Meet the Strathmore Team: Jill

It’s time for another round of ‘Meet the Strathmore Team’ and Jill is up next.

Jill joined Strathmore back in May 2011 and is one of the longest serving members of our team. She’s our reception manager and the go to person for any questions, not always work related – we’d be lost without her.

So, let’s get to know Jill a little better and find out more about her role at Strathmore …

Can you tell us a little more about your day to day role at Strathmore?
As reception manager I’m tasked with making sure all four of our receptions are running smoothly. This includes making sure our reception staff are supported, clients are happy, taking care of any telephone or IT issues and dealing with any tricky situations that may arise. I also assist our director, Sami, with his projects and help where I can.

What’s your favourite thing about working here?
The people! My colleagues are great to work with – so friendly and helpful and we get along great. Our office based clients are also a joy to work with. Everyone is so chatty and friendly, and our receptionists have a great relationship with them.

And what’s the trickiest part of your job?
Managing conflict. It’s never fun but luckily something I very rarely have to do.

It’s 9am, you have just sat down at your desk, what’s the first thing you do?
Once I’m at my desk, or setting up in the business lounge, I check my emails and voicemails with a cuppa!

What is your go to office snack?
Cup of tea and a banana – at 3pm on the dot every day.

Where is your favourite haunt for a post work drink?
If I’m finishing up in our Scott House or York place buildings’, then Tiles on St Andrews square. It has a good atmosphere and is reasonably priced.

And your favourite place to eat in Edinburgh?
Vittoria – great pizza and pasta.

Favourite TV series to binge watch? Be honest…
Parks and Recreation, which I have binge watched many times and will never get old.

Favourite childhood TV show?
I used to love Rainbow and Funhouse.

What is your top holiday destination to date?
Currently it’s a tie between Orlando and New York. Both completely different but amazing and I love them both.

And one last question, which 3 items would you take to a deserted island?
Pillow, cat, husband.

Thanks Jill!

Happy Body Pilates: Top Tips For Improving Posture At Work

Top tips for improving posture at work

My name is Daire Guilfoyle and I run Happy Body Fitness and Pilates. Below I introduce the style of pilates I teach and also some tops tips for better posture whilst seated at your desk. I do hope you find it useful!

Happy Body Pilates:

Happy Body Pilates teaches a ‘realistic’ method of Pilates, meaning it is suitable for any body, age, ability. Based on the original principles developed by Joseph Pilates, the class is taught on a ‘less is more’ philosophy, focusing on positioning the body in optimal alignment and challenging the core muscles to perform a series of exercises whilst maintaining this alignment. A key alignment which many people are faced with executing for long periods of time is seated alignment. For many, their day job (myself included as I write this) can mean we spend the majority of our day sitting at a desk. The strain of sitting for long periods can cause us to develop poor posture, usually hunching over a computer and desk which leads to postural issues and muscle imbalances and both can lead to lower back pain. The good news is we can make small changes to our body alignment as we sit to improve our posture. It may seem uncomfortable at first as your muscles are not used to holding your body in a correct form but by applying the points below, you will achieve a correct posture which will help your lower back in the long run.

How to improve posture whilst seated:

  • Sit with your feet hip width apart and aim to have your weight evenly balanced through both feet.
  • Check you are in a neutral pelvis, you should allow the natural curve of your spine (try and find a middle position between complete flat back and overarching of the spine).
  • Slightly draw your navel towards your spine.
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed (avoid allowing your shoulders to hunch up towards the ears).
  • Imagine you have a helium balloon on the tip of each ear which is drawing you towards the roof – lengthen through the back of your neck and retract your chin towards your chest.
  • You should now have improved your posture and be maintaining a proper seated body alignment.
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    TOP TIPS:

  • Any time you feel gravity has forced you back into a slumped position, just remember your helium balloons! By placing your imaginary helium balloons on the tops of your ears, this will instantly ‘pull’ your body back up into a good alignment/posture.
  • Adjust your monitor/screen to suit your new alignment. Each time you sit at your desk, if your monitor seems out of position, PAUSE, think about putting on your helium balloons and this will lengthen your body back up into a good posture.
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    I hope the above helps you to improve your posture whilst sitting at your desk. To learn more about Happy Body Fitness & Pilates you can follow the links below.

    https://happy-body-pilates.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/happybodyedinburgh/
    Contact Happy Body Pilates