As a woman with mental & chronic illness...I get how bloody hard life can be. Thanks depression, chronic migraines and endometriosis (yep, the big three!)
As a result the things I am most passionate about are mental health awareness, suicide prevention and self care (ok and also pizza!). I've experienced first hand how incredibly backwards our society is about mental health. Everybody has a brain and it needs love and TLC too! I found that one of the best ways to help my mental health (but most hard to access!) was fitness alongside my other self care.
I discovered the power of movement when I participated in Newcastle University's "Health Body, Healthy Mind" pilot clinical trial in 2013. I learnt how to move my body- that I could feel strong, to lift weights (feels amazing!) and that I could use it as a tool against my depression.
This is where "Moving For My Mind' was born. It started as my own personal mantra & helped me to keep perspective when I entered the University Gym & I was full of fear as I entered the big male dominated space. But when it finished I fell off the deep end. I couldn't find anywhere I felt safe & accepted as I was- a woman with mental & chronic illness. I found trainers didn't understand that just showing up WAS the biggest victory!
After then spending two years bed-bound with chronic migraines & losing all ability to 'move' .... I decided when I could I would help women like me to 'move'.
This is why I serve women who are looking for a mental health friendly, body positive space to move their gorgeous bodies!
It's about time Newcastle had a place for you and I... Don't you think?
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Certificate III in Fitness - Aust. Institute of Fitness
Certificate IV in Fitness -Aust. Institute of Fitness
Master Trainer - Aust. Institute of Fitness
Diploma in Holistic Meditation - Yoga Alliance Australia
Level One & Two Boxing - Thump Boxing
Pilates Matwork Cert - Barre Body
Pilates Barre Cert - Barre Body
Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist 2.0 - Sarah Duvall
Pregnancy + Postnatal Training for Fit Pro’s – Level 1 - MishFit
Barbell Rehab Workshop Certification
Current Senior First Aid & CPR certificate
GGS-1 certification -Girls Gone Strong.
Melanie - Resident Self Care Support Dog
You can call me 'Mei Mei' for short. I like long walks with my mum & dad, eating carrots and kissing as many friends as I can. I sometimes come to work with mum & like to sit on my new friends laps. My favourite thing to do is make sure everyone feels safe & has received as many kisses as I am allowed to give (Mum says I need to ask first!). I am an expert breath checker-er-er, but don't worry I sit in my princess bed during class, Mum says people don't need their noses cleaned during planks.
If you ever need a hug during class, I'm your girl x