Two themes have been present throughout my career and indeed most of my adult life. My fascination with the body & mind connection and my love for teaching.
My professional story starts back in 1999 in the Netherlands, my native country, where I received my degree in Physiotherapy, writing my thesis on psychosomatic problems. My career began with me working in a hospital where I saw and treated many kinds of neurological and orthopaedic patients and at the polyclinic, working with patients suffering from chronic lung disease as well as psychosomatic disorders.
Then an opportunity opened up in Switzerland and for the next two years I worked as a physiotherapist, treating both the elderly as well as sportspeople. I have always found great satisfaction in helping people become more mobile and here I witnessed the power of group exercise in achieving this. It is something I still value and recommend today.
Returning to the Netherlands, I then started working as a freelance physiotherapist. It was during this time that I became increasingly aware that I wanted to apply and share my experience and focus on the body & mind connection. I studied for a post-graduate diploma in Communications so that I could train others and pass on my knowledge.
In 2011 I moved to Italy where I started my new practice. In the summer of 2012 my degree in Physiotherapy was officially recognised by the Italian Ministry of Health.