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Try Nia – The Joy of Movement for free this autumn

If you’re looking for a fun way to get fit this autumn that will benefit your mind as much as your body, our Nia – The Joy of Movement class could be just what you’re looking for. We still have a few spaces in our autumn classes, however if you’d like an opportunity to try a class for free to discover what Nia is all about, book a place on our free taster class on Friday 26th October from 6-7pm.Nia instructor Ildiko Miklos

What is Nia – The Joy of Movement?

Nia is a non-impact fitness class suitable for all ages and abilities. There is no need to be fit and certainly no requirement to be able to dance. The class, led by Ildiko Miklos, our certified Nia Brown Belt teacher draws on aspects of healing arts, martial arts and dance arts to create a whole body workout that is designed to improve flexibility, mobility and co-ordination throughout the body.

What does Nia mean?

Nia was originally an acronym for non-impact aerobics, which was founded by Debbie Rosas and Carlos Ayarosas in San Francisco in 1983. At a time when Jane Fonda was leading the craze for high-impact aerobics, Nia was designed for people who needed or wanted a safe non-impact system of exercise that benefited both body and mind. As CEO, Debbie Rosas is still the leader of the Nia technique movement which is practised in over 45 countries across the world.

The mind-body connection

In a Nia class, the focus is always on the connection between the body, mind, emotion and spirit. So as well as improving your physical health and fitness, completing a course of Nia classes will also bring benefits to your day-to-day life in the form of a reduction in stress levels, increased calm and better sleep.

What kind of music is involved?

Unlike most dance classes, which by their nature rely on one genre of music such as ballet or jazz, Nia draws on an eclectic range of music to explore the joy of movement to. Indian, pop, New Age, hip-hop, electronica, jazz and Latin are all musical styles regularly heard in Nia classes.

What dance techniques are used?

There are 52 basic movements in the Nia Technique that are inspired by techniques from the dance genres of jazz, modern and Duncan Dance, a style of dance pioneered by Isadora Duncan, an American dancer who found fame in Europe in the early 20th century. However, it’s important to reiterate that Strictly Come Dancing-style moves are not needed to get the most out of a Nia class!

Nia – The Joy of Movement at Archway Health Hub

Our airy and spacious studio is the perfect setting to practise Nia – The Joy of Movement. Classes are limited to 12 so that there is plenty room to move and so that Ildiko can give every class member plenty of individual attention. Comfortable clothing and a water bottle are the only equipment needed for Nia, as we dance barefoot. However, if you would like to wear shoes, thin-soled ones will the most suitable.

Find out more

Our Nia – The Joy of Movement class runs on Tuesdays at 11am and Fridays at 6pm and can be booked in a block of six. If you are interested in joining a class part way through a block please call reception on 01858 410820 to find out if there are any spaces left.  You can book your place on the free taster class on October 26th here.

By |September 17th, 2018|

New physiotherapist joins Archway Health Hub

This month we’re delighted to welcome chartered physiotherapist Beverley Berns to the Archway team. Beverley joins us with over three decades in private and NHS practice, most of which has been spent specialising in the area of musculoskeletal physiotherapy (MSK). This area of physiotherapy focuses on conditions affecting the joints muscles and soft tissues.Physiotherapist Beverley Berns

Treating illness and injury with MSK physiotherapy

Beverley combines her professional expertise with a caring and empathetic approach to treating patients for a wide range of conditions including arthritis, neck pain, back pain, sciatica, whiplash, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, joint injuries, muscle strains, ligament sprains, repetitive strain injuries and ligament reconstruction. Beverley can also design effective rehabilitation programmes for those in recovery following a fracture. As well as alleviating the symptoms and pain associated with these kinds of conditions, physiotherapy can effectively protect against many of them returning in the future.

A ‘whole body’ approach to treatment

As she has gained her extensive experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, Beverley has worked closely with a wide range of GPs and hospital practitioners and is registered with several private health insurance companies including BUPA. Beverley’s ‘whole person’ approach to physiotherapy involves treating injuries, illnesses and disabilities through a combination of manual therapy, movement, exercise and lifestyle advice.

Physiotherapy in the workplace

Beverley has a strong background in workplace assessments. From a physiotherapy point of view, workplace ergonomics is designed to identify and get rid of any risk factors in the working environment such as repetitive or sustained awkward postures or task repetition that could lead to musculoskeletal conditions such as repetitive strain injury. This preventative approach lessens the chance of problems developing and leads to increased performance and productivity in the workforce by improving conditions and reducing days off taken due to workplace-related conditions.

Equine physiotherapy

Beverley’s interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy is complemented by a more unusual interest in equine physiotherapy, which arose through her passion for horse riding. Equine physiotherapy is beneficial for rider and horse alike. Riders find physiotherapy effective in treating the musculoskeletal issues that can arise through riding and it can be used to aid rehabilitation in horses in a range of conditions including osteoarthritis and ligament and tendon damage.

Arrange a free initial consultation with Beverley

With its rural location and proximity to Market Harborough, Archway Health Hub is an ideal base to visit Beverley for physio treatment. If you would like to find out more about she can help with your specific issue or would like to book a free 15-minute consultation, please call reception on 01858 410 820.

By |September 17th, 2018|

Health & lifestyle coach Caroline Webster joins Archway Health Hub

This month, we are delighted to welcome Caroline Webster to the team of practitioners at Archway Health Hub. Caroline is a Lifestyle coach Caroline Webster highly experienced Health and Lifestyle Coach and Clinical Hypnotherapist who uses her expertise to empower people to invest in self-care to make positive changes to their health and wellbeing.

The Total Self-Care Programme for Women

Caroline devised her unique Total Self-Care Programme using her experience gained running Holistic Health Solutions Ltd in Dubai where she helped women manage issues such as stress, anxiety, weight, energy, loss of direction and low self-esteem. Her programme involves an integrative and mindful approach to preventative healthcare using techniques including hypnotherapy, mindfulness, reiki & crystal healing, therapeutic art, nutrition, healthy habit change and positive mind set coaching.

With Health Coaching emerging as the UK’s latest wellness trend, and now adopted by the NHS as an integral self-management care model, it is no wonder Archway Health Hub Practice Director, Alec Welton saw value in bringing on board a Health & Lifestyle Coach.

What is the Total Self-Care Programme for women beginning in September?

Caroline’s six-week programme is tailored individually to you and topics covered include the science of self-care, habit-science, mindfulness techniques, self-care rituals, self-talk and stories, belief work, mirror work, vision boarding, journaling for self-healing, forgiveness and gratitude, self-nourishment, mindful eating, time-management, decluttering, healthy eating, essential oils for peace and harmony, grounding techniques, body confidence, nature therapy, stress management, exercise and wellness planning and movement and release through Nia dance.

How does it work?

The programme begins with a FREE 15-minute no-obligation call where you can get acquainted with Caroline to decide whether you will be a good fit. Should you decide to go ahead, you will receive the following:

  • Six 50-minute weekly 1:1 coaching settings at Archway Health Hub (or over Skype if that is more convenient to you)
  • Two 15-minute ‘get back on track’ calls
  • Email support from 8am-8pm, Monday to Friday
  • Recipes, tools and tips to support your self-care journey
  • Complimentary introductory Nia dance class at Archway Health Hub
  • Free vision boarding art therapy class

Free talks from Caroline in September

To celebrate joining the team at Archway Health Hub and to introduce the ethos behind her Total Self-Care Programme, Caroline is offering the following FREE talks:

  • The Power of Vision Boards, Monday 3rd September, 7pm.
  • The Importance of Self-Care, Wednesday 12th September, 11am.

Both these half hour talks provide an opportunity to find out more about how Caroline can help you unlock your true potential by regaining balance and healthy habits as part of your daily lifestyle.  After each talk, there will be additional half hour for questions, discussion and refreshments.

Vision Board workshop

Caroline is also running a Vision Board Workshop on Saturday 8th September at 11am. The cost will be £45 including all materials and refreshments.  During the session, she will share how creating a detailed visualisation of your life goals can give you the self-belief and motivation to attain the goals that matter most to you in life.  You can book your place on the workshop

Find about more about self-care at Archway Health Hub

For more information on Caroline Webster’s Total Self-Care Programme or to book a place on her upcoming talks and workshop, please visit or call reception on 01858 410820.

By |August 14th, 2018|

Get into Pilates this autumn

Whether we have school-age children or not, there is always a bit of a ‘back to school’ feeling in September, particularly after a Woman doing Pilateslong hot summer when relaxing in the sunshine with a glass of something cold has been a constant temptation. But now that the nights are getting longer, it’s the perfect time to refocus on health and wellbeing. Pilates, with its fantastic benefits for both body and mind, is the perfect way to add a new dimension to your fitness regime this autumn.

Pilates at Archway Health Hub

Between them, our four highly experienced pilates instructors offer a wide range of classes to suit all abilities and schedules. In order to provide the best possible experience for everyone in the class, we offer all our pilates classes in six-week long courses. Payment is required in advance, although you can cancel for free up to 48 hours before the course starts.

What do I need to bring?

You may wish to bring your own mat, but if you don’t have one, we can provide one for you. Loose, comfortable clothing is recommended and we have lockers, showers and a water machine. We also have plenty of car parking available at our spacious site. All our classes last one hour. For more information and to book click here.

Do I need to have done Pilates before?

If you are new to pilates, we ask that you complete one of our beginners’ courses before enrolling on any of our other pilates courses. If you have not done pilates at Archway Health Hub before, we require you to take a beginner’s class or do a 1:1 session with one of our pilates instructors before enrolling for an Archway course.

This autumn, we will be offering the following classes:

Small Group Beginners’ Pilates

Anne Bridgestock limits this class to just six people so she can provide the personal attention necessary for those whose ability to exercise has been affected by back pain. Anne specialises in working with clients with injuries, chronic long term back pain, joint replacement surgery and pre and post spinal injury.  These classes will run on Wednesdays at 2pm from September 12th.

Pilates for Beginners (large group, 12), Fridays at 10.30am from August 31st

This introductory course, led by Body Control Pilates instructor Louise Trinder, is the perfect opportunity to learn the basic principles and exercises of Pilates with a view to moving on to one of our other classes on completion of the course. Although there are more people in this group, there is still plenty of opportunity to ask questions and explore the benefits of pilates for you. This class will run on Fridays at 10.30am from August 31st.

Pilates with Caroline Eames

Our Body Control Pilates instructor Caroline Eames leads classes on Wednesdays at 7pm (Level 2) and 8pm (Beginners/Level 1) from August 29th. Specialising in back issues, Caroline focuses on conditioning the body by targeting the core muscles while concentrating on the mind through breathing techniques that also increase lung capacity and blood circulation. Caroline also runs a Level 2 class at 6pm and a Level 3 class at 7pm from Monday 3rd September.

Pilates with Louise Trinder

Louise’s Monday afternoon class at 2pm from September 3rd is an ideal way to add a sense of calm and balance to the start of the week.  Louise’s popular Level 2/3 class on Friday mornings at 9.30am is now full but she still has a few spaces on her Level 1/2 class at 11.30am on Fridays.

Pilates with Emma Bradbury

Our tutor Emma Bradbury pursued her love of pilates after originally qualifying as a personal trainer in 2006. Her Level 1 class starting on Tuesday 4th September at 9.15am will focus on re-educating her clients’ movements as she guides them through taking ownership and control of their bodies.

Find out more about Pilates at Archway Health Hub

If you would like to book a pilates class at Archway Health Hub, you can do so online. If you would like more information about our pilates courses, please don’t hesitate to call our reception on 01858 410820.

By |August 14th, 2018|

Free Hatha Yoga in the park with Paul

Archway Health Hub’s Paul Hodgetts is bringing Hatha Yoga to the great outdoors this July with free sessions in Welland Park at 10am on Saturday mornings. The classes are timed to run after Market Harborough’s hugely popular weekly 5k Parkrun in Welland Park.Woman doing yoga in a park

Yoga for all

The sessions, which last around one hour and are being run in conjunction with Harborough District Council, are suitable for all ages and abilities. This ties in with the ethos of Parkrun itself which is popular with a huge range of runners, from those who race round the course to achieve a sub 20 minute time, to those who use the weekly event as a chance to get active by gently jogging or walking. “With the glorious weather we’ve been having recently, it seemed like a great opportunity to take yoga outdoors and introduce it to Market Harborough’s large community of Parkrunners,” says Paul Hodgetts.

Hatha Yoga for runners

All runners know the importance of stretching before and after their run, but Hatha Yoga takes the recovery process to a whole new level. Running has myriad health benefits but as it’s a repetitive activity it can put strain on muscle groups such as calves, hamstrings, hip flexors and the muscles of the outer hip and thigh. Practising Hatha Yoga can help runners strengthen their core, feet and ankles, improve their posture and lengthen tight muscles, increasing flexibility.  Indeed, the benefits of Hatha Yoga are such that elite athletes like Andy Murray and Joe Hart have incorporated it into their training.

The mind body connection

A welcome benefit that runners often feel after pounding the pavements is a reduction in stress levels and an increase in sleep quality. Hatha Yoga, with its equal focus on calming the mind as well as strengthening the body, can enhance this wonderful feeling of wellbeing that exercise can bring. Hatha yoga also focuses on the breath, an important area for runners to control as they aim for a personal best at Parkrun.

Hatha yoga with Paul at Archway Health Hub

Those who enjoy their Hatha Yoga sessions in the park can join Paul at Archway Health Hub for one of his popular classes.  After his summer classes, Paul will be teaching two 7 week courses; Dynamic Hatha Yoga from August 28th at 7pm and Beginners’ Hatha Yoga from August 29th at 9.15am.

For more information on Hatha Yoga courses, or any of our other classes at Archway Health Hub, please call our reception on 01858 410 820 or email us at

By |July 13th, 2018|

How to avoid aches and pains on holiday

Those of us lucky enough to be heading off on holiday this summer will be looking forward to a week or two of relaxation to recharge our batteries and see us return to work with a sense of renewed energy. However, as the chiropractors at Archway Health Hub see each year, travel is not without its potential pitfalls when it comes to our health. Here we explore how to arrive at and return from holiday without any health-related mishaps.Man looking at big pile of luggage

Lighten the load

Research found that a third of over 2000 UK holidaymakers surveyed injured themselves at the airport, with luggage-related incidents being blamed for half of the accidents. Back pain, bruises, broken toes, pulled muscles, sprained ankles and cuts and grazes were all consequences of people handling luggage incorrectly or tripping over it. These days, light and sturdy aren’t a contradiction when it comes to luggage, so choose wisely, be strict with yourself and travel as light as you can. When it comes to handling luggage our chiropractors Gemma Webster and Connor Salter recommend the following:

  • Stand alongside your luggage as you prepare to pick it up.
  • Bend at the knees (never the waist) as you go to pick it up.
  • Use your leg muscles to lift the luggage.
  • Grasp the handle firmly as you carefully straighten up.
  • Hold the luggage close to you.
  • Never twist your body when lifting or carrying luggage.
  • If you are forced to carry heavy luggage for a prolonged period of time, stop and rest regularly.
  • If possible use both hands to carry your luggage.
  • Make sure backpacks have padded straps and adjust them so they’re comfortable.
  • Regularly rotate shoulder bags from left to right.
  • Never try to drag rolling luggage on stairs.
  • Place cabin bags on the seat before lifting with both hands placed on the right and left of the bag, wheel-side first. When the wheels are in, use one hand to slide the bag to the back of the compartment. Reverse on the way out.

Flying high

If your holiday involves air travel, it’s important to take precautions to make sure you arrive at your destination raring to go. Drinking lots of water and keeping your alcohol intake to a minimum is important as the dry atmosphere of an aircraft means alcohol’s dehydrating effects are felt sooner than they usually would be.

Unless you have the cash for a first class ticket, cramped conditions on board are a given, so make sure you take the time to get up and stretch your legs, particularly if you’re tall. If you’re on a long haul flight, consider wearing compression socks to reduce your risk of leg swelling or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), particularly if you’re in a risk category.  Also, if your journey is a long one or you are vulnerable to neck pain, it’s worth investing in a travel cushion to help combat unwanted aches and pains.

Road trip

Driving to your destination can be an adventure in itself, but getting from A to B by car involves careful planning. Traffic jams, heat and the demands of your passengers can all take their toll, so it’s worth learning some simple mindfulness breathing techniques to take the stress out the experience. Share the driving if possible and remember the golden rule – if you’re tired pull over and stop for a rest. Driving in foreign countries comes with its own set of challenges. Planning is key when it comes to staying safe by familiarising yourself with the rules of the road and factoring in overnight stops to get out of the cramped environment and enjoy a good night’s sleep.

Good night

Unless you’re lucky enough to own your holiday home, holidays involve unfamiliar beds which may not have the quality or firmness of mattress that suit you best. If you’re holidaying in the UK or taking your car, packing your own pillow is a great way to avoid sleepless nights resulting in neck pain. Lying on your back is the best way to avoid aches and pains but if this doesn’t feel natural to you, try to at least keep your neck in line with the rest of your body. Camping requires careful planning to avoid lasting discomfort. Those who find it hard to get up and down should invest in a camp bed, while if you do use an air bed, make sure you place foam matting or a blanket underneath it, to avoid cold air filling the bed and leaving your shivering. Ear plugs and eye masks are a good idea for travel too, as even if you’re in a hotel, thin curtains and external noises can interrupt your sleep.

No matter how careful we are, accidents can happen and aches and pains can suddenly manifest themselves. For more information on chiropractic and other services at Archway Health Hub please call us on 01858 410 820 or email us at

By |July 13th, 2018|