I have been working individually with clients, their movement and their overall wellbeing, for 21 years. I started out as a personal trainer after leaving a strategic marketing career once I’d realised (pretty early on it has to be said!) that corporate and office life was never going to be for me. I went on to coach running and triathlon and was fortunate to compete myself at an international level in duathlon (run, bike, run), winning European gold in my age-group in both 2007 and 2008.
For many years in my work I was concentrating primarily on the physical aspects of movement. In my sport coaching work I became more focused on understanding human mechanics and anatomy in motion to help my clients with injury rehab and prevention. Pilates, functional movement and biomechanics were my main tools and I still love to geek out on these subjects and help clients to keep doing the sports that they love.
Through my work and studies in these areas, I naturally began to move myself with greater alignment and efficiency and felt the effect go much deeper and broader that just how I felt physically. I cared more about myself, liked myself more and seemed to be building a firmer belief in myself from the inside out. I learned how to listen to and understand my body's signals. I learned to move intuitively, to understand my anatomy and make up and how to best look after myself - my whole self - physically, emotionally and mentally.
The process of working with my own body, how I moved and how I related to it, helped me to finally heal a decade and a half struggle with various eating disorders. The process of unwinding these long held (yet difficult to live with) patterns through movement practices (and supported at times with talking therapy) was personally liberating and professionally enlightening. I am now completely and fully recovered.
I had learned how our body and mind are inextricably intertwined. I came to realise that how we move has an effect on how we feel and think about ourself and the world around us, and vice versa. My work then evolved to working with each and every person in the context of their whole self and meeting them where they were at in each session.
In 2015, I went on to study Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). It knitted together perfectly with movement work and essentially taught me how our thoughts and beliefs affect how we move (or don’t move). It made sense to then also work with people in a talking coaching capacity, linking that with physical feelings that they are experiencing in their body and helping them to manage and make sense of challenging emotions and situations.
I am fascinated by the interplay of the body and our mind and consider myself very fortunate to have found a field of work which is only really in its infancy and which I am so passionate about.
I still really enjoy sport, probably more so than ever, and can regularly be found trotting round the Pentlands hill in my trail shoes, weaving through the mountain bike trails at Glentress or getting my snowboard out on white stuff. I also enjoy geeking out with a book, cooking, drawing and participating in storytelling groups.
I have been influenced by the work of many educators - most notably by Katy Bowman, Eric Franklin, Babette Rothschild, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Bessel Van Der Kolk, Peter Levine, Liz Koch, Moshe Feldenkrais.
I have attended various workshops on sport and fitness techniques, injury prevention, strength and conditioning, behaviour strategies, neuroscience, sport and fitness psychology, somatics, feldenkrais, franklin method, developmental movement and developmental psychology, attachment theory, psychotherapeutic movement and basic body awareness therapy.