Hello, and welcome to Mint Wellbeing, a new and forward thinking Physiotherapy and wellbeing brand in London.
The creation of Mint Wellbeing has been a long time in the making and I am so excited it finally has a real life presence on here and social media. I wanted to tell you a little bit about how and why I have decided to set up Mint Wellbeing.
The first reason is personal fulfillment.
I am a passionate physiotherapist and after seven brilliant years working in the NHS I decided I needed a new and exciting challenge. I have been fortunate enough to work at some outstanding Hospitals and with some amazing Physiotherapists therefore building up a wealth of experience.
In 2013/14, half way through my working career so far, I returned to University to complete a Masters in a specialist area of the profession called Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy (basically meaning anything to do with muscles, bones and the nervous system). The Masters involved lots of theory, a big research project and loads of practical elements thus allowing me to become accredited to a specialist group called the MACP (Musculoskeletal Association of Charted Physiotherapists). The year was one of the most challenging but rewarding years of my life and I loved it. For anyone thinking about returning to any form of study – DO IT!
After returning to work for 18 months I was aware I was looking for a new challenge. I felt I now had the necessary skills and experience to set up a Physiotherapy business and so the journey to create Mint Wellbeing began.
I knew from the beginning that I wanted Mint to be different from an average Physiotherapy practice. I wanted to create something that would excite me and keep me motivated hence why there are so many different parts to it.
The second reason why I created Mint and why it is not just about Physiotherapy are my own experiences.
Through doing the MSc, my clinical work and from my own personal experience I have become aware of how there are so many facets to health and wellbeing which involve every aspect of the body and mind.
I wanted to create an accessible place where people could come and receive physiotherapy but also have the option to explore mindfulness, meditation (a huge interest of mine) or get advice on nutrition.
Mindfulness and meditation are such ‘hot topics’ at the moment even though they have been around for thousands of years. Despite this I feel as though a lot of people don’t know how to actually practice these skills. I want to spread the positive effects that mindfulness and meditation can achieve in an accessible and usable way.
I was fortunate enough to meet Mui (a coach who incorporates mindfulness and meditation into her teaching – see ‘Team’ for more info) in 2012 at a previous job and we immediately bonded. Over the years we have stayed in touch and then as the idea for Mint grew I knew I wanted to get her on board and was delighted when she agreed!
Due to health reasons I became Gluten free in February 2015 (future blog post to come on this). From this experience and my own interest in food and nutrition I knew I wanted this to be another facet to the company.
The third reason for setting up mint was to share some of the knowledge I have gained from doing many different sporting events.
I want to combine my Physiotherapy skills with the many things I have learnt from the participation in such events. Often people have approached me asking how they should prepare for a sporting event, what sort of kit they should wear or how they should sort their fuel/hydration and I am delighted to share my knowledge and experiences.
I know so many of you are deciding to sign up to sporting events including running, triathlons, cycling events, ultra marathons or even to row the Atlantic!
Apart from rowing the Atlantic (!) I have competed in all the above and learnt so much along the way. My greatest achievement has to be completing the Jungle Ultra Marathon in the Amazon in October 2014. This was a 7 day, 6 stage, 275km ultra marathon in the middle of the jungle. The preparation for it was immense. Of course there was the physical training but also the emotional and mental preparation, equipment, nutrition and hydration all of which I will write a blog post about in the future.
So, to summarise, I have set up Mint Wellbeing to be a forward thinking, modern and well-rounded brand encompassing many different elements of a healthy body and mind. We hope our services will contribute to people becoming the best versions of themselves.