After working as a university lecturer and journalist, I qualified as a Pilates teacher with the Pilates Foundation® in 2008. I realized quickly that this was just the beginning of a journey to teach movement classes for wellbeing, rehabilitation and fitness. I qualified as a Yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga®, a somatic movement educator with Body Mind Centering®, in Bones for Life® and as a gym instructor and developed a movement system suitable for those affected by lymphoedema and chronic illnesses. Presently, I am in my fourth year of training as a Feldenkrais practitioner. My teaching draws on these different influences and I would describe my classes as fusion classes.
My classes are designed to increase awareness of the forces that shape our core and to improve its role in supporting functional movement; be it to safely lift your shopping bags, work all day in front of a computer or participate in a particular sport. My teaching also focuses on improving dynamic posture, that is, posture that relates to function and has a dynamic relationship to gravity. The ultimate aim is to make everyday movements and breathing easier and more pleasurable.
Many clients come to my classes for back, neck, shoulder or pelvic floor issues or after surgery or injuries but I also teach therapists, singers and artists who want to re-connect with their bodies and breath as well as people who just enjoy a mindful class. As a Breast Cancer Survivor I also have a particular interest and expertise in that area and some years ago co-developed Tripudio Movement Systems (movement for lymphoedema) with a colleague. I also have a strong interest in osteoporosis, drawing on Bones for Life® and the use of weights and weight bearing exercises combined with postural and falls prevention work when working with people with bone density issues.
I have a BSc (Hons) in Health Science (Herbal Medicine), a PGCE and a MA in Education. Teaching movement perfectly combines my passions for health and education. The degree in Health Science also gives me a strong background in nutrition which is another passion of mine. Oh, I also have a BA(Hons) in drama and am very interested in the connection between movement, teaching and creativity.
Someone once said “movement is life”. They might have said that about me: Movement has always been my passion – as a teenager I was a competitive swimmer, dabbled in horse riding, played tennis, danced and was seriously into running, cycling and athletics. These days, I cycle whenever I can, walk daily, run occasionally and practice – as well as teach – Yoga, Pilates and Feldenkrais daily. These awareness-based practices support all my other activities, keep me grounded and (to quote Moshe Feldenkrais) “…are designed to improve ability, that is, to expand the boundaries of the possible, to turn the impossible into the possible, the difficult into the easy and the easy into the pleasant” – whether it’s movement practices or just life in general. My mat is my home!
I divide my time between Suffolk and South East London.
You can contact me on 07483 857389 or by clicking on this link