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How to Shake it like a Polaroid Picture: A Physio’s Secret


A physio’s secret

There are lots of things I know as a result of being a Physiotherapist that are pretty useful in my life. Like if I have a twinge in my back the best thing to do is to keep exercising, or the fact that all families have their own brand of craziness, or that there is a way of bending my knees doing a squat so that I don’t get knee pain or the fact that every woman on the planet has cellulite, the list of things is as endless as it is varied. But there was something that came up in my Zumba class (I am a self-confessed Zumba/dance addict) that made me realise another advantage. I know how to shake my booty.

What has shaking it like a Polaroid picture got to do with me being a physio I hear you ask? A major part of my job is analyzing the way people move, to work out what it is that is causing their pain. So, when I watch someone dance/do Zumba, I use these highly tuned observation skills to break down how they are doing it, think about what muscles it takes to do the movements and try to visualise and feel those muscles and movements in my body as I give it a whirl myself.

There is my secret. And what is the point of a secret if not to share it with the world? So for the rest of this blog I am going to share with you the advantages of shaking one’s booty as well as how to do it.


Why would one want to shake one’s booty?

Before I share how to do it I thought it might be a good idea to share why you might want to do it…

  • It’s fun
  • It tones all your muscles from chest to knees including your tummy, bum and thighs
  • It works your pelvic floor muscles
  • It is excellent cardiovascular exercise
  • It burns fat
  • It gets rid of stress
  • It’s really, really, really, fun!


So how does one shake one’s rump?

Last but by no means least here is my guide to how you can learn to shake your booty with links to exercises videos that show you how to do each step.

Please don’t hesitate to get it touch if you have any queries or would like to book an appointment on 02075838288.

Now go shake it…. Altogether now… Heeeeeeeeeyyyy yaaaaaaaa!!!!!


Lucy Macdonald

Chartered Physiotherapist


About Lucy…

Lucy Macdonald has developed an excellent reputation over the past seventeen years for successfully treating injuries that have been unsuccessfully treated elsewhere. Her patient’s inspiring testimonials include those from leading orthopaedic and sports doctors and professional sports people but she is equally proud of those from her everyday patients, people who just want to get back to their beloved sport, sit comfortably at work or simply enjoy their lives.

Lucy is known for her honest and comprehensive communication and her ability to establish the cause of the problem and treat it directly. Her experience and extensive post-graduate training enables her to provide fast pain relief and injury resolution to enable swift accomplishment of individual goals from being able to pick up the kids, sit in a long meeting or do an ironman triathlon.

She has always been driven by a desire to enable individuals to fulfill their optimum potential. This, combined with her immense determination and dedication enables her to have the high success rates with her patients that makes her love being a physio. It is also why she enjoys managing and training other Physiotherapists.

Lucy is passionate about informing and empowering people on how to live a pain free life so has produced and presented almost one hundred exercise videos, has written extensively on injury treatment and prevention, writes weekly blogs and contributes regularly to media including the Telegraph, Daily Mail, Mirror, Times, and a variety of health and fitness publications.

Lucy enjoys public speaking on topics she feels passionate about which include skiing and snowboarding, office health and marathon training and gets excellent feedback from her presentations and workshops.  


Overall specialism: complex/chronic cases often where treatment has failed elsewhere (including hypermobility, tendons and RSI)  

Body part specialisms: knees, shoulders, hips and backs.

Sports specialisms: running (including marathon training,) skiing, cycling and racket sports.

Her specialism in snowsports’ injuries and performance started in Val D-Isere where she set up PhysioVal, worked with BASI, trained ski instructors, treating members of the GB team and wrote and presented BodyTechSki. Please go to the skiing and snowboarding section of this website to learn more.

Lucy uses hands on techniques like joint manipulation, massage, acupuncture and taping, all intelligently applied to release restrictive structures and mobilise stiff joints. This is combined with advanced rehabilitation skills to strengthen the muscles that are weak but most importantly, to get them working in the correct way to treat the cause of the problem. Her mantra is “its not what you do its how you do it that counts.”

Lucy became a Chartered Physiotherapist at Liverpool University 17 years ago (and still misses the scouse sense of humour.) She decided she wanted to be a physio when she was thirteen years old and considers being a physio to be part of her identity. She is happiest hanging out with her (recently expanded) family, walking or skiing in the silence of the mountains, generating endorphins in her running shoes, letting her heart soar at live music events like the opera or WOMAD music festival, wiggling and whooping at her weekly Zumba class, getting wound up in a political discussion over a glass of wine, laughing her head off at stand up comedy, dancing under the light of the moon or having a good chin wag with her mates.

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