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Mel Collie | MOVE is a 4 letter word

Mel Collie | MOVE is a 4 letter word

The society today has this notion that to relax means being lazy and being unproductive, so you now feel guilty when you say you are relaxing, you feel you have to justify it, apologise for it.

This is absurd.

Relaxation is so important, now more than ever.

Lifestyles now look like this:

Get up
Eat cereal/toast (too busy to cook breakfast)
Organise the kids
Race to work
Try to keep on top of the deadlines
Spend 4 – 8 hours at a computer screen
Drink coffee/tea to stay awake
Eat biscuits as a treat
Eat at the desk (sandwich probably)
Get home to cook dinner
Clear up, wash up.
Get kids to bed.
Sit Down – finally
Watch TV/catch up on Facebook/Read emails/
Drink glass of wine/coffee/tea
Do some ironing
Fall asleep on the sofa
Go to Bed


How do I know this?
I did this for a long time. Up at 6am, home at 9pm. Working, some weeks, 6 days a week.

Why was I still so tired? Why did I have constant illness? Anaemic. Cystitis (almost had an operation…glad I didn’t now!). Ulcerated tonsils. Constant tiredness. Black rings under the eyes. Weak muscles.

What wasn’t in my lifestyle?

1. Love for myself – too busy
2. Nourishment for my skin/bones/muscles/hair/energy levels- didn’t know what to do , how to do it or have the time to implement it.

Those 2 things can cover a multitude of stuff that todays lifestyle convinces us are either too selfish to do or we are too busy to do them.

TV, social media, are now mainstays in the household
I’m not going to preach and tell you not to watch them. (though I did away with my TV for 4 years, because I wasn’t watching it or benefitting from it, and I hated paying that licence fee!)

However. could you, for one week, match the amount you move with the amount you watch the screens in your life, (mobile phone included too!)

“Move” can mean many different things, it can be a swear word, a four letter word to your brain, as when you’ve been told to move in the past, you may have felt pain, so your brain remembered that, and like Google, it stored it, and Googles itself, telling you that when you are told to move again, it will hurt, so you had better not do too much or else..

Sound familiar? However, to move can be a way to relax. To unwind, can mean to switch off from the external stressors we have bombarding us everyday. Something as simple as unplugging from the wi-fi can help a sensitive nervous system recover.

Heres a few helpful ways you can move:

Deep belly breathing (the most repetitive movement you do every day)
Walk in nature(park/beach/woods/garden/hills )
Ankle rotations
Neck movements
Arm movements like drawing big circles with them
Simple vision drills
Simple balance drills
Simple proprioception drills like gently tapping all the joints all over the body to wake up your proprioception.
Throwing and catching a tennis ball
Dance (doesn’t have to be a full on cha cha cha..)
Jiggle your wiggly bits (no ones looking)
Shake your hands as if you are trying to shake water off them
Smile, a lot. It gives your brain good feedback,
Wiggle toes, what your feet feel gives your brain good feedback and helps the core switch on. (better than sit ups…)
Drink water (helps movement in the whole body and recovery)
Eat green veggies(helps muscles recover)
Take off the shoes and walk on bumpy ground like the sand on the beach, earthy ground in a woodland or grass in the park. (gives the brain good feedback)
Paint a picture
Draw a picture
Read a book
Write a poem
Help someone out who needs some advice or just a chat
Take up a hobby you’ve been meaning to do for a while
MOVE can be so many things.
Have I missed anything from the list? Sure, I could add loads more. The beauty of it is, theres no rules as to what you should or shouldn’t be doing.
What you do is learn to listen to your bodies reactions. Its messages.
When you hear it, the you that can choose, chooses to move. The you that cant choose , which is your survival voice, the voice that tells you to watch out, danger, sends you pain, will quotient and realise that its not so bad after all.

When you pick up a knife to cut an apple, you know its not going to kill you.
When you move, its not going to kill you either.

An old pattern and belief system in your brain is being held there, for whatever reason, your brain is only interested in your survival. It doesn’t care that you have things to do, it only cares about survival.

Being safe means it will tell you that sitting and watching TV is what you should be doing, the alternative means a life of pain.

However, a life of sitting is also a life of pain, but the brain sees it as safer, so thats what it chooses.

So, choose a task you would like to do, just one, choosing too many can lead to overwhelm, which can lead to procrastination, which means the days ahead stay the same and nothing changes. Confusion leads to giving up.

1. Get clear on what you want
2. Be aware of your current situation-be clear about it.
3. What do you NOT like about it
4. What happens if nothing changes with the current situation?

Need some assistance? Come to a weekly session with me, in Llanberis, Monday 10am or Wednesday 6pm.

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Mel Collie


Mel Collie | Would you like an easy way to improve your balance?

Mel Collie | Would you like an easy way to improve your balance?

Balance – when we grow up our balance starts to falter, we become less steady on our feet, less secure about crossing the road, unsure about walking down the stairs, heights scare us, worried when we are in a crowd – fear of being knocked over, missing the step up onto the bus, fear of breaking a bone that will take ages to heal…

Would you like an easy way to get your balance back?

I’ve seen, and tried, many ways to train balance, but many of them involve you standing on a wobbly surface.

Now , since I’ve been on the planet, the ground beneath my feet isnt wobbly, its perfectly sound ,no wobbles in sight, so I wouldn’t choose to put you on a wobbly surface to improve your already unsure balance system.

The thought of doing this can increase fear in the nervous system which means the brain will further tighten certain muscles and increase pain.

Thats not a great start…

The science bit

The inner ear – the vestibular system on the inner ear is responsible for your balance.

It works with your visual system, your eyes, it keeps objects in focus as your head moves. So it makes sense, don’t you think, to use exercises to help your balance improve by usng your eyes and your head movements, simple moves, easily followed. Much easier for you if your balance is already a bit shaky , as these easy moves can be done seated or even lying down, standing by a wall or chair.

The simple bit

Watch and follow along with me to test your balance and improve it.

Mel Collie





mel collie | inner ear balance
would you like to improve your balance easily and quickly


Mel Collie | Posture – stretch it out?

Mel Collie | Posture – stretch it out?

Theres many different types of posture, you are unique, so its pretty much guaranteed that your posture is different to the next person, and just being told to stretch your hip flexors or your back or your neck or hamstrings to correct posture might just not work for you…so is there another way?

A way that looks at not stretching hamstrings which are tight..as we believe that they are tight for a reason, so if you stretch them, and they don’t let go, its because they don’t think its safe to do so, theres something not happening in the structure of your body, and mind, which wont allow those tight muscles to let go.

So…what is going on?

Deep in your CNS (Central nervous system), you are deeply inscribed reflexes since you were born. What happens to you during your life affects your health and wellbeing, which in turn shows in your posture, which means your responses to events in your life are shown in your muscular responses.

Theres 2 major reflexes triggered by stress, which account for a large portion of the physiological problems as we age.

These are known as the RED light reflex and the Green light reflex.

Posture and Back Pain Reduction in Cornwall with Mel Collie
Posture and Back Pain Reduction in Cornwall with Mel Collie

Essential for our survival, these two reflexes protect us from danger and move us forward toward opportunities and change.

Now these 2 reflexes oppose each other, pulling in opposite directions , engaging all muscles and the CNS when faced with a withdrawal from lifes stresses and worries or when faced with a more positive outlook.

In a bit more detail, heres those two reflexes:

Red Light: When we feel fear, the body tends to tense up, the jaw clenches, the head moves forward, the abdominals tighten up, the diaphragm tightens, the breath is held, the legs turn inwards, the feet look pigeon toed, the hamstrings contract to bend the knees, the fists clench, the elbows flex.

A stooped over posture, with shoulders being rolled forwards, breathing is affected, creating a smaller frame to protect us from fear, as we used to do when being chased by a predator, wishing to be smaller so we arent seen.

Red light posture can increase blood pressure, painful necks, disrupted inhalation, pressure on the bladder.

Green Light: When we call our neuromuscular system to action, an action of assertiveness. The neck is pulled backwards, the shoulders pulled down, the chest lifted, contraction of the glutes, legs rotate outwards, knees straighten, gthe thighs are extended, the feet pronate (rotate inwards) . The Green light reflex used when we have to about our daily duties at home and work, stimulating action, using the muscles we need to move ahead.

During times of stress, this reflex is called upon the most.

So, as we age, we see saw between these two, but as we age further they interfere with each other.

The contraction of back muscles in the green light reflex pulls the lower back and neck into a curve , back pain can be the result of our CNS, and using simple movement and simple techniques to test and “reset” our system, we can easily reduce the pain, understand it and live a better pain free life, from the inside out.

Our muscles will then react better and be stronger quicker and for longer without as much fatigue as we have been experiencing from constantly tight muscles.

Mel Collie

Kinetic Chain Assessor Level 4

Neurological Assessments

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