I found my calling through Movement Therapy
I have practised Pilates and Yoga from a young age because of neck problems.
My neck problems did not come out of nowhere; I was very unlucky to be born with a neck condition called torticollis, which created a persistent pull on my head to one side. It cannot be resolved surgically.
Even more worryingly, my eyes stopped working together because of a weakness in one eye muscle after an illness, which caused me to constantly tilt my head to see better and to avoid double vision.
When I was a teenager doctors noticed a degree of scoliosis. I was sent to do "rehabilitative gymnastics", as it was referred to in Russia in those days. It is physiotherapeutic Pilates.
I loved the precision and discipline of the exercises but I did not fully comprehend the importance of it on my body until much later.
I went through the next three decades of my life being lopsided and looking at people with a head tilt, just to see better. I was told that operating on my deviant eye was too risky as the deviation was so great.
This continued to increase my twists - until it became unbearable. I had to have eye surgery, and I did it at the age of 32. Overnight, my vision improved massively and my head stopped tilting quite so much. It was certainly a risk that was worth taking.
I regained confidence and my life changed.
But I was not fixed; I suffered serious pelvic problems during my first pregnancy.
This turned my life upside down. I was in a lot of pain for two years and at times was suicidal. Physiotherapy, massage and chiropractic did not fix me. I am grateful to the many people who assisted me during these tough years but it was clear that I was "no easy fix". This experience made me rethink everything.
Initially, I got back on my feet with the help of targeted Pilates therapy. This set me on to a journey of self-discovery looking for answers as to why my body was working the way it was.
My second pregnancy was amazing and pain free.
But this was not enough; I was still fairly wonky.
As I went down the exciting rabbit-hole of learning how our body really works and responds to life's demands, it sparked a deepening interest in movement therapy and led to me retraining in Pilates Therapy.
After that, I added applied neurology with NeuroKinetic Therapy®, functional anatomy with Immaculate Dissection, restorative movement with Restore Your Core®, and pelvic floor rehabilitation work with Hypopressives®.
I am on a perpetual journey, continuously seeking out new ways to better help my clients.
And now I have developed my own method of teaching Movement Therapy, drawing on Pilates, Pilates Therapy, Yoga, somatic movement modalities and much more.
In addition, I am adding emotional health into the mix. I have recently trained in emotional release work with Integrated Eye Movement Therapy, and am currently training in Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy.
Personally I am feeling much, much better after all these years, so I live it. I truly 100% believe that these tools have helped me at a very deep level and will therefore help others.
Take control . Move better . Move Beyond