Hi, I'm Jane, I’m a mindful strength and movement coach, and a trauma informed embodied resilience expert.
You would probably agree with me that we're all healing from some past hurt or loss. That doesn’t mean we're broken. In fact, our past struggles, traumas or health issues don’t have to be a life sentence. I believe we have the power, with enough support and resourcing, to free ourselves from the shackles that limit our recovery process and our potential for more happiness and joy. While it is widely accepted that mindfulness is necessary to shape the body, I assert that the body and movement is one of the most powerful alchemic tools for shaping the mind. After all, how can we harness our intuition and resilience if we only use our heads?
As a practitioner in the health industry for two decades, my approach is to weave my diverse training in holistic and mindful strength and movement coaching with trauma informed mindfulness and nervous system regulation interventions, transforming emotional and physical overwhelm into embodied strength, mobility and vitality. Through personal and professional exploration, I know that you can cultivate a deeply felt sense of resilience and agency to realize more freedom and joy in your life.
I am also an experienced speaker, widely consulted media expert in print, radio and TV and an internationally recognized author.
Health is a political matter, extending beyond our own flesh and bones and into the way we build community, engage in culture and express our highest self in relationship to others. Individuals can learn to advocate for their own health and wellbeing, first, amid conflicting private responsibilities and paternalistic, overstressed health care systems. In my practice, I choose integrity, congruency and wholeheartedness over profit.
I have offered mindful movement and traumatic stress management workshops at the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture. I am also a member of the Breathe Network, an organization connecting sexual violence survivors with trauma informed healing arts practitioners. I regularly offer complimentary workshops and speaking engagements for social justice oriented organizations.
I started my journey in the fitness and wellness world by training as a group fitness instructor at nineteen before earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree at UBC specializing in labour relations. In my first career, I was a Research Officer at a trade union and labour relations consultant at two large corporations and, in that time, I participated in the 200 hr interest based conflict resolution program at the Justice Institute of BC.
After moving to Toronto, my training includes: Ryerson professional personal training program, CPTN and CPFLA certifications, ACE Lifestyle and Weight Management, CanFit Pro Pre and Post Natal Fitness, Fascial Stretch Therapy, Charles Poliquin's strength coaching, Reiki Master level training, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, 120hr Tensegrity Therapy and 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Diane Bruni, Buteyko Breathing lessons, certification program with Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture studying the bio-psychosocial impact of torture, ELDOA Level One, Dr. Rick Hanson's Foundations of Well Being program, and audited Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level One. Add in an obsession researching and implementing the most recent research in trauma recovery and the body plus my own extensive work in psychotherapy since early adulthood.
I was a highly sensitive and creative child born into a family with a complex history of intergenerational trauma. I learned early on that trauma can that leave an imprint on our neurobiology, our hearts and spirits and detrimentally impact attachment. In my teens I turned to binge drinking on weekends, and fell into a cycle of over exercise and food restriction. These behaviours were my way of trying to self regulate and to look and feel ‘normal’ on the outside, and manage the turmoil I was feeling on the inside. In my 20’s I developed a rare and life threatening auto-immune disease when my brain, body and soul reached a breaking point. I can now look at my experience with life threatening illness and the number of other struggles I've faced in my life with self compassion. It all makes sense to me now. This is what trauma does to a person.
I am in my groove when connecting with clients and bearing witness to their evolution, healing and growth. Having spent the last twenty years being curious about wellness and trauma, I have learned how to move from surviving to thriving and how to ride the waves with more skill, while exploring many paths to healing along the way with tenacity as one of my key strengths. Through the work I do with others, I am grateful to have found my purpose; sharing my voracious appetite for personal and professional learning.
My “but why not?” zest for life led me to horseback riding with moments of pure transcendence when a majestic creature carries me over a jump and I completely surrender control for a moment. I have a healthy addiction with buying interesting toys for my studio; particularly repurposing unconventional items for nervous system regulation and trauma recovery. I welcome clients to stop in to give their psoas a shake. I might even show you how to play the nose flute; something I incorporated into a comedy sketch and created a whole character around this instrument. When I am not riding, shaking or making others laugh, you can find this dignified culture vulture out and about experiencing some of the best of Toronto art and performance.