Your data is important to us

We know that you have probably been inundated with ‘GDPR’ emails but just encase you aren’t aware of what it’s all about, General Data Protection Legislation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection of 1998 as of today, Friday 25 May 2018.

GDPR will significantly strengthen a number of rights: individuals will have more power to demand companies reveal or delete the personal data they hold about them.

We wanted to let you know that we have updated our privacy statement and policies to be compliant with the change in the law. We take our data privacy responsibilities very seriously at balance, and we want you to understand and feel confident about how we collect, store, manage and handle your personal data. Our new Privacy Policy explains this, and sets out the rights you have in relation to it.

You can find further information on the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) website

How balance protects your data

 

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Back Pain and Effective Preventative Exercises

Balance Yoga Practice – Seems to be ‘on trend’ with latest research findings on the prevention of back pain and effective exercise for body maintenance.

Nature has designed the body for movement particularly the back and especially the spine which is specifically designed and structured to withstand loading and twisting actions. These type of movements tone and strengthen the shoulders and back while promoting physical and mindful wellbeing within a structured yoga practice.

Among other health benefits, the practice at balance promotes good posture – balancing the front and back of the entire body – while enhancing back and spinal health.

This supports our everyday activities especially out with the studio and applies whether walking, standing, sitting or working.

Last week the Times newspaper highlighted the extent of the growing UK back pain problems noting that nine million people are estimated to suffer, while one in seven GP appointments are related to muscle and nerve problems, the majority of which are related to the spine.

A separate edition of the paper reported that medical experts estimated that approximately £140m was spent by the NHS on both drugs and operations in an attempt to ‘solve’ the problem but this had resulted at best in only marginal improvements for some.

It further highlighted the fact that movement and careful exercise were the most effective treatments for the majority of back problems and while sedentary lifestyle factors are the main contributor, the urban myth that ‘rest’ is a good cure still apparently persists.

People are sometimes unaware of how to isolate and target the kinetic chain muscles of the back of the body perhaps overworking the front of the body.

One of the most effective exercises tested, and a movement we regularly incorporate in our yoga classes, is the face down lying-back strength-shoulder raise.

  • To prepare the starting position looks like the capital letter I when viewed from above and involves extending both arms straight out – shoulder width – pointing the toes away, while beginning to engage the abdominal muscles to protect the lower back and spine
  • The focus is then on the breath; inhaling and then exhaling to generate most of the initial lift of the arms through the shoulders and upper chest, not the lower back. Holding for 3 to 5 breaths, rest and repeat
  • On completion don’t forget to turn onto the back carefully bringing the knees together and in towards the chest as a counter movement, then supplement with a gentle supine twist.

Further increments and development can incorporate lifting the legs and variations of the arm positions, described in the article as the ‘I-Y-T’ movement to gradually develop more intensity as we gain more strength and flexibility in the back and spine.

The current series of Beginners Plus classes incorporate foundation exercises for the back and spine which can be performed simply at home or when travelling for ongoing health benefits, incorporating good technique to build strength and flexibility and help prevent injury.

See you in class soon!

Written by David Moore, Yoga Teacher at balance. David will be teaching the next four week block of Beginners Plus from Monday 30 April. If you are interested in booking, please contact reception on 0141 332 8800 or visit balance.co.uk.

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Another Good Reason to Drink Water: Hydrated Intervertabral Disc(s)

There are many reasons for experiencing back pain, one such cause, relates to the health of the spine’s Intervertabral Disc(s).

Intervertabral Discs (disc) make up one fourth of the spinal column’s length. They sit between the Vertebrae (bones), acting as cushions; the spine’s shock absorbing system. They protect vertebrae, brain, and other structures (i.e. nerves).

Picture of the spine

Discs are composed on an ‘outer’ Annulus Fibrosus and an ‘inner’ Nucleus Pulposus. Picture this arrangement as a donut with a jelly centre. The outer providing a strong radial support and the inner a movable gel-like matter.

Both the inner and outer tissues are composed of water, collagen, and proteoglycans (PGs). The water content can be as high as 88% in the nucleus pulposus, but varies throughout the day, depending on activity and hydration levels.

Help your Intervertabral Discs remain hydrated through a healthy, daily, intake of water.

Consider a glass in the morning, after eating and early evening.

Written by John-Paul Taylor, McTimoney Chiropractor at balance

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All change at balance.co.uk

How Yoga Transforms Your Body Infographic

Infographic by Jan Diehm for The Huffington Post

We love how this infographic shows how yoga transforms your body and we hope that our new website does the same for your experience when looking for treatment information or booking classes at balance. 

We wanted to offer students more options and an easier way to book classes. When you click on the Book Yoga button you will be taken to our  MINDBODY site. In the same way that you had to create an account to book classes on the old site, you will need to create a new log in. Once you have done this you can click on the relevant class that you are interested in and it  will take you to an option to purchase a pass. 

Yoga at balance is split into Classes, Courses and Workshops:

Classes run at the same time every  week and to a term timetable of approximately 10 weeks, the first of 2018 being Mon 8 Jan – Sun 18 March. You can : attend the same class for a full term by purchasing a 10 week pass, a 10 Class| Flexi Pass allows you to select classes you want to attend within the term – you can select from Ashtanga Basics, General, Level 1, Level 2, Wake up Yoga, and Yin & Yang. There is also the option to purchase a Drop in if your diary doesn’t permit a regular practice.

Courses are a shorted block of classes (4-6 weeks) and include Beginners Start Up, Beginners Plus, Pregnancy Yoga and Post Natal yoga (mum and baby). 

Workshops are specialist sessions and include our One Day Beginners Introduction and workshops run by our Principal Yoga Teacher, Gerry Kielty. 

We appreciate the change can be difficult so if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact reception on 0141 332 8800 or by email. We also welcome your feedback.

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balance is growing…

114 Napiershall Street

In 2018, balance will be opening a new space at 114 Napiershall Street. This is an exciting time for us and we invite you to complete our short survey.

Within the new space, there is scope for a second studio, enhanced changing facilities, a fourth treatment room and an area to chat…  Completing the survey will help us with ideas about the type of services and classes you would be interested in attending at balance.

There are six questions and it takes two minutes to complete.

Many thanks in advance for your suggestions 🙂 

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