Did you know that Healthfix offers Yoga classes for our community?
Yoga is a broad system encompassing philosophy, physical movement, meditation and daily living – and that’s really just scratching the surface. What sets the physical practice of yoga apart from other disciplines such as Pilates is that yoga is strongly introspective, which can, for some people, transcend to an energetic or spiritual awakening. Yoga is all about calming the mind and obtaining clarity of thoughts, which helps us live a more joyful life.
What sets Healthfix apart from other yoga studios is that we pride ourselves on our client centred, evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to achieve optimal client outcomes. Every yoga class allows for our accredited yoga instructors to take the time to attend to each student’s development and form, ensuring you get the most out of your time on the mat. Healthfix’s team of professionals work together to get you to your fittest, at your pace.
That’s why we have listened to our community’s requests and developed two new yoga classes!
Introducing Yoga Flow.
A class where you can move with your breath and create space in your body and mind. Classes integrate traditional yoga postures with functional movements, that are designed to address common areas of tension and weakness. Many options are provided so that you experience a level of challenge that is appropriate for you, allowing you to safely progress your practice and build awareness. You will leave feeling balanced and connected to mind and body. No props required, all fitness levels are welcome. This class is held on Tuesdays at 6PM
Introducing Yoga Revive.
A restorative class focusing on supported and relaxing postures that allow the body release, and the mind to unwind. This practice relieves tension in tight muscles you didn’t even know were tight! A focus on deep breathing allows the mind to find a meditative state. This is very calming for the nervous system, thereby supporting you in times of stress. Props include supporting materials like yoga blocks, cushions, pillows, and a blanket. You want to be as comfortable and cosy as possible! This class is held on Fridays at 6PM
Ready to try a class? Our yoga classes are held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6PM over zoom during this lockdown. The perfect time to wind down from work and settle in for the night.
There are 3 ways to get started in our Yoga classes;
- With a FREE trial to make sure that we are the right fit for each other.
- Using a Class Pass which you can prepay 10 – 20 classes at a discounted rate
- As a part of our health club membership where all classes are free and you can receive the added benefits of discounted one on one sessions with our other services as well as being allocated a mentor to help you navigate remaining in optimal health at this important time in your life.
Book in for your first class online, give us a call on 02 8065 0445 or fill in the form below for our team to reach out
Over the past 8 weeks, our community has battled many challenges. From working form home to home schooling to social isolation and the stress of having our routines thrown out the window. That’s why our team at Healthfix, would like to take this opportunity to host an online wellness retreat for our community reflect and prepare for life out of lockdown.
We would like to invite all of our health club members to join our team on Friday the 3rd of September for this online wellness retreat. Over zoom we will be hosting a group wellness coaching session and a rejuvenating stretch based pilates class. The intention of this event is to emphasise the importance of self care and develop the mindset to ensure you are thriving through lockdown. Not just surviving day to day. This event will also be an opportunity for our community to connect virtually and support each other through challenging times.
This event will be led by our Member Experience Manager and Certified Wellness Coach, Mark Wilson
. Mark will be taking the group through a wellness coaching
session on reflection and gratitude during challenging times. This session will help all members feel connected, supported and inspired so we highly recommend everyone attending this session.
Following the wellness coaching session, our pilates instructor, Amy Yeoland
, has designed a rejuvenating and relaxing pilates
class. Designed to help reset your body for the weekend.
This event will commence at 5PM on Friday the 3rd of September, and is exclusive to our health club members. If you’re a member and are interested in coming along, fill in this form to RSVP your attendance and we look forward to see you at the online retreat!
Take Care, Team Healthfix
In the message section of the form, please input ‘RSVP’ and our team will do the rest!
Calling all future mums to be.
Healthfix has developed a new program to help you prepare mentally and physically for birth and motherhood in a safe, supportive and sustainable way.
Our Women’s Health Team of pelvic floor physiotherapists and Pilates instructors have developed a brand new Pilates program that is designed to help you build pelvic floor awareness and posterior chain strength to support you during pregnancy and beyond.
The goal of our Pilates classes are to –
- Build lower body and posterior chain strength to support you in carrying your growing baby through pregnancy.
- Build upper body strength and endurance to help prepare you for carrying your new-born and breastfeeding.
- Develop hip stability and pelvic control to assist you in a safe labour and delivery.
- Lengthening and strengthening your adductor thigh muscles to help support the weight of your growing baby belly and providing your more leverage to push during labour.
Exercise is a safe and beneficial thing to be doing throughout your pregnancy as it can help reduce common pregnancy symptoms and improve your overall health during pregnancy and post-partum.
Exercise during pregnancy has proven to help:
Wanting to get started with pregnancy Pilates today? Here’s the next steps.
- Reduce symptoms of morning sickness, insomnia, stress and anxiety.
- Improve psychological well-being.
- Assist with weight management and prevention of gestational diabetes.
- Reduce and prevent lower back pain.
- Improve labour outcomes by improving pelvic endurance, awareness, stability and strength.
Note – during lockdown periods our classes will be run over zoom on Thursdays at 1PM & Saturdays at 10AM starting Thursday the 2nd of September.
To sign up for a class, fill in the contact form below.
Our team with respond with the required forms needed to register and make sure you’re safe to exercise.
Then, there are 3 ways to get started.
- With a FREE trial to make sure that we are the right fit for each other.
- Using a Class Pass which you can prepay 10 – 20 classes.
- As a part of our membership where all classes are free and you can receive the added benefits of discounted one on one sessions with our other services as well as being allocated a mentor to help you navigate remaining in optimal health at this important time in your life.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Healthfix would like to invite our community on a tour around the world (from home of course) with food! Our dietitians, Mel & Jordan, have put together a brand new nutrition course focusing on ‘healthifying’ your favourite meals.
We believe that food brings communities together. Food is fun, comforting and exciting. But some of our favourite meals, aren’t always treating our bodies with the highest quality of nutrition that we deserve. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have them! By learning to ‘healthify’ your meals from our registered dietitians, you can enjoy all of your favourite dishes and cuisines and still stay on track with your health and nutrition goals.
Starting Wednesday the 18th of August, our dietitians will be taking you on a cooking adventure around the world which will give you the versatile tools and knowledge to transform your family favourite meals into dietitian approved healthy recipes!
If you’re keen to get involved in this nutrition course, or you have any questions, fill in the form below and our team will be in touch!
To think that only 9 years ago, only 4 of us were huddled into a corner of Anytime Fitness down in McMahon’s point, pondering where this thing called Healthfix could end up. I always admired Sean’s vision and determination to ultimately have a facility full of great people working towards amazing personal health. At times I would question whether those were dreams of grandeur, or simply dreams that lay the foundation for a thriving business of 20+ staff over two locations. Thankfully I was wrong.
Before I could see develop further, I decided to ditch Healthfix, and chase a girl to Singapore. Luckily this was the best thing I have ever done. Now Lisa is my amazing wife and mother of our beautiful daughter Odette. This move personally was the life experience shift that has shaped me and the way I treat. I created the context for my development as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist, but more so the experience to understand what it takes to treat people from all countries, cultures and backgrounds.
This also then allowed me to look back on what Healthfix was becoming. I loved the chance to talk to Sean (he did most of the talking surprisingly) and share stories of our professional and personal development. Not only did the layers of professional assets grow at Healthfix, so did the vision of the facility that now exists in North Sydney.
Now things are different. I look at the younger physio’s here and am so impressed with their
knowledge, maturity, and empathy. Their development is incredible, and it provides the glue that
creates a great physiotherapy team and keeps us all on our toes. Our ability to integrate with our
team, allows our patients to achieve so much more. This can range from the simple things of picking up your kids or running your first marathon. For too long, Physio’s have been trying to do too much, when the answer is creating a team around the patient so they can achieve more. The facility we have (and have access to in Broadway) creates the active environment needed to get the long terms results we crave.
Physiotherapy has changed, and in that change, we are moving towards the model that Healthfix
embodies. Integration and drawing on high level Exercise Physiologists, Personal trainers and
Dieticians simply mean we get better results for our clients. We now need to consider all facets of the individual in front of us to understand where we can best help them. This is the environment we have now at Healthfix. I am grateful to have the opportunity to be back at Healthfix. Whilst much has grown and developed, the same core of quality results for patients remains at the core. Ultimately that’s why we do what we do.
Shoulder pain is a common physical occurrence. Your shoulder is a complex, highly mobile structure made up of several components. When considering the shoulder you need to think about the collarbone connecting to your chest, the collarbone connecting to the shoulderblade or scapula, and finally the arm bone joining to the scapula. Strong tendons, ligaments and muscles support your shoulder and make it stable.
In younger people, pain is more likely to be due to an accident or injury. However as you age natural changes occur to your shoulder joint and the rotator cuff tendon, similar to seeing wrinkles and grey hairs in the mirror. We also see pain more strongly associated with how one is using – or perhaps not using – their shoulder. Here are five easy tips to help manage shoulder pain and keep your joint strong.
#1 Shoulder pain diagnosis
There are many causes of shoulder pain and not all of them are due to problems of the shoulder joints or associated structures. Accurate diagnosis is important. “Common pathology is frozen shoulder, impingent, tendinopathy and referral from the scapular or neck,” physiotherapist and Healthfix founder Sean Cooney. “To treat your pain effectively, it’s crucial to know what to treat.”
#2 Using full range
When experiencing shoulder pain, the protective muscles around the joint try to keep your arm by your side in an effort to restrict movement. Activating the muscles that move the shoulder through its full range (these are called the antagonist muscles) can significantly reduce your recovery time.
#3 Comfortable and progressive loading
Everyone’s progress is different. Make sure you don’t push yourself or your shoulder beyond what feels comfortable. That said, strength is built with progressive loading – that is, a little more weight and/or repetitions as is safe for your particular issue. “Monitor your pain one to two hours after exercise or the next morning to know if you’re loading correctly,” advises Sean.
#4 Don’t go too far
Pain management is the first step to regaining strength in any part of the body. Sean recommends to first get comfortable with using your arms below shoulder height, gradually moving up to shoulder height before – no points for guessing – graduating to using your arms above your head. “This is a safe way to ensure you’re not going too far when regaining your full range of motion,” says Sean.
#5 Stretch. And stretch again.
“Stretching can serve as a great tester and reliever of pain, not to mention the best way to improve flexibility in the shoulder. A daily doorway stretch can help mitigate shoulder pain or find out if you’re lacking some essential range of motion. To do this, find yourself a clear doorway, stretch the arm overhead to grasp the door frame, then lean forward to create resistance.
If you’re suffering from shoulder pain, our team of physiotherapists
and exercise physiologists
can help. Book an appointment online today