Christie - Bio
My life has taken many turns and since leaving University as a fully fledged Sports Therapist (which Honors) I have had much experience, working with sports teams and in clinics, with all types of musculoskeletal injuries, pain and dysfunction in the body. I found my training amazingly useful, and incredibly limited at times. It led me to sort answers in other forms of treatment with a keen interest in the mind and body connection. It was hard to deny the link between emotional and mental disturbances with the physical body failing or becoming blocked/dysfunctional. Not only in my patients, but also in myself, I noticed times of high stress meant more injuries and lack of healing in the body.
I was lucky enough to find Be Activated, a system of muscle activation which literally changed my life by opening my eyes to realising how unaware I was of my body which I had always thought I was taking care of and had done much strength and fitness and sports training, believing I was strong. Little did I know! Through diaphragm activation I found a reconnection to my breath, and muscles working again which I hadn't even realised had switched off in my body, which was also linked to my mind and became much more efficient again finding strength and power I had lost long before.
From this, my interest turned to Yoga (from Pilates which I had been teaching alongside Sports Therapy). I loved that they used the breath with movement and belly breathing was given high importance like in Be Activated. I wanted more and went to Goa, India to study for my 200hr YTTC. Another life changing time for me bringing me closure, inner peace and clarity, as well as new found flexibility and finding a mind, body and now my soul connection.
Fast forward two years and I have since studied Reiki healing, meditation, more breathwork, spiritual practices from Yoga and other areas, channelling, and some clairvoyance which came through my Reiki, and most recently Thai Massage.
I have been teaching Ashtanga inspired classes and Yin, as well as Meditation and Pranyama (breath work) since returning from India and love to connect the dots through all the treatments I can offer in clinic, in workshops and in my Community Reiki sessions at Salt Water.
My new class (combining Meditation, Breathwork, Ashtanga style Yoga completed with some Yin in a 75min format) starts in September at Salt Water and I cannot wait to share it with as many people as possible.
Watch out for Be Activated workshops coming in October as well and some collaborations on Acro Yoga with my amazing teacher from India; Chrissie Chung also coming soooooooooon.
MY AT HOME TIP OF THE DAY: Get rid of the sofa/chair. Sit on the floor as much as you can, whenever you can. They are finding links with aging/dysfunction especially in hips, knees and ankles, to sedentary lifestyles and sitting for too long. Whenever you can find time to sit with the legs crossed (think first school assemberly style) or take to a bolster or meditation cushion to have your coffee, or watch a video on youtube) the more time you can sit allowing the body to relax, even if at first it is uncomfortable, the more open the hips will be, the stronger the back will become, and even the core, the main function for “the core” is to hold you upright, so make it work daily, sitting without a support to melt and round the back into and simply sit up straight.
Even better, sit for 5 minutes and quiet the mind by focusing on your breath. Simply counting your inhale and your exhale and trying to match them, whilst with each round expanding the breath for a second longer, and ignoring the chest, only allowing the breath in through the nose filling up the belly, and out through the mouth, relaxing the belly towards the spine.
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