With a love of running from a young age I quickly developed an interest in sport and movement. I qualified as a physiotherapist in 1987 from Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh and since then have worked in a variety of settings, initially in the NHS and then privately. I have run my own practice for 10 years in Winchester, Hampshire. I undertook a postgraduate course in Acupuncture for Musculoskeletal conditions in 2003 and enjoy integrating this into my treatments. Having practiced yoga myself for many years, I embarked on a 200hr Teacher Training course under the guidance of Yoga Teacher Simon Low, graduating from the Simon Low Yoga Academy in 2015. As an athlete I represented GB at marathon and half marathon and at the end of my competitive career I completed the Marathon Des Sables in 2009. I was then involved in coaching at Winchester and District Athletic Club and occasionally enjoy donning my running shoes for a leisurely run through the woods.
I live in Winchester with my husband (who has become a yoga convert! ) and have 2 grown up sons each pursing their own passions for hockey and middle distance running.
We all expect to remain more active as we age but I believe we do need to take care of our bodies to get the best out of them. For example, sedentary working positions that many have to cope with on a daily basis over a long time can cause alignment issues leading to chronic pain and loss of movement. Accidents and injuries are part of life but when they occur and something goes wrong it can be a shock, both on a physical and emotional level. The body is often able to adapt and create new patterns of movement to compensate but often the underlying problem can persist and lead to pain or dysfunction and a “holding” pattern in the deeper connective tissues of the body. Sometimes we may not be aware that this has happened until a problem occurs elsewhere. My aim is to not only treat the symptoms but to work with my clients to find the root cause of the problem and where possible prevent it from occurring in the future. Often this leads to a greater understanding of the body as a whole with the added bonus that my clients can continue to enjoy the activities they love without pain or restriction of movement.