Cecile Says: Less is More When It Comes to Stretching

Cecile joined us earlier this year in our low cost clinic. She is progressing very rapidly, on track to ‘graduate’ to the full cost clinic at the end of the summer. In her Q&A, she gives a tip for stretching and explains how backs are like maps. Why did you become a sports & remedial massage therapist (SRMT)? I first got into massage through the holistic and relaxation door. While relaxation is an aspect of massage

Stretching and Recovery in Marathon Training

Stretching and Recovery in Marathon Training

Post summary: this week we look at what and how you should be stretching to help your recovery, along with how you could be stretching and making your muscles tighter without even realising it. Stretching is one of those things that most people know they should be doing, and don’t. Not just because after a run you’re tired and just want to collapse on the sofa, but also because if your muscle’s aren’t hurting, why

The Bucket Analogy: Why Your Problems Come & Go

The Bucket Analogy: Why Your Problems Come & Go

When Your (Muscle) Problem Comes and Goes Have you ever had a problem that seems to come and go, eventually just not going away? It’s a first appointment conversation we have all the time: ‘How long have you had your neck pain?’ ‘I’d say it’s been about a week.’ ‘Have you had it before at all?’ ‘Oh yeah – it’s come and gone a few times over the past four years, but this time it just hasn’t gone away so I

Reduce Exhaustion: Get Your Marathon Training Nutrition Right

Reduce Exhaustion: Get Your Marathon Training Nutrition Right

Welcome back! If you’re following in order, at this point you’ve read about how to warm up, conditioning, and the three types of runs you should be doing as part of your marathon training. (is this your first post? If you haven’t seen the other articles yet, but would like to, you can get them delivered to your inbox, in order. Sound good? click here to sign up and you’ll get the first email now, followed by a weekly

Join Us for Embrace: The Body Image Documentary

We’re doing it! We have a date and time for Embrace! Please help us make it a reality by reserving your tickets now or sharing with as many people as you think might be interested. We will be heading somewhere local for drinks afterwards, and would love to see you there. When: 6 May 2017, 16:00 Where: South Woodford Odeon Click here to reserve your tickets About the Film If you’ve ever cried because your

The Long Run

The Long Run

Long runs are kind of the movie star of marathon training. Anybody who’s done even the tiniest bit of research on marathon training, or knows anyone who’s trained for a marathon, will have heard about the long run. Your weekend morning, Saturday or Sunday, is taken up by longer and longer runs as you prepare for a marathon. Because it’s usually the most familiar one of the bunch, we’ll keep this short and sweet. Today we’ll

Tempo runs: Are you doing it right?

Tempo runs: Are you doing it right?

I’d say tempo runs are the favourite of our clients. If many people avoid intervals, they love tempo and long runs (well, about as much as you can love killing yourself by pounding your feet on the pavement over and over again – ahem – I mean springing lightly along the road or path enjoying the outdoor sounds of nature…?). A tempo run is often perceived as an easier run because it’s shorter, and you can

How to Use Intervals in Your Marathon Training (and Why You Should)

How to Use Intervals in Your Marathon Training (and Why You Should)

On to the runs! (are you new? If this is the first article you’ve seen, I thought you might like to know this is the 4th in our series of articles for training for a marathon. If you’d like to get the series from the beginning, click here to sign up and you’ll get an email every week with a new piece on a different aspect of marathon training.) Did you know that one of the

Think Conditioning’s Not Essential? You’re Wrong – Here’s Why & How

Think Conditioning’s Not Essential? You’re Wrong – Here’s Why & How

It would be easy to think that when you’re training for a marathon, you just need to make sure that you’re running regularly and banking those miles in the run up to race day. After all, a marathon is just a lot of running. No assault course, just running. But… spending some time on conditioning work really will help you towards your marathon goal. When you’re running, you want to make the most out of the energy

3 Ways Warming-up Prevents Injury when Marathon Training (and How to Do It)

3 Ways Warming-up Prevents Injury when Marathon Training (and How to Do It)

Who Has Time for Warm-ups? I get it… you’re trying to fit your run in before work and you need the extra ten minutes of sleep, or in your lunch break, or after work and you just want to get through it. But did you know that a good warmup is key to helping reduce your chance of injury*? And I bet you don’t want to do all that training and get injured, right? Let