If you want a subject that will make your head spin, then welcome to Part 3- Stretching the truth. Why can some people do it and feel great, whilst others get injured? Is yoga the devil’s work or is the devil in the details? The myths surrounding hypermobility, in general, are shocking and things only get more confusing when we throw stretching into the mix!….. Read more
Over many years I have been lucky enough to work with many amazing people, from those with Fibromyalgia to those with various neurological problems. But, out of all the people that walk through my door with a fibromyalgia only diagnosis, I would say around 50%-60% actually turn out to be on the Hypermobility spectrum or have Ehler-danlos syndrome. Now for those folks with hyper lax tissue, life can become very difficult, very fast. With the change in collagen that the gene mutation in those with hypermobilty causes, and the fact that collagen is a hugely abundant and incredibly important tissue in the body, it brings about a lot of systemic problems. I’ve seen a lot of hypermobile folk in my career and I’ve seen some pretty amazing results that hard work, determination and a little consistency can bring about. Some of them even made the press like Kriss, Lauren and Lisa.
Last year I met Gayleen and despite all the pain she was in, I promised her within 6 weeks she would be flipping tyres across the studio floor, back pain free….
I like to set everyone new little milestones for their journey with me, yet there has always been one that has been set in stone for years…Tyre flipping! To this day I still love the reaction I get during a consultation, when I tell someone they will be flipping a huge tyre in 6 weeks. Some people don’t say anything, some think you’re mad, others see it as a challenge. Nonetheless, its brilliant to see someone once crippled with pain, do something they never thought they would do.
I met Gayleen last October and I thought rather than tell you about our journey, I’d ask Gayleen do it herself:
“I’m a 46 year old woman. Before I started working with Adam I had suffered from severe lower back pain for about 15 years. I was living on prescription painkillers. I was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia when I was 36. My body would ache from head to foot, particularly my hips, knees and elbows. I struggled to walk far, limped most of the time and was in constant pain. The other thing you should know about me is that I’m a massive Disney fan, especially Mickey Mouse. For years I had been pestering my husband about going to Florida on holiday, but as he rightly pointed out, I couldn’t walk very far so it wouldn’t really work, and with my back I couldn’t go on any of the rides. I’m also overweight and was secretly worried that I may not have fitted in the ride seats. So in October 2016 I started working with Adam. I was very sceptical at first, especially about the tyre flipping within 6 weeks. However within a few weeks, true to his word, he had me flipping tyres. I was so proud, I’ve showed everyone I know the video of me flipping that tyre! As well as not being in pain, I’ve also lost weight and body inches since starting to work out. I had made such impressive and rapid progress with Adam that in December 2016 my husband agreed to book Florida. I’ve just got back from a week in Florida and I had the time of my life. Not only did I walk for 53 miles during the week, but I kept up with my 2 teenagers, I fitted on every ride, I wasn’t in pain and of course I met Mickey Mouse. Not only did I feel fantastic, I also felt like a normal person, and it’s been a long time since I could keep up with a normal person. I honestly didn’t think I’d ever be out of pain. It may sound dramatic, but working with Adam has completely changed my life.”
Gayleen has been a brilliant client to work with and, as promised, has achieved what she set out to do. It’s like the old saying goes ” If you want something you’ve never had, do something you’ve never done”
If you’re currently just going through the motions and nothing is changing, stop! It’s obviously not working. Try new things; no one should have to live in pain.
As always, gentle hugs
Its only been a few weeks into 2017 and I feel I am definitely on the path to beating last years record of people returning back to work! Rachael has spent in total 6 hours at the studio, over around 3 weeks and has gotten rid of all pain, fatigue and POTS! This is after being diagnosed with Chronic fatigue syndrome and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and suffering for 4 years. Read more
Well, where to start really? 2016 has been a very long and very productive year for me. I have worked on a 1:1 basis with 47 Individuals this year at the Newcastle studio, 24 of which have now returned back to work full time and 14 which have returned part time. Obviously I am both happy and extremely proud of all of the hard work my wonderful clients have put in over the last year and for those of them who have moved away to start careers again, I wish them all the luck in the world!!
More people than I care to remember over the years have suffered with POTS, especially those with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Simple interventions I have used with clients over the years has seen many clients return back to work and increased their standards of living. Let’s take a look at POTs, its mechanism and give you something to take away, use and hopefully help yourself. Read more
Hey guys, as you know I am always making minor changes to my programmes and every once in a while, I offer the programmes for free to test how well they work. I have a few projects lined up for next year and in particular, an Ehlers-Danlos project. As many of you know I can only help so much when it comes to the gastric and other problems that Hyper Lax connective tissue can cause, but when it comes to structural problems, mobility and pain I can help a lot. My programmes are well known and have even been in the press on a few occasions http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3528507/Woman-cracked-rib-sneezing-broke-ankle-wearing-heels-WEIGHTLIFTING-stop-joints-dislocating-times-day.html Read more
As someone who is a huge advocate of exercise, the title of this may seem confusing. I have seen countless people over the years with all kinds of chronic conditions. I’ve had EDS clients bound to wheelchairs walking in a matter of weeks, Fibromyalgia clients return back to work after a 15 year break and CFS/ME clients fully recover and return back to their old lives. How I work with the CFS/ME population is vastly different to the other groups and this current method we have of prescribing everyone with graded exercise is by far the most damaging thing a “professional” can do, and it must stop. Read more
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of talking via Skype to Dr Jose Montoya professor of medicine and head of the Chronic fatigue syndrome research team at Stanford university, and it seems to me that they are taking big steps forward to discovering a clean cut tool to diagnose CFS/ME. Read more
You may remember that before Christmas I asked for a few volunteers to help me trial a few changes to some of my programmes. One volunteer was an amazing young woman named Lizzie. For those of you who have read Lizzie’s story, you can find her update at the bottom of the page. For those of you new to the page……enjoy!
I’ve had a lot of emails lately asking if there will be any more road shows this year. …