My Massage Experience [12] W & X

MY MASSAGE EXPERIENCE A TO Z – Accountancy To Zumba

Muscles, Memories and Moves

Here is my W & X Massage Experience, covering walking, wolf running and not X rated!

W is for:

Walking or hiking a fabulous activity, a great way to keep mobile and get fitter.  You can walk the dog, walk the kids to school, join the ramblers or try Walkactive or Nordic Walikng.

I love to walk, twice a day with my dog and with him and others on some of the UK’s beautiful National Trails – we’ve done the Cotswold Way and are currently doing Offa’s Dyke is sections (see here and here). We’ve also walked Wainwright’s Coast to Coast https://www.thegooddogguide.com/blog/a-big-dog-walk/ 

Wolf run – woods, obstacles, lakes, fields, wild running! The Wolf Run has been voted the best OCR (Obstacle Course Race) 2017. I did one of these runs a couple of years ago and LOVED it, you don’t have to mind getting wet and muddy because you will!

Wolf Run – just washed off the mud crossing the river!

 

Whatever activity you do a massage is a great way to keep you in tip top form to enable you to keep going as long as possible. Read my post on functional fitness here.

X is for:

NOT X rated, the only happy ending to one of my massages is your feeling of lessened discomfort, increased mobility and reduced pain. Read about my treatment here.

Read the previous posts here;
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-a-to-b/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-c-to-d/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-e-to-f/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-g-h/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-i-j/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-6-k-l/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-m-n/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/massage-experience-o-p/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/massage-experience-q-r/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/massage-experience-s-t/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-u-v/

Look out for Y and Z coming soon!

Thanks for reading

 

Jen x

I did my Massage Training here http://www.nim.uk/

Northern Institute of Massage

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My Massage Experience [11] U & V

MY MASSAGE EXPERIENCE A TO Z – Accountancy To Zumba

Muscles, Memories and Moves

Here is my U & V Massage Experience, covering underrated, vacations and more clients!

U is for:

Underrated!  Here is how massage effects your body;
Remedial Massage stimulates the body’s healing mechanism by:
• Increasing blood flow, both locally and generally, to improve circulation
• Increasing lymphatic flow to and from the treated area to reduce pain, swelling and      inflammation
• Relieving stress and tension, known to hinder the healing process
• Reducing muscle tension, balancing the muscles and increasing muscle tone, all enabling greater mobility
• Over time, breaking down scar or fibrous tissues to improve joint mobility

Controlled trials have concluded;
“Swedish massage has shown beneficial effects for multiple populations and can be used as a therapy.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28659510

“The study results indicated that postoperative massage significantly improved the patients’ perception of pain, tension, and anxiety”   http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/o/cochrane/clcentral/articles/407/CN-01170407/frame.html

I have written a post about the effects massage can have on stress, read that here;

Stress Awareness

V is for:

Vintage cars, yes a client who loves them!

Vacation, in the past when I’ve been on holiday I like to have a massage! Market research  – as many people may do this when on holiday it’s useful for me to see what it is they may experience.

massage cave

View from one Vacation massage cave!

Violinist, another one sided dominant activity (see Archery) and another client. At the time I saw this lady she was regularly visiting my area to care for her elderly parents. Sadly they have since passed away and I don’t see this lady, however she was so pleased with her treatments that she went onto take up training as a massage therapist too!

Read the previous posts here;
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-a-to-b/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-c-to-d/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-e-to-f/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-g-h/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-i-j/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-6-k-l/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-m-n/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/massage-experience-s-t/

Look out for W and X coming soon!

Thanks for reading

Jen x

I did my Massage Training here http://www.nim.uk/

Northern Institute of Massage

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My Massage Experience [10] S & T

MY MASSAGE EXPERIENCE A TO Z – Accountancy To Zumba

Muscles, Memories and Moves

Here is my S & T Massage Experience, covering some of the clients I get through the door, the things they present with and some techniques I use.

S is for:

Sewing! Yes dress makers and curtain makers (soft furnishing) toiling over a sewing machine with heavy materials and awkward work spaces. A fabulous relaxing massage to ease out those shoulders and neck has given new life to these folk!

Sciatica  – pain being felt in the buttocks and legs, caused by the compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body running from the back of the pelvis, through the buttocks down the legs  to the feet. Sciatica will usually clear up in 6 weeks and massage can help relieve the discomfort it causes. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Sciatica/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Skiing injuries  – I have several clients who have incurred an injury whilst skiing; ankles, shoulders, wrists….. complicated joints. Generally they have come to me post operative to aid their recovery, improve their musculature and improve their mobility.

Stress – massage is great for relieving stress and helping the body’s response to stress.  I’ve written in more detail about this here

T is for:

Teacher – I have a number of these amongst my clientele. Some related to stress (see above), some from seating on seats for 5 year old or similar and others with injuries from hobby’s like playing hockey or running……

Tapotment a stimulating massage stroke delivered in a rhythmic way using the edge of the hand, the fingers or a cupped hand. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapotement

Triathelete many people are entering triathlons as fitness challenges seem to be ever increasing! (Fitness Challenges – What are yours? ). Consequently I have massaged people pre and post event – sprint tri’s, Ironmen and most significantly our local Olympic Triathlete Lucy Hall https://www.britishtriathlon.org/gb-teams/elite-team/athletes/lucy-hall_4340

You might also like to read Training Tips and Massage

Testimonials – Some of the lovely testimonials I have received can be found here

Ian's Massage Testimonial

A testimonial from Ian 🙂

Read the previous posts here;
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-a-to-b/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-c-to-d/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-e-to-f/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-g-h/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-i-j/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-6-k-l/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-m-n/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/massage-experience-o-p/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/massage-experience-q-r/

 

Look out for U and V coming soon!

Thanks for reading

 

Jen x

I did my Massage Training here http://www.nim.uk/

Northern Institute of Massage

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My Massage Experience [9] Q & R

MY MASSAGE EXPERIENCE A TO Z – Accountancy To Zumba

Muscles, Memories and Moves

Here is my Q & R Massage Experience, covering some major muscles, runners and relaxation.

Q  is for:

Quiet, my practice is in a peaceful, village location. It is idyllic, mostly quiet (sometimes some farm noises!) and parking is easy. All this makes for a relaxed, stress free environment and treatment, the perfect ambiance for a fantastic massage. You can book my services online via there website just click here be sure to scroll down to the bottom for Deep Tissue Remedial Massage.

Massage experience hosts

Bliss & Beauty my host’s – this is where I practice.

Quads aka quadriceps femoris – a large ‘four-headed’ muscle which can be described as 4 muscles at the front of the thigh. They join to one common tendon, that houses the patella (knee cap) which holds the tendon as it crosses the knee to insert in the front of the tibia. The main action of the quads is to straighten the knee, as in kicking.

massage

Quads!

The 4 constituent parts are;

  • Rectus femoris is the only part of the quads that crosses the hip joint, originating from the anterior inferior iliac spine. It occupies the middle of the thigh, covering most of the other three quadriceps muscles..
  • The other three lie deep to rectus femoris and originate from the body of the femur.
    • Vastus lateralis is on the lateral side of the femur (i.e. on the outer side of the thigh).
    • Vastus medialis is on the medial side of the femur (i.e. on the inner part thigh).
    • Vastus intermedius lies between vastus lateralis and vastus medialis on the front of the femur (i.e. on the top or front of the thigh)..

The quads are crucial in walking, running, jumping and squatting..

R  is for:

Runners – I’ve written a few blog posts on runners and running, take a look here:
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/running-massage/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/running-how-to-get-going/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/training-tips-and-massage/
Research has shown that massage after exercise can reduce DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) and some research has shown massage can reduce inflammation. All this means that massage can boost recovery and help runners train more and harder.

http://www.runnersworld.com/injury-prevention-recovery/the-pros-and-cons-of-massages-for-runners

Runners need massage!

Runners need massage!

Reduce pain and improve Range of movement are two things massage therapy is great for. Massage of the soft tissues relieves tightness, spasm and stiffness. Massage improves fluid circulation, increasing the removal of waste products such as lactic acid which causes stiffness and delivering oxygen and nutrients to improve functionality. Massage coupled with some gentle movement and manipulation will help you move more fluidly, with less pain and an increased range of movement.

Relaxation another fabulous benefit of a massage, just taking time out for yourself a restful hour on the massage couch to leave the mad world behind. Great for relieving stress.

 

 

Read the previous posts here;
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-a-to-b/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-c-to-d/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-e-to-f/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-g-h/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-i-j/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-6-k-l/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-m-n/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/massage-experience-o-p/

Look out for S and T coming soon!

Thanks for reading

 

Jen x

I did my Massage Training here http://www.nim.uk/

Northern Institute of Massage

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My Massage Experience [8] O & P

MY MASSAGE EXPERIENCE A TO Z – Accountancy To Zumba

Muscles, Memories and Moves

Here is my O & P Massage Experience, covering some of the clients I get through the door and some techniques I use.

O is for:

Oil executive – this guy trained as a Remedial Massage Therapist so I ensured I was on top of my game for his appointment! Turns out I was Ok because he’s still a regular client 8 years on! As well as a stressful, busy role in the office he maintains his HGV licence and takes a delivery lorry out occasionally!

Olympic athlete, our local 2012 triathlete was a regular client in her junior years and still comes back when in the area, if time allows.

Optometrist – another regular, a fit over 50 female who finds a monthly massage helps keep her muscle-skeletal body in shape.

P is for:

Petrissage Wikipedia defines it thus “(from French pétrir, “to knead”) are massage movements with applied pressure which are deep and compress the underlying muscles. Kneading, wringing, skin rolling and pick-up-and-squeeze are the petrissage movements” . I covered petrissage here Kneading.

Probation Officer, now retired, a busy and stressful job. This client used to work in London but has retired back home to Lutterworth and has been a regular client since 2004. Take a look at Cerebal Palsy here, this is the same guy!

Post Surgery – I have had many clients seeking help post surgery (and sometimes pre surgery) .  Quite a few skiing injuries (a future post), hip replacements and one notable golfing injury, read about that here: http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-g-h/

Pharmacist at least one of these amongst my clients. The one I’m thinking of in particular works in a Chemist and is on her feet a lot of the day, stretching to reach the medications on high shelves or clambering up the steps to reach them. So an all over  massage helps to ease those aching arms and legs, not to mention the stresses of this very important job.

Pilates a great exercise that works on strength and flexibility, great for mobility, posture and balance. I recommend it to many clients and often advise some specific exercises for their condition. Find out more here http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/Pages/pilates-for-beginners.aspx

Palpation this is the process of using the hands to examine the body. This assessment tool is very important to a massage therapist, using touch to identify the various soft tissue structures of the body. Knowledge of the attachments of the muscles and the actions that the muscle performs enables the condition of those tissues to be assessed through palpation and movement. This then informs the necessary massage treatment.

Read the previous posts here;
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-a-to-b/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-c-to-d/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-e-to-f/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-g-h/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-i-j/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-6-k-l/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-m-n/

Look out for Q and R coming soon!

Thanks for reading

 

Jen x

I did my Massage Training here http://www.nim.uk/

Northern Institute of Massage

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My Massage Experience [7] M & N

MY MASSAGE EXPERIENCE A TO Z – Accountancy To Zumba

Muscles, Memories and Moves

Here is M & N

M is for:

Massage!  Wikipedia defines massage as “ involves working and acting on the body with pressure” . Wikipedia goes on to describe the many types of massage ranging from Swedish massage to Shiatsu.

My Massage therapy is based in Swedish Massage you can find out more about that here;thttp://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/about-me/

and here http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/massage-treatment/
 

Marathon runners – I have a blog on massage for runners and why it should be part of your training plan (http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/running-massage/), well worth a read and acting upon!  I have helped many on their journey to the London Marathon along with other races. One to note in particular was my daughter who ran her first Marathon on her 25th Birthday – 13th April. Despite having won a Ballot place Alice raised over £2000 for Alzheimer’s Society in memory of her Grandma.

Alice with her Grandma many years before her Marathon Run!

Marathon running

London Marathon 2014

Music is often a conversation piece with clients (see D is for Drummer). I have a client who has a monthly maintenance massage for low back problems, that will break into song regularly when our chat reminds him or even is a lyric! He is a big Rolling Stones fan – not really my cup of tea tho’:)

N is for:

Neck tension, this can be a “rock hard” tension or sensitive scattered “knots” or a bit if both! Problems here and in the upper mid back between the shoulder blades are common with people that spend long periods leaning over – office workers, computer work and looking at your mobile phone! Massage of these areas is very effective offering fabulous relief.

No Hands Massage – I undertook the No Hands training as a means to protect my career. I learnt techniques which I incorporated into my massage treatment rather than fully adopting the No Hands treatment protocols. My clients benefit from some lovely massage strokes using my forearms enabling a good even pressure.

Northern Institute of Massage (http://www.nim.uk/)  this is where I completed my Remedial Massage Training over 14 years ago. This was before massage training was available in every local college and before the term Sports Massage was used as a genre.

Northern Institute of Massage

Northern Institute of Massage

Read the previous posts here;
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-a-to-b/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-c-to-d/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-e-to-f/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-g-h/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-i-j/

My Massage Experience [6] K & L


 

Look out for O and P coming soon!

Thanks for reading

 

Jen x

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My Massage Experience [6] K & L

MY MASSAGE EXPERIENCE A TO Z – Accountancy To Zumba

Muscles, Memories and Moves

Here is K & L

K is for:

Kneading, also known as Petrissage, a well used stroke for the therapist. It involves the systematic lifting and squeezing of muscles, lifting and rolling of muscles, kneading of muscles and wringing of muscles.  This stroke increases the blood flow and flushes waste, loosens adhesion’s in muscles and helps reduce muscular aches.

The Knee joint is made up of the bottom of the femur and the top of the tibia (shinbone), with the knee cap (patella) fitting into the notch at the front of the femur. The joint allows flexion and extension of the lower leg. The joint is stabilised by the cruciate ligaments, which cross at the centre between the bones and two wedges of cartilage (menisci) on each side of the joint.  It was a knee injury that got me into Remedial Massage, read more here http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/working-with-figures/
Knee pain is sometimes the result of tight quadriceps, I can test this and deep tissue work on the quadriceps can loosen them and release the patella.

massage dog

This is not how I check for tight quadriceps!

L is for:

Lorry Drivers, I have treated a number of HGV drivers, both men and ladies. Shoulder and neck tension from many hours behind a wheel and the stress’ of the highways can be relieved with  a deep, relaxing massage, it  has helped my clients out. Not to mention “falling” out of the cab resulting in hamstring issues or the heaving of the side panels on some of the trucks.

I am a member of the London & Counties Society of Physiologists (LCSP). The Register’s aim is “to continue to meet the demand of ailing members of the public, particularly in the sphere of musculo-skeletal disorders and disease, by means of advanced and proven remedial massage”  http://www.lcsp.uk.com/

As a member of the LCSP I must adhere to strict codes of conduct. You can therefore be totally assured that I:

  • Have successfully completed professional training to the required standard
  • Observe the highest degree of integrity and responsibility with regard to the practice of massage therapy
  • Maintain total respect for patient confidentiality
  • Practice in a professional manner

Massage Treatment register

Read the previous posts here;
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-a-to-b/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-c-to-d/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-e-to-f/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-g-h/
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-i-j/

 

Look out for M and N coming soon!

I did my Massage Training here http://www.nim.uk/

Thanks for reading

 

Jen x

 

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My Massage Experience [5] I & J

MY MASSAGE EXPERIENCE A TO Z – Accountancy To Zumba

Muscles, Memories and Moves

Here is I & J

I is for:
Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)  one of the most common overuse injuries among runners. It occurs when the iliotibial band, the ligament that runs down the outside of the thigh from the hip to the shin, is tight or inflamed. The IT band attaches to the knee and helps stabilize and move the joint (source http://www.runnersworld.com/tag/it-band-syndrome). The main symptom is outer knee pain and often believed to be a knee injury.  A massage therapist can “strip” the ITB  – painful but effective.

ITT massage

IT band from the hip attaches to the knee

Ilness; “a disease or period of sickness affecting the body or mind”
My massage treatments will help pain, discomfort, stress and injury.
The current NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines for low back pain & sciatica considers soft tissue treatment massage to be the treatment of choice. https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng59

J is for:
Joints
, the point where two, or occasionally more, bones meet. A massage therapist has to understand joints to know their movement potential and the role of the muscles in moving and stabilising them.  In turn this guides specific muscle work, passive movement and stretching to most help mobilise a joint. There are numerous types of joints in our body and, if you’re interested this website has some great images explaining them https://www.visiblebody.com/learn/skeleton/joints-and-ligaments

Julia Buckley is a fabulous personal trainer behind an affordable and effective online gym with a great community. Take a look her here Julia’s online gym .
Read more about my fitness journey using Julia’s guidance here;

Over-50 Fittie Swaps Hay Bales for Handstands

And more about my fitness personality for Julia’s fitness rockstars interview here http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/fitness-rockstars/

 

Read the previous posts here;
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/running-massage/

http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-a-to-b/

http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-c-to-d/

http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-e-to-f/

My Massage Experience [4] G & H

Look out for K and L coming soon!

I did my Massage Training here http://www.nim.uk/

Thanks for reading

 

Jen x

 

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My Massage Experience [4] G & H

MY MASSAGE EXPERIENCE A TO Z – Accountancy To Zumba

Muscles, Memories and Moves

Here is G & H 

G is for golfers:
who are numerous amongst my clientele. The swing and one-sided strength this game requires can cause muscular imbalances and stress’ often along the whole body.
I do have one keen golfer who had surgery on his shoulder after falling badly into a ditch when retrieving his golf ball……….whoops, post-operative massage has improved his mobility and significantly reduced his pain.

Gardeners  – so many people go “all out” in Spring, spending hours in the garden. All that digging, weeding and planting means a deep tissue back massage is a must.

Gardeners need massage!

Gardeners need massage!

Gluteal muscles, these are a group of three muscles which make up the buttocks: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus aka your bum! Really important to ensure they’re activated in runners to avoid injury. Find some helpful exercises here – http://womensrunninguk.co.uk/health/quick-glute-exercises-for-runners/

H is for:
Horse riders
whose skill in controlling and directing the horse comes from their leg position and posture, this can lead to back, knee and leg issues. Not to mention the physical work involved with keeping a horse for example wheel-barrowing and shoveling when poo picking!

Horse owners need massage

Horse owners need massage!

Hamstring’s‘ referring to the group of three muscles (semitendinosus, semimembranosus and biceps femoris) that run along the back of your thigh, from your hip to just below your knee. The hamstrings are often tight in runners and back ache can be due to tight hamstrings too. A good massage and regular stretching will alleviate this.

Runners need massage!

Runners need massage!

Read the previous posts here;
http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/running-massage/

http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-a-to-b/

http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-c-to-d/

http://www.jenallenmassagetherapy.com/my-massage-experience-e-to-f/

Look out for I and J coming soon!

I did my Massage Training here http://www.nim.uk/

Thanks for reading

Jen x

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Be:Fit London 2017 My Experience

Last week my daughters and I traveled to London to Be:Fit Health and Fitness Festival at the Business Design Centre, Islington.  My eldest and I had been to a previous incarnation of this event 5 or 6 years ago, at Earls Court, and had really enjoyed it.  At that time she was getting into running, really interested in food and losing some weight. I’ve always loved to be fit and have achieved this in many ways over the years (previous blog post).

 

work research!

Be:Fit 2017 – work research!

Both my daughters and I are currently doing combinations of weight training, HiiT and cardio work. They regularly go to the local gym and I workout at home with Julia Buckleys online gymWe are all interested in real food, good nutrition and home cooking. With all this in mind here are my thoughts on Be:Fit.

In the last 5 or 6 years the fitness industry has exploded with the 20-something year olds social media phenomena, particularly You Tube and Instagram reaching so many people and colouring the market. This means this Festival was dominated by these “influencers” * and a predominantly young attendance.

Be:Fit

Be:Fit Health & Fitness Festival for Women

This is no bad thing. I LOVE the message these ladies are sending out. They speak of empowerment, respect for your body, working out because you love yourself not as a punishment, eating to fuel your body and happiness.

We listened to Carly Rowena and really enjoyed her straightforward message. Carly acknowledged it is not  “one size fits all”,  you have to do what works for you and your body. Carly offered clear, sensible and sound advice with lots of options and alternative ideas for you to individually tailor. Similar messages were echoed throughout the day by the other social media fitness stars!

Be:Fit Influencers

#girlgains preparing for their Be:Fit slot

I think the Health and Fitness industry is currently lacking some basic nutrition and cooking advice. Many people are ill-informed in this area and the current trend seems to be over complicating our food and nutrition requirements. This leaves Joe Public in a confused state. The Festival trade stands did nothing to help address this. Perhaps there is a gap in the Market for some simplification or basic nutritional advice.

The Fitness Studio, Functional Studio and Yoga Studio provided an opportunity to get your workout fix during the day. However the queuing and lack of clear ticketing arrangements (unless you’d purchased a VIP entry) was frustrating.  Perhaps a deli counter ticketing mechanism would work for the Walk Up only events .We did manage to get into the #girlgains workout which was good fun.

Be:Fit Trade stands

Be:Fit Trade stands

One of the disappointing elements of the day was the trade stands, they were a bit “samey” . Too many “healthy” snacks, protein supplements, post workout drinks and not enough real food ( sorry Heck sausages https://www.heckfood.co.uk/)  but two food/recipe subscription services!  Not enough good offers to tempt you to purchase but lots of tiny tasters for you to try. The presentation was often dull, more variety and fun needed to be injected here.

KIND at BE:Fit

KIND bars did have a great offer on!

Also in relation to the stands, more variety was needed. Where were the purveyors of weights? Resistance bands? Gym Balls?  Also a more comprehensive range of active wear in terms of price range would be good.  Fitness wear is very expensive and much of the merchandise at the Festival  was prohibitive to the average girl (earning less that £20k pa). Particularly if they are on a weight loss journey and their body is changing shape continually! Not to mention  – not everyone wears fitness gear 24/7 and they need other clothes in their wardrobe! The clothing needed to cover more than the workout crowd, and the footwear more than runners.What about crossfit, cyclists, swimmers, tennis players, yoga ….?

Be:Fit purchase

My Be:Fit Festival purchase – no special deals from Reebok

Finally I think the Festival and the Fitness Industry should wake up to the growing interest in health and fitness from the over 40s and 50+, a huge market with possibly a greater disposable income.  Everyone needs to take responsibility for their health and fitness, and this sort of event is a fantastic showcase for empowering women and giving them the right tools.

In conclusion, this Festival was possibly marginally better than the one I went to a few years ago. I think the trade stands and the food/nutrition offerings were much better despite my misgivings. However on reflection some sort of hybrid of the two events would have nailed it!

 

*Check out
– Carly Rowena https://www.carlyrowena.com/about
– #girlgains –  aim to empower, inspire, educate and motivate women to be the best        versions of themselves.http://www.girlgains.co.uk/about
– The Food Medic – Dr Hazel Wallace https://thefoodmedic.co.uk/about/
– Clean Eating Alice https://en-gb.facebook.com/CleanEatingAlice/

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Jen x

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