Hi, My Name's Katie!
I started working in the fitness industry in 1996 as a fitness instructor and worked my way up to health club manager. Then, I eventually set out on my own with Re-activ8 in 2004.
In 2008 I was one of only 3 coaches worldwide selected to work with international athletes at the Beijing Olympic Games.
This Is My Story
I was a council estate kid, born and raised in Burnage, Manchester. My two passions in life, like most of the people I know from my childhood, were music and sport. We were tough kids; we played on the streets and made our own entertainment from nothing. I was a typical ‘tomboy’, always kicking about with the lads, climbing trees, and dancing to the latest cool tunes coming from the ‘Madchester’ scene.
My dad was a boxer in the army. So, by the age of 5, I had boxing gloves and a gumshield! But really, I was a sensitive, shy girl, with a tough outer shell. In my teenage years and into my 20s I competed in track & field events and played football. Initially, from the age of 12, I played for Manchester United and then in later years, I signed for Manchester City.
Now in my late forties, I still enjoy playing football at a competitive level in The Greater Manchester Women’s Premier League.
A Passion for People
I love to explore new places and meet new people. I quite enjoy the uncertainty of unfamiliarity and finding my own way, it satisfies my childlike sense of adventure.
Throughout my travels, I’ve been fortunate to connect with people from all over the world and realised that as different as our cultures and experiences may be we’re essentially all the same. Diversity and our unique perspectives fascinate me; I love to hear people’s stories!
My Healing Journey
In my early thirties, despite being physically strong and as health conscious as ever I started to get sick. I had joint pains, skin problems, digestive issues, allergic reactions and a myriad of other health complaints which saw me making regular hospital visits. My liver readings were all over the place and my white blood cell count was sky-high. This was an indication that my immune system was in overdrive and attacking my own body!
It was during this time that I met Paul Chek. I was being taught by Paul at his institute in California, when he explained to me how my emotional stress was manifesting as physical problems. Because I’d experienced a lot of loss and grief in a relatively short period of time, I was beginning to show signs of being ‘burnt-out’.
My own life experiences were starting to manifest in pain, physical pain that hadn’t been caused by injury but had developed due to an accumulation of stress that the tough kid in me didn’t want to acknowledge. Paul’s insight ultimately transformed my life and the philosophy of my business.
Practicing What I Preach
I got worse before I got better. For a long time I was reluctant to really delve into what makes me tick, and to fully process the experiences that had shaped me. Doctors suggested that my symptoms could have been due to Lymphoma, Tuberculosis, and even HIV! The testing procedures and worry did nothing but increase my stress levels. Thankfully, all of those tests were negative, and deep down I knew that I had to address the underlying causes of the symptoms that my body was showing.
I began my journey to heal and truly understand myself, a path that I’m still on as an inquisitive lifelong learner.
Eventually, I regained my health without the use of medications or surgeries. Instead, I learnt how to balance myself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I knew then, that a whole health approach was the only real way to help people to achieve optimal health and happiness.
I now use my academic knowledge and the wisdom gained from my experiences to empower my clients to lead their own healthier, happier lives.