Hi I'm Jennie Walbank, a myofascial release therapist and movement educator specialising in chronic pain, postnatal core and pelvic floor rehabilitation. I carry out myofascial release massage and teach restorative movement and yoga in picturesque Alvescot and Finstock (west Oxfordshire).
Although my speciality is all things core and pelvic related, my approach looks at the full body. Because often the missing piece of the puzzle is somewhere outside of the core or pelvic floor itself. Breathing, postural patterns, scar tissue and fascial restrictions are all taken into account when we are dealing with core and pelvic floor rehab because we are more than the sum of our parts.
If this sounds overwhelming, I get it. The words 'full body approach' or 'holistic' can feel like too much work to take on. That is what I am here for. To break it all down into bite size pieces that you can easily incorporate into your day to day life.
Retrain the core and pelvic floor to be functional, reflexive, supportive and responsive to the body.
* Do specific exercises that redress muscular imbalances to promote natural healing.
* Discover the many habits and cheats that are hindering progress by compounding those imbalances.
Helping the body to heal from.
-Constant lower back pain
- Hip pain
By taking a full body approach, looking at breath, shoulders, spine, pelvis, core, hips, feet and the nervous system we start to unravel what is standing in the way of healing while safely and progressively strengthening not only the core but the whole body.
CORE & MORE
WELL HILL, OX7 3BU
Restorative movement practice focusing on building strength and length in a sustainable way. The exercises are designed to build a functional core whilst addressing tension patterns in the hips, back and shoulders that can lead to unnecessary wear and tear on the joints and soft tissues.
Although all the exercises are pelvic floor safe. Attending either a foundation series or at least one private session is advised for anyone experiencing issues such as prolapse or diastasis recti.
Register now to start moving and feeling better.
6 week Restore Your Core® beginners course
Starting November 5th 2021
11:30 -12:30 AM
WELL HILL, OX7 3BU
This is for anyone postpartum or with core/ pelvic floor issues (Constant lower back ache, prolapse, diastasis recti or stress incontinence) that want to learn how to move smarter on and off the mat to support their continued healing. In this series I break down each move with tools to self check for breathing patterns and core engagement strategies that can hinder healing in daily life and make symptoms worse with exercise.
Grab you mat, block, strap and blankets. Get ready to optimize your movement patterns and start your healing journey.
* 6 hours worth of sessions uncovering and working through any imbalances or movement preferences to promote healing.
*Learn how to perform core exercises safely with a prolapse or stomach muscle separation. These skills are also transferable to how we lift our children, car seat of pushchair in and out of the car without simply squeezing, tightening everything and hoping for the best.
*Weekly exercise videos and self massage techniques tailored to the groups needs to optimize your progress during the course.
All for only £90
BONUS CHANGE TO WIN A 60 MIN MASSAGE WORTH £59!!!
Myofasial release is performed directly on the skin without oils or lotions and works at the fascial level to remove restrictions built up sometimes over years. Due to the nature of this tissue it doesn't release in the same way as muscle but instead requires a long slow sustained pressure. Scar tissue, inflammatory responses, postural habits and trauma may lead to fascia restrictions. When these occur over sensitive structure such as nerves this can create pain in the body. Even where no pain is felt in our daily life, these restrictions can create a general sense of fatigue in the body.
Fascia in its most simple terms is our internal 3 dimentional webbing. When healthy it allows slide and glide, movement of fluid to and from our cells. When restricted, the same way putting on a tight jacket limits our arm movement, so too can the fascia.
Fascial restrictions can develop anywhere in the body, limiting our overall mobility and creating pain when pressing on sensitive structures: Here is a by no means exhaustive list of some of the symptoms MFR can help with
*Bladder problems (urgency, frequency, incontinence, overactive bladder, leakage)
*Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
*Chronic fatigue syndrome
*Non bacterial prostatitis (chronic pelvic pain)
Group classes: see above for prices
Myofascial release (MFR) therapy
Massage session where I work on restricted areas in the fascia build up over many years.
After the initial release in the first session the nervous system will try to tense everything up to 'feel normal' once again, even if the old normal brought about pain and discomfort. It can take several sessions for the fascia to release to the point that the nervous system can no longer 'pull' the body into its old pattern. Ideally these would be on a weekly basis with homework carried out between sessions. Depending on the presenting pain, a combination of massage and exercises can be extremely effective. Please contact me to discuss a plan of care for your individual needs.
121 Restore Your Core®
60 min session where we work on your specific goals. These may range from wanting to learn how to move without a prolapse becoming symptomatic, closing a diastasis recti, strengthening the core, increasing mobility and balance to simply working out in a way that is sustainable and supports the spine and pelvic floor.
(£45 per session when booking 3 or more sessions. £50 for stand alone sessions).
1. Address breathing habits that create a pushing out into the diastasis recti. There is a lot of confusion around belly breathing being the optimal way to breathe but there is a vast difference between the belly moving as part of an organic 3 dimensional expansion of the entire torso and the ribs being locked down while forcefully pushing the abdominals forward
Jennie is fabulous and I would highly recommend both her myofascial release massage and core strengthening classes. I have suffered from lower back issues and tense muscles ever since I can remember (especially post children). After a double myofascial massage session, I can really feel the difference and, for the first time in years, I am waking up without lower back pain. Jennie was able to find and unlock many areas of hidden tension which has probably been building for years.
Jennie’s core strengthening classes are also fabulous. Jennie has made me much more aware of how my body is feeling and has a magical ability to identify and unlock localized tension through different exercises and positions. She also has a great way of packaging her specialized knowledge in bite size pieces so you can understand what muscles she is helping to work or release and goes that extra mile to really understand you, which makes a world of difference.
With this “new norm”, I spend hours at my home desk hunched over a computer and like many have increasing anxiety. Jennie’s weekly sessions allow me to rebalance and destress and are genuinely a real blessing to my weekly routine.
I went to Jennie for advice as after having my 2nd child I experienced pain in my hips, pelvis and suffered with pelvic floor dysfunction .
Jennies approach was professional and friendly, the exercises were explained well and Jennie explained how they would benefit me!
I was amazed at how after looking and making small adjustments to my alignment, how I walked and how I carried my daughter, I saw the discomfort improve after a few weeks and by continuing to practice the exercises advised by Jennie my body is becoming stronger.
I would highly recommend Jennie Walbank Movement
I was unable to walk any distance and was struggling to move around the squash court. I was totally restricted. Even pushing the lawnmower was painful. I found myself leaning over constantly when walking. After my sessions with Jennie I can walk upright with ease. I'm well pleased. huge improvement. I'm looking forward to seeing how I perform in my next squash match.
I found Jennie’s class much more useful than anything I had tried before. I was expecting a whole class of kegals, but this approach seemed much more helpful and beneficial to the whole body.
I have been attending Jennies classes for a while, mainly because I felt that my posture and flexibility are poor. Jennie has helped me with more than I thought I needed and I feel stronger and more " upright". Jennie is fun, patient, understanding and very, very knowledgeable, I recommend her.
Jennie is calm, kind, considerate, sensitive and SO understanding, she listens to your needs and adapts, finding solutions for individuals. It has been a pleasure to have had sessions with Jennie
What Peter and I love about your class, Jennie is the precision of it. You watch and target problem areas that we just can’t unlock. You have the knowledge to be able to suggest a variety of ways to help until we have that Aha moment and you’ll come back the following week with more ideas to help. The classes are always well- prepared and practised and the pace goes with us. We were so pleased that we found you.