Various workshops attended 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.
Human movement has been my passion, for over 17 years. What started out in 1999 with me teaching a few fitness classes to balance the stress of my career in strategic financial marketing, led to me finding the most fulfilling work that I can imagine. The learning never stops, my work continues to evolve, and the field of movement science is just in its infancy.
In 2004 I said good-bye to my corporate life and set up as the first mobile personal trainer in Edinburgh. Working one-to-one with people was when I really became fascinated with the effect that working on the body can have on the mind and vice versa.
I gradually moved into sport, specifically coaching running and triathlon. I focused on helping people to develop efficient ways of moving and preventing injuries so that they could keep doing the sport that they enjoy and reap the benefits of consistent training. During this time I also studied the psychology of exercise and performance.
In 2008 I undertook in depth training in studio based Pilates to deepen my understanding of human mechanics and anatomy in motion. What I also personally experienced was the profound effect that moving with alignment and true intention can have on complete physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. At the time I was a successful international athlete, yet I discovered that my physical fitness and athletic success was fundamentally built on a weak core of low self esteem. During my teens I had suffered from anorexia and went on to develop a decade long struggle with bulimia. While I thought that I was fully recovered through talking therapies, my body was still holding onto patterns of protection and safeguarding which were stopping me from moving, and living, to my full potential. With great teachers I learned how to build myself up from the inside out, and how to listen to and understand my body's signals. This different kind of strength ultimately built a firm inner belief in myself, and a more whole me. It is for this reason that I now work with a specialised interest in eating disorder recovery. I am privileged to work with other professionals in this field supporting those dealing with EDs and also educating fitness professionals on the issue.
At one point I thought that I was 'done with sport', but I missed it so much - it gives me a mental clarity, space, resilience and endurance that I cannot find elsewhere. Actually I've never enjoyed sport as much as I now do, now that my mind and body are in complete harmony with how I am moving. This renewed appreciation of sports is where and when all my work and knowledge fully integrated together and I realised that every form and modality of movement is mind-body if the person is able to connect with themself while doing it. And I realised that that is what I teach.
My own sports of choice these days are mountain and road biking, trail running, climbing, and snowboarding. I also enjoy, yoga, hillwalking, cooking, writing and drawing.
I continue to deepen my understanding and application of human movement by studying relevant sciences and therapies and I continue to explore the range and dimensions of my own movement and potential. I am fascinated by both the art and science of movement and both the big picture and the minutia of our chosen movement strategies.