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Tripidio Movement Systems DVD Review


In the latest Spring issue of Lymphoedema Support Network (LSN) I read up about Tripudio:


I have never heard of Tripudio so I was curious as it focuses on the lymphatic system using gentle exercises 

I contacted Julia Williams the Co-founder of the tripudio systems to ask if I could do a review.   She kindly sent me her DVD (retailed at £15.00). In exchange from June onwards I am participating and reviewing how I got on with the Tripudio Flow exercises.   


Julia facilitates the teaching of Tripudio Movement Systems (TMS) across the United Kingdom.   She currently runs 3 modular one-day trainings:

Module 1 – Tripudio (lymphatic) flow, working one to one, lymphatic system, lymphoedema awareness, introduction to fascia. 

Module 2 – Moving Bones and Joints – from one-to-one to class instructor, stretching, planning a class 

Module 3 – Focus on shoulder dysfunction – fascia, scar tissue, breast cancer awareness, whole body awareness. 

If you are interested in training, DVD or participating in her classes please check with Julia on the venues and new dates.    

‘Contact Information’


email – info@tripudiomovement.co.uk


Week 1:  ‘1st to 8th of June 2018′

Tripudio Flow is a sequence of movements that really immulate manual lymphatic drainage for the whole body –  Julia Williams Co-founder

On the 1st of June I watched up to 45 minutes of the 1 hour 35 minute of Tripudio DVD.  This covered the first five sections of the DVD:  

Introduction; Building Blocks; The Flow Sequence; The Seated Flow and Extended Flow


The first twenty second introduction informs about copyright and that anyone using this DVD has any diagnosed medical condition to consult their doctor before embarking on a new exercise programme.  Then a menu comes up to ‘PLAY DVD’ and ‘SECTIONS’.  I press SECTIONS and the Introduction starts with gentle music and an image of a seagull (similar to my-legoponics logo) then the garden studios of Birdport.  The DVD is easy to use if missed any sequences just rewind and start again.   

The introduction comprises of Julia talking briefly about her education and extra learning about the lymphatic system.  After this it goes to her class from the Fullers Community.  About four individuals from the same class give their individual feedback on Tripudio classes and the benefits they have all encountered.  In summary:

Tripudio doesn’t just help those with lymphoedema but also parkinsons disease; breast cancer with lymphoedema; scar tissue problems; balance and mobility.  It helps anyone of any age who have problems with M.E; fibromyalgia; arthritis and more.   All tripudio workouts are designed for rehabilitation or those needing a gentle work out.  

In terms of my own exercise routine I can see me adding certain sequences into my current exercises.  See previous blog on my theraband exercises:  https://legoponics.blog/2018/04/19/the-awesome-theraband

Building Blocks of Tripudio Flow

In the lymphatic system there are deep lymph nodes in front of the body and the spine.  In order to access them deep breathing exercises help the lymphatics become less stagnant.  

The main two movements are ‘Breath of Joy’and‘Butterfly Breath’. Exercises can be done standing or sitting in a chair depending on your individual medical condition.  

Week 2:  ‘9th to 15th of June 2018’











Unfinished Crafts & Grief

‘Mend or Make’

In the last month I have been spring cleaning.  There are numerous unfinished craft pieces I need to bin, mend or make.  Then grief came for a visit…

It isn’t an easy process decluttering any household items and more so with specific craft pieces.  So far the process of decluttering has a purpose on an emotional level too like grieving.  The illustrated image I found on pixabay by John Hain encapsulates the grieving process perfectly.  

 I loss both parents to cancer as recently as 2016 and a beloved cat last June.  It is still raw and sometimes all you can do is grieve.  The grieving process recently came from decluttering my crafts and some pieces triggered my memories.  It is unexpected and the best thing I can do personally is to go with it.  Simply cry or I hand write out my immediate thoughts onto paper.  It is very healing and cathartic to do so.  


Thoughts written down somehow gives a release of emotions that spoken words can’t convey

Writing this blog piece wasn’t easy!  It edited so many times but I have perservered.  

‘Let go! your not a robot!’

Losing your parents are the tough ones and equally pets too.  Both is a double whammy of grief.  Last year while waiting in an airport lounge I came across an old co-worker who chatted about losing her husband.   It took her three months to really acknowledge her lost.  Like many she poured herself into her work with no days off.  Of course it lead her to nearly breakdown so on advide took some time off to grieve.  She found doing very long walks in all kinds of wild weather helped her to come to terms with her lost.  It was the best thing to do in her opinion to let go, cry and mourn.     

Some folks from what I have witnessed are like robots they become like workaholic machines.  It usually occurs without them noticing.  They keep them selves busy in order to stop any emotional release.  They don’t see the importance of remembering and reflection.  Verbally saying things like “its over they gone”, or “I am over the worst”, or “don’t talk about it concentrate on the present”.  I disagree and yes it is in the past don’t dwell too much but remember yes.  Never forget the impact they had on your life.      

Grieving has a place and it is good to remember all those that were close to your heart

One example of grief I have recently gone through was not finishing a little crochet cat blanket I was creating a few years ago.  After ackwoledging my feelings the blanket is nearly finished and I feel at last that is one craft near completion.  


I shall keep it in case I get another cat in the future.  Life does go on.     

‘Crafts are awesome!’

 Crafts and hobbies have a place to help relax and unwind the mind


I know grief has a pattern too.  It passes.  It is an important thread in the fabric of life.  It is natural we can’t do everything we want to do but to forsaking hobbies is never a good thing!  It is part of self caring, socialising, sharing and learning new skills.  When time and energy permits I endeavour to spend time mending and hopefully knit a groovy jumper I have my eye on.

Time is precious but time to yourself and engage in a hobby is in my opinion essential to your wellbeing be it crochet, baking, writing and so on…

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The Awesome Theraband

Wellbeing Tip #1 – ‘Dry Brushing’ & ‘Gravity is your friend’ – see blog link:


Wellbeing Tip #2 – ‘Theraband – Resistance Exercise’

A theraband are latex bands or tubes that are used for physical therapy and light strength training exercises.  They are also commonly used by athletes but also people who are looking for a low-impact strength training workout


Since mid-February I have used this method of resistance exercise to help with a tennis elbow and strengthening the lower leg calf muscles.   The tennis elbow is mending slowly and the reason for the lower calf exercises are to help avoid limping.  Any limping isn’t good for the posture in the long term.   

My long term goal is to walk more effectively despite my lymphoedema in my whole leg  

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I have lived with lymphoedema for four years now and the important thing is to do something active every day.  The purpose being to improve on flexibility and mobility and for me to get from A to B without using a walking stick.  All exercise helps lift your mood too.    

G R E A T   F O R   U P P E R   L I M B   E X E R C I S E S 


L O W E R  C A L F – E X E R C I S E S  


I bought a couple of therabands online as suggested by my physiotherapist.  These therabands are simple to use and very effective to help strengthen muscles and to help lose weight too.   

Pin Interest board for specific usage of the Theraband


This is a great wellbeing tip for all types of individuals to do at home.  A gentle way to help tone, lose weight and strengthen your core and limbs effectively.  Pilates greatly use this method of resistance exercise.    

‘Happy Feet’

On a personal level the theraband resistance exercises have helped with a specific problem caused by wearing open toed compression stockings.  The next picture you can see the difference between open and closed compression garments.


The opened toes are a long term favourite of mine as they are great to wear with sandals in the summer time.  However, personally speaking the open toe garments can help build up lymph fluid directly under the toes making it uncomfortable to walk about.  In seeing a qualified physiotherapist my woes were gone in one day!     

I was amazed that a simple calf exercise made a dramatic difference and very quickly too!  I went from limping to walking normally (as i can) in one day!  

I still get bad days where I can’t walk far but I am improving as the theraband exercises increase.  I am very grateful to my current physiotherapist based in Lerwick, Shetland.   Her service has helped me regain my confidence to be more mobile and to have use of my arm too. All images see Welcome to…page. 

Thank you for reading (:




Yasp on Da Waterfront

YASPlogo is a Shetland dialect word meaning lively and full of wellbeing

YASP is a new private physiotherapy clinic that opened in November 2017.  The location is on the picturesque waterfront of Scalloway harbour, Shetland.  The entrance to YASP is on the left side of the youth centre building.  https://yasp.scot/  

  • Opening times  – Tuesday to Friday and late night Thursday

YASPlogo Ethos is to put the patient first and aim to improve your physical health and quality of life, to make you YASP as as you can be!


YASPlogoTeam Members

In brief Margaret Gear MSc, MCSP is the practice principal.  She specialises in neurology (MS or stroke) and rehabilitation.  Paula BSc (Hons), MAACP, MCSP specialises in pain relief and acupuncture. Catherine BSc (Hons), MCSP specialises in hand wrist and arm therapy and in muscle and joint problems.  Judith Nisbet has a wealth of health care administration and assists with exercise classes.  For specific detail of each team member please visit the weblink herehttps://yasp.scot/about-us/


YASPlogo Physiotherapy Clinic

Earlier this week I met with Margaret to chat about the new premises of YASP.  Margaret first gave me a guided tour around the two main physiotherapy treatment rooms.  Both rooms are purpose built and in one room it has a skylight and slanting roof.  I found both rooms equally spacious, well-lit and modern.  


In Margarets treatment room there are two doors.  The second door leads directly into the gymhall of the youth centre.  Upon entrance to the gymhall my eyes were drawn down to the well-polished floor with the usual game hall floor markings.  As I looked up on the opposite wall facing us there is a colourful wall mural I assume was created by the youth centre.  The gym hall is square in shape with high up windows that overlooked the harbour front.  Margaret explained that YASP hire the hall twice a week to conduct exercise classes for the wider community.

YASPlogoServices to the wider community 

Here is a list of what YASP offer;

  • 60 plus clubis an established free class availiable every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm 

  • Over 50’s class by popular demand YASPare now running this class every Tuesday from 10.30am 

  • An Escape Pain class is for people with knee or hip pain.  Combined with gentle and individualized exercise.  See YASPContacts below.

YASPlogoSpecialist Classes and Neurological conditions

  • Individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease or strokecan access exercise classes at Clickimin Leisure Complexhttps://www.srt.org.uk/health-fitness   If you are having a health problem that makes it difficult for you to exercise at the Clickimin centre at YASPthey can plan to offer classes that cater specifically for your needs.

  • Core 3 Exercise Classes are now running specifically for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  The classes comprise of floor exercise followed by a break with cooled water, and finishing with a circuit designed to improve balance, strength, mobility and fitness.  Seated exercise is available as an alternative to floor work for those unable to get down to the floor.  There is a free four page booklet with YASP patient testimonies and more information on new treatments specific to(MS).  Cost is £3.00 booked in advance or £4.00 to drop in.   https://yasp.scot/exercise-for-ms/

  • ‘Mighty Moves’ is a Parkinson’s Fitness and Wellbeing Project It started on the 5th of April and runs until July 2018.  Margaret was keen to point out in the 1st YASP Spring 2018 newsletterthere is an opportunity for those living with Parkinson’s disease to participate in a new free class!  If you know of anyone in Shetland that has Parkinson’s do get in touch with YASP.    There are two available spaces.  The classes are free as funded until July.  


  • Most patients who receive acupuncture have up to six treatmentswith either Paula Wishart or Margaret Gear.  Top up sessions are available. 

  • The effects of acupuncture treatment are cumulative.  Some may feel immediate relief of their symptoms whilst others may see a gradual improvement.   It does not work for everyone.  

  • Acupuncture is safe when carried out by a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP) because of the strict hygiene guidelines that must be adhered to and the training courses and educational updates that are required. 

  • Acupuncture-Yasp-legoponics-blog

At YASPlogo we concentrate usually on movement, pain and your physical functioning.  We ask questions what are your expectations?  to help improve their quality of life and we negotiate together towards a goal. 

Margaret explained that the business collaborates with the local charitable organisations and NHS Shetland.  It helps folk that bit extra help with specific physical ailments for example, multiple sclerosis (MS).


Lastly, I asked these questions;

What are the best things about working in Shetland? 

Community and culture.  There exists a caring community with those with long-term conditions

What does the word YASP mean to you?  

YASP is obviously a Shetland word.  It has fallen out of use, but it means to be full of health.  Folk would ask about my father, “how is your father?  is he Yasp!? 


  • You can download a self-referral form online http://www.yasp.com or email info@yasp.scot   

  • Phone contact 01595 747074 

  • You can also pop into the waiting room or leave messages in the secure letterbox outside. 

  • Margaret can arrange a home visit and go over suitability. Sometimes the service doesn’t cater for needs and YASP advised to seek treatment with the NHS.  https://yasp.scot/contact/

  • Transport is availaible with the British Red Cross from Lerwick to Scalloway only.  You have to make your way to the capital Lerwick. I blog about the helpful Britsih Red Cross – press link https://legoponics.blog/2018/03/26/island-travel-patient-ii-seeing-red  

Feedback on my legoponics.blog:

Your writing is readable, lightsome and there is some really good health information on your blog 

– April 2018 Margaret Gear