Spotlight on Speakers – Alison Young
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What is the Sarling Technique of Body Mechanics?
The Sarling Technique of Body Mechanics is a complimentary therapy used internationally based on the theory that good posture, alignment and daily Body Use Patterns, together with a series of simple Remedial Exercises, will ensure balance of Postural Muscles and so relieve strain from muscles and joints. Over a period of six weeks, Body Mechanics (BMT) will bring many benefits to the muscular skeletal systems. However, long term commitment to the BMT technique is necessary to bring lasting results! Muscles are the ‘pulling power’ on the skeleton. Skeletal muscles work in pairs – as one group shorten during movement, the opposing muscle group must lengthen. When muscles are correctly balanced, strain on the skeleton is minimised. BMT is a SELF HELP Therapy.
The remedial exercises are designed to address unbalance with counter balance movements, which will then, over a period of time, return the muscles to their balanced state. Daily exercise programmes are set to suit the individual’s needs and lifestyle. The precision remedial exercises can be done in bed before rising and at night on retiring. Each session takes approximately 3 minutes.
Daily Body Use
The Body use Patterns can be incorporated daily so that there is no disruption to lifestyle. These very soon become a way of life – as natural as your daily hygiene routine.
Posture and Alignment
Correct posture is the foundation of healthy movement, so it is important to check in regularly to see if your posture is aligned. When you practice proper posture, your running and walking will feel more fluid and efficient. Practice regularly and you’ll be creating the conditions for energy to flow through your body all day long
For thousands of years the ‘Laying on of hands’ or massage in many forms has been used to heal the sick. To Ancient Greeks and Roman physicians massage was the way of healing and relieving pain. Hippocrates, the father of medicine wrote “rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose and loosen a joint that is too rigid. Julius Caesar who suffered from epilepsy was ‘pinched’ all over daily to relieve headaches and neuralgia. Massage was known to disperse toxins found in muscles which were not expelled by exercise. The effects of massage depend on the knowledge and skills of the therapist and through skilful treatment all systems and organs will benefit from massage.
Individual advice is necessary for posture and alignment correction. Often this is thought to be the hardest part of BMT technique. For most people at least four changes need to be made to their skeletal alignment structure. This is normally taught over a six week period, together with the Body Use Patterns. A basic remedial exercise programme is set at the first consultation and may be progressed if necessary.
Alison Louise Young is a ‘Sarling Technique’ Body Mechanic’s Therapist who has been working in the field of Holistic Therapy for over 3 years. Alison had the great opportunity to be trained by the founder of the therapy Grace Olive-Collins who is a professional member of MCSP member of the chartered physiotherapists and HPC registered BCMA ALTT and registered with the National society of Back Care. Olive has worked within this field for over 30 years, during which time she has provided professional training to a variety of practitioners, as well as practicing from her own studio in Ware in Hertfordshire, England.
Previously Alison worked within the scientific industry for over 18 years supporting various therapeutic groups including Pain, Psychiatry, Translational Pharmacological Sciences, Neuroprotection, Neurodegeneration, Gastrointestinal Diseases, MRI, Metabolism and Respiratory research. Her belief in the importance of treating the physical, mind and body is not only due to her training but also her own physical condition and as well as providing the therapy has also been on the receiving end, which has been invaluable.
Along with the speakers we will have tables promoting courses/selling CAM related products, (a few table spaces are available please contact the office if you would like a table), and the BCMA team will be on hand during the day to answer questions and offer advice
The venue is easily accessible and there is plenty of car parking behind the hall The cost for the day will be £35 for BCMA membersand £40 for non members which includes tea/coffee and biscuits but not lunch (bring a packed lunch and enjoy networking with other attendees)
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Hello, my name is Alison Young and I work at Body Mechanics physiotherapy Practice in Ware, Hertfordshire as a musculo/skeletal and remedial exercise therapist. I thought I would write a short blog on how to relieve tension in the upper body.
With the fast pace of life today and with all the good will in the world we can find ourselves forgetting about our own needs, especially when our focus is on helping others. One of the first signs of tension feeding into the body is upper body tension and is seen in almost all the patients that we treat at our practice.
It is important that we listen and act on our own advice, I can be the world’s worst about not always taking the time to be kind to myself and listen to what my own bodies telling me, so how can we make sure that we are looking after ourselves and relieving one of the first signs of tension which can be in our upper body, particularly neck and shoulders.
Take 10 min’s out of your day (ideally lunchtime) to focus on your body:
- Focus on your breathing, the rise and fall of your chest – is the breath rapid and shallow and if so focus on gently slowing the breathing down.
- Once the breathing is more regulated, slowly turn your head to the left and hold there for 5 seconds then bring back to centre, then turn your head to the right and repeat.
- Then with the chin facing forward incline the head so that the ear goes towards the shoulder and again hold for 5 seconds and repeat on both sides.
This will loosen the muscles of the neck and back (especially the trapezius which inserts into the nape of the neck)
- Then bring the shoulder up, back and down remembering to do this slowly with control and repeat 2 -4 times.
- Then refocus on the breathing, by this time your breathing should be slower and you will feel the tension easing across the neck and shoulders
Why not set yourself a challenge of doing this 2 x daily (or at least once), remember slowly, do not rush these exercises otherwise you will not feel the benefits and please comment back letting me know if you feel the difference!
This practice has really helped me to focus on the ‘Now’ it is also great when you have a busy day or in times of worry or stress, not only does the blood become more oxygenated but your body will benefit so much from these stretches
Alison Young BCMA Registered Practitioner