I was born in Lytham and moved to Phoenix, Arizona when I was 9 due to my severe asthma. I attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and received degrees in English and Journalism as my dream job was to work for the National Geographic, travel the world writing about amazing places. Needless to say, it didn’t work out; I was beginning to hate journalism and PR, and Los Angeles, and so I came back to England for a few months to start learning the family business in textiles. (I know!!!! I didn’t realize how lucky I had it!) I took a job at our design studio and instantly fell in love with textile design. I always intended to move back to the US, but I met my husband here in Lytham and now have a son, and as they say… the rest is history!
I started practicing Pilates over 20 years ago simply as a gentle form of exercise that I could do due to ill-health. It wasn’t until I broke my back snowboarding that I truly understood the magic that is Pilates. I fractured L5-S2, and initially was unable to walk. After months of intensive physiotherapy, I was eventually pain-free. However, I still had reoccurring back pain which was when I was introduced to the Pilates and the large apparatus. Within months, I felt stronger and I was able to move pain-free again. I have continued with my Pilates practice regularly since then, and (knock on wood) I have been symptom free. It was during this time that I began to learn about the Method and the 34 prescriptive moves from Joseph Pilates “Contrology.” Over the years, I have become fascinated with how the body works, functional movement, and how I can use Pilates to maintain pain-free movement as I get older, especially since I am very accident-prone. If it’s going to happen, it will happen to me!
Knowing what I know now, my interest has evolved into utilizing the Pilates method to help teenage athletes to remain injury free and improve in their athletic performance through correct movements. I have known too many kids, whose dreams have been crushed due to torn muscles and/or ligaments.
I just love Pilates and having the opportunity to teach and share my passion is just a bonus! I truly believe in the method and I believe that magic can happen if you believe in yourself and your own ability to heal. This is where the mind is connected to the body, and vice – versa ….Unicorns and stars, baby! Magic!
“Change happens through movement, and movement heals.” –Mr. Joseph Pilates
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