Louisa of PhLourish Physio and Yoga is a holistic physio and clinical yoga teacher.
Throughout life, Louisa has always believed in the holistic approach but has become more and more interested in the whole body and mind approach and how yoga can be a tool to access this. After being a physio for a few years Louisa trained in Clinical yoga for physiotherapists to enhance her understanding of how yoga could be incorporated into her client’s “homework”. She has been very fortunate in that her knowledge as physio, the anatomy, physiology and movement, has aided her understanding of how tissues move, how everything is connected to everything, showing the human body in its true form and how the body and mind influence much more distant parts. This has dispelled common medical and anatomical myths.
Louisa is also very curious and inquisitive and learns by self-investigating and “play”. She describes her yoga as a mash up of yoga, pilates, Feldenkrais and functional physio exercises focusing on correct breath technique, strength, stability and mobility working in a multisystem and multifactorial way. She brings physio into her yoga and yoga into her physio, marrying the two together to bring a functional funky flowing session with breath and body awareness.
Louisa qualified with a Masters in Physiotherapy from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2011 but prior to that gained a Masters in sports medicine where she worked in the sport and exercise field with leading businessmen, Formula 1 drivers and teams, and club and elite level athletes in rowing and triathlon.
Since qualifying as a physio Louisa has worked in private practice with a variety of individuals from complex, chronic conditions to elite and amateur athletes. In sport, she has specifically worked in triathlon and mountain running from elite to club level and with world class athletes and coaches, providing physio, drills and skills sessions, specific rehabilitation, pre-habilitation exercises and yoga of course!
Louisa, in her past life, was a professional triathlete representing Great Britain in long course and ironman distances but due to a a serious biking accident ended her career there. Nothing stopped her though and several years later she retrained as a physiotherapist, which she loves, and keeps herself active, albeit at a much more sedate pace! Her focus now is to educate and help others heal from trauma, illness and injury, manage pain, chronic conditions and aid realisation of living the best life. She is passionate about what she does, enjoys a challenge and will work hard to get you where you want to be.
Louisa in her free time enjoys hill and mountain walks/shuffles with her dog, yoga and other movement-based practices. She also has a keen interest in how “diet” impacts health and healing and loves concocting real, alkalising and healing foods with a special interest in natural energy food, Ayurveda and intuitive eating, but still loves a good coffee and dark raw chocolate…they’re soooo good for you 🙂
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