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 went on to qualify as a Yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga®, a gym instructor, a somatic movement educator with Body Mind Centering® and I am presently training as a Feldenkrais practitioner. My teaching draws on these different influences and I would describe my classes as fusion classes. I try to increase awareness of the forces that shape our core; to support that core and improve function and posture and ultimately 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. I am a qualified Bones for Life® teacher and gym instructor and combine the use of weights and weight bearing exercises 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 85738 or by clicking on this link