Posted on 26 Feb 2018
Inspirations: Getting to know FitFarms' Sports Therapist
As a child, when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I always replied ‘a dancer’, that changed the day I met the school careers advisor whose advice went: ‘it’s a very hard career to get into, think of something else!’ It had never occurred to me to be anything else, and so I ended up like many not knowing what I wanted to do, and eventually working in retail.
I took up yoga as a hobby at twenty two which I found I loved, there’s lots of schools of yoga and the one I found (or which found me) focused a lot on correcting and adapting postures which I found really interesting. Now career wise I progressed to management but always felt I’d fell into it rather than chose it and scoured prospectuses hoping to find what I’d ‘feel’ I should be doing, while filling my spare time with yoga and exercise classes.
I met my partner when I was thirty and we moved away; it was one of those strange times in life where it felt like everything was coming together and falling apart at the same time. I realised I’d been searching for what I ‘should’ be doing and not looking under my nose at what I had been doing, and so I began looking into courses to teach exercise classes; I then ventured off (as I tend to when googling) to looking at university courses and found Sports Therapy a course that really resonated with me. I was apprehensive as I’d never thought of myself as particularly clever, but I’m fortunate to have a supportive partner who encouraged me to go to the college open day. I think there’s a lot to be said for support, as well as for effort and determination.
Today I now have a BSC (Hons) Sports Therapy, ITEC Level 4 Sports Massage and CYQ Level 2 in Exercise to music and gym based instruction, unsurprisingly I’m also aiming to add yoga in the future.
It’s been quite a journey this far but it’s taught me that anything is possible if you’re brave enough to try!
Jennie Hebb FitFarms Sports Therapist BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy
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