Hi, I’m Cath!
I created Lifestrong for you. I wanted to help you focus on how mindful movement and good nutrition can improve your health. I know that how you feel in body and mind affects not only your happiness but that of those around you too. Looking after yourself really is a gift to yourself and those you care about.
You’ll love working with me because...
- One size most definitely does not fit all. I fully appreciate how we are all totally unique, both genetically and in our life experiences. I would love to help you find what works best for you and your life.
- I am a down to earth mum of 3 who understands that life is busy and often gets in the way of our best intentions. My approach to nutrition and lifestyle is always balanced, adaptable and never judgemental.
- I believe that our bodies and minds benefit from being challenged from variety so I often often include new exercises and variations in my pilates and yoga classes.
- I place huge value in the power of education. I'm a lifelong learner and love to apply and share my knowledge. Whether it’s anatomy, clinical research updates, yoga philosophy or new ways to sequence my classes, ongoing learning helps me to support you best.
Movement has always been a huge part of my life as my sister and I began ballet at the ages of 3, encouraged by Mum who was an accomplished ballroom dancer. Dad was a jazz pianist so we also played many musical instruments and our childhood home was always full of music and dance.
Moving to London to go to university, then working in accountancy and finance meant these passions were put on the back burner for a bit, whilst like many people my twenties were a continuous cycle of work hard, play hard. Cardiovascular fitness is still a priority in my life now, but in the Nineties, high impact and step aerobics were all I did! There was a distinct lack of anything holistic or mindful in my exercise regime.
When our son was 3 months old we had the incredible opportunity to move to Sydney where we lived for 3 years and were able to fully embrace the outdoors and healthier lifestyle.
I qualified as a personal trainer and helped a friend run her ‘Stroller Club’ where mums would bring their babies, meeting up to exercise together at Sydney beaches and reserves. What a place to work! I had joined these classes with a 3 month old baby and found them an absolute lifeline for the personal connections and physical and mental health benefits, so was so excited to share the benefits to other new mums. A short while later I fell pregnant with our 2nd child, but was really frustrated to experience lower back pain from pregnancy, toddler carrying and lots of steep Sydney hill walking.
But there began my love and appreciation for pilates, as a friend recommended a brilliant pilates studio. They helped me to improve my core strength, eliminate my back pain and really help in my post-natal recovery.
Returning to London 3 years later with now 2 children, life became busier and more stressful, and I went through a period of insomnia and exhaustion which really made me start to think about how nutrition and lifestyle influence our health.
My love for yoga was born here as, at this time in my life, it was the only form of movement that made my body feel good. What began as a purely physical practice also became a way to encourage self- reflection, present moment awareness and create pause between the thoughts, however brief.
Having a young family made me put into perspective my own family history of cardiovascular disease, strokes and Parkinson’s Disease. So a few years after the birth of our 3rd child, I decided to study at the renowned Institute for Optimum Nutrition, as I wanted to gain a scientific understanding of how best to support our health through nutrition and lifestyle. Finally it all started to fit together as I began to understand how every part of our environment (nutrition, exercise, thoughts, stresses, relationships, pollution etc) can affect our physiology and biochemistry.
My understanding of the health benefits of pilates and yoga became even clearer so studying and teaching them were the obvious next steps to my learning, allowing me to share that knowledge with you all.
If you’re not sure if my classes are for you then having a chat is a great place to start
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