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Get to know about Pilates from the Instructor herself!


Pilates - is  one of the safest modes of training. Pilates exercises are not strenuous. That is why Pilates has no age restrictions.

The effectiveness of Pilates : Work with problem areas (reduce tummy fats, strengthens the pelvic muscles, the strength of which is required for delivery, and postpartum recovery.

Pilates Classes in the system:

Focused on improvement of the spine.
There are exercises for rehabilitation at various pains in the spine, tone up your muscles,develop balance, improve the body, giving the muscles more elongated shape,
help to cope with back pain, develop the respiratory system,help to develop positive thinking in dealing with stress,using the right breathing method can help massage the internal organs.

Exercises are designed with an emphasis on the development of muscle strength, particularly in strengthening the muscles overall in the body.

Melissa Cortez

3 Must-Know Ways to Be a Great Parent

There are of course many other ways to be a great parent but we’ll stick to these 3 for now.

Take charge. Children crave limits, which help them understand and manage an often confusing world. Show your love by setting boundaries so your kids can explore and discover their passions safely.

Don't try to fix everything. Give young kids a chance to find their own solutions. When you lovingly acknowledge a child's minor frustrations without immediately rushing in to save her, you teach her self-reliance and resilience

Remember that discipline is not punishment. Enforcing limits is really about teaching kids how to behave in the world and helping them to become competent, caring, and in control.

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Many common aches and pains can be simply treated by you at home.

Back Pain

Back pain causes 13 million working days to be lost in Britain each year. The spine supports the whole weight of the upper body so it is understandable that is sometimes goes wrong. Because of the complex nature of the spine it is advisable to consult your doctor if back pain persists for more that a few days or if you get shooting pains down the leg. If, as is usual, the pain has been caused by abuse ie lifting to heavy weights etc, be sensible and take things easy. Take care to sit as upright as possible with a support for the small of the back. Take aspirin, Neurofen or Paracetamol which will not only relieve the pain but will help to relieve inflammation. Your doctor may well prescribe stronger drugs, heat treatment or gentle exercise.


Apply large quantities of cold water to the affected area as soon as possible and maintain this until the pain subsides. This may take as long as 15 minutes! Repeat every two hours. If the skin is unbroken but blistered, apply a loose dry dressing. If the burn is larger that four or five inches in diameter or if the skin is broken, consult your doctor or practice nurse as soon as possible.


On the first day a rash appears as small red patches about 3-4mm across. Within a few hours of these developing, small blisters appear in the centre of these patches. During the next three or four days further patches will appear in crops and the earlier ones will turn 'crusty' and fall off. Antihistamines may soothe the often severe itching. Cool baths may also help. The most infectious period is from two to three days before the rash appears and up to five days after this date. Children may return to school as soon as the last 'crusts' have dropped off.


Even in this day and age there is still no cure for the common cold. Rest, take plenty of drinks. If you have a headache or are feverish, take Aspirin or Paracetamol. Do not take antibiotics as these will have no effect! If after 4 days you are getting worse then call the surgery.


In ADULTS, diarrhoea is usually caused by a virus infection and therefore cannot be treated directly. The symptoms can usually be eased by fluids only and occasionally anti diarrhoeal medication. Holiday diarrhoea may be due to a bacteria. Consult your doctor if the symptoms persist for more than a few days.

Diarrhoea in VERY YOUNG CHILDREN AND BABIES needs careful attention. Most babies have loose bowel action during their first six months due to their predominantly liquid diet. Sudden bouts of unusually watery diarrhoea should be treated by taking the baby off solids and feeding a cooled solution of boiled water (with a teaspoon of sugar and half a teaspoone of salt to the pint). If the symptoms persist for more than 24 hours, or are accompanied by vomiting or weakness, consult your doctor.

Flu Vaccination

An influenza vaccination is particularly recommended for patients with heart, lung and kidney disease, diabetes and residents of nursing and rest homes and patients over 65 years of age. Please contact the reception staff in September for details of the vaccination dates and to make an appointment. If you are unable to attend the surgery, a home visit will be arranged to undertake this facility.


Gastroenteritis describes a group of diseases affecting the stomach or part of the intestine. Symptoms are often diarrhoea, sickness and stomachache. Because the lining of the stomach is likely to be inflamed medicines are often immediately vomited up. Large quantities of water, orange juice or thin soup should be taken to counter the effects of dehydration. Consult your doctor if symptoms persist for more than a day or, in the case of babies or young children, six hours.

Head Lice

These creatures, prefer clean hair and are, therefore, not a sign of poor personal hygiene. Wash the hair with conditioner and use a nit comb every three days for 2 weeks. Medicated head lotion can be obtained from the chemist without prescription.

Insect Bites and Stings

Antihistamine tablets can be obtained from the chemist without prescription and will usually relieve most symptoms. Note: Bee stings should be scraped away rather than «plucked¡ in order to aviod squeezing the contents of the venom sac into the wound.

Minor Cuts and Grazes

Wash the wound thoroughly with water and a little soap to remove grit and clean wound. To stop bleeding apply a clean handkerchief or dressing firmly to the wound for about five minutes. Cover with a clean dry dressing. Change daily. Expose to air until dry.


Sit in a chair, lean forward with your mouth open over a bowl, and pinch the soft part of your nose just below the bone for at least ten minutes, by which time the bleeding should have stopped. Avoid hot drinks or hot foods for 24 hours. If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.


Treat with a cold compress, containing ice if possible, for 15 minutes to reduce the swelling 4 times a day for 24 hours. Then apply, firmly, a crepe bandage and give the sprain plenty of rest until all discomfort has subsided. Further strain will inevitably lead to further swelling and a longer recovery period. Keep joint elevated when possible.


Most attacks are not serious and are usually caused by indigestion or wind. A hot water bottle will often relieve the symptoms and, in the case of indigestion, a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in half a glass of water will help. If the pain lasts for longer than eight hours or increases in intensity you should consult your doctor.


Treat as for other burns with cold water to remove the heat. Antihistamine tablets from the chemist will relieve the irritation whilst Paracetamol will also help the pain. Drink plenty of fluids. Children are particularly susceptible to sunburn and great care should be taken to avoid over-exposure to the harmful effects of the sun.


Asthma Treatment in Pregnancy



A MEDICAL discovery of “unexpected magnitude” by University of Newcastle researchers could lead to major breakthroughs that could prevent children from developing asthma.

A trial has found that improved asthma treatment of pregnant women delivers profound benefits to their babies.

These illnesses increase a baby’s chance of developing asthma later in life.

The research also confirmed that environmental factors – not just genetics – play a part in the development of asthma.

Professor Joerg Mattes and Dr Vanessa Murphy were part of the team of Newcastle researchers who studied  220 pregnant women.

They will now look to confirm their results on a larger trial of 1000 women.

“The results have been really exciting, it’s great it could lead to a possible way of preventing asthma in children,” Dr Murphy said.

Professor Mattes pointed to the study’s “stunning” results in improving the health of babies after halving the number of asthma attacks their pregnant mums’ had.

“We were really stunned by the magnitude of the effect on respiratory health in infancy,” he said.

“We believe it is now important to follow this up in a larger study to verify the results and move to translate this into health policy.”

Professor Mattes said it was possible that asthma attacks could trigger an immune system response in the mother and baby and the stress this caused might affect the child’s lung growth, although more research needed to be done.

For Newcastle mum Jodi Slinn, who was involved in the trial and had the improved treatment, the thought that her daughter Olivia, 3, might not have to go through asthma like she did is an exciting one.

Mrs Slinn grew up struggling to cope with certain sports because of her asthma and always had to make sure she had her puffer near by.

The mother and daughter were at the Hunter Medical Research Institute yesterday where tests were done on Olivia’s lungs – and everything was found to be working perfectly.

“I just like the thought that asthma can come under environmental factors,” Mrs Slinn said.



10 Ways to Beat Exam Stress

Some Tips Which Might Just Work!


Start by tidying up - it's therapeutic! A neat study area will let your child feel more in control and confident. Also, work out a revision timetable. Help her priorities her tasks. A nine-year-old may not understand that revising Maths should come before a swim. It wouldn't occur to her that she might be too tired after swimming to study.


Find out what she's weak in and explain to her again the topics she's unsure of. Is she avoiding subjects she doesn't like or find difficult? Sort that out now to avoid panic later. Don't leave revision to the last minute, and don't make her cram all her work into the night before an exam.


Every child revises differently so find out what routine suits her best. According to BrainGym instructor Moira Dempsey, some kids may actually study better sprawled on the floor or walking about. Some may even doodle on the side, so why stop her as long as she remembers what she has studied? Like you, your child has performance peaks and ebbs too; she may work better at night, and in short spurts with breaks in between. Go with the flow.


We don't want to be kiasu, but there's no harm practising on past exam papers. It's the volume you feel overwhelmed. Don't feel shy about asking a teacher, tutor or other parents how t revise. Sometimes it's not that your child doesn't know her work, she just lacks the right exam skills. For instance, tell her not to pause too long on a dificult question but to move on and come back to the question after she's gone through the entire paper.


Instead of having your child watch TV sneakily, schedule in guilt-free relaxation each day. For instance, if she's worked well, reward her with 30 minutes of TV time or reading whatever she wants. Make sure the family has fun together even if it's exam time - watch a movie together, visit the museum or just take a walk. But don't willtoo relaxed! A little stress over exams will make her work harder.


Studies show that physical activity can help alleviate mental stress. So make sure your child gets a daily dose of exercise, even if it's just skate scooting or playing catch in the void deck. Or let her put on her favourite song and dance!


An adult needs eight hours of sleep on the average, but a child may need more. Most kids in the afternoon, but this can disrupt normal sleeping patterns. If your child must nap, make it the evening, don't send her straight to bed as she'll have trouble going to sleep. Let her unwind with a bedtime ritual of quiet reading or praying. End the day pleasantly, not with a nagging session!


You may feel like you have no time to cook but eating out is so much less nutritious. Now is the time to try those time-saving meal ideas and to ensure your child eats well. Brain work is a lot more energy sapping than it looks, so stock up on nutritious snacks like rice cakes and seaweed. Kids tend to fall ill around exam time, so vitamin C supplements and echinacea may be a good idea. Time-tested soothers like barley water and Brand's Essence of Chicken are great comfort foods and may actually help improve concentration.


Notice how conversations with your child tend to revolve around her school work? Make it a point to talk about other stuff too. Let her gripe about her teachers and friends, share her jokes, discuss her toys and games. Stay in touch, so she knows you're on her side when the going gets rough.


Stop trying to get her to think about the future and the consequences of failing. She's still a kid after all. Tell her to do her best - which is all she can really do - and be satisfied with that. A newspaper survey found that the top worry of Singapore kids is failing tests or exams, so don't bug her with more worries. Get her to think happy thoughts instead, like the reward she'd get or how relieved she'd feel at the end of the exam. If your child normally scores about 70, and one day gets 80, celebrate scores with her, even if you know she's capable of 90 or 100. And stop reviewing the paper that has been done. She can't change what she has written!




How Clean is Too Clean?


The "hygiene hypothesis" is a proposed explanation for why allergies and asthma are now epidemic, especially in developed countries. The hypothesis holds that children who grow up in crowded and dirtier environments are less likely to develop these ailments than youngsters raised in cleaner, more protected environments. The idea is that the developing immune systems of less privileged kids are exposed to lots of germs from an early age and so become stronger and more protective of health.

The researcher who first proposed the hypothesis originally thought that youngsters in poor or polluted areas in Germany would have more allergies and asthma than kids who grow up in better surroundings. After she found the opposite to be true, she concluded that because the immune systems of children growing up in hygienic conditions hadn't had much exposure to germs, they were more likely to react to harmless substances such as pollen or peanuts.

Eventually, researchers found support for the hygiene hypothesis from a laboratory study. They exposed mice to the bacterium Mycoplasma pneumoniae and then made the animals allergic to an egg protein. Two weeks later when the animals were re-exposed to the egg protein, their allergic response was not as strong as it was among mice made allergic to egg protein without prior exposure to the bacterium. Results of the study were published in the March 2003 issue of Infection and Immunity.

Despite this intriguing evidence, we need a lot more proof from human studies before the hygiene hypothesis makes the leap from theory to fact, and I wouldn't worry about a home being "too clean."