As part of my new inspirational series, I will be interviewing strong, fit women embracing Pilates & Yoga from all accross Adelaide & sharing in their storis of success, health & happiness.
This new series is designed to motivate you to Re-energise & Revitalise to take hold of your health & happiness, find strength, confidence & happiness by moving your body & taking time out for yourself.
Personally,I believe it is extremely important to work closely with a trusted Allied Health professional to understand the diagnosis of the condition of the body so I can tailor personalised programs to compliment their treatment to help my students & clients rehabilitate & revitalise.
Here we meet Dr Andrea Robertson, founder of Southside Osteopathy, Xtend Barre extroadinnaire, Yoga teacher, author, dancer & downright beautiful person.
To feel good in your own body, to have energy to do the things you love, and to have enough fitness and calmness to be able to breathe deeply when stressed or exercising!
As a young dancer, I was treated by an osteopath to keep me on my toes. I was inspired to learn more, and have loved Osteopath every step of the way.
I see so many people in a state of sympathetic overload, and/or chronic inflammation in their bodies. It comes from rushing too much, trying to fit too many things into not enough hours, not resting and relaxing enough, and not eating well. There are many things we can do as an Osteopath to help with these symptoms/situations, both with hands on treatment, and with lifestyle and dietary advice.
See an osteopath, make sure you move, stretch and do some sort of exercise you love regularly.
Pilates is so wonderful for strength and stability, both of which are often facilitated or reduced during injury, and yoga is wonderful for flexibility and strength, again both of which are often reduced during injury.
VERY important. If there was a magic pill that helped 80% of the chronic health conditions we see in society today, it would be called ‘exercise and breathing deeply’ on a regular basis.
Ohhh…Fascia, such a wonderful and often ignored part of the body. Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds all our organs and muscles and connects each part of the body with every other part of the body. If there is an old chronic injury or scar tissue in one body part, ie around the liver, then that can influence as far away as the shoulder or leg, causing symptoms in this area. Looking holistically at the fascia allows ‘unusual’ symptoms to often make sense and therefore allow for specific treatment and healing.
Find something you love, and schedule it into your diary.
Doing either Xtend Barre and Yoga at group classes, and/or Pranayama (breathing exercises), and Yoga Nidra (Meditation exercises) at home daily.
To help my clients and their friends demystify some of the information around nutrition. There are so many diets and so many different food theories, that if only one was correct, there would only be one diet. Therefore, I wanted to compile lots of nutritional information all into one spot to allow clients to make wise, educated and healthy food choices that would be lifetime lifestyle changes rather than a one off diet.
Kitchari (a great lentil, rice, veggie dish that is full of fresh ginger and turmeric).
Yoga is wonderful for this. It really allows the sympathetic nervous system to relax and calm down. Taking time to stretch, increase the blood supply into the organs, and breathe deeply has so many benefits on so many levels.
Favourite Pilates Pose – clams – it’s so good for pelvic stability.
Favourite Yoga Pose – Vrikshasana ,Tree Posture. It takes such single pointed focus to keep the posture strong and balanced.