My Take on Health
My aim is to help you feel better than you knew you could, and to teach you how to stay that way
I believe that true healthcare is about long-term, sustainable changes that that create balance and support the body’s natural ability to become and stay well.
I believe that most of us have the capacity for far greater health than we experience or even expect. One of my goals is to provide practical support so that anyone interested can take control of their health and feel great.
People who come to me have decided that they want to take care of their health, and I feel honoured by that. So it’s my intention to provide the same service that I would like a loved one to receive.
A Bit About My Background
I was drawn to body work from an early age, leading me in my teens to bodybuilding, sports conditioning and sports nutrition. After completing my honours degree at the University of Southampton (2004), I trained as a Certified BWLA Fitness Coach, attained a diploma in Sports Nutrition, and began working as a personal trainer with a vision to explore the interaction between physical training and other markers of wellbeing.
Working in gyms, and having already spent much time in that environment since 1998, I came to realise that many of the objectives and methods of the fitness world were not healthy or sustainable – and I observed psychological pitfalls too. So my interest shifted. I began learning and practicing more balanced methods of exercise, and exploring broader perspectives on wellness.
I went on to study other areas of natural healthcare, gaining qualifications in Advanced Nutrition, NLP, Gestalt Therapy, and a level 7 diploma in Coaching and Mentoring. I spent 6 years working in one of the UK’s top naturopathic clinics, contributing written work to publications for both the public and natural health professionals. In this time, I continued to study, gaining further qualifications in Pilates and vinyasa yoga instruction.
What I do now is the culmination of a life long journey of active learning and I am committed to continually developing my understandings and practices, to get the best results for my clients, for my family, and for myself.
I live in Petersfield with my son. My other key interest in life is music, which has run in parallel with natural health. I toured and recorded as a professional guitarist, and I still teach guitar. My work with gongs is the coming together of these two strands. I also offer mentoring and workshops for young men.
What Do Clients Say?
My three month period with you has transformed my life in a number of ways, both mentally and physically. My understanding of nutrition and my eating habits are much better – I can tell by reading my old food diary. And I feed me and my husband your recipes regularly! I have also kept lifestyle changes up, have a strict rule about keeping devices downstairs for example. I’ve taken it a step further this year and removed Facebook from my phone. All helping with stress and concentration and I am sleeping better. I wish I could pick our sessions up again, I loved them. Thank you. You have made a lasting difference and it was at a time I really needed it!
My intention of working with Joe was to improve my core strength. I wanted to feel better in my body. With the caring encouragement, knowledge and support of Joe, I’ve absolutely achieved this objective. Throw away any preconceived ideas you have about personal trainers being loud, bullying and mean! Joe breaks the mould. He balances rigour, science and deep knowledge about the body with a soft touch that has you work hard almost without knowing it.
Thank you for all of your support and kindness Joe. It’s been eye opening to say the least. I really feel that I have finally broken the cycle of dieting and weight gain, and I am feeling much more comfortable and capable in my body.
I have no doubt that were it not for Joe and our sessions together, I would not be getting around in the way that I am. I suffered from back pain for years and had found that my strength and balance were deteriorating. My back is now better than it’s been for many years and I feel confident going about town and spending time in the garden.
I have suffered with back, neck and shoulder problems for some time and following advice from my osteopath and physio I looked at trying a more gentle form of exercise to strengthen and stretch the problem areas (I had been using a gym which exasperated the issues). Joe’s classes have taught me that small movements and stretches can be more beneficial and have certainly eased my aches and pains. That said, I definitely feel as though I have worked out during the sessions! I have also felt confident enough to continue with some stretches at home during the summer break. Joe is a great teacher with a calm and positive manner. He finds out what areas need to be worked on and comes up with a range of exercises that give a deep and effective workout. He never pushes you too far but aims to encourage you to achieve your very best.
I have only been working with Jo for a few weeks now but already I feel fitter and stronger. I have lost weight and my core is stronger enabling to maintain my balance while walking in wet and muddy conditions. Previously when I slipped I would finish up in the mud but now I am able to keep my balance.I am over 70 now but feel fitter than I was 5 years ago with fewer injuries, such as pulled muscles.
Equilibrium for me is the most amazing class, it’s a toning and strengthening workout using the combined elements of Yoga and pilates. No need for dumbbells and gym equipment we do everything using our body to tone and sculpt. I like to have a challenging work out but I don’t want to put stress on my back and knees and this is what this class does. I love it!
This class is fantastic. A very new yet extremely effective way to get toned, stretch, breath and de-stress. It can be as hard or as easy as you want it to be. Joe is a fantastic teacher! After this class I felt toned but also my soul felt lighter and clearer!”
Joe has been extremely helpful to me in turning my life around and I feel much better for it. He is a wealth of knowledge and extremely understanding and encouraging. I would recommend him to all!