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 keen participation in sport and dance, I noticed I became more prone to injury. As my low back had become aggravated by prolonged sitting, I tried Pilates which made me realise a lack postural 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 what good movement is and what the ideal posture is, so I decided to do an MSc in exercise science to deepen my understanding of anatomy and physiology. However my research into core stability measurement inevitably generated more questions than answers. Fortunately I had become aware of fascia  – 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 enables us to convert a stimulus into movement. This was my missing link, now I could learn to work with and improve both structure and function.

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Man has deep tissue massage on the back.

Since the fascia also provides us with our sense of proprioception which enables us to interact with our environment and shapes our 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 crucially how it is linked dynamically from head to toe via movement.  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.

 

Through my therapeutic practices I am most often trying to reduce restrictions and improve movement to hopefully reduce pain.  I say hopefully because this is not always the case and many in my profession are perpetually pondering this issue.

Moving on in life and always on the lookout for integrative therapeutic practices has brought me to nutrition - which might seem like a tangential pathway but think of this - pain is part of our inflammatory response and inflammation is governed by our immune system which is massively influenced by our gut which is dependent on what we consume.

Having trained as a Nutritional Therapist I now realise that to have a structure that can function adaptively, to maintain physiological and mental vitality depends on how we nourish ourselves. For me navigating the changes of mid-life have been vastly improved by adding missing nutrients, resetting my circadian rhythms and truly understanding what a more healthful lifestyle is – which isn’t as obvious as it might seem since we are all 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 more appropriate now than ever.

Woman hiking in Rainforest of Dorrigo National Park, New South W

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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)
  • Certificate in Applied Functional Science - Gray Institute
  • MSc Exercise (dance) Science (LABAN)
  • Franklin Method (Level 3) – Somatic practice
  • REPS Level 4
  • Back4Good BackCare practitioner
  • Pilates teacher Body Control
  • Member of BANT

    CNHC - registered Complementary Healthcare practitioner

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