Someone asked me this recently and I hadn’t actually thought in a long time the deep reason why I choose to specialise in women in my client facing capacity. For me it just felt natural – partly with having an amazing Mum, Nan and Aunties in my life) But in-fact there was always a tangible reason why. So, today I want to share my WHY when it comes to working with women in Hertford and Finchley.
Much of my inspiration to succeed has come from women.
Admiration isn’t the only reason I work with mostly women, there is more to it than that and it all drives my broader focus. When I think to who inspires me now and who has inspired me growing up, its been mostly women doing something different and challenging the norm for a greater reason.
I can easily name lots of females who have inspired me or continue to be an inspiration and drive me to keep going, but that is not the important thing. What is important is that there are lots of women out there making a difference. Disrupting their industry and making a change and those women are the inspiration.
Two women that really struck a chord in my work.
There were two key moments in my career where working with women has been really pivotal in my direction.
Jane was one of my first postnatal clients and came to me with terrible neck and back pain. We were talking about recovery and she said:
“When I had my baby I felt like I had been pushed off a cliff. I had so much support during pregnancy but nothing afterwards”.
This was my first experience of how new mums may feel and this drove me to work with more new mums, from massage to movement. I thought if I can help and support a mum not feel like Jane did then I have made a difference.
The second was Eve, my first client post breast cancer and a double mastectomy. She was experiencing tightness around her scars and it was impacting her life so much that she couldn’t even brush her hair.
It wasn’t that she wanted to get back to the gym, or try a new activity and perform better; it was a simple task and one of those things that people take for granted. I had this desire and urge to help more women do those little things that many of us don’t even think about each day.
In both Jane and Eve it was often brushed off by medical professionals that their experiences were ‘normal’ and often pushed to the side as just ‘one of those things’ which really meant ‘suck it up and deal with it’.
My work isn’t about getting from one vague goal to another (The I want to be healthier/ fitter etc) My passion is helping women who’s goal will make a significant change in their lives. Its about women who don’t want to stand for what is supposed to be accepted if you are female, but need help in getting there.
I may not have had babies, or experienced breast cancer or menopausal symptoms, but I can listen understand and support those that have with my knowledge and experience of working with so many women. I will always challenge what health and wellbeing concerns are “expected” as a woman and support women to demand change to get the support they need.