ORIGINAL BODY DESIGN
I founded Original Body Design with my sister Kari Gray. We set out to share an approach to health and fitness that built on the uniqueness of the individual body, who you were created to be.
This is what we mean when we talk about authenticity in health and fitness: escaping standardised models of beauty, fitness and comparisons with what other people have done with their bodies. Your health and fitness is your story.
Of course we work with the body. But we also work with the mind and spirit. It’s with the mind that we develop the discipline to focus on our own stories. And it’s in our spirit that we find the sense of self and confidence to rest in that focus.
It’s in bringing the three together, mind, body and spirit, that we find what Kari and I describe as wholeness.
My body has known many forms in my journey toward wholeness: from overcoming anorexia to personal trainer to fitness competitor to mother of three children and now managing a chronic illness, colitis, I developed after my third child. None have been easy, many times it has been painful, yet all have brought opportunity for greater understanding of my body, connectedness to myself and the skills and empathy to work effectively with others. My greatest gain has been to learn “ I am enough.”
Through both my own story and those of the many people I have worked with I have come to understand that in order to achieve our desired goals we must overcome the things that stop us taking those small steps forward. That might mean recognising and confronting our vulnerabilities, not allowing our sense of someone else’s greatness to be the enemy of our good or better time management to serve our priorities.
I believe we all have a story and our stories can help each other. This is why I work to create a safe environment where we can work with others, be real and journey together. Mine is a space where we can pause, feel, listen, and respond to what our bodies are saying. It Is here we develop the ability and resilience to move forward with a balanced and holistic approach toward wholeness.
I can't say that I'm there yet, but that is the beauty of growth. And this is where the power of community, support and accountability is at its highest. We were not created to journey alone but with others. I have learned this in my years as a personal trainer where clients needed me to do more than get them tired, but to walk with them, listen to them and care about them. That’s how we got results.
Training for fitness
40 weeks + 1 day
with 3rd baby
I have been in the health and fitness industry for 15+ years.
I combine the role Personal Trainer, Pilates and Total Barre® Instructor with nutritional and lifestyle guidance.
I studied in the United States as an ACE (American Council on Exercise) Personal Trainer (2004). I qualified as STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2006 having studied and and worked with Merrithew Master Instructor Trainer PJ O’Clair at the Northeast STOTT PILATES® Centre in the United States. In the same year I became a REPs Instructor Level 3.
I have continued my training in STOTT PILATES® Pre and Post Natal, Injury and Special Populations, and Total Barre®, ZEN•GA , and CORE.
In 2015 I began a nutritional therapy degree with the aim of formalising the nutritional knowledge I have gained through my own journey. It’s strengthened the nutritional guidance that has formed a core part of my input to clients’ lives.
I work with both individuals and groups and take an asset based approach to my clients. This means beginning with individual and community strengths rather than weaknesses, focussing on health, wellbeing and wholeness rather than sickness, and building the power and skills needed to shape my client's unique journey.
I take an integrative approach to health, recognising the interdependence of mind, body and spirit. There is a proverb I often refer to that captures the importance of the whole life approach:
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Eccleciastes 4:12