Hi there! I'm Holly
I’m a movement coach, a graduate of Canada's National Ballet School, and a National and World Champion amateur salsa dancer. I’ve spent more than 30 years learning to move well and assess movement in very fine detail, and now I teach athletic people how to move well. A life-long learner, I have a PhD in biology (movement of animals, if you’re wondering!) and I’ve dedicated my life to movement and sharing its benefits with other athletes.
Keep reading below for my approach...
I am a professional member of The Minimal List, a network of footcare professionals with a modern, minimalist approach to healing.
In person bookings are at Tonume Integrated Health 2655 Commercial Drive
To book online please click 'movement coaching' in link below
I work with you to help you find your factory settings and bring them back online. By helping you see, feel and understand the way your body is designed to move, I help you design your own toolkit for leveling up your performance and preventing your niggling issues from turning into injuries.
One of my biggest tools is education. I want you to understand WHY your body feels the way it does, what is and isn’t moving and HOW your exercises will help keep your factory settings in working order.
Ultimately, my goal is not to ‘fix’ you but to act as a guide to show you options on how to move in new ways that are more optimal and will achieve your performance goals.
I use a variety of techniques, the main one being Anatomy in Motion.
What is Anatomy in Motion?
Anatomy in Motion (AiM) is a blueprint for how the entire body is meant to move. AiM approaches movement from the joints’ perspective. Joints need to open and close so that muscles can lengthen and contract when they need to. Compensations we make around an injury or habitual movement pattern can upset when and how a joint moves, reducing access to the full range of motion. This is when performance suffers or injuries keep happening. The tools learned through AiM allow me to assess what joints are moving and which aren’t, restore movement and, ultimately bring back all the movements that have been eluding you. A major focus of AiM is proper foot function so my work focus heavily on this often-overlooked and misunderstood body part.
Try my most popular exercises on my YouTube channel
What to expect?
Initial Assessments are 90 minutes. This is a deep dive and a first taste of my approach. We will discuss your injury history to connect the dots between how you feel today and how you got here. Then we will begin with a full postural screening, foot function assessment and joint-by-joint movement assessment. I will summarize my findings and continue educating you on your body as we proceed. Once we have completed a deep dive into your body's patterns we will begin restoring your movement. By the end of the session you will have 2-3 exercises to work on between sessions. It's important to continue the exercises daily in between sessions.
Please wear leggings or shorts and a top that isn't loose so I can assess your joints and posture. We work in bare feet.
Follow Up Sessions are 60 minutes. We will progress with more movement exercises depending on what your body requires. Typically you will need 3-5 weekly sessions and 2-3 biweekly or monthly maintenance sessions to resolve one injury. Depending on how long you've had a compensation, it can take longer to resolve an injury.