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.
Work-wise, my story of how I got to where I am now starts 18 years ago with me teaching a few fitness classes alongside my career in strategic financial marketing. Realising in 2004 that the corporate world was not for me, I set up as the first mobile personal trainer in Edinburgh. Working one-to-one with people I became fascinated with the effect that working on the body can have on the mind and vice versa.
I gradually moved into coaching 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. And this is where my personal story of how I got to where I am now begins. My pilates training had a profound effect on me. As I began to move with alignment and true intention I experienced a complete sense of 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, I realised that I was actually still very much a compulsive exerciser and still punishing my body which was holding onto patterns of protection and safeguarding. I was not moving, nor living, well. 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. I came away from my involvement in sport in order to focus on me and my full recovery. This different kind of strength I was building 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.
I did think that I was 'done with sport' and that I couldn't step back into that world again. But I missed it so much and knew that the healthy me still loved running and biking. Cautiously at first, but with a huge amount of self awareness, I gradually found a way to train positively. Sport 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.