My full time ‘day job’ is at the University of Western Australia (UWA) as a teaching and research academic, additionally I am the director of the UWA Exercise & Performance Centre, and Founding Director of Thriving – non-for-profit clinical exercise services for kids and youth. So often people ‘looking in’ ask me why I would spend my evenings and weekends on yet another job?
An easy answer would be that I am a sucker for being busy, and whilst that is true, it is not the answer. There are no doubt 101 easy things I could do to fill my time; and as anyone involved in art of motion knows it is mind-blowing, informative and exciting to teach, but never EASY! One of the answers is: Spending my ‘free time’ immersed in art of motion provides me constant inspiration and energises me for the rest of my ‘jobs’!
Karin and art of motion have mastered the considerable challenge of translating complex theories and research evidence, into practical knowledge and tools delivered in an accessible format for movement teachers. The evidentiary base of the courses provides the solid grounding that is required by my ‘academic brain’, but also allows me to feel confident to open my mind to the broader possibilities of movement and health.
It is a unique quality of Karin’s approach and art of motion courses that participants are encouraged to see the holistic, bigger picture without minimising the importance of understanding traditional evidence-based approaches. And each course I find my mind is finding exciting and inspiring links between the course content, my theoretical background and research, and of course my clinical work.
So back to the ‘why?’ … for me the primary and consistent motivator across all my pursuits is to provide individuals with the opportunity to optimise their health through movement. All of my roles, research, teaching and clinical, are directed to this goal. art of motion provides another vitally important context and opportunity for movement professionals to engage in, high quality education in order to build, extend and refine their skill sets. And I consider myself privileged to be a part of the teaching team that support this. As each course approaches its end, I am inspired and invigorated to think of each participant heading back to their clinics with innovative, potentially confused, but always expansive ideas that lead to a renewed intention and purpose of movement with their clients. And as I sit down with my pyjamas on, feet up and a glass of red wine in hand, this thought brings me contentment as I look forward to the next day, week and course!