Maria

10 Ways to Stay on Top of Your Mental Health During Self Isolation

How do we stay healthy and balanced in these trying circumstances we currently find ourselves in? I tend to go a little stir crazy if I’m forced to stay indoors. I’m already starting to plan for the inevitable lockdown. So here are a few ideas that I’ve had to keep myself from cabin fever.  Routines…

Learning to Swim as an Adult

In my 50’s I decided to learn to swim… Today is my three year Swimiversary! As a long distance runner and cyclist I should be competing in Ironman triathlons by now and I should certainly have my London Classics medal for adding Swim Serpentine to my London Marathon and Ride London medals, right? I constantly…

What on earth is Jeffing?

You may have heard runners who are about to race saying “I’m Jeffing it today” or even “I’m after a personal best time and I’m going to do it by Jeffing” Clueless? Read on… Jeffing is a method of using run/walk intervals right from the start of a run. The idea is that taking regular…

The Queen of Cups – Cupping Therapy

Have you tried Cupping or Dry Cupping? My cups have been virtually glued to my body recently. I use them on my legs. My ITB (the band of tissue that runs down the outside of my thigh) makes me wince if I use anything other than the smallest of cups but boy is it effective…

Five Things I Won’t Say to You

As a massage therapist being able to communicate well with you is vital. I’ve had many massages myself and although they’ve nearly always been great, sometimes things that are said by the therapist can spoil my experience. Here are a few of the things that I hope you never hear and here’s what I prefer…

Women – Get on your bikes!

I recently had a conversation with a male cyclist who told me that women need a bit of bullying to encourage them with their cycling. I calmly told him I was a cycling coach and that  in my experience women really don’t need to be bullied in order to improve and in fact, it can…

Could your neck and shoulder pain be caused by your jaw?

I sat at my seat on the train opposite the business man and pondered how I was going to kill the three hours + of time ahead of me. He was typing on his laptop and I guess to help him to concentrate, he was chewing gum. He was a fast chewer. At least two…

Are you Running a Spring Marathon?

No doubt your training program is telling you to increase mileage and intensity quite steeply now. Each week you will be asking more of your body which is why it never seems to get easier. Think back to a few months or even weeks ago and you will realise that things that once seemed impossible…

10 Tips for first time Marathon Runners

Marathon season is upon us and by now you should be increasing your mileage. Or are you someone who is struggling to motivate yourself? I think I can help you and here is why; I’m so proud of my running achievements. This includes being one of the first women in the UK to run 52…