Who Works With Me?
Women from all phases of life work with me, from pregnancy and birth preparation through post natal recovery and return to fitness, later post natal (once post natal, always post natal!), and during peri-post menopause and beyond. I am qualified to prescribe exercise for women who have had a hysterectomy, and for those who have had or are undergoing breast cancer treatment and/or surgery.
Further, I develop specialty programs for people referred to me for rehabilitation, including back/deep core stability and strengthening.
As a Strength and Conditioning Coach, I have worked with female and male youth and adult athletes (AFL, cricket, running and swimming), providing specialised programs for each individual, squad or team. This always has deep core awareness, connection and strength as the starting point, upon which all movements have their strong foundation. In this way, athletes can make significant gains in performance and reduce their likelihood of injury.
View Gillians Qualifications
- BSc. (Honours, First Class Honours), specialising in Anatomy and Physiology
- Cert III and IV in Fitness
- Level 2 Fitness Professional with Fitness Australia with additional knowledge and skills in:
- Anatomy, Physiology and
- Injury Prevention
- Rehabilitation Support
- Musculoskeletal Conditions
- Older Adults Exercise
- Core Strength and Stability
- Pelvic Floor
- Women’s Health Specialties, through world-leading Burrell Education
- Certification in Modern Pregnancy Exercise- Integrated Core and Functional Training
- Certification in Modern Post Natal Assessment and Exercise Prescription
- Certification in Third Age (Peri-Post Menopause) Holistic Fitness and Wellbeing, with additional education in:
- Breast Cancer Survivorship and Mental Wellbeing
- Optimal Health After Hysterectomy
- Certification in training women, taking them from Deep Core Dysfunction to Running a Marathon
- Accredited Athletics Australia Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach
- Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach Level 1 with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association Inc.
- Bronze Licence Swim Coach through the Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association
- First Aid:
- Provide First Aid, Apply First Aid
- Provide CPR, Provide Basic Emergency Life Support
Applying the strategies I learned, to my movements in fitness and daily life, has not only improved the strength of my movements and improved my pelvic floor issues- It has drastically improved my lifelong lower back stability and pain.
Then, in late 2017 I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and had surgery to remove my thyroid, followed by treatment. It was a tough experience to go through, but it gave me exactly that: experience. I was able to apply to myself all that I had learned in my rehabilitation education, in addition to my specialised training for women with breast cancer. Even though my operation was smaller than that which many breast cancer patients would experience, I still felt pulled down by my scar, like I couldn’t stand up in good posture properly. In addition to specific exercises and muscle releases, scar massage, and relaxation, I ate as healthful as possible.
Now I am full of energy and move stronger and more comfortably than ever before! And I have found my passion in creating a community of women from all stages of life. These are women who want to empower themselves, by learning skills and strategies that will help them stay strong, fit and balanced, no matter what life may throw at them.
If this sounds like something you’ve been looking for, sign up for a class or course!
Australia people over 15yrs were personally affected by incontinence (at time of survey)
of people affected by incontinence are women 15yrs+
of women who have had children will have a pelvic floor prolapse in their lifetime
Prevalence of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
The Continence Foundation of Australia commissioned a report that showed that, in Australia alone, 4.8 million men, women and children over 15 years of age were personally affected by incontinence at that time.
79% of those affected were women
50% of women who have had children will have a pelvic floor prolapse in their lifetime, which is borne out by research
- conservative measures to help prevent or slow worsening of prolapse must be followed for life, otherwise the potential need for repair surgery increases
- in some cases, prolapse is too severe to be managed by conservative treatment and surgery is required
- please note that surgery is not a handy quick fix and shouldn’t be considered until absolutely necessary. There is a relatively high incidence of surgical failure and surgery must then be repeated.
Many elderly people are placed in aged care because of urinary and faecal incontinence. These issues are highly prevalent in this population, as maintaining or returning function to the deep core has not been properly addressed, if at all, earlier on in life in most cases. They have not, when they were young/er, been made aware of how to use their deep core to avoid or slow developing pelvic floor dysfunction.
More facts compiled on the Continence Foundation of Australia website can be found here
How about Diastasis?
Research now shows that 100% of women in the third trimester of pregnancy develop a gap between the two bellies of the rectus abdominus muscle to make room for the growing fetus.
In a study by Coldron et al (2008), it was concluded that inter-recti distance decreased markedly by 8 weeks, but if not “closed” by then, did not reduce further without intervention through physiotherapy or an exercise training program.
Closure of the diastasis is no longer considered the goal or gold standard as it does not mean that you will function properly, so please don’t stress about that! Rather, creating a return to function of the entire deep core (pelvic floor, breathing muscles, deep abdominals, deep back stabilizers) through proper breath-core sequencing and applying this ability to all movement is essential to maintaining or improving pelvic floor function, and protecting your back lifelong.