Morning of the wedding: 9 dos and don’ts for the bridal party
Morning of the wedding: 9 dos and don’ts for the bridal party

Geraldine Carton

What to eat this week: Goat’s cheese and pickled beetroot melt
What to eat this week: Goat’s cheese and pickled beetroot melt

Meg Walker

The most heartwarming moments from the Olympics so far
The most heartwarming moments from the Olympics so far

Sarah Finnan

11 Irish women with the coolest jobs outside Ireland
11 Irish women with the coolest jobs outside Ireland

Geraldine Carton

Fans seem to think Taylor Swift is in Donegal
Fans seem to think Taylor Swift is in Donegal

Sarah Finnan

Britney Spears’ lawyer files request for new conservator of her finances
Britney Spears’ lawyer files request for new conservator of her finances

Jennifer McShane

All you need to know about Elizabeth Holmes’ unbelievable Theranos fraud case
All you need to know about Elizabeth Holmes’ unbelievable Theranos fraud case

Jennifer McShane

Millie Mackintosh opens up about her c-section experience and recovery
Millie Mackintosh opens up about her c-section experience and recovery

Sarah Finnan

Andie MacDowell: Why is my grey hair an issue and George Clooney’s isn’t?
Andie MacDowell: Why is my grey hair an issue and George Clooney’s isn’t?

Sarah Finnan

Looks like weddings of 100 guests might go ahead this August, under one condition
Looks like weddings of 100 guests might go ahead this August, under one condition

Lauren Heskin

Image / Self / Health & Wellness
Sponsored

Movement therapy became a thing in lockdown, here’s why it’s worth holding on to post-Covid

Sponsored By

by Shayna Sappington
03rd Jun 2021
Sponsored By
blank

We ask physiotherapist and founder of Freedom Physio Christine Gioia about the latest lockdown trend – movement therapy – and how it deeply benefits our bodies.

Over the past year, there has been a surge in online exercise classes like yoga, barre and pilates. We’ve optimistically signed up for Zoom sessions and found ourselves fumbling along to the instruction, enjoying the freedom of having zero eyes on us as we hold our next pose.

And while these exercises are aimed towards fitness and strengthening, movement therapy combines different techniques, focusing on celebrating the body you have and tuning into its needs. 

So we asked physiotherapist and founder of Freedom Physio Christine Gioia to dive deeper into how it all works and what benefits her clients usually experience.

blank

So what exactly is movement therapy?   

Movement therapy is functional, full-body fitness taught through the lens of physiotherapy and deeply rooted in the six pilates principles,” explains physiotherapist Christine Gioia. “Each series or class is tailored around a specific goal such as: core mobility, high intensity endurance, shoulder stability, spine health, foot health and more. 

“The movements I teach are a fusion of evidence-based physiotherapy rehab, pilates, yoga and contemporary fitness. It’s tough but safe and tailored to the individual. Its uniqueness lies in the belief that our bodies are built to move. It can help improve motor function, bone density and posture, all while doing low-impact movements.”

The benefits of regular sessions

Movement therapy is for anyone that’s eager to move safely, and sustainably. It’s built to have results over time, so most people won’t see results until after a few sessions. 

“As a physiotherapist with over eight years of pilates teaching experience, I’m always learning more about current evidence-based movement science and immersing myself in modern movement styles,” says Christine.

“Movement therapy is not about fat loss or punishment for what you ate, but about rejoicing in your body and working hard to get stronger together. We hone in on motor control to prevent injury, develop our bone density, improve our posture and better connect with our bodies.

“It’s a great way to help you excel at the little things that make life fun, whether it be a game of golf, football, rollerskating, tennis, swimming, lifting, running or skateboarding.” 

Great for neck, lower back and abdominal pain

As its name implies, movement therapy is an effective way to deliver targeted pain relief. Specifically, it helps those who suffer from neck and lower back pain, abdominal pain, joint pain and those who have lingering aches from a past injury.

I’ve had the most glorious results with clients across all ages and walks of life with a vast array of sporting and movement backgrounds,” Christine says. “I’ve helped patients manage work-related neck and lower back pain; I’ve given exercise therapy to athletes after traumatic knee dislocations and ankle ligament sprains; I’ve helped working mums with breathing dysfunction, abdominal pain, foot pain and more. 

“It’s truly been incredible to see how open people have been to at home online physio and that it really does work if you’re willing to put in the effort.”

If you’d like to try a movement therapy class, you can sign up for Christine’s three-part Beginner’s Series for free. It’s a great way to get started and experience the hype first-hand. 


Christine Gioia is the founder of Freedom Physio – an authentic, online fitness and physio experience. Her classes are designed to target and address unhealthy movement patterns, whilst simultaneously lengthening and toning the entire body. Join a session today and get to know your anatomy, get strong, learn about your body, and take ownership of your human experience.

Also Read

blank
HEALTH & WELLNESS
‘I was embarrassed’: Britney Spears speaks out after court appearance

The singer took to social media to try to explain why she felt she had to pretend to followers and...

By Jennifer McShane

blank
RELATIONSHIPS
The psychology of nostalgia and why we can’t get enough of it at the moment

There’s a reason we love being reminded of things that happened in our past. Amanda Cassidy explores why our trips...

By Amanda Cassidy

blank
SELF
8 simple things you can do to help sleep in the heat

Is anyone else finding it harder to sleep these days? The evenings are warm and humid, making it harder to...

By Jennifer McShane

I feel trapped with no support network but guilty because I’ve created the situation, made all the wrong decisions and let lots of friends down in the process. What next?
premium REAL-LIFE STORIES
We all have a friend who is married to their job. But at what point does the hard work stop being worth it?

A woman who sacrificed everything for her career finds herself hitting a ceiling – friendless and worried she’s made a...

By Rhona Mcauliffe

chiron return
HEALTH & WELLNESS
The Chiron Return: The mid-life “crisis” is actually based on astrology

Known as your Chiron Return, it’s not unlike your Saturn Return but typically arrives between the age of 46 and...

By Niamh Ennis

blank
RELATIONSHIPS
30 life questions that will strengthen your closest friendships

Feeling a bit distant from your mates? These questions will have you laughing, crying and feeling closer by the time...

By Geraldine Carton

“We need to feel safe to call the guards and know we won’t lose our homes, other jobs and our children”
premium IMAGE WRITES, REAL-LIFE STORIES
‘What would happen if you took a poll and asked if sex workers deserve to be safe?’

This is the question that Kate McGrew, arguably Ireland’s most recognisable escort, asks people to consider as she sits down with Angela O'Shaughnessy

By Angela O'Shaughnessy