Meet our Instructors

Read more about our instructors and their journeys below.

Mora

Director
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Qualifications
  • BSc (First Class Hons) Applied Sports Science
    (Edinburgh University – 2012)
  • Foundation Training Level 2 Certificate
    (Boulder, USA – June 2019)
  • Anatomy Trains Fascial Dissection Livestream
    (Online – April 2020)
  • Anatomy Trains in Motion
    (Copenhagen – June 2017)
  • Foundation Training Level 1 Certificate
    (New York, USA – October 2015)
  • Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercise Instructor
    (Premier Training, 2015)
  • Level 1 Strength and Conditioning
    (KBT, 2015)
  • Level 3 Personal Training
    (Fitness Education Academy, 2014)
Contact Information

Email: mora@ftinstructors.co.uk

Phone: 07851237891

My Story

Being in pain affects every aspect of your life. After breaking my ankle in 2014, I struggled to regain my fitness. I did what the physios told me, but my body still felt wonky. I remember walking in the Scottish hills and saying to my mum, that it felt like my hip wasn’t being held in the socket. I was in agony and I had to take pain killers to make it to the top (not something I’d recommend anyone to do now). I was 26, a Personal Trainer, I’d been studying the human body for 8 years and I could barely walk up a hill! Luckily, the answer to my frustration came a few weeks later.

 

Foundation Training allows us to get rid of pain by bringing our bodies back into natural balance. I’ve long been fascinated by the human body – how we move and the science behind it. After my degree in Sport Science I decided that I wanted to be able to help people get the most out of their bodies and I qualified as a Personal Trainer. It quickly became apparent, however, that although we could get people looking fitter, I wasn’t convinced that we were helping our clients create genuine long term improvements. It worried me that so many clients showed up in pain; were the techniques we had been equipped with as PTs actually causing damage?

 

Ironically, I’d been suffering from lower back pain, sciatica and sore hips for 8 years too. I’d been trying to get stronger through gym work but my pain was getting worse. ‘This isn’t working for me so why would it be working for others’ – I needed to do my own research. I dug deep into the scientific literature, postural analysis and attended injury prevention courses, but there was still something missing.

 

While in conversation with my Mother, a sports massage therapist, she mentioned that an associate had come across Foundation Training and achieved a positive result. We looked up Foundation Training and watched Eric Goodman’s Ted Talk. Dr Goodman was clearly explaining a completely different approach, and his personal story of pain relief, having been advised that spinal fusion surgery was his only option, but eliminating his pain in a year, was impressive. I was intrigued. I tried the Founder exercise and felt muscles working that I’d never felt before – this was definitely different!

 

I read Eric’s books, practiced the exercises diligently, and within weeks I was pain free. Then I went to New York to get certified thinking I would tick a box and get the qualification to use alongside my Personal Training. I was wrong. The course blew my mind, it made the anatomy and biomechanics I’d studied suddenly fit together and I knew this was something I could teach people to relieve their pain too.

 

I‘ve been teaching Foundation Training full time since 2015 with clients from around the world…17 countries and counting – from Ireland to Indonesia and Norway to Nigeria. I travelled to the United States on several occasions to learn directly from Dr Goodman and I’m the first Level 2 certified instructor in Europe. Here in the UK I also enjoy supporting other instructors to build their businesses and develop their teaching skills – we have a great team.

 

Every single client we work with offers an opportunity to learn something new. Teaching a wide variety of people means our instruction and knowledge base continue to improve and evolve as we look to find the best for each individual.

 

I know from personal experience that being in pain affects every aspect of your life and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to do what I do. Teaching people (like Jane) to relieve their pain is extremely rewarding and something I will never tire of.

 

Jane, “Foundation Training has completely changed my life. I cannot express my gratitude to Mora for her expert tuition. My personal story is all too common, working long hours at a desk-based job suffering with an achy back but just putting up with it until the inevitable happened – I suffered a really bad disk bulge (L4-L5). I honestly thought “This is it, I am never going to be pain free again, every movement hurts and this is going to be life until the day I die”. Wrong. My chiropractor recommended I went to see Mora and over time she helped to actually pull my body out of pain. I know this sounds crazy, but it is true. My mobility has improved so much, I am now 100% pain free and this is because of Foundation Training…”

Mora

Director
Mora head shot_square
My Story

Being in pain affects every aspect of your life. After breaking my ankle in 2014, I struggled to regain my fitness. I did what the physios told me, but my body still felt wonky. I remember walking in the Scottish hills and saying to my mum, that it felt like my hip wasn’t being held in the socket. I was in agony and I had to take pain killers to make it to the top (not something I’d recommend anyone to do now). I was 26, a Personal Trainer, I’d been studying the human body for 8 years and I could barely walk up a hill! Luckily, the answer to my frustration came a few weeks later.

 

Foundation Training allows us to get rid of pain by bringing our bodies back into natural balance. I’ve long been fascinated by the human body – how we move and the science behind it. After my degree in Sport Science I decided that I wanted to be able to help people get the most out of their bodies and I qualified as a Personal Trainer. It quickly became apparent, however, that although we could get people looking fitter, I wasn’t convinced that we were helping our clients create genuine long term improvements. It worried me that so many clients showed up in pain; were the techniques we had been equipped with as PTs actually causing damage?

 

Ironically, I’d been suffering from lower back pain, sciatica and sore hips for 8 years too. I’d been trying to get stronger through gym work but my pain was getting worse. ‘This isn’t working for me so why would it be working for others’ – I needed to do my own research. I dug deep into the scientific literature, postural analysis and attended injury prevention courses, but there was still something missing.

 

While in conversation with my Mother, a sports massage therapist, she mentioned that an associate had come across Foundation Training and achieved a positive result. We looked up Foundation Training and watched Eric Goodman’s Ted Talk. Dr Goodman was clearly explaining a completely different approach, and his personal story of pain relief, having been advised that spinal fusion surgery was his only option, but eliminating his pain in a year, was impressive. I was intrigued. I tried the Founder exercise and felt muscles working that I’d never felt before – this was definitely different!

 

I read Eric’s books, practiced the exercises diligently, and within weeks I was pain free. Then I went to New York to get certified thinking I would tick a box and get the qualification to use alongside my Personal Training. I was wrong. The course blew my mind, it made the anatomy and biomechanics I’d studied suddenly fit together and I knew this was something I could teach people to relieve their pain too.

 

I‘ve been teaching Foundation Training full time since 2015 with clients from around the world…17 countries and counting – from Ireland to Indonesia and Norway to Nigeria. I travelled to the United States on several occasions to learn directly from Dr Goodman and I’m the first Level 2 certified instructor in Europe. Here in the UK I also enjoy supporting other instructors to build their businesses and develop their teaching skills – we have a great team.

 

Every single client we work with offers an opportunity to learn something new. Teaching a wide variety of people means our instruction and knowledge base continue to improve and evolve as we look to find the best for each individual.

 

I know from personal experience that being in pain affects every aspect of your life and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to do what I do. Teaching people (like Jane) to relieve their pain is extremely rewarding and something I will never tire of.

 

Jane, “Foundation Training has completely changed my life. I cannot express my gratitude to Mora for her expert tuition. My personal story is all too common, working long hours at a desk-based job suffering with an achy back but just putting up with it until the inevitable happened – I suffered a really bad disk bulge (L4-L5). I honestly thought “This is it, I am never going to be pain free again, every movement hurts and this is going to be life until the day I die”. Wrong. My chiropractor recommended I went to see Mora and over time she helped to actually pull my body out of pain. I know this sounds crazy, but it is true. My mobility has improved so much, I am now 100% pain free and this is because of Foundation Training…”

Qualifications
  • BSc (First Class Hons) Applied Sports Science
    (Edinburgh University – 2012)
  • Foundation Training Level 2 Certificate
    (Boulder, USA – June 2019)
  • Anatomy Trains Fascial Dissection Livestream
    (Online – April 2020)
  • Anatomy Trains in Motion
    (Copenhagen – June 2017)
  • Foundation Training Level 1 Certificate
    (New York, USA – October 2015)
  • Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercise Instructor
    (Premier Training, 2015)
  • Level 1 Strength and Conditioning
    (KBT, 2015)
  • Level 3 Personal Training
    (Fitness Education Academy, 2014)
Contact Information

Email: mora@ftinstructors.co.uk

Phone: 07851237891

Kat

Assistant Director
Kat head shot_square
Qualifications
  • BN Adult Nursing
    (Robert Gordon’s University – 2016)
  • Foundation Training Level 1 Certification
    (Santa Barbara, USA – September 2017)
  • Anatomy Trains Fascial Dissection Livestream
    (Online – April 2020)
Contact Information

Email: kat@ftinstructors.co.uk

Phone: 07525728011

My Story

At the age of 19 I had horrific knee injuries, snapping both my ACLs (Anterior Cruciate Ligaments). Choosing not to go for surgical reconstruction I worked with physios and many other movement therapists to try to regain stability and strength. Even though this is the recommended route for ACL rehabilitation, I was unable to build enough stability to return to my previously active lifestyle. I now saw myself as an injured person who would always have limits.

 

After returning from her certification in October 2015, Mora introduced me to Foundation Training. Initially it didn’t occur to me that this would be any different from the other movement therapies I had already tried, but as it interested me I practiced regularly with Mora. Quite quickly I realised that I was becoming more stable and stronger than I had been in years. I began to run again and the limits I had, became less and less as my confidence grew with my body and its ability to support itself.  My biggest achievement was that in March 2017 I finally returned to skiing which was something I was told I would never be strong enough to do again.

 

Having been through this long journey, I wanted to be able to help others do the same, so in September 2017 I travelled to Santa Barbara to complete the instructor certification. As a qualified nurse, I have a background in anatomy and physiology but with the help of Foundation Training and the amazing team, I now understand the body in a whole new light. Now I am loving every minute sharing this work with great clients by aiding them to become stronger, more stable, more confident and enjoy finding new potential every day.

 

Since then however I have had to opt for reconstruction surgery on my left knee due to accidental injury. Returning from injury is always a long process but with my previous experience and new found knowledge, I have managed to rehabilitate using Foundation Training. Surgery disrupts the body and it has been a fascinating process to use this method to build back to full strength whilst keeping the body balanced and pain free. Foundation Training, for me, has been a gateway to taking control of injury and has given me the perfect rehabilitation to bring myself back to full strength and ability. Despite having endured these injuries and having to rehabilitate multiple times, I can confidently say that Foundation Training has been the essential tool to not just recover but get back to my active lifestyle!

Kat

Assistant Director
Kat head shot_square
My Story

At the age of 19 I had horrific knee injuries, snapping both my ACLs (Anterior Cruciate Ligaments). Choosing not to go for surgical reconstruction I worked with physios and many other movement therapists to try to regain stability and strength. Even though this is the recommended route for ACL rehabilitation, I was unable to build enough stability to return to my previously active lifestyle. I now saw myself as an injured person who would always have limits.

 

After returning from her certification in October 2015, Mora introduced me to Foundation Training. Initially it didn’t occur to me that this would be any different from the other movement therapies I had already tried, but as it interested me I practiced regularly with Mora. Quite quickly I realised that I was becoming more stable and stronger than I had been in years. I began to run again and the limits I had, became less and less as my confidence grew with my body and its ability to support itself.  My biggest achievement was that in March 2017 I finally returned to skiing which was something I was told I would never be strong enough to do again.

 

Having been through this long journey, I wanted to be able to help others do the same, so in September 2017 I travelled to Santa Barbara to complete the instructor certification. As a qualified nurse, I have a background in anatomy and physiology but with the help of Foundation Training and the amazing team, I now understand the body in a whole new light. Now I am loving every minute sharing this work with great clients by aiding them to become stronger, more stable, more confident and enjoy finding new potential every day.

 

Since then however I have had to opt for reconstruction surgery on my left knee due to accidental injury. Returning from injury is always a long process but with my previous experience and new found knowledge, I have managed to rehabilitate using Foundation Training. Surgery disrupts the body and it has been a fascinating process to use this method to build back to full strength whilst keeping the body balanced and pain free. Foundation Training, for me, has been a gateway to taking control of injury and has given me the perfect rehabilitation to bring myself back to full strength and ability. Despite having endured these injuries and having to rehabilitate multiple times, I can confidently say that Foundation Training has been the essential tool to not just recover but get back to my active lifestyle!

Qualifications
  • BN Adult Nursing
    (Robert Gordon’s University – 2016)
  • Foundation Training Level 1 Certification
    (Santa Barbara, USA – September 2017)
  • Anatomy Trains Fascial Dissection Livestream
    (Online – April 2020)
Contact Information

Email: kat@ftinstructors.co.uk

Phone: 07525728011

George

Senior Instructor
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Qualifications
  • Foundation Training Level 1
    (Santa Barbara, USA – September 2016)
  • MEng Mechanical and Offshore Engineering
    (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen – 2012)
Contact Information

Email: george@ftinstructors.co.uk

Phone: 07307896176

My Story

I began Foundation Training in 2016 after it was recommended by a friend. I was suffering with recurring lower back and sciatic pain and I contacted Mora for some sessions. As a very active cyclist my back pain was stopping me being able to enjoy what I love doing. After only two sessions I really began to connect with Foundation Training and as a result began to see and feel the changes in my body. It started as a solution to resolve my back problem but I also began to see a huge improvements in my performance on the bike. By adding in Foundation Training to my regular schedule I noticed my endurance, power output and recovery all improve dramatically. I was so impressed with the results that I went to California in September 2016 to do my instructor certification.

 

I have also suffered other injuries in the past, for example, when I was 15 I injured my knee mountain boarding and ended up having to get surgery to reconstruct my ACL and repair meniscus damage. Following the surgery I struggled with localised pain and I couldn’t play any sports that required me to run as my knee would flare up. Once I’d been practicing Foundation Training for two years I felt strong enough to try running again. Initially I encountered some setbacks due to poor technique and footwear but as I began to refine both I gradually built up the distance. I now run regularly in barefoot shoes and have completed several half marathon trail runs with no knee pain at all.

 

I am a very motivated person and have worked hard to develop my knowledge and understanding of Foundation Training, both for my own use and as an instructor, since the certification. Going forward, I plan to continue my education in areas that I feel will compliment Foundation Training to ensure that I am always providing the best possible advice to my clients.

George

Senior Instructor
George head shot_square
My Story

I began Foundation Training in 2016 after it was recommended by a friend. I was suffering with recurring lower back and sciatic pain and I contacted Mora for some sessions. As a very active cyclist my back pain was stopping me being able to enjoy what I love doing. After only two sessions I really began to connect with Foundation Training and as a result began to see and feel the changes in my body. It started as a solution to resolve my back problem but I also began to see a huge improvements in my performance on the bike. By adding in Foundation Training to my regular schedule I noticed my endurance, power output and recovery all improve dramatically. I was so impressed with the results that I went to California in September 2016 to do my instructor certification.

 

I have also suffered other injuries in the past, for example, when I was 15 I injured my knee mountain boarding and ended up having to get surgery to reconstruct my ACL and repair meniscus damage. Following the surgery I struggled with localised pain and I couldn’t play any sports that required me to run as my knee would flare up. Once I’d been practicing Foundation Training for two years I felt strong enough to try running again. Initially I encountered some setbacks due to poor technique and footwear but as I began to refine both I gradually built up the distance. I now run regularly in barefoot shoes and have completed several half marathon trail runs with no knee pain at all.

 

I am a very motivated person and have worked hard to develop my knowledge and understanding of Foundation Training, both for my own use and as an instructor, since the certification. Going forward, I plan to continue my education in areas that I feel will compliment Foundation Training to ensure that I am always providing the best possible advice to my clients.

Qualifications
  • Foundation Training Level 1
    (Santa Barbara, USA – September 2016)
  • MEng Mechanical and Offshore Engineering
    (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen – 2012)
Contact Information

Email: george@ftinstructors.co.uk

Phone: 07307896176

Isla

Assistant Instructor
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My Story

From a young age dance was a big part of my life and I went on to train professionally at one of the UK’s leading Contemporary Dance School’s, graduating in 2011. I struggled with chronic injury throughout my training and despite multiple weekly visits to numerous different therapists, I still spent years feeling trapped and restricted by the continuous pain I was unable to shift.

 

When my twin sister, Mora, returned from her first Foundation Training Certification we felt that this may finally be a tool to help me. I worked hard with Foundation Training and it took a while due to deeply engrained patterns of movement from dance. The process, though. taught me a huge amount about myself and my body and I finally started taking positive steps forward.

 

I am now fully confident in the benefit of Foundation Training, and completed the Instructor Certification in 2017. Although not my main job, I love helping Mora and Kat with workshops, covering classes when I can and continuing to spread the word.

Carol

Affiliated Instructor
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Qualifications
  • Soft Tissue Therapist Level 5 MISRM
    (London School Sports Massage – 2018)
  • Foundation Training Level 1 Certification
    (Bournemouth September 2019)
Contact Information

Email: info@bodygoodtherapies.com

Phone: 07811388339

Web: www.bodygoodtherapies.com

My Story

In 2018 I found myself the mum to two grown daughters, in a job that no longer gave me purpose and looking after a husband who was recovering from a heart attack.

 

I wanted to do something that motivated me to get up in the morning and that would provide me with a sense of purpose. I have always had a lifelong passion for sports so I decided to study Soft Tissue Therapy under the expert guidance of Mel Cash at the London School of Massage.

 

I loved learning about the body, anatomy and physiology. Helping people get out of pain was so rewarding. But, there is always a but! I kept noticing that my clients would keep coming back with the same problems. Despite treatment and rehabilitation exercises, the same problem would often return.

 

I knew I needed to find something that would solve this problem. I myself had had chronic shoulder and hip pain and suffered for many years with carpal tunnel syndrome. I had tried physio, osteopathy and chiropractors. None of these approaches had offered any lasting improvements. Even surgery on both hands to alleviate my carpal tunnel hadn’t worked. I had actually got pretty good at ignoring my own pain.

 

My twin sister Helen started to tell me about this amazing class she has started attending in Elgin with Kat Ross. Helen had suffered with horrendous shoulder problems, both shoulders had ‘frozen’ at the same time. She told me that I had to learn how to teach Foundation Training. I was introduced to Kat and the rest they say is history.

 

I was lucky enough to be on the first certification held in the UK. This was the missing piece of the puzzle. With a huge amount for support from Kat and Mora I have conquered so much of my own pain, improved my own teaching and understanding of biomechanics. Being part of Foundation Training Instructors UK means that the learning doesn’t stop!

 

I am now working with clients who have chronic problems such as scoliosis, degenerative disc disease and spondylarthritis. Seeing the benefits of how they practice Foundation Training is rewarding and mostly such a relief for them.

Carol

Affiliated Instructor
Carol head shot_square
My Story

In 2018 I found myself the mum to two grown daughters, in a job that no longer gave me purpose and looking after a husband who was recovering from a heart attack.

 

I wanted to do something that motivated me to get up in the morning and that would provide me with a sense of purpose. I have always had a lifelong passion for sports so I decided to study Soft Tissue Therapy under the expert guidance of Mel Cash at the London School of Massage.

 

I loved learning about the body, anatomy and physiology. Helping people get out of pain was so rewarding. But, there is always a but! I kept noticing that my clients would keep coming back with the same problems. Despite treatment and rehabilitation exercises, the same problem would often return.

 

I knew I needed to find something that would solve this problem. I myself had had chronic shoulder and hip pain and suffered for many years with carpal tunnel syndrome. I had tried physio, osteopathy and chiropractors. None of these approaches had offered any lasting improvements. Even surgery on both hands to alleviate my carpal tunnel hadn’t worked. I had actually got pretty good at ignoring my own pain.

 

My twin sister Helen started to tell me about this amazing class she has started attending in Elgin with Kat Ross. Helen had suffered with horrendous shoulder problems, both shoulders had ‘frozen’ at the same time. She told me that I had to learn how to teach Foundation Training. I was introduced to Kat and the rest they say is history.

 

I was lucky enough to be on the first certification held in the UK. This was the missing piece of the puzzle. With a huge amount for support from Kat and Mora I have conquered so much of my own pain, improved my own teaching and understanding of biomechanics. Being part of Foundation Training Instructors UK means that the learning doesn’t stop!

 

I am now working with clients who have chronic problems such as scoliosis, degenerative disc disease and spondylarthritis. Seeing the benefits of how they practice Foundation Training is rewarding and mostly such a relief for them.

Qualifications
  • Soft Tissue Therapist Level 5 MISRM
    (London School Sports Massage – 2018)
  • Foundation Training Level 1 Certification
    (Bournemouth September 2019)
Contact Information

Email: info@bodygoodtherapies.com

Phone: 07811388339

Web: www.bodygoodtherapies.com