I qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1997 from Kings College, London. I trained with Polestar Rehabilitative Pilates and my movement-based practise is continuing to evolve. My specialisation is pelvic floor dysfunction; I've worked in the NHS and private sector as a women's health physiotherapist.
Outside of my movement-based work, I am the mother of two teenagers. I also work part-time in the NHS and organise Wellness Retreats for Women. The high point of my day is exercising with my dog in the Fynn valley, who is thankfully more obedient than the rest of my family! I enjoy singing with Music In Our Bones, a local group committed to improving mental health by bringing the community together in song. I am privileged to be sharing a journey with my clients to collectively enhance body wisdom.
I have been influenced by other movement therapies such as the Franklin method, Alexander technique and Feldenkrais. I am planning to collaborate with The Mindful Cook in the new year.
I am passionate about sharing my knowledge to empower my students to find for themselves, comfort and ease in their bodies.
I will guide you to get in tune and sense your body which in turn helps the nervous system to calm and regulate. This naturally slows down the breath and encourages a release of unnecessary tension leading to greater flexibility, balance and efficiency. Part of the practice is noticing and acknowledging the subtle changes that you perceive in your body and mind.
I am particularly interested in the effect of stress on our body. Since movements are related to thoughts and feelings mindful movement is beneficial in alleviating emotional distress that is expressed through the body.
Traditional exercises may build tension - if your body perceives ‘physical danger’ for example loading or stretching beyond its comfort zone (doing an awkward stretch; prolonged sitting). In addition, emotional stress also causes us to assume a physically guarded position.
We traditionally view weakness and stiffness as things that can be simply corrected with a targeted strength exercise or specific stretch; however, reduced flexibility and weakness could be viewed as a protective mechanism to guard the body from damage. My guidance will help you experience optimal movement patterns, a balanced body and open posture. In class, movements are graded to suit you and practised in an orientation to gravity that doesn't trigger tension, with the hopeful result of experiencing comfortable and efficient movement.
Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Member of Physio First
Member HCPC (health & care professionals council)
Currently training as a Bones For Life teacher