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The squat is hands down one of the most fundamental movement patterns we have as human beings. If you don’t believe me, watch a small child playing. Their natural resting position when playing with a toy is a beautiful, natural deep squat. No one has taught them how to do this, and in the west it is very unlikely they have copied an adult, it is part of our DNA. So why do so many people struggle with this most fundamental movement pattern? Let me give you a clue: That’s right… once again it’s a chance for us to bang[...]

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We all suffer some level of stress. It has got the point where it is so common we consider it normal. In fact I don’t think many people would say that they live a completely stress free life. Let me start by saying this… stress is not a bad thing, it’s a completely natural process which activates our “fight/flight response” which we have used for millennia to help us deal with and potentially escape dangerous or harmful situations. In fact it’s been one of the keys to our survival on this planet. Just think you are walking around hunting and[...]

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This week the Queen turned 90 and you have to say she has managed to stay (or at least appears to have stayed) very healthy as she has gone through her later years. We have an ageing population in the UK and as people start to live longer we have to take a good look at what we want ageing to mean. It is all well and good living a long life, but surely the quality of those years is far more important. Anyone who has been watching “How to stay young” with Angela Rippon on BBC will have seen[...]

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Is your neck weak? This is a fantastic exercise to strengthen the deep neck flexors, which are often chronically weak in neck pain sufferers. To see whether or not yours are weak, first lay on your back. Lift your head up off the ground. can you hold this position for 30 seconds without discomfort or shaking? If not – get stuck into these chin tucks. Sit in a chair (or stand if you prefer!) Now sit up tall, shoulders back. Then draw your head backwards a couple of inches by tucking your chin in and lengthening your neck at the[...]