I am a mum of two boys and am passionate about training females who want to feel strong and confident during adolescence, pregnancy, the postnatal period and beyond. I am a Sport, Dance and Exercise Scientist and a Corrective Exercise and Movement coach with a specialism in pre and postnatal populations.
Since 2010 I have worked with young, inspiring and talented adolescent dancers at the Centre for Advanced Training (TrinityLaban, London), rehabilitating and prescribing exercise programmes to improve dance technique, strengthen the musculoskeletal system and alleviate chronic pain. I am passionate and fascinated by the mechanics of the body, how mechanics can change and adapt over time and how that then influences persistent injury, unresolved chronic pain, or pregnancy related changes like incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and diastasis recti - my specialism is looking at how people move and then selecting the right combination of training to get them moving and feeling better, stronger and more mobile.
My journey to developing SOMA clicked when I did Dr Sarah Duvalls Pre and Postnatal Corrective Exercise Specialist Course. I can't tell you how she spoke a language that my own postnatal body was craving. Since then I have been massively inspired by Conor Harris, David Grey Rehab and Katie Sinclair Fitness. All of these specialists and educators work with the body in a way I had never even considered. Its the most exciting professional journey I've ever been on.
As with most things my journey into coaching and movement training started with a need and a personal journey. Pre-pregnancy I considered myself a pretty decent amateur athlete competing in running and cycling events. Post pregnancy, I was ready to regain fitness and reintegrate into sports as soon as possible! Lets just say I learned the hard way - I suffered chronic back pain caused by a prolapsed disc - I now fully understand, respect and appreciate the biomechanics of the body and the undeniable changes that occur during pregnancy and the postnatal period. My learning has led me to helping countless females (and the odd male!!) and has contributed to my own personal and successful rehabilitation journey.