I have been a competitive athlete my whole life and I still continue to this day. During my school years I excelled at gymnastics. At university level I made the transition from gymnastics to springboard diving. I trained up to 4 hours daily and won several gold medals at inter-provincial level and national level . When I left Ireland in 1993 to pursue a career in Germany as a Physical Education and Chemistry teacher I got really into the body building culture and spent the next ten years learning everything I could about weight training.
On returning to Ireland and while undertaking multiple internships on strength and conditioning I learned about Olympic lifting. It was while taking an internship in the Eliko training centre in Sweden that the Olympic lifting bug bit. I returned to Ireland and started to train and apply what I had learned. 6 weeks later I had broken all of the national records in my weight division!
I continue to train 6 days a week and plan to enter more competitions in the future.
I graduated from the University of Limerick in 1991 with a degree in Physical Education and Chemistry. I worked in Ireland for a brief 2 year stint before heading to Germany where I would
remain for 10 years, teaching at the European school in Karlsruhe.
It was during my time in Germany that I became exposed to Pilates while visiting a fitness expo. I was so impressed by my initial introduction that I immediately signed up for training. Over the next couple of years and several trips to Cologne later I had trained in mat work and studio apparatus.
It was also during this time that I gained my foundation training as a personal trainer.
On returning to Ireland I set up my personal training business and learned very quickly that the average client had many biomechanical impairments that made standard training highly inappropriate and potentially dangerous.
It was during an expo in the UK that I first heard Paul Chek speak and his message was the same as the lesson I had quickly learned during those early months as a trainer. The average
trainee ( that’s 95%!) has musculoskeletal issues and imbalances that need to be addressed and corrected first before a conventional weightlifting program can be safely begun. I studied with Paul
for several years making frequent trips to California where he has an institute , to Denmark and Sweden and also to the UK. I completed 7 separate internships and truly learned the value of
holistic health and how to implement it for my clients.
In the early 90s in Germany I was very into the bodybuilding culture. Anybody who knows anything about the iron game knows the name Charles Poliquin. I knew from reading his articles that this guy was light years ahead of everybody else in his knowledge of how to get the body strong and how to use the modality of training with weights to best effect. I then began training and learning with Charles doing any and all of the internships I could. I repeated some several times to get as much information as I could. I now rank as PICP level 3 in Poliquins training system which means that I am Europe’s most highly trained female strength coach.
In 1996 I had my first exposure to energy healing while travelling around Mexico. Over the last 14 years I have completed several trainings in diverse methods, Reiki, Seichm, Golden Dragon and Dikshaw. I have studied copiously about the bodies energy field , I have made connections between the science of Quantum Physics and looking at the human body as an energetic entity. I have developed a system of working with the body’s energy field using Pilates exercise to balance the body energetically. I have presented at international Pilates conventions and seminars in Germany and Italy on these topics.
Today I continue to study and travel the world to learn from world leaders in the fields of exercise, functional medicine , nutrition, healing and spiritual evolution.
My Personal Health Challenges
In 1996 I had to give up work for 1 year due to chronic fatigue and severe issues with my spinal alignment. I built myself back up from ground zero ( not being able to walk a few hundred metres without being tired) to breaking all of the national records in Olympic lifting. My health challenges which included severe adrenal fatigue , heavy metal poisoning and musculoskeletal breakdown lead me to explore and learn from world experts the real reason I was so unwell. I had to take my whole life apart and eliminate every single stressor . Today I have a vast array of technical knowledge and first hand experience in building health. My biggest message to the public is “ its not one thing …its everything”. Multiple factors contribute to health and you must learn as many of them as possible to survive in our polluted , stressed and hectic modern world.