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Pilates For Runner’s

Why Pilates is So Great for Runner’s

Pilates may not be the obvious choice for most runners when planning their weeks cross training but here’s why it should be:

Running is a high repetition sport which, as a result, can highlight any muscle imbalance through the body consequently leaving a high potential for injury.

Many seasoned runners suffer tight hamstrings, quads and IT bands  as result of the high impact of each stride. As the body tries to correct these muscle imbalances, tension

builds around the joints such as the knee resulting in unnecessary torsion and strain.

In comparison Pilates promotes a balance of muscles, in both flexibility and tone. The breathing techniques help to teach more effective breath patterns essential for maintaining good a running pace. Also, a fact often over looked by many, Pilates is a great source of strength training particularly for the core muscle groups which are really essential for a good running technique.

Using Pilates techniques to stabilise your trunk when running will minimise side to side movement and excess rotation and ultimately significantly reduce the amount of wasted energy which can then be used in forward projection.

CASE STUDY with Georgie our Pilates Teacher

This April, Georgie, will be running the Brighton Marathon. She has dedicated months of training and is now on the final straight before the start line. Last Sunday was her final long run training session before tapering for the big day.

So, how has she found it? Has Pilates really helped her keep in shape and prepare for the 26.2 miles?

Caroline: Overall how has Pilates helped / been included in your training?

Georgie: Pilates has been fantastic throughout my training, I have used sessions both for strength and flexibility. After the long Sunday runs it has been great to jump on the studio equipment and get my body stretched out in ways I couldn’t do myself.

I’ve also used the apparatus like a strength and conditioning session, creating a mini circuit with squats, lunges, upper body, and core.

Caroline: Do you think Pilates has helped you limit your injury risk?

Georgie: Massively so! What Pilates brings to you more than anything else is body awareness. Through my Pilates practice I have picked up where weaknesses lie and then have worked hard to correct them. It means for me when a niggle comes up in my knee, foot, back etc, I can focus on good movement to keep me on track and avoid injury.

Caroline: Has Pilates helped with recovery after your training sessions?

Georgie: Yes hugely so. It has been invaluable knowing how to properly stretch out the body. I have kept quite a strict routine of coming home, having ice bath, and doing some gently stretches and mobility. You can tell the power of Pilates and its brilliance as the next day I am walking normally and not hobbling about in pain!


So, if you are a keen runner and want to get the most out of your running sessions and perhaps smash those Personal Best’s you’ve been chasing, come and give Pilates a try.

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First Aid for Parents in Brighton

First Aid & Basic Life Support Skills for your Children and Babies

We are delighted to welcome Dee Bell a registered Midwife and Paediatric First Aid Instructor to Dragonfly Clinic as host to the First Aid Training Course for new and expectant Parents in Brighton.

This session is aimed at those want to learn about first aid for babies and young children. Whether a parent, family member or carer you will then have the confidence to know what to do in an emergency and keep your child safe.

Sunday 23rd February
with Dee Bell

This course includes:

  • Safety in the home
  • Principles of first aid
  • Action in an emergency
  • Sudden infant death
  • Basic life support of a baby/child including use of manikin
  • Choking
  • Illness recognition
  • Febrile convulsions
  • Meningitis

This invaluable course is only £35 per person or £60 for two parents / carers of the same child.

If you are interested in taking part in this course, please contact Dee: 07766 526009

If you can’t make this date, but would like to do the course do contact Dee with your details and she will keep you informed of when the next course.



Dee Bell is a registered midwife and International Board of Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

Dee Bell: 07766 526009

5,451 miles Around Britain in 86 Days!

James has now raised whopping £6,861.79 cycling 5,451 miles around Britain to raise money for the cancer charity,

The Big C www.big-c.co.uk/. Here are a few words from James himself to inspire you…

“It was a fantastic ride, and I’m truly grateful to everyone that donated, really generous and it all goes to a great cause (The Big C) Cancer Charity. The donations really helped me keep going, as did supportive tweets, texts, phone calls, emails, food drops, offers of bed and breakfast and positive thoughts.”

“We’ve raised £6,861.79 including Gift Aid so far, which beats my target by a long way, great stuff.”

“…cycling 5,451 miles in 86 days hasn’t put me off, I’m already keen to do something else… I can truly say that the 3 months on the road were one of the best times of my life so far… seeing some wonderful places and meeting some inspirational people. Britain is a great place with brilliant folk around every corner.”

“Finally, if I may, some advice; If you have the chance of an adventure, be it for a couple of days or a couple of years, go for it, it’s well worth it.

Thanks James for some great cycling, fundraising and advice!

You can find James and follow his next adventures on www.bikearoundbritain.com

Bike Around Britain
0904 - Sardinia Stage 4 mountains

Well done James Harvey, currently cycling around the coast of Britain (& British Isles!).. a mere 4500+ miles! All to raise money for the ‘Big C’ Cancer Charity www.big-c.co.uk

Great to see you in Brighton today and thanks for being such a great inspiration to us all to get off our bottoms and do something worthwhile with our day!



Happy Peddling!

Keep On Walking

Walking While You Work – Can it Really Help Us Live Longer?

Time to Take a Stand…

Recent medical studies have been looking at the health effects on people who’s working and even social lives involve long periods of sitting.

This is not a new concept, indeed, the Victorians, Winston Churchill and Leonardo da Vinci were strong advocates of standing to work, believing not only in a healthier body but also a healthier mind.

Bringing this into today’s scientific forum has been giving this subject a new vigor and offers a great foundation for re-visiting the discussion on how to be healthier day to day as we increasingly spend our lives in front of computer screens, games consoles or television sets.

Current scientific studies have determined that after an hour or more of sitting, the production of fat burning enzymes declines by as much as 90%. Extended periods of sitting slows the body’s metabolism of glucose and lowers the levels of good (HDL) cholesterol in the blood which can bring about other health implications later in life.

Chairs are not the enemy…

Leading researcher of Inactivity Studies, Dr James Levine from the Mayo Clinic, USA says “Even if you took all the chairs away, as humans we would find a way to sit,” he continues “The problem, as with so many things, is a matter of degree — sitting too much. Research suggests that damage begins after a person is sitting continuously for an hour or more.”

So, taking regular breaks, standing and walking around, seem commonsense advice. Dr. Toni Yancey, Professor of Health Services at the University of California, USA says “Find ways to restructure activity into the day.”

BBC Review…

The BBC this week have written an article pondering on this fact, looking at corporate trends and asking many people about the pros and cons of the Treadmill Desk System: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21076461

User Reviews…

  • For an enthusiastic review on the standing desk have a look at this review by one of the CrackBerrydotCom team.

This desk is at the top of of most people’s budget but don’t let this put you off. There are plenty of ways to get the get a standing desk set up without breaking the bank.

  • Closer to home Technology Box have chosen simpler but just as effective solutions of the manual raise and drop desks.

Business Director and keen mountain biker, Ian, gives us his thoughts on the benefits of the standing desk:

“Switching to a standing desk sounds like small thing, but it is without doubt the best change I’ve made to my online and work life since starting a tech business in 2004.

I’ve completely reversed some lower back niggles that were starting to affect my climbing and biking, and on the work side I’m more productive.

I end up working a more intense but shorter days. It initially started out as an experiment, but three months in, I’m not planning to revert to sitting down and having a stiff back after work when I want to be out riding single track!”.

Final Thoughts…

For us we think they have great potential and really work with our philosophy ‘Healthy Living for Life’. They’re not for everyone, but for those it does work for, they seem to make having an energised and healthier body just part of the daily routine.

If you’ve made the change to a standing / treadmill desk or even a recumbent bike in your office, let us know how you’re getting on, we’d love to hear your feedback.

Drink Plenty of Water
Drink Water

Your Daily Dose of The Good Stuff

Do you ever put off your healthy plans for another day? …thinking that a few quick fix diets and the odd detox days in the summer will do the job?

Studies show that a long term approach to a healthy body gives much better results and is actually pretty easy to do.

We have put together a list of the Top 10 tips to set you on the right path for a healthy and energised body. So it’s time to shape up and look after your body…

What’s so Good About Water?

We are always being told we need to drink plenty of water, so how much is enough and how does it help?

The current NHS guidelines for drinking water recommend a minimum of 1.2 litre of fluids drunk per day, this is assuming we have a healthy nutrient rich diet which will give us the additional 1 litre of water in the foods we eat. Our body will lose up to 2.5 litres per day so the last 0.3 of fluid will be recovered from cellular chemical reactions in your body.

So how does water help you stay healthy? Here are a few benefits:

  • Hydrates your skin
  • Improves your organ function
  • Helps regulate your metabolism
  • Helps transport nutrients and oxygen into your cells and around your body
  • Helps lubricate your joints
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Helps regulate body temperature
  • Reduces the risk of disease and infection
  • Helps with digestion
  • Reduces headaches

Try swapping some of the fizzy drinks and coffee for water, If you want some extra flavour to hot water, try adding ginger and / or a squeeze of lemon juice.

For more advice on how to stay healthy and keep hydrated our nutritionist Kirsten Chick is on hand to help.

There are so many good reasons to turn on the tap, so go with the flow and grab a glass!

Dragonfly Clinic supports WaterAid.

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