Training For The Auckland Marathon 2014


Training for the Auckland Half Marathon 2014

Hopefully you successfully secured a ticket in the 2014 Auckland Marathon or Half Marathon. Now, just need to start training for the big event!

Getting to the start line after months of training really is a success in itself.  Physio’s at Bodyreform in Ponsonby Auckland treat people with running and spine pain on a daily basis.  We see lots of spine, hip, knee and ankle pain sustained from running injuries.

To run successfully, that is without injury, muscles need to work in synergy with each other around your spine, hip and knee.

Bodyreform Physiotherapy specialise in core abdominal strength retraining, hip stability retraining and treatment of knee injuries.

Approximately 80% of our population will have had sustained a lower spine injury or pain in their lifetime.  At Bodyreform we try our hardest to ascertain a correct diagnosis for your spine.  Once we know what exactly is going on, the rest is easy!  Once lower spine pain lasts more than 6 weeks, our deep abdominal muscles (transverses abdominus and multifidus) switch off.  These muscles stabilize our lumbar spine.

Using physiotherapy knowledge and clinical pilates principles,  Physio’s in Auckland retrain your deep abdominals safely, and retrain your awareness to keep your spine safe to minimize any future spine pain.

Hip pain commonly occurs with long distance running.  Pain can originate from the sacro-iliac joint, hip joint surfaces (osteoarthritis)  or symphsis pubis pain.  In worst case sceniors people can develop pain in the inner groin can result from adductor muscles weakening with running, and placing load or irritation at the symphsis pubis.  These injuries progress very well with lateral hip stability exercises and core abdominal work.  Looking at shoe and lower limb leg alignment is also an integral part of management


After my second baby was born, my body was a wreck, with constant back and pelvic pain that made it hard to cope with the physical demands of being a mother. Regular physio – and lots of care, support and encouragement – from Sarah has made a vast difference. I’m far stronger and very nearly pain-free – better than I was before I had children.

– Nicki Judkins

Nicki Judkins
I was 44 when I first went to Sarah with a background of sports injuries related to running. I have previously had several years of treatment from physiotherapists but continued to suffer from injuries as my running distances increased. Since being treated by Sarah I have been able to complete both a half marathon and my first full marathon – both in times I was delighted with. I am in no doubt that without her ongoing care I would not have been able to achieve my marathon goal.
-Carolyn Burnet
Carolyn Burnet
As a New Zealand age group representative duathlete, I was experiencing regular and ongoing muscular problems in both lower legs. Since attending Sarah’s one-on-one Pilates sessions, my leg problems have completely disappeared. Sarah’s innovative ideas and caring communication have made what started out as a trying ordeal into a weekly Pilates session that I now look forward to.
-Chris Fletcher
Chris Fletcher
I have been coming to Bodyreform for about 8 years after years of on / off treatment for a lower back problem which resulted in sciatic pain. Not only did they remove the pain, but they also taught me how to support and manage the problem through strengthening my inner core muscles and correcting my posture. Body Reform’s Physios worked hard on my rehabilitation and they maintain a strong relationship / friendship with me that ensures I can look forward to aging gracefully and in a pain free fashion.

-Jan Woodhouse

Jan Woodhouse, FNZILA
NZILA Registered Landscape Architect

Jan Woodhouse