I decided I wanted to be a physiotherapist when I was 11 years old. After a string of sporting injuries at a young age, my regular appointments at our local physiotherapist in Burringbar shifted from frustration and resistance to awe and intrigue as I begun to appreciation the world of physical rehabilitation.
I had always had the desire to do something that would help people. What better way to support others than to be in a profession where I would get to meet lots of interesting people and help them return to what they love!
You will often here me recite in the clinic that ‘Movement is medicine’ or ‘Motion is lotion’. I believe my job is not to fix the people that walk through my door but to empower them by providing the right information, tools, and confidence to heal themselves.
I found Pilates an amazing tool to help offer these things, as the approach is to train a movement and not a muscle. Strength is important, flexibility and range is desirable but what good are they if you can only do these things in a very controlled and limited environment? Real world situations see us lifting, twisting, stretching, stepping ….sometimes all at the same time! We need to replicate and carry over what we learn in the gym or fitness class to our everyday lives.
I’m a big believer in functional fitness and try to focus my own fitness and the exercises that I teach on strength throughout controlled range of motion. The more body awareness and control you have through wide ranging and interchanging movements is protective. Strength + flexibility =durability.
I invite you to get moving! Whatever your medicine may be…. Pilates, yoga, surfing or beach walking.