Story


I grew up in London.

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Up to the age of fourteen I believed having a baby was a terrible event. Then my wonderful Aunt arrived in our family; she spoke so passionately about how women can give birth and of it being an amazing and empowering experience. I have had the pleasure of working with women during and after their pregnancy over the last ten years with pilates and yoga. This interaction encouraged me to train as a Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula, through DONA International, as I felt the need to be able to more actively support women and their partners during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum.  My passion is working with women during their pregnancy and postpartum.

I want to spread Ina May Gaskin’s message from the recent documentary “Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & The Farm Midwives” Remember this, for it is as true as true gets:

Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.

- Ina May Gaskin

In 2000 I started attending Pilates classes, it helped me overcome some old injuries – I was hooked.

In 2002 encouraged by my Pilates teachers in London I signed up to train in New York at The Kane School of Core Integration to become a certified Pilates Mat and Equipment Teacher.  At this time I was first introduced to GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM ® and started taking weekly classes.  In 2003 I was offered a job at The Kane School.   A year later after completing my Gyrotonic ® training, I moved to Sun Valley, Idaho to manage Innerflo Movement Studio, which I bought in 2005. I loved living and working in Sun Valley for 8 ½ years.

In Spring, 2013 I moved to The Bay Area to pursue Doula Work more full-time.  I supported families at Births and Postpartum throughout the Bay Area for 4 1/2 years.  In the Fall of 2017 I moved back to the beautiful Wood River Valley and reopened Innerflo in Ketchum Idaho with my business partner Joseph Schultz.  I share the movement space of the studio with some fabulous local teachers, Denise de Lisser, Monika Schernthanner and Beth Chiodo.

Education and Qualifications

Summer 2003 – Present

  • Khalsa Way Kundalini Prenatal Yoga, Certification, January 2016
  • Mama Tree Level 1 Prental Yoga Certification, January 2014
  • CEIM (Certified Educator of Infant Massage), August 2013
  • Prenatal Yoga Certification, Yoga Garden SF, Jume 2013
  • Yoga Garden SF 200 hour Teacher Training, May 2013
  • Sole to Spine, Madeline Black, February 2013
  • Foundation for Best Practice in Lactation Care, Certified Lactation Educator,  Evergreen Perinatal Education, Seattle, Washington, February 2013
  • Postpartum Doula Training, DONA, Melinda Ferguson, March 2012
  • The Postpartum Client, Debra Goodman, November 2011
  • Gyrotonic Update, Jackson Hole, August 2011
  • Birth Doula Training, DONA, Debbie Lavin, San Francisco, June 2011
  • Gyrotonic Expansion System Scoliosis Workshop, Paul Hovarth, San Francisco, November 2009
  • Gyrotonic Expansion System Shoulder Girdle Workshop, Paul Hovarth, Boston, November 2009
  • Chi Gong Seminar and Medical Chi Gong Master Yang, YMAA, 2008
  • Gyrotonic Update, Ketchum Spring 2008
  • Universal Tao System, Living Tao Basic, Master Mantak Chia, Portland June 2007
  • Heart of Nourishment Cleanse Training, Hale Sofia Schatz, Boston 2006
  • Gyrotonic for Golf, Dave Rasmussen, Seattle, June 2006
  • Gyrokinesis Pre Training, Tamara Yoneda, Kona June 2006
  • Gyrotonic Update, Ketchum, March 2006
  • Cranial Sacral, Beth Chiodo, Ketchum Fall 2004 – 2011
  • Jenny Kapuler, Sacred Cow, Ketchum, Summer 2004
  • Yoga for Teens, Christie Brook, Sacred Cow, Ketchum Summer 2004
  • Judith Lasater – Restorative Yoga Workshop, Sacred Cow, Ketchum, May 2004
  • Gyrotonic® Foundation Teacher Training Course, Young-Ah Kim, Movement and Beyond, New York, May 2004
  • Gyrotonic Pre-Training, Eva, Movement and Beyond, New York, April 2004
  • Kane School of Core Integration Staff Training, Kelly Kane, February 2004
  • Gait Training for Pilates Teachers, Debbie Goodman PT, Kane School, January 2004
  • Do Less to Free your Movement, Helge Fisher, Kane School, November 2003
  • Transverses vs. Rectus, Michelle Cohen, Kane School October 2003
  • Modifications and Variations on the Classic Mat Exercises, Kim Kuznitz, Kane School October 2003
  • Irene Dowd, Kinesthetic Anatomy, Part One Spine & Trunk, September – December 2003

September 2002 – March 2003 The Kane School of Core Integration New York

  • Kane Core Integration Basic Training Phase 1 & 2 September 2002 – March 2003
  • Pilates through Pregnancy, Debbie Goodman & Kelly Kane, October 2002
  • Mat Phase 1, Kelly Kane, November 2002
  • Anatomy Quickies The Foot Part 1-3, Kelly Kane Fall 2002
  • Tennis Ball Self Massage Workshop, Jesse, Sal Anthony’s Movement Salon, February 2003
  • Mat Phase 2, Kelly Kane, March 2003
  • Anatomy Quickies Muscles of the Cervical Spine, Kelly Kane, March 2003