International Association of Dance Medicine and Science #IADMS2014

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IADMS 2014Last week I had the absolute pleasure of traveling to Basel in Switzerland, to attend the 24th Annual meeting of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science. I have attended a few times and is always great to hear about the latest research into the dance science and medicine field.

One of the best ways to learn and experience this research is through the movement sessions. This year I seemed to be in the studio even more than usual. I attended some fantastic workshops and here are a couple of the highlights:

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Summer reflections

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New Mosque

As Autumn drifts in, it is a good time to reflect on the summer months and allow those memories and lessons to guide you through the winter months.

I was fortunately able to visit Istanbul for a couple of weeks in September. Istanbul is an amazing place. Full of culture, creativity, smells, sounds and atmosphere. It is like no other place a have been in the world.

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New business, new skills, new baby: A healthy balancing act | Astute Radio

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New business, new skills, new baby: A healthy balancing act | Astute Radio

We are increasingly encouraged to become entrepreneurs and start our own businesses. Everywhere, we hear and see stories about start ups that have shot to success in a few months. Women who seem to easily juggle business and family life, doing what they love. But in the real world, how do you transition from full time work to a business you love? How can you start or grow a business if you are thinking about motherhood? Are pregnant women taken seriously in business? And do mentors really help?

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Chickpea and lentil burgers

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Chickpea and lentil burgerHaving virtually no food in the kitchen last week I raided the cupboard to see what I had lurking. I found chickpeas and lentils and decided to make burgers! It turned out pretty good and full of  good stuff. Thought you may like to try it so here is the recipe……….

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3-2-1 Cardio Blast

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photoCardiovascular exercise or training is incredibly important to all of us. No matter what your age, your heart is a muscle and needs to be exercised in order to stay healthy and keep working. Your heart is what keeps you alive and therefore is the most important organ in the whole of the human body.

Question: when was the last time you felt slightly out of breath for 20 minutes or more?

For too many of us the answer is ‘I am not sure’. If you cannot remember, then it has been too long ago.

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Risk is healthy

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Don't ever be afraid to take risks

The word ‘risk’ may instantly give you heart palpitations. It may con jour up negative connotations. Why is that?

As a woman myself, we seem to be stereotypical less inclined to take risks. Men are typically seen as the ‘risk takers’ which is probably something to do with our prehistoric male ancestors having to go out into the wilderness to hunt for food etc etc. I am sure you have heard it all before. Well, let’s put something straight.

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The attack on body confidence

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Body confidenceI do not usually rant about things like this but recently I have had a number of clients who have been feeling insecure about their body and buckling under the pressure to try and ‘look good’.

In fact I experienced this myself recently. It was admittedly the first time this year I had braved a bikini, and I was in central London (Hyde Park, Serpentine Lido), so I think most of us would have been a tiny bit conscious! However, as a ‘fitness expert’ a lot of people would attribute that to being body confident 24 hours a day under ALL circumstances. Not true.

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Music and exercise

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Music and exerciseAlthough growing up I liked music, I was never a hardcore dedicated ‘fan’ of any particular band and I just listened to anything which was force fed to me mainly by my Dad. As I hit my teens, Take That and Eternal were my favourites (!).
I played the Flute (most un-cool instrument past the age of 14 years) for a few years and then attempted to join an Orchestra. However, every time there was a ‘flute’ part I seemed to buckle and let’s just say, I did not last long!

Over the past few years, perhaps it is my age, I have fallen in love with Radio 6 Music and Shazam have become my new best friend. The songs I have discovered have heavily contributed to my ever growing Pilates playlist. The words and melodies seem to help create those ‘special’ moments in class. Either for sweaty hard bits or for chilled, relaxed endings, music has enhanced and brought that ’emotional’ connection to my classes. As a teacher I too have felt those special moments and feel like it strengthens the bond between the class participants and I.

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The Power Smoothie

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Juicing and smoothie’s have exploded back onto the health scene and everywhere you look on the internet, whether it be on health blogs, nutrition plans, Instagram the word juicing or smoothie pops up.

It took me a while to jump on the band wagon due to the perceived time and equipment barriers. So only in December did I ask Father Christmas for a blender and a juicer in order to begin my journey. Out of the two, although I love the fresh juices, I think I personally prefer making smoothies. It tends to be quicker, you seem to produce more drink from what you put in and the smoothie itself is more substantial due to the flexibility of what you can put into it.

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The Sassy Vegan Ballerina

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Saskia Gregson-Williams is a trainee Ballerina who has also taken the world of vegan and ‘free-from’ cooking by storm. Alongside her grueling 10 hour days of professional Ballet training, she has managed to release an E-Recipe Book, entertain 21,000 Instagram followers, dabble in modelling and do a fabulous job of being the Food Editor for Hip and Healthy.

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