aka 'Posture ellie'
I worked in corporate desk jobs for all of my 20s, before packing it in to realise my dreams of working for myself. I wanted to do something I passionately believed in, as well as enjoy a vocation that felt worthwhile and rewarding.
I fell into the world of movement therapy after being extremely sedentary, weak and stiff. Shortly after taking up yoga in October 2017, I realised I wasn't 'naturally inflexible' (as I had told myself), but just that I hadn't been asking my body to do the right things to keep me mobile and strong. I went from not being able to touch my toes to being able to do all sorts of crazy stuff!
Yoga lead me down a path of a) empowerment and b) fascination towards the power of the human body (when given the right stimulus).
After training as a sports massage therapist, I realised I wanted to help people prevent getting tight/sore muscles in the first place, rather than treating the tight/sore muscles. This was when I found 'The Egoscue Method' (whilst manically searching online for something that aligned with my beliefs).
I read Pete Egoscue's 'Pain Free' book (fully recommended) and the rest, as they say, is history!
After training for my PAS 1 & 2, I visited The Egoscue Method HQ in San Diego for further experience as an intern. I'm currently studying for my next level qualification (I'll be one 1 of 5 people in the UK with it) and I've completed an Outdoor First Aid qualification too. There are plenty of other qualifications that I want to get in the future too!
I make no false claims: I am NOT medically trained, I am like a personal trainer for your posture. This doesn't mean I can't help you though, the results my clients get speak for themselves.
Outside of work, I love yoga (as above), climbing, reading, walking, cats, travelling and a few glasses of wine!
M Y A P P R O A C H
Realistic, Energetic & Supportive
The best thing about working for myself is that I don't have to dampen down my personality to suit someone else's brand.
I am fully myself with my clients and I won't suit everyone.
I am high energy and a bit nutty.
I am a realist. Success in The Egoscue Method requires lifestyle and habit change. Some people don't want to change their lifestyle and habits.
I am not going to give you the answers you want to hear just because it's easier.
I will give you the truth and help you to identify the habits which have contributed to your problems. This will help you to actually get better.
I work really hard and expect my clients to do the same.
To my clients that fully invest in the process, I am with them every step of the way for motivation, support and guidance. We form a united front against their pain!
I don't think I am an expert of your body. I think YOU'RE the expert of your body. We work with what your body tells us.
I operate a healthcare model where the aim is that my clients get better and never have to see me again. I see excessive visits as a failure on my part!
We generally have a lot of fun!
5 THINGS TO CHANGE TODAY
The majority of modern shoes are heeled, restrictive and supportive. This switches off many muscles in the body and greatly contributes to pain. Spend more time barefoot or in barefoot/minimal shoes ASAP.
Most people's issues with chronic pain stem from chronic chair usage. Swap your cushioned chair for the hardest chair you can (this will encourage you to fidget) and also begin to spend more time on the floor!
Yoga is one of the very few activities where you are systematically taking each joint through its full range of movement. Not only a wonderful way to start teaching your body to move better, yoga also boasts powerful mental and physiological health benefits too.
'No SCREEN' WALKING
Looking down at your phone whilst you're walking is a sure fire way to create a 'text neck' which comes with a whole host of problems. Lose the phone, swing your arms (and tone your triceps) and exercise your eyes over a greater distance than a foot!
LOSE THE PILLOWS
Modern heads that spend all day hunching forward in a chair, don't need to spend all night propped up and hunched forward either. Lose a pillow (or two) to allow your upper back and neck to reset straight whilst you sleep. Easy win.