Hi, I'm Rachel!
nutrition & health coach
natural fertility educator
I'm a women's health educator,
a nerd when it comes to learning "all of the things", and my obsession is teaching women how to take control of their health and create a life they love!
Things changed for me overnight!
An out of the blue auto-immune disease diagnosis sucked me right out of my self-destructive cycle and set me on the path to creating a healthy and joyful life that I actually wanted!
These days, I am so tuned in to my body that I can predict my period down to the day. I nourish my body with wholesome foods and I exercise because it feels good! I have discovered a new level of intuition like nothing I’ve experienced before and I feel confident in listening to my body.
And I’m never looking back!
I have completely immersed myself in the world of women’s health and I’m still learning every single day! And the best part is sharing it all with you!
Do you remember when...
somebody sat you down as a teenager and told you all about your body, your health and your hormones?
(NOPE, ME NEITHER)
I was the girl who just went through the motions day after day –
eating crap, using the gym as a social hangout, drowning in the daily grind, stressed out of my mind and completely ignoring the warning signs my body was sending me.
If this story sounds all-too familiar, then we have a lot in common my friend.
If we haven’t met before...
Hi, I'm Rachel! I’m a physio at heart but I’ve furthered my studies to become a recognised nutrition and health coach and a trained teacher in natural fertility because when it comes to working with a healthcare professional, I believe in a holistic approach.
My mission is to empower curious women to tune in to their own body’s intelligence, understand what it needs and recognise when it is signalling that something is not quite right.
I want to help you to create a fulfilling, vibrant life – one that makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning!
Because, I truly believe that knowledge is power.
When you truly understand your body, you are empowered to make informed decisions about your health!
And all those secret, soul-stirring dreams you have for yourself.
The ones that keep hanging around in that busy mind of yours.
The ones you’ve never admitted to anyone else about how badly you want them...
They’re possible. And they start with you.
Which means they start with your decision to take control of your health.
Good. Because that’s not me.
I'm a qualified health professional with years of study and the credentials to back up my wisdom. My training is always drawn from high-quality evidence and not based on personal opinion. I teach you what they teach the experts – weight loss, nutrition, pregnancy, fertility – You name it, there’s probably a Mana Guide for that (or I'm working on it!)
Doctor Google allows us to self-diagnose in seconds. Bloggers and influencers are the new health gurus. Say something often enough and it eventually becomes fact.
It’s no wonder women are left feeling confused and overwhelmed trying to sort the fact from the fiction.
Like the world needs another “wellness expert” spouting wisdom online, am I right?
I know what you might be thinking…
WE ARE DROWNING IN INFORMATION,
WHILE STARVING FOR WISDOM
- E.O WILSON -
There’s more free information available to women on every imaginable subject than ever before in human history.
But if you’re not aware of what you need to know and what you don’t, or where to get the support you really need, all the free information in the world won’t help!
When it comes to your health, it is essential to work with a qualified healthcare professional.
every wellness journey starts somewhere
Here's my Story...
Years of working 12 hour long days in a toxic management job I hated, combined with stress eating and over-exercise resulted in a diagnosis of autoimmune disease that changed my life overnight.
I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease with no family history and only one month of symptoms. It surprised and saddened me to realise that stress was the culprit.
In spite of my unsustainable work-life balance, I was tuned in to my body and quickly recognised that my pain, digestive issues and irregular menstrual cycles were a sign that something wasn’t right.
I sought second opinions and stayed confident until I got answers.
Most days you can find me cuddled up on the couch with my incredible partner Dan and our border collie Bonnie, laptop on my lap, with a cold cup of tea next to me...
...because let's be honest, I never get around to drinking it while it's hot!
And you know what lights me up most?
Helping women to feel enough, to feel confident in their skin and to celebrate how incredible our bodies can be. Because sometimes these health journeys can get kind of lonely...so, if I can be that person whispering in your ear "You can do this!" (when the rest of the world seems ready to watch you fall flat on your face) - then I'll consider my job done!
A look back...
2012 - 2020
GRADUATED WITH MY BACHELOR OF PHYSIOTHERAPY
(WITH HONOURS) FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
OFFERED A MANAGEMENT JOB TO LEAD MY COMPANY'S PHYSIOTHERAPY DEPARTMENT
2 YEARS OF STRESS-EATING, LONG DAYS AND MISERY IN A JOB I KNEW I HATED FROM DAY 1!
IT WASN'T ALL BAD...I DID A LOT OF TRAVEL OVER THIS TIME TOO (ANYTHING TO GET AWAY FROM MY JOB!)
WALKED AWAY FROM MY TOXIC MANAGEMENT JOB ON A THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND RETURNED TO CLINICAL WORK THE FOLLOWING WEEK (BEST. DECISION. EVER.)
ONE WEEK LATER: CRIPPLING STOMACH PAIN,
EXHAUSTION AND UNABLE TO GET OUT OF BED.
DIAGNOSED WITH COELIAC DISEASE (TRIGGERED BY STRESS) AFTER ONLY ONE MONTH OF SYMPTOMS
LEARNT TO LIVE ON A STRICT GLUTEN FREE DIET & REDISCOVERED MY LOVE FOR BAKING
BECAME FASCINATED WITH WOMEN'S HEALTH PHYSIOTHERAPY AND COMPLETED MY FIRST INTENSIVE TRAINING COURSE
PILATES MATWORK TRAINING WITH THE AUSTRALIAN PHYSIOTHERAPY AND PILATES INSTITUTE
STOPPED TAKING THE PILL AND TAUGHT MYSELF TO CHART MY CYCLES WITH THE FERTILITY AWARENESS METHOD USING BOOKS, PODCASTS AND ANYTHING I COULD GET MY HANDS ON
MET DAN (BEST FIRST DATE EVER!)
STARTED TAKING THE PILL AGAIN BECAUSE I WAS TERRIFIED OF BEING "THAT GIRL" WHO GOT PREGNANT USING A NATURAL METHOD OF BIRTH CONTROL...THIS LASTED ABOUT 3 MONTHS AND THEN I WENT STRAIGHT BACK TO USING FERTILITY AWARENESS
MORE POST-GRADUATE TRAINING IN PELVIC FLOOR, INCONTINENCE, PROLAPSE, PELVIC PAIN,
SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION, LACTATION & MASTITIS,
PREGNANCY & POST-NATAL EXERCISE
THERAPEUTIC YOGA INSTRUCTOR TRAINING
THE IDEA OF A WOMEN'S HEALTH EDUCATION BUSINESS STARTED BLOSSOMING IN MY MIND...AND WOULDN'T GO AWAY
COMPLETED MY ADVANCED CERTIFICATE OF NUTRITION AND HEALTH COACHING WITH ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES OF WELLBEING COACHING, HUMAN NUTRITION AND WEIGHT LOSS NUTRITION
COMPREHENSIVE COURSE IN NATURAL FERTILITY EDUCATION, QUALIFIED AS A TRAINED TEACHER IN NATURAL FERTILITY EDUCATION
OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED MANA WOMEN'S WELLNESS
BONNIE, OUR BORDER COLLIE, JOINED OUR LITTLE FAMILY
FOR NOW, LET'S JUST SAY IT'S GOING TO BE A VERY BIG YEAR...