I’m an internationally recognised Movement Therapist specialising in Hypermobility, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Chronic Pain. I have over 14 years experience in supporting clients with their pain management and guidance on the path to health and wellbeing. I am the author of two books and write for the Huffington Post, The Mighty and Thrive Global on the topics of chronic illness and invisible disabilities. I regularly present for the Ehlers-Danlos Society at their international conferences.
But, it wasn’t always like this. I was a chronic pain sufferer, with a hypermobile, bendy and unstable body. I experienced three episodes of pneumonia that left me with a lifelong lung condition called bronchiectasis. My extensive medical history of seemingly unrelated issues finally led me to a diagnosis of hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS). These experiences changed me, but I decided to devise my own approach to take back control of my health and I am passionate about sharing this with others. I have a third book – The Integral Movement Method and Hypermobility Management – coming out in 2024.
Read more on my journey below.
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I have been teaching Movement Therapy since 2008, having trained with – among other organisations – the internationally recognised leader of rehabilitation-based Pilates, Polestar Pilates. I am undertaking an MSc in Pain Management to contribute to the research into EDS and hypermobility.
Over the past ten years, I explored outside the realm of Pilates and studied other disciplines – attending courses on biomechanics, anatomy, neuroscience and lifestyle medicine. Through self-practice, study and the privilege to work with thousands of my own clients, I developed the Integral Movement Method (IMM). The IMM is a no pain, no strain strategy to movement that allows the body to release stress and tension from the body and replace it with a calm nervous system and efficient movement patterns. Pain and discomfort, often stuck in the body for many years, can often disappear. The IMM is endorsed by doctors and physiotherapists and has helped hundreds of people.
I now provide specialist support to those living with chronic pain and have extensive experience working with specific needs, such as:
- Pain management including low-back pain and chronic pain
- Hypermobility including those with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder
- Chronic Fatigue
- Post-surgery therapy and injury rehabilitation
- Targeted results, that work with your level of proficiency
I’m a firm believer that Movement heals.
After my own struggles with chronic pain and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, I developed a bespoke way of using Pilates to unlock pain-free movement. My Integral Movement Method (IMM) can help bring about a huge range of benefits, including improving your posture, managing your pain, helping provide solutions for those with hypermobility. alleviating lower back pain, and generally making you feel better connected to your body.
You can read more about my method in my two books – Pilates Without Tears and Hypermobility Without Tears. I have also built a collection of short courses online courses for hypermobility, back pain and the Integral Movement Method. In addition, my passion to help those with hypermobility, EDS and chronic pain move pain-free led me to create The Zebra Club App. The Zebra Club App is the most comprehensive collection of movement solutions for people with hypermobility and EDS and offers effective, affordable and safe programs.
In January 2022, I was awarded the prestigious Community Champion Award for services to the hypermobile community by Ehlers-Danlos UK. I joined the International Consortium Allied Health Working Group in February 2022 with The Ehlers-Danlos Society.
Please get in touch to discuss how the IMM could work for you.