The Dorn method is a simple non invasive, gentle method of correcting misalignments in the spinal column and joints. The clients’ muscles are actively involved in pulling the systems back into place – just as they were involved in pulling them out.
Spinal Touch is a method of correcting postural distortion by adjusting the sacrum so that the body’s natural centre of balance is in line with its centre of gravity.
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method that works on the fluid system that surrounds the brain and spine. This system nourishes the nervous system and eliminates wastes. It is a very light work that is deeply relaxing.
Sports massage is a derivation of Swedish massage that stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. The main purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity.
When walking barefoot or in "barefoot shoes", we walk correctly. This means landing softly on the heel and using the power in your toes to push off. When we walk this way we tone muscles, increase sensory perception, improve posture and strengthen core.
Kinesiology is a simple, safe and precise muscle testing procedure that can be used to recognise physiological and energy imbalances within the body and rectify them. Hyperton-X is a branch of kinesiology used to selectively test muscles for imbalance or inhibition due to injury or overuse.
Michele is an RSA qualified fitness instructor who specialises in the correction of postural stresses and imbalances through a process called Spinal Touch. Michele is also a qualified massage therapist and Kinesiologist and incoporates neuromuscular techniques, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and Hyperton-X into remedial treatments.
Her background in sports and fitness allows Michele to give advice on exercises to support her treatments and gives her an understanding of athletes and their training. She may use advanced stretch techniques or prescribe strengthening exercises in order to help a body back into balance and health.
Michele is also a Reiki Master, attuned and trained by the Grand Master Nalin Narula in India.
She has also undergone health training with the NHS and is a smoking cessation advisor. She also has enhanced Disclosure Scotland validation.
Michele has a ‘hands on’ and intuitive approach to her work backed by good assessment skills.
Michele is also co-creator of the Access Movement Exercise Class. Along with John Hall (Hedge - a grade 2 parkour coach), she has put together a remedial class that awakens intrinsic reflexes, practices healthy movement and lengthens, flexes and strengthens the body structures that so often get dulled by modern life. The access class is suitable for anyone who wants to get more from their body, whether they are already athletes or just looking to get back into movement. For more information please go to www.accessparkour.com.
Deanne is a qualified sports and remedial massage therapist who incorporates neuromuscular techniques, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and Hyperton-X into her remedial treatments. Deanne also practices CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release. Her therapeutic work includes Swedish Massage and Indian Head Massage. (She speaks fluent Italian if that helps anyone!). Deanne is a ‘hands on’ therapist with a clinical approach to her practice. Competent history taking, examination and assessment will precede an agreed treatment plan. For more information on Deanne please go to Deanne's LinkedIn Profile.
Michele and Deanne both believe you can never know everything there is to know about the body. They are both, therefore, committed to a programme of continuing professional development which, in turn, benefits their clients.
Annie is a qualified Complementary Therapist, specialising in Swedish Body Massage, Reflexology and Deep Tissue Massage. Alongside a regular practice in yoga, circus performance, dance and physical theatre, Annie expresses a keen interest and understanding of body movement which allows her to adopt an intuitive approach to her work. Annie is also trained in Onsite Massage, Indian Head Massage and is a Reiki II qualified practitioner. She is currently studying under Michele Hall and Deanne Tomasino as a clinic Intern, developing her knowledge and hands on experience of Deep Tissue Massage techniques including Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) and Sports Massage Therapy.
We run 2 different types of workshop:
Back in the Game is a weekly remedial exercise especially designed to help those who;
Access to Movement Workshop is a 6 hour workshop for movement instructors, therapists and keen amateurs who are looking for a new approach and practical Personal Development.More information on Access to Movement
We affectionately refer to this as our BIG class. It is for grown-ups!
It has been designed to help deal with the issues seen most often in any body therapists' clinic.
We designed this workshop series in response to a space in the market for people who would like to enjoy a good, natural, healthy body that they can then take out to enjoy their favourite activity without having to deal with constant breakdown, injury, and discomfort
Although the format is like most exercise classes with a warm up, a work section, and a cool down at the end it is more like a weekly workshop. Some come just for hip classes and some come just for the shoulders. Many will come along, learn the moves, and do them in their own time. Like adding tools to their own exercise box!
Everyone knows that lifestyle has a huge impact on our bodies. Our clever adaptive bodies struggle with the task of sitting in front of a terminal and try to make us chair shaped to deal with this. They also struggle with repetitive movement required in some fields of work and even in some sports. Our aim is to take the chair back out, balance the repetitive movement and return the hunter/gatherer body that is fit to enjoy life.
I chose the most natural sport in the world as my basis for this class, Parkour. Parkour is simply an extension of play. It is how we all learned to move in the first place, and therefore we know that all of these moves are in us. The supple, energetic, responsive body of youth has been overlaid with years of abuse and our aim is to unpick these layers and loosen off the congestion to give you a body you can work with.
Who runs it?
The class is instructed by Hedge, who runs a very successful parkour school, Edinburgh's first. Hedge is a keen observer of movement and has a good scientific understanding of how the body is supposed to work. He works in schools all over Edinburgh and in facilities throughout Scotland bringing health and fun back into movement.
Content is overseen by Michele Hall of Dynamic Balance. Michele has been involved in the fitness and health field for 22 years (long enough to have seen a lot of crazy stuff come and go!) Michele has concentrated on bodywork and worked as a therapist at MES Sports Centre for the last 14 years. Michele believes in the potential of everyone to feel good in their body and that everyone should be able to enjoy their body without pain. However, sometimes getting to that point does involve some discomfort!
Who else comes?
We have attendees who are:
All are welcome as long as they are Grown Up. The classes are run from MES Sports Centre, Tuesdays at 7-8pm and 8-9pm, or Full Cirqle, Bailyfield, Portobello, Wednesdays from 8-9pm.
A reboot start up solution for you and your clients. A simple set of moves for you that will get everyone moving naturally and back in the game.
Those working in the sports and movement world will be aware that there are many clients who turn up who are simply unable to move well. This can be because;
These individuals are often uncomfortable and usually injury prone. They are often discouraged by their inconsistent progress and can be more challenging for Fitness Professionalss and Therapists to work with.
We are offering a solution for movement specialists and sports people.
This workshop gives you easy tools to re-vamp/energise/initiate healthy movement. With this you and your client can move on to enjoy fitter healthier and more natural bodies.
The barefoot movement isn’t a crazy fad to get dirty feet. We move differently barefoot, therefore it stands to reason that we move in a more natural way. Shoes change the dynamics of posture and movement this encourages the body to move outside its natural biomechanical design.
The result is dysfunction. Shoe manufactures have been torturing us to make money in the name of fashion or by promising us improved performance. The truth is that we have been delivered pain and dysfunction.
Michele believes it is time to return to simple natural movement and refuse to succumb to the marketing gurus. She also believes that as far as possible we should attend to our dysfunction by normalising and strengthening our bodies through movement, which is what we are designed for, rather than by supporting that dysfunction through built up shoes or irrelevant exercise. The "bare" part is important because it enforces the change, but of course warmth and protection are required in our habitat, so minimalist shoes that allow the feet to work is the way forward (as long as we are not once again drawn into the trap of clever advertising).
Michele, who is a qualified Barefoot Running coach, writes a blog which gives hints and tips on barefoot running, natural posture, movement and remedial exercise advice.
Highlights from some of the articles are shown below - please click on any of the headings to link through to her Barefoot Running Scotland blog.
Tel: Michele Hall - 07973621052
Tel: Deanne Tomasino - 07940474146
Mary Erskine Sports Centre,
Dynamic Balance occupies a therapy room within the Sports Centre that is attached to Mary Erskine School. It is a facility that we are happy to share with Scottish Cricket. There is free parking within the school grounds and we are able to be open between 8.30 am and 8.30 pm 7 days a week.
Clients should park at the Craigleith Rise Car Park. For security reasons access to our clinic is restricted during school hours so we ask our clients to arrive in time and call or text on arrival so that we can meet you at the door. At weekends, after 5 and throughout school holidays there is someone at reception to guide you on arrival.