Four years may sound like a long time but gosh it’s flown! Four years ago, I opened my studio and waited nervously for my first enquiry. I was relying on friends to let their friends know about the new local Pilates clinic in Mitcham. I was passionate about movement for health, having always related to movement my entire life as something that kept me healthy and positively focused in my life. I was hoping word would spread and my clinic would grow.
I started my own business because I felt constrained and restricted working for others’. Feeling a lack of oxygen in the air, I was gasping internally. I knew I was a unique sort of person (of course aren’t we all!) however, I had been in touch with my uniqueness all of my dancing days and this intense desire to explore, experience and celebrate my uniqueness merged with the Pilates. I needed to step out alone. Don’t get me wrong there wasn’t anything wrong with the people I was working for. In fact, they were revered in their own right. These highly successful individuals taught me a great many things along the way and I have so much to be grateful to them for. They exampled how to turn dreams into reality; I wanted to do the same for myself. I had a feeling about my dreams, these were anchored in teacher, movement explorer, intuition and creativity and the belief in the body’s ability to change and heal through movement. Mine was never going to be a cookie cutter Pilates setting. For, in the same way I wanted to honour my own individuality, I also wanted to honour the clients’ individuality, their uniqueness and the story their bodies told. Surely with my lifetime of movement working as a dancer, teacher and choreographer for a range of ages and nationalities across multiple countries, I could embue my background knowledge and wisdom into my Pilates training to make a difference in people’s lives. And, help them achieve the things they wanted to do with reduced body pain and hopefully effortless movement in their activities.
That was four years ago, and now starts the 5th year of running my Pilates clinic in Mitcham. I feel gratitude and appreciation to all my clients for their loyalty, trust and on going support and to the many teachers who have shared their knowledge and passion with me over the years. For I value understanding pathologies and how to move the body depending on the condition or pathology present in the body. Lastly I want to thank my family, friends and colleagues who have encouraged and helped me along my personal journey of discovery.