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The Psoas Connection – Legs, Back and Soul

1st September 2016

Psoas – how do you even say that? “So-ass”. Lying deep inside your abdomen, connecting your upper and lower body like no other muscle, most people have no awareness it’s even there. Even when it ‘goes wrong’, it usually manifests in other locations we are far more familiar with: Low back pain difficulty getting up […]

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What is your Pelvis Trying to Tell You? The Pelvic Floor

28th April 2016

Pelvic floor – The pelvic floor muscles are located between your legs, and run from your pubic bone at the front to the base of your spine at the back. They are shaped like a sling and hold your pelvic organs (uterus, vagina, bowel and bladder) in place. The majority of my clients come to me […]

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Are Your Ribs Trapped in their Own Cage?

13th April 2016

How stiff ribs can lead to back pain, hernias and hunching… In a previous post, Every Breath You Take, I talked about the risks of ‘chest breathing’. This is the habit of primarily using your ribs and chest muscles to breathe in and out rather than your abdomen, and this can lead to brain fog, […]

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Support The Multiple Sclerosis Society

14th March 2016

Here at Arcadia, we try to help people. But there are so many conditions and struggles that normal people go through every day which we can’t begin to appreciate! We are trying to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis so please visit the MS Society website at and find out more about this tragic disease:

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Why Whiplash is Here to Stay

17th February 2016

For February I’m getting it in the neck, with an insight into the world of whiplash. Some politicians would like to tell you it doesn’t exist, but for those who have experienced it, it can truly be a life-changer. The neck houses not just the muscles, bones and ligaments that allow such amazing range of […]

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Free Your Face

14th January 2016

This post is the first in a 12-part series that takes us through different body parts, introducing them from a health and wellbeing perspective and with lots of resources for anyone wishing to find out more. I thought I’d start ‘from the top’… with the head and face itself. So much to cover this fascinating […]

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Gentle January – Change or Consolidate?

4th January 2016

Happy New Year to you all! I hope you had a wonderful break and are back to your routines feeling a bit brighter and more bushy-tailed! There’s a lot going around about changing habits, starting new routines and taking on the world in January. But, unusually for a physio, I am going to challenge that. […]

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What You Said

8th December 2015

In November 2015, I sent out a little survey to my clients past and present, to ask what they have found good about Arcadia, and what in their opinions needs to improve. Respondents were all visitors in the last 6 months, with a few still coming for sessions. This little blog is a summary of […]

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Pelvic Perfection ~ Down the Rabbit Hole

1st December 2015

As you know, I’m a huge fan of the human body and its amazing capabilities. Did you know, for example, that human bone is as strong as granite, or that humans are bioluminescent and glow in the dark? (Thanks Distractify). But, as per my job, I’m also fascinated in hunting down how ours tend to […]

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The Humble Buttock

9th November 2015

Though they show an often brash exterior, and are too commonly exploited for commercial gain, the buttocks are really just big softies. The Gluteus Maximi are the biggest single muscle (or two) of the body, yet they are situated not in a place for attack, but for propulsion, padding, and the occasional appreciative pat. Empowered […]

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A (Cautionary) Winter’s Tale

5th November 2015

If you don’t have time to read the whole of this blog, here’s the tall and the short of it. I used to be an angry driver. And then I fell in love. Then I got hit by a car. And now I am afraid. Honestly. I try my hardest to be a ‘nice’ person […]

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Shoulder Pain? Get Pushy!

20th October 2015

How come Arnold Schwarzenegger is so good at pushing people around? Well apart from his alarming size, he has excellent use of his Serratus Anterior – what I call the ‘Arnie Muscle’. Yes Folks, it’s not just a muscle for bodybuilders and boxers, we all have these. One of the more unusual muscles of the […]

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