My movement journey
I teach natural movement to individuals and small groups, in person and online. I offer sessions aimed at improving mobility and current movement patterns.
Originally from Scotland, I have enjoyed living in Oxford with my husband for 15 years, since the birth of the first of my 3 sons.
I have always loved moving, even when I was a desk-bound Marketing professional in London in my 20s, when high impact gym sessions made me feel good and I biked, walked and loved being outdoors when I could grab time away from the office.
Motherhood in my 30s was physically (and emotionally!) taxing, but I tried to fit in some Pilates and swimming and then I found a new passion: running!
I challenged myself with greater and greater distances. I started with a 5k Race for Life and after a few years achieved a half-marathon with the dream of a full marathon in my sights. Little did I know, I was running on a very unstable foundation.
Life After Injury
But then, when I hit the big 40, a hip injury from running became 4 years of chronic pain that completely changed my life. I was eventually diagnosed with a twisted pelvis and piriformis syndrome due to sacroiliac joint instability. I also learned over time that I was hyper-mobile in many joints. My movement was incredibly limited and therefore my frustration was greatly increased! I was no longer able to do many of the things I wanted to and became more and more frightened that even very basic movements would cause flare-ups.
I was highly motivated to rehabilitate my body, refusing to believe that this was going to be the end of my movement life as I knew it. With treatment from inspirational people, I slowly peeled back the layers of injury, surrendered my frustrations and started to rebuild my movement patterns. I also became fascinated with how the body works, and greedily researched as much as I could about a way I could move my body well for life, challenge myself safely and stay out of pain for the rest of the time I will inhabit this body. It was during this journey I found the answer: natural movement.
My Movement - Reclaimed Naturally
Through researching natural movement and good alignment, I understood that how we move every minute of every day (not just in ‘exercise’ sessions) affects our movement patterns and shapes our bodies, and this made me question the effectiveness of all my daily movements and want to find out more. Then I found MovNat.
MovNat showed me a new way of moving that made complete sense to me and helped me to feel great. Using the foundations of movement from human development, many of which I had already been using as methods in my rehabilitation, the practise helps rewire the body’s connection between the nervous and the musculo-skeletal system. With help, I taught my body how to move again and reclaimed my movement!
The wonderful conclusion is that I am no longer in chronic pain and now live in a body that, although not entirely trustworthy (but whose is?!), feels great! I am grateful for the lack of pain on a daily basis.
Inspired to Coach
I intend to keep moving well as I age and to remain pain-free. I feel passionate that natural movement training is a great (and fun!) way of achieving this. I would hate for anyone else to go through my experience and this has inspired me to help other people to feel as strong and confident in their bodies as I feel now.
I have studied hard and trained hard over the last few years to gain an Anatomy & Physiology qualification and then to become a MovNat Certified Trainer, which I love teaching.
I hope sharing my journey shows you how beneficial a life with natural movement training can be, how passionate I am about helping people to improve their movement patterns and I would love to help get you started on your natural movement journey.
Other Relevant Courses/Experience:
Anatomy & Physiology ITEC Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology: Distinction
MovNat course, ‘Natural Movement Fundamentals’
MovNat course, 'MovNat Metabolic'
3 day ‘Move your DNA retreat’ taught by Katy Bowman
St John’s Ambulance - Certified ‘Emergency First Aid at Work’
What my clients say
"I wish I had discovered natural movement before my injury, but am grateful to have come across Wendy's classes now. Her lessons have given me the confidence to enjoy exercise again, and the peace of mind that I'm building good habits for the years ahead. Plus, they're so much fun!"
“Wendy’s lessons were a complete game changer for me. I had done pilates for years but coming back from a knee injury I needed to do something different.
She tailored a programme for me that focussed on my problem areas but also that significantly built my strength and movement range across my whole body.
My progress has been rapid and I’m excited to find out how it’s going to feel and what I’m going to be able to doing in the months to come and beyond. I can
honestly say I’m hooked.”
"Wendy is such a great teacher - clear and calm. Even after years of yoga, I felt I was using muscles I never knew I had. I came away feeling like I’d had a deep-tissue massage! The classes are fascinating and a total eye-opener - genuinely transformative"