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You are how you move - and you are amazing
Thank you for coming to my page Move Beyond.
Are you looking to get more mobile, tone up and strengthen, help alleviate some aches and pains, recover from an injury, and understand your body better?
This is what I do.
Have you ever tried to seek treatment for aches and pains to find that it keeps coming back despite rest, ice, heat, painkillers, massage, adjustments, manipulations?
Ever been told that you need to carry yourself straighter, that the core is "weak", that you need to stop slouching, only to find that no matter what you do, your body seems to not respond? Isn't this frustrating?
There is another way.
Our movement patterns can be improved. Everything in our body is inter-connected and adaptable. The body tells the story of your life - your past habits, your health history, unresolved traumas, worries about the future. We reflect these events in our bodies - and likewise we respond to new inputs and learn new patterns.
At Move Beyond's Pilates and movement therapy sessions, we explore new ways to establish better movement pathways, freeing up your body and breath and giving you new strength and resilience.
Never think you are broken. You have an amazing capacity to heal and get better.
Take control. Move better. Move Beyond
Why do we have pain?
If you have chronic pain, it is a very distressing condition to experience.
It is important to realise that pain does not reflect the extent of tissue damage.
For example, with disc herniations, there will be many people who are totally pain free despite a significant disc issue as seen on an MRI scan. And people with very small disc bulges in great discomfort.
Pain is a complex process originating deep within the brain. The body gives us pain signals when it perceives danger, rightly - or sometimes wrongly.
But it is less good at switching off the pain signals when the danger had passed. Some people find themselves sensitised and continue to experience pain for much longer.
Gentle movement, calming down the nervous system, rediscovering the connection to the body and mindful breathing are all great ways to help alleviate pain signals.
Or, there are some amazing applied neurology tools, and emotional release techniques that help with that process even faster and more effectively.
I found my calling in life with Movement Therapy.
I have done Pilates and Yoga ever since I was a child because of neck problems from a young age.
Those neck problems did not come out of nowhere - I was very unlucky that I was born with a neck condition called torticollis, which created a persistent pull of my head to one side.
Even more worryingly, my eyes did not work together because of a weakness in one eye muscle, that also caused me to constantly tilt my head just to see better. Just to avoid double vision.
Then when I was a teenager doctors noticed a degree of scoliosis. I was sent to do "rehabilitative gymnastics", as it was called in Russia back then (yes, that's where I am from - with a good doze of Ukrainian heritage in my blood, too, as my grandad was from there..). Basically, physiothepeutic Pilates.
I loved the precision and discipline of the exercises. But I did not fully comprehend the importance of it for my body until much later.
I went through the next three decades of my life being lopsided and looking at people with a head tilt, just to see better. I was told that to operate on my deviant eye was too risky as the deviation was so great.
This continued to increase my twists - until it became unbearable. I had to have eye surgery, and I did it at the age of 32. My vision improved massively and my head stopped tilting quite so much. It was certainly a risk that was worth taking.
I regained confidence and my life changed.
But I was not fixed, and I was still squiffy. I then I suffered serious pelvic problems during my first pregnancy.
This turned my life upside down. I was in a lot of pain for 2 years. Physiotherapy, massage and chiropractic could not fix me. I am grateful to the many people who assisted me during these tough years but it was clear that I was "no easy fix". This experience made me rethink everything.
Initially, I got back on my feet with the help of targeted Pilates therapy. This set me onto a journey of self-discovery seeking further answers as to why my body was working the way it was.
My second pregnancy was amazing and pain free.
But this was not enough.
I was still fairly wonky.
As I went down the exciting rabbit-hole of learning how our body really works and responds to life's demands, it sparked a deepening interest in movement therapy and initially, led to me retraining in Pilates Therapy.
And then I added applied neurology with NeuroKinetic Therapy, functional anatomy with Immaculate Dissection, restorative movement with Restore Your Core, and pelvic floor rehabilitation work with Hypopressives.
Since then I have been on a perpetual learning journey, continuously seeking out new things to beter help my clients.
I have now developed my own method of teaching Movement Therapy drawing on Pilates, Pilates Therapy, Yoga, somatic movement modalities and many more.
And now I am adding work with the emotional health into the mix, having trained in emotional release work with Integrated Eye Movement Therapy, and am currently training in Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy.
Personally I am feeling much, much better for it all after all these years, so I live it. I truly 100% believe that these tools help at a very deep level.
I have worked with the following conditions:
Pelvic floor prolapse, heaviness, incontinence, painful sex
Back, hip, neck, shoulder discomfort or pain
Spinal conditions - spondylitis, sciatica, stenosis, scoliosis, spondylosis
Disk herniation ("slipped disk")
Balance and coordination issues
Pregnancy and post-natal
And many more... please ask!
So over to you...
Make the next step - reach out and we can have a chat.
Let's see how I can help YOU with all the benefit of my knowledge and my own health struggles coming to something very positive indeed.
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