I have always needed to move – it helps me think, find balance and has led me to interesting and rewarding directions in life.
My first job in IT was very stimulating but long hours at a computer inevitably took its toll on my body and despite my sport and dance, I became prone to injury. Ten years later with a low back aggravated by prolonged sitting, I tried Pilates which made me realise a lack of core strength and being disconnected with my body were the root of my issues, so I decided to quit my IT job and retrain as a Pilates teacher.
Teaching and observing people move threw up many queries around movement assessment and ‘correction’ so I decided to do an MSc in Exercise Science to deepen my understanding of anatomy and physiology. As ever my research into core stability measurement generated more questions than answers. Fortunately fascia was on my radar – a type of connective tissue which was gaining traction in the movement world, not only as the ubiquitous link between bones, muscles and organs but also as a tissue of communication that translates a stimulus into movement.
Since fascia also provides us with our sense of proprioception and enables us to feel and change habitual movement patterns, I decided to train in Structural Integration (SI -myofascial therapy). Being able to provide hands-on bodywork has deepened my understanding of the body’s wonderfully complex anatomy. And even more exciting is that science is now providing some answers as to how we can best work with fascia which I use to inform my teaching and bodywork practices.
Moving on in life and always on the lookout for holistic forms of treatment has brought me to nutrition which I think of as the fundamental tenet for health. Having trained with the CNM as Nutritional Therapist I am now realising that everything hinges upon how we nourish ourselves. For me navigating the changes of mid-life have been vastly improved by adding missing nutrients and understanding what a more healthful lifestyle is – which isn’t as obvious as it might seem since we are constantly in flux trying to maintain a balance between the demands modern living and our basic necessities as biological beings.
I am striving to find my way back to nature whilst being informed by science. I am not sure if this is my outlook or about the wider ‘climate’ but understanding how to make food and movement our medicine seems even more appropriate now than ever.
- Nutritional Therapy Dip CNM – additional training in Cancer support (NTEC)
- Structural Integration KMI & CAMT
- Scar Tissue therapy – ScarWork, additional training in breast cancer surgery
- Manual Lymphatic Massage/drainage – (London School of Massage)
- MSc Exercise Science (LABAN)
- Franklin Method – Somatic movement practice
- REPS Level 4
- Back4Good BackCare practitioner
- Pilates teacher Body Control