The biopsychosocial approach and JEMS®
How does learning JEMS® help you to work effectively within the biopsychosocial approach? A recent paper by Mescouto et al…More
Embrace the uncertainty
Uncertainty isn’t fun. It makes us feel doubt, and doubt makes us feel vulnerable. When we don’t understand it, feeling…More
Are you informing or educating your patients and clients?
As clinical practitioners, we are in the education business, although we might not recognise this explicitly. The business of learning…More
Is stress influencing your CPD choices?
Overwhelm. Vulnerability. Even desperation. When these currents start to run through us, we seek quick solutions to feel better, something…More
Let go of trying to be a fixed object in a moving world.
Sometimes we confuse feeling stable with being still, unmovable or unmoved by the changing forces and circumstances around us. Yet…More
Has anyone seen Andy Murray’s hip extension?
We have unfortunately seen Andy Murray tumble out of Wimbledon for 2022, but it hasn’t been his performance that has…More
Real JEMS® People: Isla Scott – My JEMS® Journey
I love the freedom of working for myself in private practice and have worked as a sole practitioner for the…More
Your ribs dictate how your hips will work
Hips – it’s all about glutes, right? Wrong. This week two clients learned that the roots of their chronic hip…More
Movement is force management organised around intention
Movement is force management organised around intention. When we talk about a holistic approach, it is often associated with calming,…More
The body tissues don’t hold the answers, they pose the questions.
Do you feel a nagging sense that something is missing, despite the elegant, highly attuned manual therapy you offer your…More
The deceptive allure of certainty
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin Do you ever look…More
Movements instead of muscles: is it time to look further?
When you see a person move, you are witnessing how they are creating, controlling and expressing themselves through the management…More
How would it be to feel like this in yourself and in your work?
Recently I asked our new Movement ART Programme 2 course participants to give me one word or phrase to describe…More
On growth, self celebration and the lesson of less is more.
Growth is a funny thing – it can sneak up on you under the deep disguise of uncertainty and a…More
Your body is suspended in the song of your senses
Feet, skin, eyes, fascia, vestibular system…they are voices which sing together. Your body is suspended in that song and you…More
The point of technique is freedom.
“This is how it used to feel when I enjoyed running.” This surprising statement came from a professional triathlete,…More
The best learning happens in the spaces
We can be so attached to a specific outcome, that we leave no space for the interesting discovery we might…More
Coach the spirit of the movement
It is easy to lose sight of the big picture when teaching or coaching movement. We can clutter up minds…More
We are not mechanical
It is a common misconception that our movement is the outcome of our biomechanics, when in fact our biomechanics are…More
On language and embodiment: choosing the words we feel.
When I wrote my end of year message this time last year, I could never have anticipated where we would…More
Let your body be your playground
Your movement starts with a thought, an attitude. What happens next has its genesis there, well before the movement begins….More
Even panthers pause
It is the weekend, and time to reflect and perhaps resource, recover, take a moment or more… This period…More
Grace is what transforms Power into Performance
Does a discus thrower have grace? Does a dancer have power? The very best performers have the fine tuned…More
Using your own sounds to improve performance
Human actions often produce sounds. If you are a tap dancer, the sounds are intentional. If you are a hurdler,…More
Direction of the movement impulse
Have you ever thought about about what is happening in people’s heads in a yoga class? Let’s face it: many…More
When all under your feet is in motion, go lightly.
It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even…More
When do you give feedback?
Here’s an interesting thing to consider: do you tend to give feedback after successful or less successful attempts? When a…More
Capacity, capability and preference: what are you seeing?
I have taught on the subject of movement assessment for many years, and one of the tripping points that comes…More
Not Losing it
“I was doing so well, but now I’ve lost it.” I was sitting with a patient whom I had not…More
No one is ever average who chooses not to be.
I came across a quote recently that gave me pause. “Be motivated by the fear of being average”, it said….More
Tennis and upper limb injury: look lower in the kinetic chain!
It’s tennis season, and the wrist, elbow and shoulder problems are unfortunately going to start appearing in the clinic. This…More
Letting Go to Achieve the Flow: Secrets of Power and Agility for Racquet Sports
How do great players look so relaxed, yet cover and control the court so easily? Physically it does not seem to…More
It’s Not All About Glute Strength: New Moves for Knee and Hip Problems
I have had some questions from my last Facebook post post regarding gluteal timing vs gluteal strengthening and this relationship…More
Is Hip Thrusting Getting in the Way of Your Lifting??
A couple of years ago, I was speaking about movement efficiency at a conference, and challenged the common cuing of hip thrusting…More
Time to Think: a Master Coaching Tip
Whether it is working with life issues, coaching or physical rehabilitation, it is a practitioner’ s role to create and…More
Want to Change Your Golf Swing? Get Your Brain On Board
Today during a performance movement coaching session at the driving range, my client, just going pro this year, said to…More
Movement Testing: The Dynamic Lunge
So you have assessed the Static Lunge, and it’s time to layer on a progression to take your movement testing…More
Movement Testing: In line Lunge or Not?
For a movement test to be relevant and specific, it should be able to clearly answer a question for you,…More
Ski Body Tip 2: Finding Your Hips for Better Control and Posture on Skis
“Bend your knees.” It’s a ski instructor cliche, but is it a good instruction? You need shock absorption through your…More
Ski Body Tip 1. Sensing the snow: are your feet the key to better control on skis?
How well can you sense the qualities of the snow beneath your skis? Do you realise that the best skiers…More
Movement assessment: the vulnerability of being seen
This week I had an interesting but important moment with a patient. The person is a performer, someone who stands…More
Can your training approach increase risk of injury in multidirectional sport? The mysterious tale of a team’s need for ankle strapping.
On a recent course I was discussing issues of sensory processing, with particular reference to the feet. In alpine skiers,…More
Giving a Child a Foot to Stand On
I am frequently asked by worried parents about their childrens’ feet. Are they normal? Are they flat footed? Should they…More
Positive Focus in Movement
Recently I had a patient come in for a follow up session. She was a talented young violinist, who struggled…More
Postural Lessons from Buenos Aires: JEMS, tango and the plank
Those of you who know us well are aware that Kent and I met over a rumba at the Cardiff…More
Reclaiming the feet by reshaping the brain after chemo
Chemotherapy – it’s such an assault not just on a cancer but on the whole rest of the body. My…More
Emotions in the body: a small tale of thoracic mobility and caramel buttons.
I just wanted to share a little story from clinic, as it was rather beautiful and highlights the need to…More
For better posture, be the river.
When thinking about your posture, imagine gravity acting on your body like water in a down hill stream. Gravity likes…More
Reset your wiring to enjoy better firing…
When our electronic gizmos go on the blink, what is the first advice we get? “Try switching it off, waiting…More
How Many Reps?
How many reps? I have been asked this countless times over the years when teaching JEMS courses. What is the answer?…More
Aristotle and Our Role as Educators
It is often disparagingly said that “those who can, do and those who can’t, teach”. While we all know of…More
A Little Less Trying: Notes on Language in Client Interaction
Recently on our JEMS Facebook page I uploaded a video of Yoda speaking to Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars swamp…More
The Shift from Seeing to Feeling
Video feedback can help someone to see what they are doing, but is more meaningful when used to help them…More
Why do we work with movement?
Some of the questions which are frequently quite validly raised during our courses are “don’t we all have potential movement…More
Control Ain’t the Goal
We see a lot of physiotherapists and Pilates teachers with low back pain in our clinic. Many of them have…More
Is there such a thing as “optimal movement”?
A new website brings opportunities to review content and retrieve some of the more popular blogs! Here is one that…More
Embrace your uncertainty
So another year of being on the planet has clicked over for me, and this sparks a certain amount of…More
Running for joy
It is wonderful to just run spontaneously for joy, without judgement, with no expectations about distance or time, and with…More
Global Factors in Solving an Asymmetrical Squat
The ability to squat has different purposes for different people. For some, dropping the centre of gravity smoothly and easily…More
Relaxation and Child Athletes
Last night I had the pleasure of working with some great kids aged 13 -16 and their athletics coach down…More
Follow the Injury Story to its Source.
I had the pleasure of working with youth elite weight lifter Ryan Baugh. Winner of the Under 20 62 kg…More
Making a comeback from the cancer experience
This is my Mum. She is 70, and is two years down the track after surgery and chemo for a…More