Chris "Ash" Ashworth -
Pilates Instructor, Massage Therapist and Breathworker.
Stretch Club & Breath Club Founder
Hi, thank you for visiting, I hope you find something here that can help you, inspire you or open your eyes to what is possible to improve your well being and quality of life.
Since starting my journey of well being through massage, Pilates and breathwork (you can read below) I have noticed more and more that our minds and bodies are not cut out for modern day life. This modern world has evolved really quickly and left us behind.
The modern world is expanding at an incredible rate and has certainly left us mentally behind too. We don't have the tools to cope with the demands, hence the rise of anxiety, depression and other mental conditions. This world of multi screens, multi tasking, time filling, go getting, image driven, instafacetweeting, group messaging, notification packed to the rafters life makes it extremely difficult to switch off - our minds struggle to rest and we rarely "live in the moment".
We constantly have notifications fracturing our attention span, making concentration difficult; mainstream media, click bait, social media, adverts, posters, logos all crave your attention. This makes it extremely hard to be "mindful" and I believe we have developed our own AUTO PILOT, an adaptaion taking us further away from being "mindful". Just think how many times have you driven home and can't remember half the journey? Or tripped over your own feet? Or text while walking in to something! AUTO PILOT!
During my lessons I talk a lot about breathing, being mindful of movements, living in the moment and giving my clients a tool to help with the mental side of modern day life. It's a simple tool but is very effective to gain control of your thoughts, your body and help "reset" (see "Box Breathing" on the MORE tab above).
The reason I talk a lot about breathing is the vast majority of us have simply forgotten how to breathe. We breathe in to our chest, this is where stress lives, this is where anxiety lives, we don't breathe deeply and rhythmically anymore, we breathe shallow breaths. This creates a cycle of tighness, stress and constriction, add to that the constant tsunami of information with no chance for respite and it's understandable the mental health of a generation is littered with anxiety, depression etc.
WE SIMPLY DON'T HAVE THE TOOLS.
There is a reason Monks, Yogi Masters and the like live long lives full of purpose. They have the tools and are not swept away with every "innovation". They are "mindful" and use breath work every day, there is a reason traditions and practices from 1000s of years are still around, THEY WORK!
It's completely understandable that modern day life is too much for our minds and our bodies, let's gain some tools and learn how to use them to improve our well being and quality of life.