Christmas Home Pilates Class

Merry Christmas

CLASSIC PRACTICE (Christmas Video)

1 – 4 Point Kneeling

CAT – Moving CAT – Downward Dog or Childs Pose – Swimming (4)

Hip Flexor Stretch (high kneeling) with side stretch


Leg lifts – Side Kick – Arm Openings



Shoulder Bridge (1,2,) Hip Twist 2

Optional double table top with over ball:

Hip Twists (knee fall outs) – Scissors

Double Leg stretch 1-3 (arm circles and leg stretch)

Hamstring stretches with band or Downward Dog

Glutes release with spikey balls



This beautifully relaxed 35-minute class taken by Claire Yuill, is for you to do at home over the Christmas break.



Happy 5th Birthday Sussex Physio Pilates

Sussex Physio Pilates is 5 years old this week and we would like to say Thank You to all of our clients and followers.

We have had the most bonkers journey over the last 5 years. At the start, from Claire putting on her first Pilates class and wondering if anyone would turn up. Oh, and they did, and many of them are still coming to class today, to the opening of our fantastic new practice at the start of 2016.

The team has grown from just Claire, to an amazing team of 5 Physio’s, Nicky, Heather, Eleanor & Julie. We also have Belle, our brilliant evening receptionist, practice manager Stuart and therapy dog Pippa.

We’ve also gone from just 2 Pilates classes a week back in 2013, to 16 now, ranging from daytime over 50s, mummy class on a Wednesday and busy evening Pilates 4 Posture classes. We have also extended our service offering to include, Physiotherapy, Sports Massage, 1:1 Pilates, The Mummy MOT and Women’s Pelvic Health Assessments.

As a way of celebrating our 5th Birthday and thanking you all for the support over the last 5 years, we will giveaway one prize everyday this week (Monday - Friday) to one lucky winner each day.

We will be giving away over £100 worth prizes over the week and each day it will be randomly chosen from the one of the following:

  • 1 x Set of 2 Weighted Balls 0.5kg

  • 1 x Set of 2 Spikey Balls

  • 1 x Yellow Resistance Band

  • 1 x Set of 2 Soft Pilates Balls

  • 1 x 50 min Sports Massage

Everyday we will pick one lucky person to be the winner of that days prize.

To be in with a chance of winning one of these amazing prizes, you must do the following:

  1. LIKE our Facebook Page

  2. LOVE the giveaway post for that day

  3. SHARE the giveaway post for that day

The winner of each days draw will be posted here at 8pm each evening, so keep looking back to see if you are one of the lucky ones.

Good luck to you all and thank you for your support!

Also as a thank you to you all - any Physiotherapy or Sports Massage appointments booked this week (appointment must be booked for now to the end of October 2018) will get a 5% discount.
Please use code Facebook5.



Love Activity, Hate Exercise?

Evidence shows that being physically active has enormous benefits for your physical and mental health.

But many people find it hard to do as much as they would like.

This can be for any number of reasons, including pain, fear, fatigue, a lack of time or motivation.

With this in mind, the Love Activity, Hate Exercise campaign aims to help you overcome these barriers through expert advice and guidance from your physiotherapist.


It features practical tips for getting started and useful condition-specific insights.

All of it is designed to help you discover new activities that get you moving and enjoying the benefits of an active lifestyle.


For more information on how to get active again, please contact us on: 01903 256 500.


Sudden weight loss and the impact on the post-menopausal population


Sudden weight loss and the impact on the post-menopausal population

Article written by Heather Lowman-Riggs - Senior Physiotherapist

I bumped into a lady from home last weekend. ‘I’ve fractured my spine again’ she said ‘this time I just reached for the shampoo in the shower’.

I was shocked. This was a normal 62 year old nurse who had no major health issues, did a lot of charity work in Africa, ate a vegetarian diet and had recently lost a lot of weight in a health kick. A huge amount of weight, 8 stone over about a year to
be precise.

Blood tests revealed that she didn’t have cancer (another cause of calcium in the blood stream) but a DEXA scan showed osteoporosis (thinning of the bones Looking at her I thought about the normal osteoporosis risk factors
that physiotherapists watch out for: low body mass index, post menopausal, smoking, excess alcohol, prolonged steroid use, thyroid issues, being female, early hysterectomy, lack of calcium in the diet and lack of weight bearing exercise. She
was female and post menopausal but had started exercising as part of her weight loss programme and none of the other factors seemed to be applicable to her.

‘I do have a family history of osteoporosis’ she said and I have lost a LOT of weight
and don’t eat much fish or dairy.


I did a quick literature search to see what was out there on weight loss and osteoporosis and sure enough I found an old study of 30 post menopausal dieters some of whom were given calcium supplementation (McDonald 1998). Those who’s
diet was supplemented showed significantly less bone turnover. The authors therefore suggested a protective dose of 1500mg of calcium per day for post menopausal women trying to lose weight. More recently a review highlighted concerns around loss of bone density post gastric band surgery (Center and White 2013).

I also found literature which suggested that certain foods can be connected to slight pH changes which over a long period of time leach calcium from the bones (carnauba et al 2017). This reminded me of ketones an acidotic bi-product of fat
breakdown that came to fame during the Atkins-diet era. It is possible that the weight loss might have been associated with sustained increased in acid and therefore sped up the loss of bone density in a lady who already had a genetic predisposition.

I’m no dietitian so turned to Dr Google because I wondered what was normal in terms of standard adult calcium intake. About 700mg it seems according to an NHS website. On your plate that might look like a whole can of sardines (100g) or 100g block of cheddar cheese. Therefore, both would need to be consumed to satisfy the recommendations of the study on post menopausal dieters for 1500mg a day!!

This is hardly a systematic review of the literature, I haven’t even followed up on the advice around vitamin D! This is just a thought process started by a successful dieter’s misfortune. We put so much emphasis on weight loss for so many sorts of
health benefits and that remains unchanged. As a physio I will be keeping an eye out for those who come for treatment after dramatic weight loss but might have undiagnosed bone density issues. If I was a post-menopausal dieter I might consider
seeking some further advice on sensible bone protection measures.

Cauley, J., 2017. Osteoporosis:fracture epidemiology update 2016. Current opinion in Rheumatology. 29(2) 150-156.
Center, J. R., & White, C. P. (2013). Obesity: Bariatric surgery, weight loss and bone. Nature reviews. Endocrinology, 9(11), 630-632
McDonald, H., 1998. Nutrition bites. File it under every cloud has a silver lining’….osteoporosis.
Carnauba, R., Beatriz A., Paschoal V., and Hübscher, G., 2017 Diet-Induced Low-Grade Metabolic Acidosis and Clinical Outcomes: A Review.
Nutrients 2017, 9(6), 538 minerals/calcium/
National Osteoporosis Society


Don't Get Injured Through Lack Of Training


Don't Get Injured Through Lack Of Training

Article written by Heather Lowman-Riggs - Senior Physiotherapist

Wait for my blog on what happens when you ignore your own advice and get injured, I told Stuart last week. 

I had signed up for 'The Grizzly 2018' just 48 hours before it started, in the knowledge that I had only put on my running trainers twice so far in this year! 
I just didn't want to miss out for another year, because the Grizzly is a notorious, off road race, organised by the running club that I was part of a few years back in Devon. It has 3000 feet of ascent and takes in all the delights of East Devon's shingle beaches, cliff face stairways and waist deep bogs.

Nobody could have predicted however, the arctic winds and drifts of snow that would accompany this years Grizzly. The race organisers braved the wrath of the participants (who had trained) by cutting the distance from 20 miles to 10 miles. We were urged that safety was more important than times, we needed to look out for each other out there. So we did and it was great. 

Grizzly 2018

No I didn't' get injured. 
In fact I realised that although I wasn't fast because I haven't been running up hills lately, I felt strong. Twice a week circuits and plenty of cycling meant that I could trust my legs on the icy downhills and was steady on the climbs. Time didn't matter. 

This made me think of our marathon runner clients, who are running out of time and getting left trailing behind in their training plans. I'm not saying don't train, that is obviously not a sensible thing to do, but sometimes life gets in the way and those runs are not keeping pace with your plan. Maybe you are starting to despair about niggles that are making your training runs into a chore, maybe time pressures mean you feel guilty for missing runs, so you are skipping the strength and conditioning or cross-training sessions, or maybe you are actually already in pain but are too scared to skip a run in case you get behind on your plan.

Grizzly 2018 uphill

Put like that, it is obvious what I'm driving at. 
We can't expect our bodies to do something high impact and repetitive without the appropriate strength in our muscles, tolerance in our tendons and movement patterns that load our joints optimally, even when we are tired. Those strength and conditioning sessions should be designed to give you all of the above. Obviously there is no substitute for getting out there and running but please don't rely on quantity alone. Quality comes with strength, appropriate joint ranges and even balance. 

So now might be the time to book in for a Physiotherapy Assessment, so we can help you with your 2018 training plan, or even join the 2 hour Pilates 4 Runners workshop on Saturday 28th April.



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


2017 has been a fabulous year and we couldn't have done it without you, our amazing clients.

Christmas is upon us, and with it brings a short break for the all team at Sussex Physio Pilates.

Saturday 23rd December - Monday 1st January 2018
We will be closed

We will return to normal opening hours on
Tuesday 2nd January 2018

All the team are looking forward to 2018 and what it will bring. We will continue to build on our Workshops next year, so watch this space for Workshop dates in 2018.

Have a wonderful festive holiday and we hope to see you all in 2018!




Get Up & Go - FREE Falls Prevention Talk


Get Up & Go - FREE Falls Prevention Talk

Older People’s Day – FREE Falls Prevention Talk for Older People of Worthing.

Friday 29th September at 1.30pm

Sussex Physio Pilates, 22-24 South Street, Tarring. BN14 7LH


Within the talk we will discuss:

·         Causes of falls

·         Assessment using the – ‘Timed Up and Go’ test

·         Consequences of falls

·         How to get up from a fall

·         Ways of reducing the risk of a fall

·         Including exercise!

Senior Physiotherapists and Pilates teachers at Sussex Physio Pilates, Claire Yuill and Nicky Sykes, who both have private and NHS backgrounds, will be available before and after the talk to answer any questions on fall prevention, but also how Physiotherapy can help individuals in general.

Call us now to book your place - It's FREE - 01903 256 500

Falls are not an inevitable part of ageing.

The video below, demonstrates the timed up and go test, which helps to assess whether a person is at an increased risk of falls.

This is one way to assess a person's falls risk, but it you're concerned about falling, it is recommended you seek a full and comprehensive falls assessment from a qualified healthcare professional, such as a Physiotherapist.

If you would like to book an assessment for Falls Prevention or for any other joint or muscle issue you may have, please don't hesitate to contact us on: 01903 256 500




Pilates Workshop for Runners


Pilates Workshop for Runners

Runners focused Pilates workshop taught by:


Saturday 9th September 2017
9:30am - 11:00 am

Workshop Schedule:
Specific Pilates exercises for Runners
Posture for Runners
Injury Prevention
Handout of Exercises

Course Participation Requirements:
Pilates Experience Needed
Are you able to contract your Pilates Core?

1.5 Hour Workshop price is: £20.00
Only 3 places left

Not done Pilates before? 
Book a 1:1 Pilates Session Now!

Contact us now on 01903 256 500 to secure your place!



National Relaxation Day 2017

Stop what you’re doing, be aware of your breathing, how you’re feeling and just let go.
Most people forget to take time out for themselves and have a moment to breathe.
Today is dedicated to doing just that. RELAX!

Enjoy some of the Best Ways To Unwind This National Relaxation Day.


  • Have an afternoon nap


  • Go for an evening walk along the beach and catch the sunset


  • Do some Pilates or meditation



  • Take yourself off somewhere quiet to read a book. 

Read a Book


10 things you need to know about your back


10 things you need to know about your back

Below are 10 great insights from The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) about Back Pain.

  1. Your back is stronger than you may think
    Most people worldwide will experience back pain during their lifetime. It can be disabling and worrying but it is very common and rarely dangerous. 

    The spine is a strong, stable structure and not easily damaged so in most instances it is a simple sprain or strain.
    In these cases – 98 per cent, according to research – people recover reasonably quickly, and many do so without treatment.
    Some people experience repeat episodes, which can be distressing, but again these are rarely dangerous.

  2. You rarely need a scan and it can do more harm than good
    This is because seeing perfectly normal changes to their spine can cause people to avoid the activities they should be doing to get better, such as exercise and movement in general.

    In very rare cases, there may be something more serious or underlying that requires medical advice.

    A scan may help with your diagnosis and symptoms to be aware of are at the bottom of this page.

    However, these account for just two per cent of cases so if your physio or GP does not send you for one, you should take it as a good sign that there is nothing concerning going on.

  3. Avoid bedrest, stay in work and gradually resume normal activities
    Scientific studies now indicate prolonged rest and avoidance of activity for people with low back pain actually leads to higher levels of pain, greater disability, poorer recovery and longer absence from work.

    In the first few days of a new episode of low back pain, avoiding aggravating activities may help to relive pain.

    However, staying as active as possible and returning to all usual activities gradually is actually important in aiding recovery – this includes staying in work where possible.

    While it is normal to move differently and more slowly in the first few days of having back pain, this altered movement can be unhealthy if continued in the long-term.

  4. You should not fear bending or lifting
    Bending and lifting are often portrayed as causes of back pain and while an injury can occur if something is picked up in an awkward or unaccustomed way, it’s most likely to just be a sprain or strain.

    The important thing is to practice and get your body used to carrying different loads and weights in a way we find comfortable and efficient.

    We all run differently, and it’s perfectly normal for us to find our own technique for lifting.

  5. Exercise and activity reduce and prevent back pain
    Exercise is shown to be very helpful for tackling back pain and is also the most effective strategy to prevent future episodes.

    Start slowly and build up both the amount and intensity of what you do and don’t worry if it’s sore to begin with – you won’t be damaging your back.

    No one type of exercise is proven to be more effective than others so just pick an exercise you enjoy, that you can afford to maintain in the long-term and that fits in with your daily schedule.

  6. Painkillers will not speed up your recovery
    There is no strong evidence on the benefits of painkillers and they do not speed up recovery.

    They should only be used in conjunction with other measures, such as exercise, and even then just as a short-term option as they can bring side effects.

    Exercise, which is safer and cheaper, is considered the preferred option.

  7. Surgery is rarely needed
    There are some uncommon back conditions where there is pressure on the nerves that supply the legs and the patient gets leg symptoms, such as pain, pins and needles or numbness.

    For these conditions, surgery can help the leg symptoms but it is important to understand that it is not always required.

    You also need to know that on average, the results for back surgery are no better in the medium and long term than non-surgical interventions, such as exercise.

    So a non-surgical option, which includes exercise and activity, should always come first.

  8. Get good quality sleep
    The importance of sleep in tackling back pain has become increasingly clear in recent years.

    This is because it reduces stress and improves your overall feeling of wellbeing, making you less susceptible to the triggers of pain in the first instance and helping you to cope when it does occur.

    Aim for 7.5-8 hours a night and try to aim for a regular routine, as far as possible.

    It is also very important to know that there is no best position or type of mattress – whatever feels most comfortable for you is best.

  9. You can have back pain without any damage or injury
    Many physical or psychological factors can cause back pain and often a combination of these are involved.

    Many factors can cause back pain and often a combination of these are involved.

    They could be

    - Physical factors, such as ‘protecting’ the back and avoiding movements, or a simple strain.
    - Psychological factors, including a fear of damage or not getting better, feeling down or being stressed.
    - More general health and lifestyle factors, like being tired and rundown, not getting enough good quality sleep, being overweight or not getting enough physical activity
    - Social triggers, such as difficult relationships at work or home, low job satisfaction or stressful life events, like a family death or illness.

    Crucially, it’s important to know that all pain is 100 per cent real and never ‘all in your head’, even when factors like stress or mood are involved.

    Each of the factors can turn up the volume on your pain and gaining a greater understanding of when that can happen puts you in a stronger position to recognise them and learn how to turn down the dial again.

  10. If it doesn’t clear up, seek help but don’t worry
    If your back pain does not clear up after 6 – 8 weeks, make an appointment to see your GP or physiotherapist

    Physiotherapists provide expert advice, guidance and treatment for back pain.

    This is to help reduce your chances of future episodes, while improving your overall health and wellbeing.

Symptoms to be aware of:

These symptoms are very rare but you should contact a doctor if you experience any of them:

  • Difficulty passing urine or having the sensation to pass water that is not there
  • Numbness/tingling in your genitals or buttocks area
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Impaired sexual function, such as loss of sensation during intercourse
  • Loss of power in your legs
  • Feeling unwell with your back pain, such as a fever or significant sweating that wakes you from sleep

Source: CSP

Download the CSP Back Pain Leaflet below...