I have been working in the fitness industry for over 26 years, initially qualifying as an aerobics instructor with the YMCA and as a step instructor with Reebok UK.
As a gym instructor I gained much experience working one to one with clients until 17 years ago I took further qualifications with in Personal Training, body conditioning and fitness testing.
Working ever since, from my own private gym I have gained qualifications in nutrition, stability ball, yoga and an advanced level Personal Training diploma. My current client base covers everything from marathon runners to the less able bodied clients who suffer with heart conditions, joint problems, obesity and diabetes related issues. Working with people both one-to-one and in groups has taught me that a person’s state of mind has a major impact on the bodies’ defences. Anxiety, stress and depression all contribute to the bodies’ inability to heal, both mentally and physically.
I started to design the Vivacity courses when I realised that most of the overweight people who came to train with me were struggling with more than a mere lack of motivation. Food had become the enemy to many and years of negative thinking made any real behaviour changes almost impossible. I decided to add Psychotherapy to my skill set and embarked on a Person Centred Counselling course. During this course I found and fell in love with Transactional Analysis and use this as the basis for all of the exercises we do in the Vivacity workshops.
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