Come With Me

21 years ago now, in December 1998, I graduated from the McTimoney Chiropractic College in Oxford. It was a wonderful day, which unfortunately I do not have any photos of. I was a single parent, and it was the days of film, and I had no money to process any. Nor did I have money to purchase one of the professional ones that were taken that day.

I graduated thinking “What a marvellous treatment McTimoney was” (and it still is). I believed that everybody needed a McTimoney Practitioner in their life, more than they needed a GP. I was secure that this was the best treatment going, and that if there was anything better, then I would want to train in it.

As part of being part of a professional group I am expected to do at least 20 hours a year of Continual Professional Development (CPD). Well for 20 years I did allsorts of study days, attended conferences, did online nutrition courses, all in an effort to tick the box for CPD, to get my membership to whatever association I belonged to at the time. This year my very own Chiropractor was running a weekend workshop in the town just up the road from me. BIG TICK. DOUBLE TICK. Not only did it sound interesting, but it was 5 miles up the road which meant no lengthy journeys to the opposite end of the country with overnight accomodation to fund as well. I could go home and sleep in my own bed.

Well that weekend turned my McTimoney world on it’s head. Had I found something that was even better than McTimoney? Certainly the 2 day workshop promised plenty, and delivered. It gave us all something to be able to take back into our clinics on Monday morning and implement into our own modality of healing.After the first day, I went home and looked up more. I looked into more training, I made my mind up that I wanted to learn this new technique.

I started to use it the first day back in clinic, and my clients were saying strange things, things that they had rarely said about McTimoney.

Things like “Your hands, when you put your hands on me, I felt very calm and relaxed”.

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This new therapy (for me) is consuming me, I cannot get enough of it.I have only done 5 sessions on people that i already treated with the McTimoney method of Chiropractic, and the feedback is blowing my mind.

Come with me, as I take the steps along this Cranio-sacral journey. I have a feeling it’s going to be an interesting one.



Good Grief: 29 Years and Counting

Grief 29 years


It struck me today, that I have spent half of my life grieving over my stillborn son. How did that happen? I was 29 then, and 58 now. That’s half my life!

Some years have been easier than others. For some reason this year has not been a good one. There have been days in February that I have just curled up under a duvet and slept. I can’t even say it was a hygge day, as no reading, film watching or hot chocolate was involved.

I came across this poem which sums it up nicely. Credit to Laura Ding-Edwards of Herefordshire

If the mountain seems too big today

then climb a hill instead

if the morning brings you sadness

then stay in bed instead

if the day ahead weighs heavy

and your plans feel like a curse

there’s no shame in rearranging

don’t make yourself feel worse

if a shower stings like needles

and a bath as if you’ll drown

if you haven’t washed your hair for days

don’t throw away your crown

a day is not a lifetime

a rest is not defeat

don’t think of it as failure

just a quiet nice retreat

it’s okay to take a moment

from an anxious fractured mind

the world will not stop turning

while you get realigned

the mountain will still be there

when you want to try again

you can climb it in your own time

just love yourself til then.

My mountain climbing training has taken a bit of a back seat, for a day or two. Tomorrow is the anniversary, and being a Tuesday, it should be a hill-walking day with the group. I will see how I feel, that is all I can hope for.

If you have been upset by this post, then please take care of yourself, and be kind to yourself.



It’s OK not to want to Walk

So today should be a hillwalking day! But I’m not. I am not out on the hills walking. Why? Because I don’t feel like it, and that’s ok.

I went to bed last night full of expectation that this morning I was going to wake up, get up and go, despite the weather forecast looking like it might be snowy and windy. That wasn’t going to stop me, I was prepared. But at 7.15 am, when the alarm went off, I could hear the rain lashing on the bedroom window, and I stretched out my arm, turned the alarm off, and went right back to sleep, with the intention that I would get up in my own time, and walk over the Carrick Hills which are very local to me.

Today is the annivesary of my father’s death. 29 years ago. I feel numb. I don’t want to do anything, and I mean, ANYTHING! It is the 1st day of a fortnight’s history of pain and misery, culminating in the stillbirth of my son.

To walk, I need to eat, and I am not hungry. I am sitting here typing this post, willing myself to get some motivation, and like raindrops dripping off a branch, collecting in a leaf below, my levels are rising, slowly.

I am trying to look forward, and think of the sense of satisfaction and achievement I will have, when I get home after a walk. But that really isn’t doing much for my motivation. Even reading this motivational quote is not doing it for me today. Although if I was somewhere where I could run along the beach barefoot it might be a start. It is 1 degree celsius in Ayr today.Activity, movement, physical exercise, health, joy, plato

I am away to meditate, to see if that improves my mind. I will update you.

Thank you for reading.


PS After 20 minutes of Tonglen meditation, my motivation came up enough to put on my thermals and go out to the local hills. I was so glad that I did. The air was so cold that I could feel the coldness deep in my lungs, but the views from up high was stunning. It was clear enough to see the isle of Arran, and although the top of Goatfell was obscured by clouds, it was a sight to behold. I revere the majesty of the Creator of such magnificance.


At the cairn near the top of the Carrick Hills I came across a little plaque, which just about summed up my mood. It made me realsie that I am not alone in my misery, that many others are struggling with the loss of a loved one too. I did a few Tonglen breaths and took their pain into my body and transformed it into love and hope.

It is doubtful that I will ever know who left that plaque there, but I hope they felt my universal love.

C is for Collagen

If you have been following my progress since the beginning of February, you will already have heard me talking about how I was taking collagen as part of my repair and recovery from pains that I had started to get once I started to run. Here I discuss what collagen is and which one you should be taking.


Have you thought about taking Collagen and if so, why?

It can be confusing trying to find the Collagen Capsules which will best suit your needs.  Some people may not even realise there are different types of collagen!  The question you should be asking yourself is “Why am I taking Collagen in the first place?

Collagen the facts?

Collagen is the primary structural protein found in the body, making up over 25% to 35% of the whole-body protein content.  It is abundant throughout the body and is found in connective tissue, bone, all organs and especially skin where it makes up to 90% of the structural protein.

Collagen is the main component of connective tissue.  Collagen, in the form of elongated fibrils, is mostly found in fibrous tissues such as tendon, ligament and skin, and is also abundant in cornea, cartilage, bone, blood vessels, the gut, and intervertebral disc. It is like a superglue, holding us all together. Unfortunately we start to lose it from the age of about 25, and the results of collagen loss start visually, the changing shape of your face, loss of skin elasticity, formation of line and wrinkles, but it’s the internal issues that we really have to worry about.  The loss of strength in ligaments, tendons, cartilage and of course bone, which long term could contribute to Osteoarthritis.


Let’s take a closer look at the three main types of collagen found in the human body.

Type I Collagen

Type I Collagen is the most common type of collagen found in the body.  It’s found in tendons, skin, artery walls, cornea, and the organic part of bones and teeth.  Type I Collagen is good for improving your skin and hair as well as being an overall balanced collagen type.

Type II Collagen

Type II Collagen is found in Hyaline Cartilage and makes up 50% of all cartilage protein.  It’s also found in the Vitreous Humour of the eye.  This collagen gives our body its structural strength and stability.  Although very beneficial the source of type II collagen in an edible form is still restricted to fish collagen, and although available there is no scientific evidence that it can deliver the potential benefits that we require.

Type III Collagen

Type III Collagen is the collagen of granulation tissue and is produced quickly by young fibroblasts before the tougher type I collagen is synthesized.  It’s also found in muscles, artery walls, skin, intestines and the uterus.  This makes us strong, it is the collagen structure in the muscle that is torn during exercise and is responsible for repair of the muscle.

proto-col’s new Bioactive type I & III collagen. The Proto-col range have a variety of Collagen Capsules and tablets available. 

The new bioactive collagen peptide containing type I and III collagen is a triple helix structure and combines the three most repetitious amino acids glycine, proline and hydroxyproline.  Collagen type III is a form of granulation tissue, and is produced quickly once stimulated by young fibroblasts before the tougher type I collagen is synthesized.  The new bioactive peptide of this sport collagen has been optimised so that it also covers all the potential benefits of type II collagen without actually being type II in a raw form.

By delivering all three required types of collagen requirements which are naturally found in our body, our “body and joint formulation” becomes a ground breaking new formulation of collagen hydrolysate that can be used both by the elite athlete and the health and well-being enthusiast.

All you need to know now is which proto-col Collagen Capsules are right for you. The following table should help assist you in your selection for the right Collagen Capsules. They can all be purchased here

Product Type I Collagen Type II Collagen Type III Collagen Hyaluronic  Acid, Vitamin A,C,E and Zinc CollagenDosage perserving (mg)
Proto-col collagen capsules           Skin Care Range Yes No yes No 1200
Proto-col collagen Body and Joint Capsules Sports range yes Yes Yes No 1200
*Proto-col Skin Plus Range Capsules Skin Care Range Yes No yes Yes 1065
Proto-col Sport’s Nutrition Collagen Tablets-Sports Nutrition Range yes Yes Yes No 5000
Proto-col Pro Gold Protein Chocolate or Strawberry contains BCAA’s yes Yes Yes No 5000

A note on *proto-col skin plus

Ingredients include: Hyaluronic  Acid one of the key chain molecules in the key – responsible for skin maintaining a youthful complexion.

What is special about Hyaluronic Acid?

It is the biggest among the molecules that surround skin cells and it absorbs moisture up to 6000 times its weight.  Maintaining sufficient quantity of these special molecules, which decreases with age, is one of the key factors to stay young and radiant.  Vitamin A, C, E and Zinc which are all vitamins and minerals that are known to aid skin health.

Why choose proto-col and what makes proto-col the market leader

Proto-col is the only collagen brand on the market that works with CRI (The International Collagen research institute).  Proto-col guarantee to use only the highest quality collagen in the world and the only material that is backed with clear and conclusive clinical research and data.  proto-col’s sports collagen product is also HFL tested for elite athletes to use. Available here:!/~/search/keywords=collagen&offset=0&sort=nameDesc

Couch Potato to 10k Week 2

Things have not quite gone to plan this week. All was going well. I’d ordered a new pair of trainers so that I had a pair for the gym and a pair to run outside in, along with leggings and sports bras. My plan: once I managed 5 k on the treadmill I would go and join the rest of the Park Run community in my local park at 9.30 am on Saturday morning. I have set my goal as being in February.

Monday I did as my taining plan suggested, I did 15 gentle run, on the treadmill, bettering my times that I had done on Friday. I was well pleased with myself. Then came Wednesday!

Wednesday the training pcouch-potato-to-10-k-week-2lan said 25 minutes. I have to admit, I wasn’t looking forward to it, but I set out with PBs for 1 k in my mind. But my legs told me other things. They felt heavy, like I had been on my feet all day. It reminded me of my nursing days, when the workload was so heavy, I didn’t get a chance to sit down on the entire shift. Heavy and difficulty picking the leg up to run. I ended up doing the 25 minutes but mainly at a walking pace.

The next day was a rest day. I was very aware that my legs hurt along the bones. Is it the muscle attachments growing stronger? That’s what it felt like. I had to remind myself that these bones are 56 years young, not as young as they used to be, and therefore need gradual increase in use, to allow my body to adapt slowly to the improvement that I seek. I took 5000g of collagen to help these growing attachments.

During a twitter hour, #uklatehour, I tweeted with Susan at Vie-Fit. She had some great advice, and shared her blog post on stretching with me. Check it out They felt no better, and by Friday I decided to cut out the training altogether, rather than doggedly train and risk an injury.

So the weekend I am spending re-evaluating my training plan, and deciding to repeat each week of the plan, so that I do it twice, and see how that goes, starting on Monday. For now I am concentrating on being aware of my age and capabilities.

Blessings Joy

My Thigh is Now My Waist (or What Have I learnt This Week)

So I have come to the end of my first week of training for a 10 k run and I am reflecting back on what I have learnt.

Lesson No 1: First of all I was kidding myself about how fit I was and how svelte I am.

I measured myself, and came to the conclusion that I might be a Jelly Baby but my body shape is more of a pear drop! Vital Statistics 32-33-43 DD. And the worst thing I discovered is that the girth of my thigh is now the size that my waist measured when I was in my 20’s and 30’s, pre-childbirth. I hope to dispel the myth that age and child-bearing means that you gain pounds and inches purely becasue you have done 1 or both of those things.

Lesson No 2: This running lark is addicitive, or maybe it’s trying to beat your previous goal that is. My first training day was just a gentle introduction back to the treadmill. I managed 1 km in just over 10 seconds. My personal best Yahoo!

The next day I was keen to see if I could beat that, but my 10 week training guide said that it should be a rest day, so I walked on the treadmill and put an incline in instead. Boy did my legs ache the next day. By day 3 I had the 1 k down to just over 8 minutes and I managed a mil in 15 minutes. Umph after the try!fork push limits pilgrim

Lesson No 3: Collagen  really really works on post-workout muscular aches and pains. I have been recommending it to people for 4 years now, but in that time have never really challenged myself to see the effect. Now I have, and I am amazed. Since starting just a week ago, my old aches and twinges returned in my legs. I went for a massage on my legs, which helped temporarily, but not for long. I took collagen yesterday, and woke up this morning feeling great in my legs, I can run up and down the stairs no problem.

Summary of Change: PB for 1 km is now 8 mins 37 secs. I can run a 15 minuts mile!

I have lost 2 lbs

Have you been motivated by my posts? Would you like to join me in my quest to train for a 10 km run? I would love to hear your journey. Let me know how you are getting on.

Blessings Joy