Back in 2003, I was walking my children to school when I bent down to tie my son’s shoelaces and couldn’t get up. An ambulance was called and as I was in so much pain I had to be given gas and air to be lifted onto a stretcher. At the time my youngest child was 5 months old. On that day, I felt utterly helpless. I watched my mother suffer with debilitating back pain and I did not wish to find myself going down the same path.
I considered myself fairly active but had no regular exercise routines at that time. A friend talked me into running a 5k in aid of Cancer Research and it was only through running, something that I came to love, that I truly began to understand what a lifetime lacking in a variety of movement and mal-alignment of the body could really do. A whole host of running injuries ensued and a world of chronic foot pain which would plague me for several years.
In 2006, I read about Chi Running. A dedicated student and teacher, I would eventually learn to run without pain and learn the value of mindful movement. However, I was experiencing pelvic floor issues sometimes when I ran. My search would continuously take me to Katy Bowman of The Restorative Exercise Institute (now the Nutritious Movement™ Centre). Katy’s blog would become compulsive reading until I began to understand how our modern lifestyle and increasingly sedentary culture, was contributing to my situation.
As a then Master Chi Running Instructor working with countless runners over an 8 year period, I could see that many of the issues people were dealing with were the result of a largely sedentary lifestyle.
Suffice to say that my passion for this work along with a huge desire to educate and help people to improve their own quality of life, get out of pain and injury and introduce the notion of whole body movement lead me to wanting to teach others. I certified as a Restorative Exercise Specialist in September 2015.
My focus these days is on developing my teaching practise as a Restorative Exercise Specialist to help anyone interested in improving their health in an "out of the tank" way.
I am passionate about helping you to understand why you may have pain and injury and giving you the tools to help you live pain free and improve your health through not just more movement but more natural movement. Contact me.