BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, certified Rehab Pilates practitioner,
certified International Nordic Walking instructor, accredited PD Warrior instructor
A bit about me:
Qualifying in the UK in 2008, I started my OT life in social services providing equipment and home modifications to people. As rewarding as this can be, I longed to get more involved with the people I worked with, building longer term relationships, and to help people regain their own abilities and strengths to return some quality to their life. I then received a phone call from a local neuro rehab charity I had volunteered at as a student. It was this phone call that took me on the path I had been searching for, and my life as a neuro OT began.
Heading up the OT team for Integrated Neurological Services, I loved the variety that my days brought - designing and running long-term groups, seeing people at home on a one-to-one basis, running education programs, setting up challenging activities for people to get involved with. Seeing the smile on people's faces as they succeeded in whatever it was we were doing that day made it so rewarding. I developed a strong sense of what I believed to be important and beneficial to the people I was working with and it is this that I wanted to bring with me to Australia when my family and I moved here in 2015.
Strongly believing in an holistic approach to therapy and having practiced many years personally, I knew that Pilates would bring great benefit to people and is very complementary to my other therapy work. I am a certified Studio Pilates instructor, have completed Polestar Pilates training with a focus on rehabilitation and was very fortunate to attend the Pilates for Neurological Conditions and Advanced Pilates for Neurological Conditions further education courses (theneurorehabmovement.com). I continue to research, educate and absorb all that I can to enhance my practice - Pilates is a journey, and one that I enjoy being on every day. Focussing on balance and core control, reducing stiffness and weakness, and learning how to breathe well creates a stronger connection between the body and the mind, and has the power to really warm the spirit.
I also continue to develop my interest in other areas, complementary to working with people with neurological conditions. Neuroplasticity, nutrition, mindfulness, creative therapies. . . the list goes on, but I see them all as being essential elements to regaining and retaining our physical and mental health and to truly living well.