I have always been passionate about fitness and exercise. As a professional physiotherapist, I know how important it is to stay fit and active during the day. Of course it’s not always easy to make time for yourself to keep fit and remain active. I understand the challenges you’re facing, the potential amount of things you’re juggling. By attending my Pilates classes you will get a full body and mind workout in 60minutes of your time.
I love to teach and share my knowledge with others; I think that is why I chose to be a physiotherapist. I studied at Northumbria University, gaining a BSc (HONS) Physiotherapy degree, before taking my first job with Northumbria NHS. I completed a huge breadth of rotational areas as a junior and senior II physiotherapist and particularly enjoyed the world of in-patients… and the canny Northumberland accent!
As a junior physiotherapist, my work covered everything from bad chests to joint replacements, treating stroke patients to helping keep the elderly patients on their feet. I dabbled in out-patients treating bad backs and shoulders but found this terrifying initially.
After I was promoted to a senior physiotherapist, I found myself working on Intensive care treating more bad chests. I had a love for ward based work so I gained more experience assessing and treating stroke patients, working on general medical wards with elderly complex patients and helping out in A&E for the first time. I also revisited out-patients in the beautiful town of Hexham and there I found my new passion for treating musculoskeletal problems!
My experience equipped me with an extensive amount of medical knowledge in all physiotherapy core areas, all of which has helped me get to where I am today.
I moved from Newcastle to Nottingham in 2008 and decided to focus on a career in out-patients where I gained a musculoskeletal rotational post at the QMC. My work varied from broken bones to joint replacements, pulled muscles and bad backs in A&E, broken bones in fracture clinic, ACL rehab and women’s health. This is where I fell in love with all the amazing advise and tips physiotherapists have for pregnant and post natal ladies.
I am currently training with the APPI (The Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute) in London, expanding my knowledge and expertise in Pilates. I have used spinal stability exercises for 12 years in the NHS, but I am now taking that to a whole new level of understanding. It is with zest and renewed enthusiasm that I am utilising the knowledge I am gaining to educate others about how to feel and find their core stability muscles and use them day to day.
It’s fair to say that the last five years have been particularly challenging for me and my family, with several life-changing events leading me to this moment. I fell in love; I got married and was overjoyed when I fell pregnant. Life it seemed, was falling perfectly into place… But then everything changed; the glowing pregnancy I had envisaged gave way to complications and the serene, natural birthing experience I imagined switched to an elective C-section. Finally, at a time when I was already emotionally and physically fragile, I lost my mother suddenly and unexpectedly.
To help me cope, I returned back to work, but quickly found I was struggling to keep on a brave face with my patients and their problems. I took a career break, initially for six months, that turned quickly into a full year out. My heart wasn’t in it anymore.
My personal experience had left me with an in-depth understanding of the physical and emotional difficulties life can send us. So, I decided to start a new career path doing something I love. This led me to train with the APPI as a Pilates instructor to educate people about how to look after their bodies, improve their posture, tone their tummy and renew their body confidence. I had found my new passion and the Pilates Physio was born.
Combining my personal experience with my professional knowledge helps me to be compassionate, empathetic and caring to others. I’m passionate about empowering women, both physically and mentally. Reassuring them that they are in control, helping them become aware of their body postures and teaching them how to use their core muscles functionally to regain their body confidence is all in a day’s work!