i’ll be back very soon from sri lanka where i’m working on a very fun and inspirational project provided by Manacare. A project set up to provide a community focus for the people rehoused post-Tsunami. A medical center, montessorie school, dance and drama center, two sustainable businesses and housing for some disabled kids and their families.
I worked with the volunteer physio on exercises for the kids but also helped paint the school and teach english on a course developed for the teenagers. Its great to think of these Sri Lankan kids with a north london accents! As for the surfing I promised some good wipe out shots, well you probably need to be able to get up onto the board before thats possible…..
Hope to see you all soon. My first day back will be the 28th February.
I’m leaving for warmer climes in 2 weeks. Some voluntary work allied with the chance to work on my (almost non existent) surfing skills is taking me to Sri Lanka. The Indian ocean earthquake triggered a series of devastating tsunamis along the coasts of most landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean, killing over 230,000 people in fourteen countries. With waves up to 30 meters (98 ft) high it was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history.
A month after the Tsunami hit Sri Lanka a trust called Manacare endeavoured to pitch its work where no other NGO’s were making provision, that is Community development. Many voluntary organizations were building housing, but it was felt that the necessary infrastructure leading to a secure future for the victims of Tsunami needed to be put into place.
The project in Tellwatta, which is 10 miles from the tourist town of Hikaduwa famous for its diving holidays, is going to provide a School, Medical Clinic, Therapy, Creche, Playground and Garden Area, Vocational Training.
I’m not to sure quite what i’m going to find when I get there but i’ve been assured there are several local sports teams very excited about the prospect of some hands on physiotherapy, which likely means cricket teams in this cricket mad part of the world. Also a part time physio who is looking forward to some teacher training ( maybe in pilates!!), as well as plenty of patients a large number of whom are children effected by the Tsunami.
I’ll let you know how I got on when I get back at the end of February. There is supposed to be some great surfing nearby so i’ll be able to blog on my most spectacular wipe outs on my return.
We’re delighted to now offer the “FitBack & Buumps” Ante Natal and Post Natal exercise classes at Tatami Health.
The Ante and Post Natal programmes are run separately and consist of 4 one hour sessions run over 4 weeks. We only have 6 people maximum in each class. They incorporate exercises, stretches and discussions on different topics such as how to regain your core muscles and flat tummy after pregnancy. All you need to continue exercising during and after pregnancy. For further information on FitBack and Bumps please click here.
In February this year we were delighted to host the production crew from Aljazeera English TV. They used our Tatami Room as the setting for a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Just this week the finished commercial has gone to air and we are very pleased with how the Tatami looks on film!
The ceremony was carried out precisely by the ladies who perform the tea ceremony demonstrations at the British Museum. It was wonderful that they had nothing but praise for our tatami room, and there being no other space like it in London we were more than happy to offer up our space for more tea ceremony demonstrations in the future.
In recent weeks we’ve begun hosting ‘lunch and learn’ sessions at Tatami Health for Islington GPs and clinical staff, the aim being to provide a venue for the local medical fraternity to bring themselves up to speed with the current trends and treatments in various fields of medicine.
It’s vital that GPs are aware of what not to miss and when to send their patients on for specialist assessment and treatment when needed. To ensure this we’ve invited leading NHS consultants and surgeons to speak on their area of expertise.
So far we’ve heard about the link between Sleep Apnoea and Obesity with Dr Himender Makker, Consultant Physician in Respiratory Medicine. We’ve discovered the role of careful diagnosis, and subsequent treatment options, for sufferers of Pelvic Pain with Dr Khaled Ayazi, Consultant in Pain medicine, and most recently we’ve gained an insight (no pun intended!) into all things the Retina, with Dr Riaz Asaria, Consultant Opthamologist.
It’s equally important that as physiotherapists we also have a breadth of knowledge spanning the medical spectrum, as being first contact practitioners, we are sometimes the first people to pick up on potential nasties that require medical attention.
If you’d like to know more about our sessions, or you’d like to recommend them to your GP, feel free to contact us for more details.
We’re delighted to announce our new partnership with the Urdang Academy commencing at the start of the academic year in September 2011.
The Urdang Academy is one of the UK’s top performing arts schools providing full-time courses in Musical Theatre and Dance, from which many of the students go on to perform in the West End and beyond at the highest level.
Tatami Health will be providing all of the physiotherapy and rehabilitation needs to these students, who place a huge demand on their bodies throughout their course work and performances.
We’ll be providing full screenings of all new students enrolled in the Academy each year, in house cover using the Academy’s own treatment rooms as well as continuing to see many of the dancers in our studio for physiotherapy, rehabilitation and Pilates.
This new partnership not only highlights the importance of physiotherapy in the performing arts world, but also the shift in awareness of the physiotherapy world that the key to performance enhancement and recovery is in exercise based therapy aswell as traditional modalities like massage and manipulation. This is an approach we have for all our clients at Tatami Health, not just the dancers, and it’s how we achieve the results our clients are after.
We’re very pleased to offer all those Triathletes competing for Cancer Research UK or other charities, a discounted sports massage and physiotherapy service.
Sports massage is just what you need now after your longer rides and runs to get the best out of your legs on the race day, or to sort out any pinching or catching you might be getting in the swim.
If you’ve had a little niggle that might have gotten worse, then you’ll need a physio to give you an MOT and see what needs a tweak! There’s still time left to improve your core stability and technique to give you a little edge.
You can grab a 1 hour massage for just £40 or a 1 hour physio session for £65…..normally £50 and £80 respectively.
Book your session now (email@example.com or 02072880422) to guarantee your preferred availability and in the meantime swim, ride and run well and keep those sponsorships rolling in! “
A massive congratualtions to all those who completed this years Virgin London Marathon!
We were delighted to look after a number of competitors who competed this year. We managed simple niggles in the knees, hips and backs as well sprains and strains of various sizes.
We very gladly offered discounted massage and phyio sessions to those who ran for Cancer Research UK and Sparks and we’re happy to do so again should you be competing in an event for charity at any stage throughout the summer.