Tess likes to think of herself as a movement coach more than anything, as her training philosophy is based on making every movement beautiful and efficient – whether it is building strength in your barbell squat, finding fluidity and stability in a yoga pose, or establishing the optimal body mechanics in your sport.
For Tess, the emphasis has always been on coaching rather than dictating. Everyone has their individual quirks, strengths and weaknesses, and Tess’s approach is to discover what these are along with you. Her role as your coach (rather than your bootcamp drill instructor!) is to give you professional feedback, provide with you with the tools to improve, and be with you every step of the way as you learn the ins and outs of moving better.
Tess’s training style is a balance between mobility and strength training. She has had experience with a varied range of clients, from stiff office workers to hyper flexible yogis to injured athletes. Regardless of how beginner or advanced clients are, Tess enjoys finding ways to challenge and progress them towards healthier movement.
As for her own background, Tess’s foray into fitness began with strength training, when she gradually began to realise the shortcomings of having Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS). Although it’s been (and still is!) a tough and nonlinear journey towards becoming stronger, it’s also helped her to become a better coach as her knowledge of anatomy, mechanics and alignment has to be on point in order to activate the right muscles and keep her joints stress-free. She is always exploring different approaches to movement, whether it is through traditional strength exercises, functional and corrective movement, FRC® mobility training, or movement flows.