Having worked in various roles within the fitness industry since 1996 I formed Re-activ8 in the spring of 2004.
My life-long passion for sport and the numerous injuries that I experienced meant that this was really a vocation; I wanted to be able to help other people who found themselves in similar situations.
In the early days, Re-activ8 was a Personal Training and Sports Therapy company but has evolved over the years into the Holistic Coaching business that it is today.
It was in 2007 that I realised, through my own experiences, that physical health is greatly affected by our mental and emotional well-being and vice versa. Up until that point I had been a 'body mechanic' just looking at physical components and trying to fix them.
Re-activ8 has grown as I've grown; it's a testament to my own health and happiness story.
We're complex creatures with basic needs.
Nothing in our world is random, there's a reason for everything, yet when it comes to our health we tend to focus on trying to fix symptoms in isolation. As human beings we are physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual, and all of these elements of ourselves are intrinsically linked; each one affects the others and ultimately affects the whole.
The Re-activ8 philosophy is to find the root cause of health issues and to coach the individual in lifestyle choices that lead to healthier outcomes.
I want to empower you to take your health and happiness into your own hands, to understand the power that you have to affect your own life. I don't treat the disease but rather coach the person who has acquired the disease.
You may not realise for instance that your back pain could be due to your intestines not working properly, so you do exercises for your back but it never cures your pain because the root cause hasn't been addressed.
Maybe you have a postural issue whereby your upper back and shoulders are rounded, but haven't considered that your emotional insecurities and need to to protect your heart have caused your body to respond by closing the chest area.
These are just a couple of examples of how a holistic approach can truly help you to overcome your health issues.
My approach is multi-disciplinary; I combine my knowledge of human physiology and integrated movement science with an understanding of how our self-talk impacts our lives through neurolinguistic programming. My own experience as a human being with the awareness of my own perceptions, thoughts, feelings, emotions and behaviours allows me to understand that we all have our own unique challenges that must be addressed on an individual basis rather than in a generic symptom focused manner.