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Align Fitness

Align Fitness

Align Fitness

Align Fitness is our very own dedicated functional fitness area and is managed by Nick Dingle, one of Jersey’s leading personal fitness, strength and conditioning coaches. We opened our own functional fitness area because we recognise fitness and nutrition play a key role in long-term good health, and to complement our other services.

Whether you’re using Align Fitness to improve your general health or recovering from injury or illness, we can help achieve your potential. It is part of our holistic approach to improve your mind, body and spirit and reduce your risk of injury and illness.

What services does Align Fitness offer?

Nick and his team can tailor packages to suit individual requirements, working with you and our practitioners, with a wide range of training tools available. We provide personal training sessions for 1:1 attention. We will soon be offering studio classes in yoga, kids yoga, pilates, foam rolling, early riser circuits and a distracted stretching class. Our programmes can improve mobility while increasing strength and decreasing body fat, developing this into a strength programme that can be maintained and developed over time.

Who is it for?

Fitness training is for anyone, from kids to older people. Anyone who wants to move or improve their fitness can get involved. We can design programmes for elite sports people to those just looking to stay fit and healthy.

What are the benefits?

We work on muscular function and activation for improved posture. We tackle those daily aches and pains. We can help with weight loss, heart function, improving your immune system, co-ordination, self-esteem, mental health, stress, digestion and increasing lung function.

More about our services

Personal 1:1 training  tailored so you get the most out of the time, whether that’s core activation and mobility to a conditioning session to burn those extra calories.

We will soon be offering…
  • Yoga to relax the mind, body and spirit. Calm the soul through a gentle stretching session.
  • Pilates offers a full body workout focusing on the stabilising of muscles, core strength and spinal articulation.
  • Early riser high-intensity circuit class gets the heart pumping and the body moving. Based on body weight exercises working on intervals, with a focus around core strength and aerobic improvements.
  • Kids yoga teaches youngsters to relax and stretch, move and breathe.
  • Foam rolling gives you techniques on how to self-manage any tight muscles around the body.
  • Functional training exercises that training the body for daily activities to tackle aches and pains, while a high intensity workout which is sure to get the heart rate up.
  • Functional movement screen
  • Strength and conditioning is a bespoke training programme to get your muscles working to the maximum. Interval training is used to improve lung and heart function and to help shape that body you want.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring?

You need to bring a towel and a bottle of water. Wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to move freely. We also have showers and lockers so you can work out at any point of the day and freshen up before your next appointment or work commitment.

How fit do I need to be?

We train people of all fitness levels, tailoring our sessions to make sure we are pushing your limits, nobody else's. We monitor you during the session to make sure you are ok, then evaluate at the end.

What else can I do to get me to my goal?

Get enough sleep and rest. You won't be able to train every day with the same routine, but we can develop a weekly programme so you get the most from each session. Be patient - you won’t see results within the next hour, but within a month or so you will begin to notice clothes fit differently before results on the scales or in the mirror. Your trainer will keep a diary for you so we can see the improvement in your fitness performance.

What do I need to eat?

Make sure you get enough good food during the day. We recommend eating ‘as clean as possible’ by cooking from scratch as often as you can. You’ll need plenty of and carbohydrates to keep you going during the day. Not eating enough won't help you achieve your goals.

How often can I train?

You can train every day, but not a full session. Depending on your programme, you could do strength training days interspersed by cardio days.

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Nick Dingle

Fitness Director

One of Jersey’s leading personal fitness trainers, Nick has more than 10 years of experience in helping people make the most of their potential in the health and fitness sector. Nick, who is one of the four Align founders, has supported office workers improve their fitness, injured sports people with their rehabilitation as well as players at Jersey Reds rugby club by taking a holistic approach and tailoring sessions to individual needs. After a degree in sports coaching science at the University of Chichester, Nick completed his level three personal training qualification and launched a successful personal trainer business in Jersey. During this time, he also worked as a strength and conditioning coach with the Jersey sports foundation and Jersey rugby club. Nick works with clients to build fun and imaginative personalised training programmes that consider their hectic lifestyles and emotional wellbeing to ensure they get the most out of sessions, whether that’s three one-hour sessions or 30 minutes a week to support goals being reached. Mobility training and flexibility work is a key element, helping clients move freely during and after sessions. With back to basics teaching to provide basic movement patterns, Nick then builds a before a programme designed to delivers results they require to fit with the lifestyle they have. Mobility is developed through body weight exercises, foam rolling and distracted stretching. Nick also gives clients a base in strength training designed to allow them to do what they want when they want without feeling those niggles or pains. He also has qualifications, including as a kettle bell instructor, in circuit training, as a nutritional advisor, strength and conditioning, training plan programming and Olympic weight lifting.

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Nathan Fischer

Align Fitness Manager

As a Taekwondo Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu enthusiast, former Head Chef, avid Surf Adventurer and Fitness Enthusiast; Nathan is able to combine these specialities and experiences to bring a refreshing and powerful approach to your personal training. Nathan truly believes that each client should be fully engaged with their fitness and lifestyle goals and each client is unique... one size doesn't fit all... Lasting results come when clients love what they do and still look forward to each session. Nathan has travelled the world and trained with some of the world's Elite fitness coaches and a peak performance psychologist. His work is grounded in established scientific proven methods, and he is always open minded to and researching for new, fun and effective programmes that are based on results driven methodology. Nathan is a qualified Personal Trainer L3 CYQ & Training for Warriors Level 1. Andrew Wood. Personal Trainer to the UFC athletes and Muay Thai professionals states ``Nathan impressed me so much with his client care, passion and technical ability. He passed my programme with flying colours, in fact, I was so pleased with Nathan's approach to the client's needs, I invited him to join our Pro MMA workouts ``. Nathan is bringing all these skills and his class knowledge to Align Fitness as well as a specialist Warrior fitness class, exclusively for Align Health Agencies Clients.

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Scott Williamson

Personal Trainer

Scott is a fully qualified personal trainer who has always had a keen interest in health and fitness. Scott used to compete in the Channel Islands body building events, therefore has always had a passion for training. Scott wants to pass on this knowledge and goal setting to his clients by devising a straight to the point training programme, allowing clients to achieve their weight and strength training goals. Scott feels that it's important to work on getting the correct technique and form to ensure you remain injury free whilst still allowing you to get the most from your training. Scott believes that training is not just a way to stay in shape but the way to having a healthier life. Scott is available evenings and weekends for all clients.

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Kate Goddard

Mind/Body Health Coach - Asyra Practitioner

Good health is our greatest asset. We all know how to eat healthily, but do you know which foods are stressing or weakening your system? Do you have any deficiencies - vitamins, minerals or cell salts? Are you affected by environmental factors or heavy metal overload? When we experience ill-health, we really understand how important our health is. If you are looking for a natural solution, want to find the root cause of your health challenge, or just wanting to maintain your health balance, then homoeopathic bio-resonance could be the solution for you. Screening with the Asyra Pro is a non-invasive, fast and accurate scanner, it will look for the causal issues that may have led to your ill-health. Non-invasive, fast and accurate, it will identify food sensitivities, environmental sensitivities, hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, parasites, toxins, and emotional stressors among many others. As a practitioner, I will be looking at your health from a general perspective initially, working with you by taking a history of your health, looking at lifestyle, diet and emotions, to find the causal issues that have led to current health problems. By combining one of the latest scientific technologies, with homoeopathy and looking for causal links is like peeling back the layers to get to the root cause which can often be emotional as it may go back many years. To really benefit from this service, it is practical to attend 3 sessions initially, to get to the root cause. If your disease is long term or complex, this could take further sessions, but generally, change is noticed after three sessions. If you are feeling unsure this is for you, stop by our free drop in clinic on the second Saturday of each month. This will give you a brief look at how things work and allow you to ask any questions you may have without any further commitment. If you are suffering from IBS, eczema, anxiety or other chronic issues, or if you are just tired of feeling tired, call …..

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What Our Customers Have To Say

4 years ago a friend of a friend suggested that I speak to Nick regarding some personal training. Since that time I have never looked back. Not only is he an incredibly effective PT when all is well, he is able to work with other health professionals overseas prior to and, following serious surgery and chemotherapy etc. His ability to speed up and improve convalescence and physical conditioning post health treatment is fantastic. His ability to do this in a humorous manner whilst being sensitive to your energy levels is great.

Rob Kirkby

I first started seeing Marie-Christine a few years ago after she was recommended to me by a colleague. At the time I was in a lot of pain and was finding doing my job as a dental hygienist increasingly difficult. I started to get relief after the very first appointment with Marie- Christine and although I needed several visits to become pain free I saw an improvement each time. It was then recommended that I see Ciara for some massage in between my chiropractic appointments. Both Ciara and Marie-Christine are fantastic at what they do. They are both friendly and professional. I now go regularly for maintenance type visits to ensure I remain pain free and I really enjoy my visits as I always know I will feel better after they have worked their magic!! I would highly recommend them both to anyone

Katie Park

As a fellow Healthcare Professional, it’s been an honour and a privilege to work for many years with Dr Dix. You will struggle to find anyone else on this Island as skilled, caring and as concerned for their patients wellbeing as Marie-Christine.

Chris Duquemin CST

New Vision Therapy Centre

Align formally known as Back to Balance has helped me through some standard physical traumas in life such as pregnancy and childbirth as well as the less traumatic, but equally debilitating, pains of stress and misalignment. Marie-Christine treatments have helped keep my frame balanced and my body mobile. Every time I see her it is like pressing the 'reset button' and it unlocks my body.

Eva Vogt

Yann is a lovely, bouncy boy whose conditions include hyperactivity and difficulties with perception and his senses, which affect his behaviour and handwriting. He is also hyper-vigilant and was struggling at school. Yann loves his sessions and his symptoms have improved substantially; he sleeps better, has a much healthier appetite and his handwriting has improved. His experience of school is a lot more positive and his hyper-vigilance has reduced (except when anxious or tired).

Anon

I was having a difficult time at school, feeling stressed and emotional. The treatment was really relaxing and Julie made me feel at ease. I felt great afterwards and much happier, as if things were going to be easier to deal with.

Katie

age 15

I had constant muzzy head, fatigue, balance, night sweats and neck pain; welcome to the menopause – HRT was prescribed. I also had tingling in the fingers, which was diagnosed as poly carpal syndrome for which surgery was recommended. After CranioSacral therapy… NO HRT, and NO surgery for me.

L

My teenage daughter has had a few treatments and is always ‘a different kid’ afterwards; visibly much happier and more relaxed, which is wonderful during exams and stressful teenage years. As well as releasing stress, Julie’s CranioSacral sessions have also greatly helped with easing aches and pains.

C

I had been having severe pain problems with my right arm and shoulder. Julie found the source of that problem in the first session and the symptoms resolved. She also identified things that had happened to my body in the past, without any prior prompts, and has been working to resolve those too. I feel so wonderfully relaxed and at peace during my sessions.

Andrea

I had no experience of CranioSacral therapy, even though I have been a therapist and tutor of alternative/complementary therapies for many years. I must admit I was amazed at both the treatment itself and the skill with which Julie applied it. I could almost feel the effect as it happened.

Gill

When I first went to see Julie I felt that my life was stuck. I was in an unsuitable job which was bringing me down, but for some reason I could not move on. From the beginning the results were remarkable. I was invited to three interviews and within six months had found a new job where I am far happier. I have regained my ‘joie de vivre’ and life keeps getting better.

H

I have recommended Julie’s treatments to many friends and also to patients who have pains which doctors struggle to explain and can often be caused by stress which needs releasing in the central nervous system rather than injury. They have also seen great results.

C

I was shocked how such a gentle, relaxing technique could work such miracles. After just one session I felt so much 'lighter' and able to cope, as well as helping with my migraines.  I then booked my teenage daughter in with Julie as she had become very emotional due to hormones and major changes in our family circumstances; again, with just one session, she felt so much relief and was so much happier.

Anonymous

I contacted Anne as, after many years of smoking, quitting and then smoking again I wanted to stop without the help of smoking cessation drugs. The first time I met Anne she put me completely at ease. The whole process was stress free. Anne made me feel completely relaxed. I am now a non-smoker, free to get on with my life. I am delighted and highly recommend anyone wishing to stop smoking painlessly to contact Anne.

Debbie S

I first went to see Anne after suffering with anxiety and panic attacks on holiday. Every time I went away, even to destinations that I had been to before, I became very anxious and didn't want to be there and longed to be at home which felt safe. Anne was fantastic from the minute I first met her, she puts you at ease straight away by explaining what she is going to do. This helped me greatly. I went on a special holiday and had the most amazing time; I was able to eat and drink and go in lifts without worrying. I have recommended Anne to family members and friends.

Karen Hoy

Anne equipped me with tools and techniques, which changed my life from one restricted by fear and anxiety. She immediately puts you at ease, is completely professional in her approach and I cannot recommend her highly enough.

Louise

We started cognitive hypnotherapy sessions as we were about to undergo our second round of IVF. As our first attempt failed, we were not feeling confident. The sessions really helped to realign our thought processes and our confidence and attitude completely changed. We now have a beautiful baby girl – I’m confident that if we hadn't gone into the treatment with confidence and hope, the treatment was less likely to work. Many thanks.

Sophie H

My problem was irritated and restless legs. It wasn’t that they hurt me, they just ached and were sometimes jumpy during the night. After the massage Ciara was able to give me a summary of what may be causing my issue and advised me of the stretches I could do in my own time to reduce the problem. I left feeling like I was walking on air and slept like a baby that night!

Nikki Zachariou

Uberedge Dance Company and School 

I started seeing Ciara when I was five months pregnant and starting to get lower back and hip ache. I was put completely at ease and felt very welcome. I went on to have treatments each month until my little one was born. Each was tailored to meet my changing needs as I progressed through pregnancy and even areas I didn't realise were under strain before the sessions were also dealt with!

Helen Vieira

Pregnancy Massage

Thank you for your input into the Danish National Cricket Team on our recent trip to the European Championships in Jersey. Without your expertise and professional service I don’t think we would have managed to go seven days with a full squad players!

Simon Talbot

Danish National Team Coach

Thank you very much for your help during our stay. It was a very good help to my players – without this, many of them certainly would have not been able to play five matches during seven days.

Ole Roland

Secretary General, Danish National Cricket

After several years of increasing pain in my shoulder I finally followed the recommendation of a friend. In just three sessions Ciara has sorted my shoulder out. A sports massage does go deep, but it also works. Ciara is very professional, patient, knowledgeable and friendly. I have no hesitation in recommending Ciara to anyone who has short or long term injuries or just aches and pains.

Carl Corbel

Having sustained a serious ankle fracture, Ciara has been instrumental in my recovery. So many people overlook muscular damage and simply concentrate on healing the bones. With regular massage I was back to full mobility well ahead of time. For someone who didn't rate massage as a treatment, I am now a complete convert and I still have regular maintenance sessions.

Marisa Ballantyne

Sports massage was something that evoked the word fear in my mind. Ciara arrived at my home, a treat in itself with two young children. Ciara was totally professional, answered my 101 questions and my muscles certainly knew they had been worked. No longer, am I in acute pain. I definitely recommend trying a sports massage and hopefully it will relieve you of back pain as it has done me.

Zoë Hotton

Ciara Ahern was of huge benefit to me in the run up to the end of Jersey RFC's 1st XV season. Had it not been for the effective and thorough treatment provided, I would not have played any part in the National League 3 Championship semi final, the Siam Cup or the Championship final at Twickenham.

Brendan O’Brien

I came to Marie-Christine Dix because I was suffering with lower back pain, pins and needles in my legs and pain between the shoulders. My treatments were immediately effective. My pain has eased off considerably and the lifestyle tips that I have been given have helped keep the pain away. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone in need of chiropractic treatment.

Anonymous

Lower back pain & Sciatica

I had a severe scoliosis, disc removed in early 1990s, pain on walking distance or taking long strides. I was apprehensive but found my treatment relaxing with only minimal discomfort. It produced very good results; the initial course of treatment gave relief and I've had no problems since.

Sue De La Mare

Scoliosis

I recently brought my nine-month old son, following two months of unsettled behaviour (not sleeping, fussy eating, general unhappiness) - we were at our wits end. After the first few treatments we saw an overall improvement in his mood and behaviour and by the sixth treatment he was sleeping through the night again and being much more active and happy - back to his normal self.

Anonymous

Colicy Behaviour in Baby

After finding out that my headaches were nothing to do with my eyesight, or any other condition, my GP suggested I try a chiropractor. After just a few visits the fact I finished three rounds of golf at the Belfry last weekend was something I thought impossible a couple of weeks before the trip.

Mr S Jewell

Headaches/Migraines

After having a very serious fall, I still found myself in considerable pain and contacted Marie-Christine Dix. On her investigating further, it was found I had sustained further injury, but with the help of my surgeon and Dr Marie-Christine Dix I am now on the road to recovery.

Miss Susan Mauger

Back pain following a fall

I have suffered with sinus problems all my life. It has been a great relief what she has done for me. I can breathe properly now.

Mrs P Gueno

Sinuses

I have had a chronically bad back, neck and shoulders for decades due to my work… Whilst I've come to believe there won't be a complete cure for me, for the first time in my working life, I have a very comfortable and happy back most of the time. So thank you again. Marie-Christine for such a lifestyle improvement.

Dr Jonathon Wood (BDS)

Back, neck & shoulder pain

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