com...

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