Saturday, November 26, 2022

About Me

That’s me… Jen Wilson,The Healing Rebel

Who Am I?

I am Jen Wilson, The Healing Rebel, movement & lifestyle consultant helping women over 40 move better, feel healthy, gain confidence, reduce stress and enjoy life. 

When I work with you, I am passionate about helping you optimise your health to give you freedom. I help you move your body to give you confidence and feel relaxed.

My Journey

In 2017 I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. I went from teaching over 20 classes a week, including lots of high intensity, indoor cycling (spin) classes, Boxercise and Pilates. I was also travelling the UK to present at fitness conventions, on top of all that I was also going to the gym for my own training, out clubbing or at gigs on the weekends.

Getting sick meant everything changed. No more high intensity, no more travelling the UK to present, no more burning the candle at both ends.

I had to stop! And it broke my heart. I didn’t understand at the time, but I was going through the process of grief. My old life, the identity was gone.

Rebuilding

The rebuild journey was hard. There is no emotional or psychological support available when you are given a life changing diagnosis. Even though I had and still have amazing people around me, it’s lonely, especially when none of them live with chronic illness. I had to look for support and go for therapy privately.

On my journey I learned how many other women were out there, alone, feeling isolated, and in pain with no help in how to make the most of their life while living with pain and the unpredictability of their health.

Yes there are medications that help manage some of the symptoms, but they come with side effects and just taking the medication isn’t enough to be well. I needed to make some serious changes to my life and that is exactly what I did and that is exactly what I teach.

My exercise routine changed to strength training, Pilates & Yoga and I adapt many of the movements for myself and my clients so they can participate without feeling excluded. I am all about listening to your body and doing what feels right in the moment (and sometimes that’s more rest).

I work less days and have proper restful days.

I listen to my body and nourish it with the food and drinks it is asking for – I gave up alcohol in 2014 and started eating fish regularly in 2022 after being vegetarian/sometimes vegan for 20+ years.

I am an absolute geek (always learning) and a little bit obsessed when it comes to finding ways in helping you look after your body in a way that works for you – you don’t like it, we don’t do it.

I am top heavy on qualifications… From a BSc in sport and exercise science, Pilates, Yoga, Meditation, Massage, Personal Trainer, Barefoot specialist, Functional Movement Coach, nutrition coach, NLP Master practitioner, Reiki, Access Bars, Sound Healing, blah, blah, blah… I can send you my CV if you want the full list. 

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WORK WITH ME

My top advice, start exactly where you are today with the only expectation that you will do your best and work with each day as it presents itself to you. 

I am an absolute ? geek (always learning) and a little bit obsessed when it comes to finding ways in helping you look after your body in a way that works for you – you don’t like it, we don’t do it ?‍♀️
I am top heavy on the qualifications… From a BSc in sport and exercise science, Pilates, Yoga, Meditation, Massage, Personal Trainer, Barefoot specialist, Functional Movement Coach, nutrition coach, NLP Master practitioner, Reiki, blah, blah, blah… I can send you my CV if you want the full list. 

Random Facts About Me

I drink a shit tonne of tea (mostly herbal blends I make myself).?
I have been sober since Sept 2014 – not because of addiction, but a personal decision that my partying way’s were no longer serving me or my life’s purpose?‍♀️
You would see me get excited when I see animals, especially cows & puppies ?
Camping and paddle boarding are favourite non work activities ?️
Sometimes I have crisps for dinner because I just can’t be bothered cooking ?‍♀️
I live with a condition they call Crohn’s ?
I work with women in online live classes, on demand classes, 1:1 online or in person at my home studio in Springburn, Glasgow.
In my recent previous life was a National Fitness Presenter and Master Trainer (until I had to retire due to the Crohn’s ?)
Before I worked in health & fitness, I worked in the travel industry and have lived in Greece (Kos), Gran Canaria and Australia.
I love to hug a tree, get outside when I can, do witchy/hippie type activities, and have an allotment where I try to grow some of my own food. 

I use Pilates, Yoga, Functional Movement, Barefoot training, Massage and many more tricks to help you. 

Be kind, be curious.

Move your body every single day.

Create a routine that gives YOU some me time.

Listen to your body and do what feels good in it. 

I AM Jen Wilson. 


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