Gosh…the last year or so has been a little mad!
It started well....
Early in the year, I travelled to London to be trained on the Cadillac. What distinguishes Pilates from other exercise forms are the machines and equipment that he invented. These machines, and the Cadillac in particular (originally called the trapeze but commonly renamed to signify its importance), support parts of the body while leaving other bits free to move..... so you can isolate properly.... so you can feel properly.... so you get perhaps what you don't get in the mat work. Amazing - I loved it and spent the next few months 'getting it' in my own body.
Then.... drum roll please.... I flew to New York to train as a first generation MELT Hand and Foot instructor. The MELT Method is a self-treatment technique using small balls and has been taking the USA by storm - the book staying on the New York Times Best Seller list for several months. I am delighted to be the first to bring it to Scotland and looking forward to including it in the monthly Fascia Workshops.
However, in June 2013, I found a lump in my left breast, and my plans for the rest of the year were to changes I learned I had breast cancer. It has been a long and hard road with many difficult decisions, but I have recovered well and have a strong body and a great set of family and friends to thank for that (and maybe a wee bit of focused rehabilitation from myself!). Some of my clients have become close and dear friends and everyone has been a fantastic source of inspiration and positivity - thank you....thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I have learned a great deal as you can imagine and probably drove my consultants crazy. I'm now an expert at exercising in bed - and I have even managed to pass a few exams in support of a new interest in biomechanics, which will add a new and (I hope!) exciting dimension to both my classes and workshops.
I am looking forward to getting back to work .... there's nothing like a bit of normal....