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Melissa’s Birthday Blog

 

 

Why do you love Pilates:

Pilates is the most effective exercise for my body. Since turning 40 my body seems to want to fall apart at every opportunity it gets, but Pilates is holding me together – keeping my muscles strong and supple.  I love teaching  Pilates and see people move from a chronic pain state to being able to do the activities they want to do in life. One of the great things about Pilates is that anyone can do it and we can tailor the exercises to give you a perfect workout whether you’re an elite athlete or about to have your 90th birthday.

What is the best thing about being a physiotherapist?
I have been a Physio for over 20 years now and I still get such a thrill helping people: whether it is reducing pain, improving movement, helping people with exercises or empowering people to make the lifestyle changes needed to live a healthier life.

Best relaxation tip:

On a day to day basis focusing on slowing down the breath and breathing more gently. My favourite way to relax is a hot bath with magnesium flakes, some lavender essential oil and a cup of herbal tea  – works wonders!

Best lifestyle tip:

Sleep more and sleep with a regular pattern. (9.30-6.30 works for me)   A good night’s sleep fixes everything! Oh and gratitude: I try to start and finish the day with thoughts of gratitude for a happier more positive mindset.

Favourite activity:

As long as it is in nature it doesn’t matter: bush walking, surfing, strolls on the beach

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Favourite recipe:

Oh so many to choose from, I love to cook delicious and nutritious food for myself and my family. At the moment our favourite breakfast is an acai bowl, I sneak all sorts of goodies into it: acai, chia seeds, flax seeds, avocado, spinach, bananas, berries, then sprinkle it with some nuts, seeds and fruit – a great healthy start to the day.

A typical Sunday:
I love to get out into the sunshine first thing in the morning usually down to the beach with my family and our dog, a stretch session, then settle in to relax with breaky, a coffee and the newspaper.  The afternoon is spent outdoors, usually at the beach having a surf and playing on the beach or if the weather doesn’t allow for outdoor activities curling up with the kids for a Sunday afternoon movie.

 

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