1. How would you define your personal practice?
I currently train under Emmet Louis to take my Strength and Mobility to a deeper level of understanding from physical and mental aspects. I am also an apprentice under Dave Wardman where I train flexibility of all bodies!
2. What turning points have you encountered on your movement journey?
As I’ve worked in a gym facility for many years, one of the biggest turnings points have been realising how disturbing external stimulus can be (loud music, big bright lights, big number of people and machines in a small space, etc…) to ones’ physical cultivation. A greatly important skill is hearing and listening to the body in a ‘busy’ space or situation however I’ve not seen people get to that stage by constantly being in a high stimulus-environment. People get great results from stepping away to a less disruptive space when doing their work then they can immerse themselves again, if they chose to.
Injuries have played a big role in my movement journey on many levels, read more below.
3. What role has injury played in cultivating your current niche?
My own injuries have many times sparked a deeper interest to learn about and resolve that area from pain or discomfort. They have been a great contribution to changing my direction, perspective and approach to my own and students’ physical cultivation. And so, it happens that I tend to attract people with shoulder injuries and lower back problems- which are two areas that I have learnt more about through my own injuries.
4. Do you consider yourself a teacher? Why or why not?
I used to be too modest to call myself a teacher but over the years I have come to see myself as one. The nature of my teachings puts me in a position where I am a teacher one minute and I am the student in another. I welcome my ‘students’ to teach me what they know, as I teach them what I have come to know from experience and research.
5. What has been your experience with physical education, both in the schooling system and sought out knowledge/ know-how elsewhere?
It takes a great human to guide little humans in exploring their physical body and in school I wasn’t fortunate to have a good PE teacher. Though, when I grew up I was wrestling and during those years I was lucky to be exposed to many different types of coaches where some were softer with focus on attendance and others were strict with focus on performance. I never responded well to a competitive environment, though I have most of my life seen myself as “competitive”. I enjoyed being challenged in other ways than in a competitive, winner-loser type of setting.
6. How do you involve your mind/ emotions into your physical routines?
I currently try not to. I try to separate my emotional and mental self from my physical practice, I feel- then I do, without thought if possible.
7. What are your personal aspirations regarding movement? How do you hope to find purpose and use in the skills you have built?
This is an interesting question I am currently “figuring out”. As Fanny was young she was constantly seeking to improve performance, now she enjoys feeling Strong and Mobile and performance is secondary. However, that feeling can be difficult to quantify to know where to go and therefore what I need to be doing. Emmet said it well: He asked me if there’s an activity I’d like to entertain myself with, that we can focus the training around, like dancing or wrestling. Being stronger and more mobile opens up a wider range of possibilities for me to move gracefully so I can create in my physical cultivation, dance is something I’m looking to get more involved with.
8. How can people find/ contact you? Do you have a site or social media handle to share?