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Mel Collie | Groin of Steel ?

Mel Collie | Groin of Steel ?

Groin strain – a very common issue in footballers lives..and heres why!

Groin of Steel!

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.


Pattern Detective


Mel Collie | Sacroiliac Pain

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!



Mel Collie | Abdominal Strength – How Is Yours?

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


Pattern Detective in Training in Snowdonia

Find a therapist here: http://neurokinetictherapy.com


Mel Collie | I’ve got tight hips though

Mel Collie | I’ve got tight hips though..she said..

Don’t think of a pink elephant


Did you just think of a pink elephant?

Now look around you for something blue, just blue. Take a few seconds.

Did you see something?

Now look around you in the same area you looked before, for something red.

Did you find something? Did you notice the red object when you were looking for the blue object?

Now tell your back its tight and stiff. Move, rotate, look over your shoulder, how does the back feel when you tell yourself its tight and stiff?

Now tell your back its loose, free, can move like its just been oiled, it has no muscles, its just the ribs which float around the spine.

The words other people tell us about ourselves , are powerful.

We listen, take them on board, and become them.

an image of a herniated disc can create more pain

an image of tight muscles can create more pain and tightness than we actually have

Our brains are remarkable

However, tissues and muscles have no pain. None. Its the brain that creates that pain.

Through words, memories.

So the next time you say you cant do something because you have tight hips, you are sending and reinforcing the message to your brain that you really do have tight hips, it will ensure that you move less, because it is only interested in your survival, in ensuing that you survive the next moment.

If that means it has to slow you down, it will. Even if that leaves your frustrated. It doesn’t care.

So, watch the words you use.

You will have danger words – like tight, stiff, rusty, inflexible, hot, too bendy

Or money, debt, diet, restriction, deadlines at work, meetings, budgets(yes, even every day words like those can create pain in the body)

Sometimes it can take a while to dig deep and notice what your danger words are, because they have become a habit over the last few years.

Scientists now agree that pain happens when the credible evidence of DANGER to your body is greater than the credible evidence of SAFETY to your body.

Safety words create pleasing images that help calm us, release tension and relax, which allows our bodies to move freely with less pain – the words are different for everyone – Oh, you want to know what are mine?







Chocolate cake

Lemon drizzle cake (mmmmmmmmm)




Light blue


Manchego Cheese & Serrano Ham



Simple words like these, and theres a few more in my head, can help create a feeling of comfort, happiness, wellbeing, which creates good vibes, which heal and help movement.

Feeling frustrated, angry and tight…well…doesnt..let go of your danger words, and see what changes.

Do you get it?

Now try it yourself






Mel Collie | I Understand Whats Happening

Mel Collie | I Understand Whats Happening

I love pain – hang on…what sounds odd..what I mean is  I love to learn and understand about the brain and what pain is to the brain, how it interprets it.

Heres 11 fascinating facts that should be on Steve Wrights Factoid on Radio 2:

  1. Your brain makes pain when it concludes your body tissues are in danger
  2. when you are hungry, its your brain creating hunger , not your stomach, theres no hunger sensors or signals, no such thing…your blood may be sending low on sugar/magnesium/zinc/vit C etc messages. Hunger is made by your brain to prompt you to eat
  3. Thirst is the same
  4. Pain is no different
  5. Theres NO pain nerves, sensors or fibres in the body
  6. Sensors detect change, send messages to the brain, which listens and weighs them up in the context of your situation
  7. you can have an injury and have no pain
  8. many people have spinal disc issues and no pain
  9. many people have pain and no injury
  10. a finger injury will hurt more for a pianist than a dancer as it affects their livelihood
  11. the less you understand about your pain/surgical procedures/medical condition the more pain you feel


Fascinating don’t you think?

So, does your level of pain change when

  1. you are doing something you love
  2. you are doing something you hate
  3. where you are
  4. who you are with
  5. the things you hear other say
  6. your level of stress (financial/judgements from others/dehydration/self esteem)


Even more interesting if you went through those and discovered some stuff about how your pain works, changes, feels, affects you day to day, the ups and downs.

So, when your brain perceives, as in it Googles itself, from all your past experiences and interactions (many you would have forgotten) to see if you are in a danger or safe situation.

It only wants to know if you can survive.

Evidence of danger, pain will increase

Evidence of safety, pain reduces.


More to come in my next post. ..we will make a list of some danger and safe words..:)


Mel Collie


Assessments from Llanberis home studio