The Zebrastrong Blog

Managing your pain starts with learning what works for you, your body and your lifestyle. That’s why my blog is about more than techniques for managing pain. Here you’ll also find strategies for coping with the emotional and social aspects too.

Finding Solutions Through Movement – Pilates & Hypermobility

In my time as a professional Pilates instructor and wellness coach, I’ve come across countless people who have lived for years with undiagnosed joint pain and movement issues. Helping them understand what hypermobility is and how it might be causing their varying levels of discomfort, as well as introducing them to exercises that can make a life-changing difference, is one of the most rewarding parts of my job.

Meditation isn’t always what you think it is

What pops into your head when you think of meditation? I think for a lot of people (me included) it was the image of sitting legs crossed desperately trying to keep my mind quiet, allowing thoughts to come and go but without being drawn to them.

Without Breath There is No Movement

I wrote that simple sentence last week on a Pilates forum I belong to. Someone had asked a question as to “how important is it to teach breathing in a class?”. I do not normally comment in these forums, but was moved to last week as there seems to have been a proliferation of questions and concerns about breathing during Pilates.

What’s with the Naval to Spine Hollowing?

I love to move – I take every opportunity to move my body on a daily basis. I try to attend classes whenever I can; so when I was on holiday in May, I took a Pilates class in the resort I was staying at. I never say I’m a movement therapist – I just like to go and enjoy moving as an anonymous client.

To Stretch or Not to Stretch

That is the question! And it is a question I get asked a great deal by clients.

The Search for Stability – Is Flexibility Really a Bonus?

I found this photo of me in an old album dated circa 1978. Yes, we actually had albums where we had photos printed in a shop and then stuck them in a book! Luckily, no major seventies fashion or hair mishaps but I was immediately drawn to my hyperextended left knee.

My Week with Ken

I spent 5 days with Ken* in June 2015. He was one of the most influential teachers in my understanding of movement, anatomy, awareness of self and the art of being grateful.