What is Nordic Walking?
Founded in Finland and used as a cross-country skiing summer training method. Nordic walking uses specially designed poles to engage the upper body during fitness walking. Involving the upper body takes some of the effort from the lower limbs and propels the body forward. This makes walking distances seem easier, especially up hills and inclines.
I offer to help clients, who wish to become more active (and lose weight by getting back into regular exercise) to learn Nordic Walking. Nordic Walking Technique can help improve walking gait and posture. This can be done during hour long one-to-one sessions or small group sessions. We use local parkland areas such as The Carrs and Styal Country Park, as well as small urban parks such as Meriton Park, Handforth.
Benefits of Nordic Walking
- Uses 90% of the skeletal muscles
- Burns up to 46% more calories than ordinary walking
- Reduces the pressure on the knees and joints.
- Poles propel the walker along, making it easier to move faster than normal without feeling the effort.
- Increases upper body strength.
- Ideal for neck, shoulder and back problems
- Great for weight loss and general conditioning.
- It is a total body workout!
- It is a great social activity and you can enjoy with friends and family for a lifetime.
For those who have difficulty walking and need to have more stability from a walking pole, I can provide Activator Poles, which allows for greater weight bearing through the pole which can increase confidence with walking.
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Wilmslow Wellbeing Walks
I’m raising money for the British Heart Foundation during February 2018 and I’d be so grateful for your support.
The BHF is the nation’s heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research, which has helped to transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions. Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer but they are leading the fight against it.
The British Heart Foundation has awarded £1million over the next 5 years to continue its support for The National Prevention Research Initiative, a collaboration between government departments, research councils and medical charities to encourage research into the prevention of heart disease.
This grass-roots work is vital to improving the health of people in the UK. For example, some projects are looking at particular communities and ways to encourage them to incorporate better lifestyle choices in their daily routine – such as walking, using green space, and healthier eating, particularly for children.
“I’m starting up regular Wellbeing Walks in Wilmslow”
The aim is to become more active and manage our weight. We will meet up and then go for an hour Nordic Walking.
“Nordic Walking involves the upper body more making it a whole body exercise.”
I will provide the poles and information from the BHF to support us in making lifestyle changes.
The BHF has helped halve the number of people dying from heart and circulatory disease in the UK but sadly every day hundreds of people lose their lives. It’s only thanks to support from people like us that the BHF can create new treatments and discover new cures. £25 could pay for an hour of research by an early career scientist, but every pound helps so please give what you can to help me hit my target.
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Preventing DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)
Many people take part in running events to raise money for charities
I’ve been helping runners prepare for events for years and willing to offer a reduction in fees for my services for runners raising funds for charities with pre and post-run treatment. Massage can help prepare the muscles before intense activity by stimulating the muscles and increasing blood flow. Post exercise, it can be very helpful in preventing DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). This is soreness in the muscles secondary to exercise.
DOMS describes a phenomenon of muscle pain and soreness that is felt 12-48 hours following exercise, particularly following an increase in the duration or intensity of exercise and subsides over the next few days. Symptoms can range anywhere from tenderness in the muscle to severe pain.
DOMS is caused by microtraumas in your muscle fibres that are then repaired as part of the muscle growth process. Deep tissue massage is said to help with DOMS pain.
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On Your Feet Britain Challenge
Take a stand for workplace health
Challenge yourself to sit less & move more at work!
First official guidelines say office staff must break up prolonged periods of sitting with standing-based work and regular walkabouts
Office workers should be on their feet for a minimum of two hours a day during working hours, according to the first official health guidelines. The guidelines, written by a panel of international experts at the request of Public Health England and Active Working CIC, have been drawn up after a growing body of research has linked prolonged periods spent sitting with a heightened risk of serious illness and premature death.
The On Your Feet Britain Challenge dares you to take James Brown at his word and “Get Up Offa That Thing” and convert ‘sitting time’ to ‘standing time’. Follow some simple changes – it’s easier than you think:
* Stand during phone calls
* Stand and take a break from your computer every 30 minutes
* Use the stairs
* Have standing or walking meetings
* Eat your lunch away from your desk: Ditch your usual lunch ‘al desko’ and take it outside. You’ll get a spring in your step and feel better for it.
* Walk to your colleague’s desk instead of phoning or emailing them. Walk over and talk face to face. It’s a good way to do business and it’ll do you good.
* Stand at the back of the room during presentations
Instead of emailing the person opposite, do something revolutionary – walk over and talk face to face. It’s a good way to do business and it’ll do you good.
So Friday 28th April 2017 is your chance to get the ball rolling and encourage your employers/employees to take a stand!
Team up with colleagues and see how much “sitting time” you can reduce on the day!
Team Wilmslow CAM Clinic raising funds for Local GB Athlete
On 28th January 2017 the team at Wilmslow CAM Clinic swam 34 lengths each to help raise funds for a local GB snowboarding athlete.
The funds raised will help towards GB Snowboardcross team rider Dominic O’Gara’s current race season training. The GB team trains in Austria with races held at mountain locations throughout Europe. All training abroad and in the UK, the FIS races, all travel and any specialist equipment required are all self funded by the individual athletes.
We see how much hard work and dedication goes into being an athlete at this level and want to help by raising funds to aid Dominic in representing Britain in the 2017 FIS races. The full season costs each athlete over £10,000. We are hoping to raise as much as possible towards these overall costs.
If you want to follow Dominic’s upcoming season you can like his Facebook page
Please visit the Just Giving page for more information:
Mindful Nordic Walking
Walk well with a relaxed body and mind
Mindful Nordic Walking uses specially designed poles to engage the upper body during walking. Involving the upper body takes some of the effort from the lower limbs and propels the body forward. It can help you to improve your walking gait and posture, become more active and lose weight by getting back into regular exercise.
I am planning a series of walks and workshops with Mindfulness teacher, Katie Sheen. Together we will be combining the benefits of Nordic Walking and Mindfulness.
I will introduce you to the Nordic Walking Technique in parkland areas around Wilmslow, Bramhall, Macclesfield and other Cheshire areas and will provide the poles.
The mindful walking section will be led by Soul Nutrition Founder, Katie Sheen.
Katie has been practicing mindfulness in her own life for over fifteen years. She attends the Heart of Manchester Sangha, a group of local people from a variety of faiths who practice mindful living in the tradition of Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh. You can read more about Katie on the Soul Nutrition team page
Our aim is to help you relieve stress in the body and mind, learn to walk well with good posture and, most of all, enjoy the wonderful benefits of exercising in the outdoors in the beautiful parkland areas of Cheshire!
For more information please contact me on:
07547 631 679
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BackCare Awareness Week – Caring For Carers
The UK is home to 7 million unpaid carers. These are people who provide care and support to an ailing or disabled family member, friend or neighbour on an ongoing basis. They represent an unpaid and often invisible workforce that saves the Government a staggering £119 billion every year – more than the Government’s entire annual NHS expenditure.
Carers are often exposed to higher than usual levels of physical and emotional stress which puts their own health at risk. Many carers help the person they care for with physical tasks, such as getting in and out of the bed, bath or chairs. In addition to this, the role of carer, especially when caring for a spouse or close family member, can create unique emotional stresses.
Over 70% the UK’s unpaid carers now suffer from back pain, and are a greater risk of developing chronic pain, which is highly disabling in a third of cases and life-long for the majority. The national back pain charity, BackCare is working to help the UK carers with this year’s BackCare Awareness Week (3rd – 8th of October 2016).
During Backcare Awareness Week in Wilmslow, I shall be offering 25% off the first consultation and treatment and 25% off the second follow up treatment for Carers.
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Know Your Numbers Week 12-18th September 2016
All week I have been offering free walk- in blood pressure checks for Blood Pressure Awareness Week.
The aim of the campaign is to encourage adults to know their own blood pressure numbers and take the necessary action to reach and maintain them at a healthy level. The only way to know for sure if your blood pressuure is high is to get it checked.
High Blood Pressure is one of the most preventable and treatable conditions but remains one of the leading causes of death. The message to local people is to take charge of their health and and get their blood pressure checked free of charge. After you have had your blood pressure checked, you can make changes to reduce your risk– it’s never too late.
It has been a worthwhile service to offer local people who can just walk-in and get a free check. Becoming familiar with your Blood Pressure means you can then take steps to lower it if it’s high.
I will continue to offer a monthly Walk-In Blood Pressure Check Clinic once this week’s campaign had ended.
I will be advertising opening times on this website and Twitter @OsteoWilmslow
Heatons Health Hub
Holistic Health Event – Ever wanted to know more about Alternative and Complementary Therapies but didn’t know who to ask?
Well ask us!
Therapists will be on hand to give you advice and demonstrations on:
Sunday 3rd July 2016, 10:30-1:30pm
Pop in and enjoy some healthy product samples, taster treatments, talks, demonstrations and lots more!
Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Holistic Therapy, Hypnotherapy
Lifestyle Coaching, Massage
Nordic Walking, Osteopathy
Arbonne Skin and Healthcare
Forever Living Aloe Products
Nightwear for Night Sweats
Juice Plus Supplements, Tropic Fox Skincare
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