After twenty years of working with people in the exercise and health industry, which I loved, fate dealt me a really tough blow which almost ended my career. Ironically, as it turns out, it enhanced it. Before life-saving surgery which I entered knowing the odds were stacked against me, I remember putting away all of my tennis and fitness gear and saying to my husband “If you think after this surgery, I will not be able to use any of this, could you please dispose of it all without my knowledge”. He sadly agreed.
After an eight-hour surgery which I barely got through, I came around to hear comments like “she got a lucky bounce of the ball” “in another month, it would have been B.O.X.” being said to my poor husband. I became aware that I was in a lot of pain with many tubes coming from all sorts of places in my chest and back but I was alive and I hoped and promised myself that I was going to stay that way. After a few days in the Intensive Care facility, I began asking to get out of the bed and started to work with the Physios to help me breathe properly again. This was hard but all I could think of was my three very young children and husband at home who needed me. After a week, I was transferred to the general hospital and was wheeled to the Physio department to continue my breathing exercises and a little bit of mobility with my arms. I used to sneak out of bed when the nurses weren’t looking and try to do squats and lunges by my bed to make my legs strong again…they were the world’s tiniest exercises but that’s how it had to be at that time. The thoughts of returning home to my husband, our two two-year-old sons and our five-year-old daughter kept me motivated - a little and often - I walked and walked and walked the corridors, first on a frame and then with my sister and brothers and then on my own. Miles and miles and then I managed the stairs, which let me get to the Physio Department by myself. Eight weeks later, I got home surprised that even then, I couldn't even lift a kettle to make a cup of tea for my friends who visited.
The weeks rolled on and eventually I was able to go for a walk across the road to my beloved tennis club. I used to watch my friends play and hoped to one day get back there. Two years later I did get back there after hours, days, weeks, months and years of tiny movements that got incrementally bigger and this has led me to where I am now. My children are now 13 and 16 and thankfully, I am as fit as a fiddle and working hard making sure everyone else is too and all without pain. Even though I wouldn’t wish what I went through on anyone, I am grateful for what it taught me…. I understand Pain. I do not fear it anymore and I love to help anyone who is in pain to get well as fast as possible.
Now, I have the wonderful tools of Systematic Kinesiology and Postural Alignment to help me to help others on their journeys, whether they suffer physical, emotional, nutritional or environmental pain. I’m passionate about empowering people to help themselves to get out of pain and to be the best version of themselves that they can be. I give homework because I believe in it. It worked for my recovery and my philosophy now goes across the board.
If you come to me for help with your fitness, you’ll get fifteen minutes of homework per day,
If you come to me to have your posture corrected to get you out of pain, there will be eCises to do every day and
If you come to me for Kinesiology…. Guess what? Yep, homework! Sometimes it might be a mindful exercise to tone down your stress levels, it might be to add something into your diet or to remove something that you're sensitive to, or it might be to do some cross-crawl exercises to rebalance your left-right brain connections and help with learning, or it might be to rub a few Chapman’s neuro-lymphatic points to help speed up your recovery. The power is in my client’s hands – all I do is facilitate them to find pain free health and balance in their lives. I have a gentle approach to nutrition, health and wellbeing. I listen to my clients and try to give them exactly what they need. Most of all, I hope you'll like it.