Therapy 4 Sports - About Nancy
A little bit more about Nancy:
Nancy Braithwaite graduated from Cardiff University in January 2008. She started off her career working for the NHS in a neurological and orthopaedic unit in Somerset, before moving to Swindon where she specialised in occupational musculoskeletal physiotherapy for Honda, of the UK Manufacturing. Nancy also volunteered at the Swindon therapy centre for Multiple sclerosis sufferers and started a regular therapeutic yoga class there. In May 2009 when Nancy’s interest in triathlon grew she started working privately with sports men and women, helping to improve athletic performance through yoga coaching, massage and physiotherapy. Although she made many friends in the Swindon area Nancy felt she needed to live somewhere more vibrant, cultural and with lots going on. So, she bravely left the safety of Swindon and started business again in Bristol in August 2010.
Throughout her working life Nancy has helped treat a variety of injuries and illnesses including: lower and upper back pain, work related repetitive strain injuries, sports injuries, neurological disorders and pregnancy related conditions. She gained some valuable experience at Honda helping people to manage chronic pain, stress, anxiety, depression and other psychological disorders such as fibromyalgia and mycocepalitis (ME) through functional restoration programmes for people in and out of work. Having once been a sufferer of anxiety and low self esteem herself, she values the way in which complimentary therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), yoga and soft tissue massage integrate into the physiotherapy care plan and can help in the healing of the whole person, body and mind.
In April 2008 whilst in India for voluntary physiotherapy work, Nancy completed her yoga teacher training at the Sivanada ashram in Neyar Damn, Kerala.
Nancy took up regular yoga practice to manage her stress and anxiety whilst studying for her A-level exams at School. She has since incorporated yoga into other aspects of her life and her sports training and has seen dramatic results after gaining a better understanding of how yoga can support sporting performance. Nancy practices yoga and buddhist meditation on a daily basis relying on this to gain a sense of inner peace.
In order to combine her knowledge of anatomy, physiology, physiotherapy, sport and yoga, Nancy completed a post graduate teacher training course in Yoga Sports Science (www.yogasportsscience.com) which has helped her to integrate the fundamentals of yoga with the 21st century athlete. She is now only 1 of 10 yoga sports specialists in the country who is equipped to work at Olympic level. Over the next year or so, Nancy will be working with the new students for yoga sports science course and some of the UK’s leading sports performance coaches and is set to be actively involved in the long term athlete development for the 2012 Olympics and its legacy beyond.
Nancy works from Bubalu at 71/80 Gloucestor road, Bishopston, Bristol