My name is Katie and I created Flow in 2013. I wanted to offer a service in Torbay and the surrounding South Devon that gives people the chance to build a rapport with their therapist; working together to understand their problem with the aim of restoring movement and function in a relaxed, engaging environment.
I want people to feel better when they have visited Flow, with more confidence and motivation to achieve their goals and ultimately maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. I qualified with a BSc(Hons) in Physiotherapy from the University of Birmingham in 2007. I then moved to Torquay and I feel privileged to now call it home. I worked as a rotational Physiotherapist to a senior level within the NHS in South Devon; gaining experience in a wide range of core areas, from Trauma and Orthopaedics to Pain Management Physio, before specialising in musculoskeletal conditions.
Becoming a Certified Pilates Instructor was a natural progression for me, as it enables me to incorporate all my physiotherapy skills into something fun and sociable, enabling me to offer a unique mix of the benefits of both Pilates and physio. Outside of work you will normally find me doing something active; be it surfing, snowboarding, horse riding or triathlons.
An active lifestyle is in my blood and I feel this helps me to better understand clients and the frustrations/limitations injuries may cause. It also enables me to have insight into different techniques, physical postures and demands required for a range of sports, meaning I can identify areas to work on more quickly and manage these effectively.
I qualified as a physiotherapist in 2001 from the University of Brighton and have always had a love for health and fitness. During my career I found that I was using Pilates more and more to help rehabilitate my patients following injury, with great results. So in 2006 I trained in modified pilates with The APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute) and began teaching my first classes. I fell in love not only with the exercise itself but also with teaching and have managed to carry on practicing and teaching through both my pregnancies, which also hugely helped me to keep fit and strong which was especially needed when carrying my twins!
In 2013 I expanded my knowledge by qualifying as a Level 3 instructor in pilates with the fitness industry which gave me a greater scope on the world of pilates in a fitness setting as well as clinical. Just after this course I met Katie at an open water swim and she told me her plans for Flow and here we are today. I love being part of Flow and have been very lucky to see my classes grow and have met some amazingly positive people through it.
Outside of work I keep very busy with my husband and 3 children and love pretty much every sport, I love the outdoors which is why I do triathlons to incorporate the combination of fitness and enjoying everything the south west has to offer. I like playing tennis and playing about on the water, either on a board or being pulled behind a boat on a wakeboard.