How can I help you?
Exercise and movement therapy is a powerful tool to help you recover and get your life back. I specialise in working with people with a cancer diagnosis, or those who have had stoma surgery (for any reason).
I take a gentle, intuitive approach, combining clinical Pilates, strength training, biomechanics and movement coaching.
My approach is 'person centred'... meaning that everything we do is driven by you, your medical condition and your lifestyle and also just how you feel on any particular day.
You can work with me a on a long term basis (weekly, monthly or whatever suits) a short term 'block' of sessions or a one-off for some advice.
I'm flexible and can provide solution to suit you, your health and your budget.
I deliver sessions via video so you can work with me wherever you live. If you do happen to be local (Tunbridge Wells Kent), I'm happy to discuss ' in person' coaching if appropriate.
My Professional Experience
I have more than two decades of experience as an exercise professional and I can't imagine doing anything else. Twenty six years after starting my career as a personal trainer in a corporate gym in London, I still love what I do and bring endless energy and empathy to my work.
I'm deeply passionate about having a healthy relationship with physical activity and learning to exercise intuitively and appropriately.
I now work more clinically and specialise in training and coaching people who have a diagnosis of cancer or those who, like me, have undergone stoma surgery.
I keep up-to-date with my training and thinking, and weave together a unique range of movement based modalities including cancer rehabilitation, biomechanics, movement coaching and clinical Pilates.
With decades of knowledge and experience I offer a truly caring, holistic and individualised service to my clients.
My training approach is based on clinical Pilates and I have trained with APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute) to become a certified instructor.
My passion is in working with people who are at their most vulnerable and unwell.. and using exercise to rebuild confidence and health.
I have been working in an increasingly clinical role with nurses and people with bowel conditions over the last few years. I have developed the industry-leading training course (me+™recovery) for ConvaTec (www.convatec.co.uk) to educate nurses about exercise, movement and recovery for their patients. I have trained thousands of nurses around the world and over 300 NHS and private nurses in the UK.
I am currently recognised as one of the UK’s leading practitioners in abdominal rehabilitation and recovery after stoma surgery.
This work led me to write and publish my first book The Bowel Cancer Recovery Toolkit.
I have also conducted research and published clinical research papers in peer reviewed medical journals – British Journal of Nursing and Gastrointestinal Nursing in 2016 and 2017.
I love presenting and teaching, and regularly speak at conferences and workshops around the world about stoma rehabilitation, bowel cancer, hernia and exercise in this specialist population.
In addition to this, I volunteer at the Hospice in the Weald in Tunbridge Wells where I work with the outpatient exercise group and run cancer exercise groups for Nuffield Health.
BSc and MSc Sport and Exercise Science Degrees
APPI Clinical Pilates Certified Instructor
BASES Certified Exercise Practitioner
Diploma Biomechanics Coaching including Low Back Pain
CanRehab Cancer Exercise Rehabilitation Instructor
Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
UKA Coach in Running Fitness
RSA Exercise To Music
Chair Based Exercise
British Cycling Breeze Ride Leader
Sports and Outdoor First Aid, CPR and AED
Brands, organisations and companies I work closely with, recommend and support.
I use Purition as a smoothie for breakfast before a run, or afterwards as a great recovery drink. It's high in protein and is based on real natural food (and it tastes really good too). Also as someone with a bowel condition, it's ideal on days when I'm feeling a little off colour and need to give my digestive system some TLC. It's gentle on my stomach and gives me a slow release of energy.
CovaTec are a UK based Global Medical Devices company. I am proud to have developed the me+recovery programme for ConvaTec. I also really believe in their products and wear the Esteem Synergy mouldable stoma bag and use Niltac remover spray.
Monitoring HRV (heart rate variability) is a fantastic way to learn insights into your training, recovery, sleep and health. I use the HRV4training app with many of my clients and am proud to be a brand ambassador.