Mother of All Movement

Welcome to part 6 of my ‘Why We Move’ series!   This is a series of interviews with fitness professionals who advocate joyful and intuitive movement and  I’m SO excited to be chatting to the formidable Kathryn Meadows today.

Kathryn is a fellow pilates teacher and personal trainer in Sussex, and specialises in postnatal rehab.   She also hosts a weekly podcast entitled: ‘Mother of All Movement‘ discussing all things birth,  recovery, pelvic floor. menopause, hormones and finding your power in motherhood.

She takes a human centred approach working with the woman in front of her to develop a movement practice that works with her life.

Kathryn lost her way with movement after the birth of her 2 kids having a large abdominal separation alongside postnatal depression.  I did a post yesterday on PND and how it was something that was so difficult for many of us to talk about.  This resonated with so many women and for Kathryn finding her reason for loving movement in her own words, saved her mental and physical health and brought her back to herself.

You can find Kathryn here.

Q.1 What do you define as joyful movement?.

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Anything you finish and feel better having done it – I think that covers pretty much anything but I find negative or external motivation leaves me/clients feeling empty or unfulfilled after a movement session. 

Q.2 What is your earliest memory of moving for fun and pure joy? 

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I danced as child and I remember the wonderful feeling of joining the melody of the music with the movement of my body, even better when dancing in a synchronised group.  

 

 

Q.3 Do you feel you listen to your body as far as movement is concerned or do you follow a specific programme or schedule? 

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I do a fair amount of rehab” type exercises – in order to enjoy running or various other things I need to keep my body working well and that means doing some sessions per week working on strengthening where I need it. Ive found since having kids and turning 40 Ive had to work more on rehab than ever before and Ive definitely adjusted now to the idea that its a life long mission! 

 Q.4 If exercise had ZERO impact on how your body looks, would your exercise choices be different? 

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No, I dont exercise for my body shape and aesthetic, I never have, Ive always done things to benefit my body in some way, like keeping strong for the sports I have done and then done the sports because I love them not for any other reason. 

Q.5 Why do you move?  (What motivates you and how does movement make you feel?) 

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 Why? Because moving feels great and not moving makes me feel sluggish and achy. I respond to what I need, to my cycle, to whats going on in my life, to where I am and whats available to me. I can go a day or so without doing things but most of my life will be spent doing something thats movement involved – dog walking in the South Downs, sea swimming, paddle boarding, mountain biking, climbing something like that. Not sport” or exercise” as such but always moving. Movement helps me to process, helps me to feel like me again, helps me to take positive action with my body when I feel Im falling apart and helps me to keep up with my kids as they get stronger and fitter – I dont want to be the Mum just standing by and watching while Dad does all the fun stuff! 

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