“I get up. I fall down. All the while I am dancing” - Martha Graham
I have always had a passion for movement in some shape or form. It however took me a long time to become aware of this and even when I did, I didn't really know why.
From the age of 8 to 16 I was a competitive equestrian, planning to make a career out of my love for animals and dressage. Another dream took over and I left my home country, Germany to study Art in the UK. At Uni I grew an interest in Physical Theater, Direction for Acting and Dance.
After a few years of working in the Arts and Cultural Sector I decided to finally focus on physical movement. I became a Personal Trainer and Pilates Teacher. However I quickly grew tired of simply prescribing exercises. I felt that people and their bodies are all different and intriguingly complex. I wanted to know more about how the body works. Few years later I was holding further qualifications in Clinical Massage and Biomechanics Coaching. At the same time I had started working as a tutor for prospective Pilates Teachers at Intelligent Fitness Ltd in Scotland, teaching anatomy as well as intermediate and advanced repertoire.
In 2014 I signed up for more in-depth training with Polestar Pilates UK and Anatomy and Movement specialist Gary Carter in London. Both Polestar and Gary Carter teach movement with a somatic and experimental element, which allowed me to explore my relationship with my own body and the way I move. It finally answered the question of what movement practice and exercise was giving me personally that made me so passionate about it. I began to understand that working out smart, rather than hard could have magical effects. Rather than pushing with force at my push ups I learned how push ups could be easy and rather than putting up with my shoulder impingement I quickly learned how to move my arms in a healthier way.
What is more, I finally really understood just how much I could improve my whole life with increased awareness and the right kind of physical activities. Having experienced how much awareness of the mind can add to movement work I trained as a Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner. The skills I learned there gave me an even greater sense of power over my personal struggles.
In my early adult life I had been struggling with body dysmorphia, depression and a dysfunctional relationship with food. As I grew older this turned into anxiety, migraines, exhaustion, hormonal fluctuations and chronic stomach pains. I was also managing an autoimmune disorder affecting my thyroid gland, which made me prone to the above issues, -as I learned later.
Subconsciously I always knew that being physically active made me feel better and now, in my mid 30ies, after 5 years of already working in the business I began to be able to strategically manage my health and behavioral tendencies with a movement therapy that
incorporated everything I had learned from Pilates, Biomechanics, Manual Therapy and NLP.
I am now in the lucky position to be in control of my weaknesses and to know how to get the most out of life for myself. I have not had anxiety or stomach pain in many years, my relationship with food has much improved, my energy levels are much more balanced and my migraines more rare. I began to learn headstands at the age of 37 after hurting my back the previous year and I manage a chronic SI joint problem with regular running interval training.
I find that my own journey of learning about what helps me, and my experience that it is absolutely possible to shift problems and limitations that we believed we are forced to live with, gives me the compassion to help others. I know that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. Sometimes we get knocked back and sometimes it isn't easy, but as Martha Graham said: “I get up. I fall down. All the while I am dancing.”
Kristin's Qualifications Include: