Once you discover what you enjoy then it becomes easier and more fun (exercise is great for reducing stress & is first line of defence against depression). I grew to love group exercise, whether it was aerobics, pilates, weight training or yoga. When you see and feel the benefits of exercise it becomes easier to stick with it. My mid-life career revolution was well underway.
I realised there was a gap in the market for people who may be overweight, don’t have the “right” clothes, have lost their confidence and those who just wanted to exercise but not in a gym environment or in front of mirrors. Over the next few years I retrained as a counsellor, personal trainer and Pilates instructor, to help these clients.
Clients were self referring with upper back pain, lower back pain, shoulder and hip pain. This guided me to more learning to help these people. My new courses included biomechanic coach, massage & soft tissue therapist, back care specialist, SIRPA practitioner, exercise with neurological conditions and more recently EMMETT practitioner.
Over 10 years of training and 50 years of living have given me the skills the work with the whole person rather than one aspect. I can cherry pick the most suitable therapy for the client at that moment in time. I now focus on pain management, reduction and prevention. This could be from a physical, neurological or emotional aspect.