Heads Up - Pilates to help Headaches

When we asked the Trekstock Community about an area they were struggling with, the answer was managing headaches. Many of you told us just how debilitating headaches are to your life and how they can stop you from doing the things you love, including getting active. 

When you get a headache or migraine, do you find moving is the last thing you feel like doing? We understand that. 

Did you know that there are exercises that can not only relieve the pain but also prevent future episodes?

No, nor did we until we chatted with the extremely knowledgeable, Cancer Exercise Specialist, Laura Porro from Equilibrium Studios. 

That's why we're taking action to help you alleviate your headaches by partnering with Laura to run 4 weekly sessions targeting specific pain brought on by headaches.

These sessions will be kicking off on 17th June and will run weekly for 4 weeks at lunchtime on Zoom, so join us from your home or take a break from work, as this is one not to miss. 

Everyone is welcome! If you're an avid Pilates goer or have never tried it before, come along and join in the fun and get moving together.


How will Pilates help me? 

"This type of class is great for moving your body in the right way when the last thing you want to do is move! Felt looser and more energised afterwards." Young adult after attending online Pilates class

Pilates helps you along your cancer journey, to gain back your strength, range of motion, energy, and self-esteem (among other things), following cancer surgery and treatment. Pilates is a safe and flexible form of exercise that can be adapted to meet your needs and help you to achieve your goals.


What you can expect to learn from the course? 

Practical techniques and exercises to manage headaches more effectively

These will include:

  • Releasing tension in the muscles at the base of your skull (suboccipital)
  • Self-massaging myofascial tender points
  • Mobilising and strengthening the neck muscles
  • Increasing your self-awareness (proprioception) through somatosensory exercises

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • Please make sure you have a towel handy
  • A couple of tins or water bottles to use as weights
  • A resistance band or towel for some of the exercises
  • A non-slip surface such as a yoga or pilates mat
  • If you have them, wear non-slip socks
  • We recommend wearing loose clothing that you can comfortably move in

   MEET THE TEACHER:

   Laura is a Cancer Exercise Specialist, who discovered Pilates as a way to improve her posture. She practiced Pilates for several years and her passion for it eventually led her to decide to qualify as a teacher. She is interested in how Pilates supports people to feel comfortable and confident in their bodies.

Laura loves to deepen her understanding of how bodies work which is why she went on to train as a cancer exercise specialist to ensure that she had an understanding of bone health, osteoporosis, pre/postnatal and post-rehab protocols. 

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