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  • Could your old injuries still be causing problems? - Lofft
    the limit can lead to injuries and not get you results One of the biggest issues is people who work hard on top of imbalances and old injuries This causes what are called compensations Basically because something is weaker your body works out a strategy to get round it like a limp for example or tightening up around a joint to protect it Like most short term coping strategies these have a place But if these patterns are not identified and resolved they can start to cause larger problems I know someone who had an injury to her ribs many years ago Her body worked out a strategy to manage the pain causing her to breathe more shallowly with that lung and contract muscles on that side of her body to inhibit movement The ribs healed long ago but she is left with reduced breathing efficiency and mobility on one side She was unaware of this and has been exercising with this pattern possibly making it worse So make some time in your day to be become more aware of your body Look in the mirror Is one shoulder higher are you standing with more weight on one leg When

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  • Should I use a swiss ball instead of a chair? - Lofft
    A swiss ball will encourage you to sit actively supporting your body with your feet as well as your butt It will help you break the habit of crossing your legs But if you curl your tail under and collapse like the guy in this picture you re no better off Standing desks seem to be all the rage And they can be good too if they encourage you to move around more But if your standing posture is imbalanced you may slump into one hip when you re tired creating asymmetries in your body that can cause pain Standing still for long periods can be hard on your feet So you need a balanced posture sitting and standing And the real secret is to move a lot Get up at least every half hour and go for a walk regularly That will get the blood moving and help food digest It will also help you think more clearly If it s possible sitting on the floor is excellent It helps increase hip mobility and strengthens legs as you get up and down If you re working on a computer while on the floor you will need to be careful

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  • Posture and emotions - how are you feeling today? - Lofft
    give away that the person is vulnerable There is also a powerful effect in the reverse the effect of our posture on our emotions There is even research that shows how p osture can even change who you are With that kind of impact you want to be sure you get it right Too often people go from droopy daisy to military and rigid I know I did it and I ve seen others do it too They try hard to sit up straight pull their shoulders back and their chin in as they were told by their mothers But this is not right either and can cause pain You need a healthy and effortless balance with your body in alignment You need exactly the right amount of support in your body so that you can still move with fluidity Those who do it well make it look easy but it can be a challenge to build the body awareness strength and flexibility to maintain it You ll find some advice on how to sit well in one of my past blogs When you re feeling down it s really tempting to collapse into your misery It s your body

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  • Blog Posts - Lofft
    street 10 8 2014 0 Comments Are fashion shops trying to hurt their customers This is NOT the way to stand I try to keep my posts positive with practical advice and inspiring stories But this is ridiculous If these mannequins had real bodies and heads they would be on a fast track to back shoulder and knee pain and belly fat They re all out of alignment Their shoulders are hanging back behind their hips which are forced forward their knees are locked Their cores wouldn t be working to support their backs If they had heads they would be poking forward to try to balance out their twisted bodies Who cares Well we learn by observation If this is seen as the cool way to stand young women will adopt it This way of standing is not elegant and not sustainable for bodies in the long term To find out more about alignment check out my other blogs on my website 0 Comments Ange finds private Pilates and posture sessions are the answer 9 27 2014 0 Comments Ange had old injuries so knew she needed to be cautious about approaching some kinds of exercise and movements But she also knew she needed something like Pilates to avoid problems as she got older She contacted Morice at Lofft as she knew she needed guidance and tailored help I didn t want to wind up with acute stiff neck and lower back pain which I have had in the past when I tried group Pilates at the gym says Ange The physical benefits confidence and knowledge I ve gained from seeing Morice weekly have exceded my expectations Regular private sessions and gentle exercises at home have given me length in my neck much improved posture and strength in my everyday activities I can even do squats now I always come away from a session feeling strong and energised Its one of the best things I ve done for my body I wish I d had this education years ago I m going to encourage my 21 year old to do a few sessions with Morice so that she can enjoy the benefits of core stability and body awareness through her life 0 Comments Thighs flat or on an angle Who cares 9 15 2014 0 Comments How can you sit well so that you can survive the work day Well start with both feet flat on the floor Crossing your legs can lead to lower back pain as well as neck and shoulder tension There is also discussion in the ergonomics and body work communities about where sitter s hip joints should be in relation to their knees Who cares Well you should It s your body I m suggesting you try it for yourself and see what works for you Option 1 Thighs parallel to the floor This means that hip and knee joints are both at 90 degrees This position is often favoured by the people who come and set up work stations in businesses Option 2 Hip joints top of the legs where the bones join the pelvis slightly higher than your knees This means the hip and knee joints are at greater than 90 degrees I like this position as it helps you sit on the front of your sit bones and park your pelvis in a neutral position see my blog on sitting well It ensures you re using your legs to help support you and it keeps your hip and knee joint muscles in a more relaxed position Try them both and let me know what you think Don t forget to move around during the day As much as you can 0 Comments Avoid the pokey head 9 7 2014 0 Comments Starring at a computer all day without good postural support can lead to forward head posture It s not attractive and it causes pain Here s how to avoid it Ever caught sight of yourself in a shop window or mirror and not recognised the person you saw That s because we usually look at ourselves from the front And it looks ok in two dimensions If you ve got a ache or pain in your upper back after a day s desk work chances are you have or are developing forward head posture Why it s a problem Aside from the upper back problems research has also suggested that forward head posture can contribute to Headaches Osteoarthritis Herniated discs Pinched nerves Poor balance Poor digestion Sore shoulders The forward head posture isn t on it s own It keeps company with other nasties like excessive kyphosis curvature of the upper back and weak core switched off postural support around you mid section What to do about it To get your head to go back into place you need to learn to sit well Check out this post for tips on that Your head may still sneak forward and need a little extra help This is your excuse to spend 15 minutes a day on the floor Lie flat on your back on the floor with a mat if necessary Get the lowest head support you need to be comfortable Books are good for this With each day on the floor you ll find you can get a slimmer book each time until you can lie comfortably without one at all Lie there for 15 minutes and practice some belly breathing You should have a small curve under your lower back neutral spine rather than have it flattened down to the floor This should feel natural and not arched up so don t overdo it Think about your spine getting longer from the top of your head to your tailbone To support your healthy spine alignment you ll need some postural strengthening exercises that are right for you Good luck If you have any questions or are finding this hard please contact me 0 Comments One exercise that can make

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  • All Categories - Lofft
    things you can easily build into your daily life that will help you age in healthier way Spend some time on my blog and you might find other tips that will help Breath Where do you breath from When you re resting is your breathing into your belly or your upper chest Breathing in a relaxed way using your diaphragm is a strategy to manage stress improve your body chemistry and live a longer healthier life Find out more about the benefits and ways to breathe like a baby Alignment Sit and stand in a balanced aligned way This is very personal and is something I teach individually and in small groups but here a few tips on sitting well and standing well Having a balanced healthy posture not only makes you feel better it can make you look younger and more attractive Squat You could be more flexible and stronger simply by using your legs when you bend too pick things up Squatting is also safer for your back than bending at the waist with straight legs As long as you don t have pain try to build a few squats into your day all the way down with your heels on the floor It might take a while and the help of a sturdy stair banister or chair to get there but you ll be surprised how much stronger you ll feel It also builds core and upper body strength Sit on the floor A recent study in Brazil involved more than 2 000 men and women aged 51 to 80 who were asked to sit and then rise unaided from the floor They were asked to use a scissor sit start with feet crossed and and go down to crossed legs on the floor then rise again Those who needed to use their hands and knees were six times more likely to die than those who didn t Even being able to do it with the help of just one hand improved their likelihood of survival If you can do it without pain try to spend a few minutes each day sitting on the floor It can be with straight legs folded tucked underneath Build up to a little longer each day and you ll find new hip mobility and strength Move A Cambridge University study of 334 000 people found that just 20 minutes of walking a day is enough to prolong life while the opposite kind of lifestyle that of a couch potato killed twice as many people as obesity Smile Find things that make you smile Research has shown that a smile helps reduce stress which has benefits for your heart and digestive system as well as mood 0 Comments What is core anyway and where is it hiding 1 17 2015 0 Comments Almost every one of my new clients says they want more core strength Usually they can t tell me exactly what they mean by this but they ve got the message from another health professional or the fitness media They generally point somewhere in the direction of their abdomen when they say this Most are aware that improvements to their core will help them with their posture and overall wellbeing And being the high achieving diligent people they are they are prepared to work hard to get this wondrous thing The first thing we have to do is undo this idea of strength and hard work and talk more about stability and activation I also find it helpful to talk about postural muscles rather than core This gives us the chance to include stabilisation of the shoulders and neck as well as the centre of the trunk I also show them how easy it is to activate deep postural muscles by using length in the spine or a gentle lift of the front of the pelvic floor There s usually a look of surprise on their faces when they realise how subtle but powerful this is and how much stability it gives them They are also amazed that crunchy exercises are not the answer but squatting in your daily life is It s easy to find but more challenging to train your postural system so it is automatic and there when you need it That s what we have to work on next along with finding mobility and flexibility for the structures that have been bracing up an unstable structure for a long time The postural muscles are like marathon runners they can keep going all day if you let them When you switch the system off with poor posture and bad movement habits the sprinters more superficial muscles whose job is it so move us around have to kick in to keep you upright They re not up to the job which is why we need to wake up the marathon postural system and give the sprinters a break A good example of this is in your neck If your head is well balanced on top of your neck and shoulders then deep postural muscles in your neck can be on the job making subtle adjustments to control this 5kg mass of bone and brain They can do this all day without tiring But when your head is out of alignment peering forward at a computer screen the stabilising postural muscles give up and the muscles down your upper back have to work hard to stop your head falling off sorry exaggeration They can t do this for long certainly not an 8 10 hour day at the office So what my clients really need is to find and wake up their postural core Does the language really matter that much Absolutely because the concept of strength can make people work too hard at it causing tension This in turn limits mobility and has potential risks to the pelvic floor especially for women Once this system is all working well they will find more freedom of movement and can

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  • Category: Appearance - Lofft
    good at telling how others are feeling by the way they look There are lots of subtle cues we pick up the rounded shoulders dropped chest drooping head Even when they are trying to pretend they are fine the deflated look gives them away If the observer is a friend it means they will know to help But if you re not it could give away that the person is vulnerable There is also a powerful effect in the reverse the effect of our posture on our emotions There is even research that shows how p osture can even change who you are With that kind of impact you want to be sure you get it right Too often people go from droopy daisy to military and rigid I know I did it and I ve seen others do it too They try hard to sit up straight pull their shoulders back and their chin in as they were told by their mothers But this is not right either and can cause pain You need a healthy and effortless balance with your body in alignment You need exactly the right amount of support in your body so that you can still move with fluidity Those who do it well make it look easy but it can be a challenge to build the body awareness strength and flexibility to maintain it You ll find some advice on how to sit well in one of my past blogs When you re feeling down it s really tempting to collapse into your misery It s your body s natural instinct when under stress But next time you re feeling this way try sitting or standing in an aligned and balanced way with an open chest and lengthened waist Try adding a smile It might make you feel better and who knows it might also better equip you to handle the pressure you re under 0 Comments The Posture Party an intelligent fun way to hang out with friends 10 23 2014 0 Comments Want to do something new with friends Sick of coffees and bars Want to learn something that s healthy Get up to six friends together come to my beautiful studio on The Terrace and find out how to have healthy balanced posture as well as relax and recharge Suitable for anyone of any age You could bring your teenage daughters if you want to or your partners A Posture Party is just 120 for up to six people It s an hour and half at a time to suit you You ll be amazed at how easy it can be to learn to sit stand and breathe well find your core and start finding some flexibility And doing it with friends means you have fun and ongoing support Contact me to find out more 0 Comments Ange finds private Pilates and posture sessions are the answer 9 27 2014 0 Comments Ange had old injuries so knew she needed to

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  • Category: Breathing - Lofft
    because we usually look at ourselves from the front And it looks ok in two dimensions If you ve got a ache or pain in your upper back after a day s desk work chances are you have or are developing forward head posture Why it s a problem Aside from the upper back problems research has also suggested that forward head posture can contribute to Headaches Osteoarthritis Herniated discs Pinched nerves Poor balance Poor digestion Sore shoulders The forward head posture isn t on it s own It keeps company with other nasties like excessive kyphosis curvature of the upper back and weak core switched off postural support around you mid section What to do about it To get your head to go back into place you need to learn to sit well Check out this post for tips on that Your head may still sneak forward and need a little extra help This is your excuse to spend 15 minutes a day on the floor Lie flat on your back on the floor with a mat if necessary Get the lowest head support you need to be comfortable Books are good for this With each day on the floor you ll find you can get a slimmer book each time until you can lie comfortably without one at all Lie there for 15 minutes and practice some belly breathing You should have a small curve under your lower back neutral spine rather than have it flattened down to the floor This should feel natural and not arched up so don t overdo it Think about your spine getting longer from the top of your head to your tailbone To support your healthy spine alignment you ll need some postural strengthening exercises that are right for you Good luck If you have any questions or are finding this hard please contact me 0 Comments Breathe like a baby 8 20 2014 0 Comments Good posture and good health depend on good breathing Babies do it naturally Sadly many of us have lost the skill because of poor body alignment If you re feeling edgy and your breathing is shallow and fast fixing the issue could change your life I m not joking Good breathing helps you manage stress and anxiety It can help you sleep better which in turn has an impact on your weight and your mood If you have tension in your neck and shoulders chances are you also breath shallowly breathing that makes your upper chest rise As well as this neck and shoulder tension shallow breathing causes some very unhelpful chemical changes in your body that actually make the situation worse As well as denying your brain of the oxygen it needs this kind of breathing brings on the fight of flight response and sends a message to your system that sends adrenaline surging round your body increasing your heart rate and slowing down digestion and other functions If you do too much of this

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  • Category: Client Stories - Lofft
    so knew she needed to be cautious about approaching some kinds of exercise and movements But she also knew she needed something like Pilates to avoid problems as she got older She contacted Morice at Lofft as she knew she needed guidance and tailored help I didn t want to wind up with acute stiff neck and lower back pain which I have had in the past when I tried group Pilates at the gym says Ange The physical benefits confidence and knowledge I ve gained from seeing Morice weekly have exceded my expectations Regular private sessions and gentle exercises at home have given me length in my neck much improved posture and strength in my everyday activities I can even do squats now I always come away from a session feeling strong and energised Its one of the best things I ve done for my body I wish I d had this education years ago I m going to encourage my 21 year old to do a few sessions with Morice so that she can enjoy the benefits of core stability and body awareness through her life 0 Comments Subjects All Appearance Breathing Client Stories Happy Feet Healthy Movement

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