Get to know me and the team

If I had to give myself a job title I’d claim “Wellness Warrior for all things Woman” – but that doesn’t roll of the tongue well, let alone fit on a business card!

Actually I am a lover/partner/girlfriend (whatever romantic attachment you’re comfortable with) and Mummy first and then most of the rest of the time I’m busy doing my ‘day-job’.  But to me working with women, coaching and guiding women to optimum health and wellness isn’t a job at all…it’s my life’s work.

And I love it.

For me though ‘optimum health and wellness’ isn’t just about fitness, exercise and weight loss.  Health for me is complex.  It’s a balancing act which includes both physical AND mental health.

Counsellor and Somatic (body) Psychotherapist

I want to reach women wherever they are on the their rollercoaster journey with lives to help them find themselves and fulfil their unrealised potential.

In my work I see how trauma presents in different ways and for different women.  Sometimes it is stored viscerally in the body.  Other times it shows up in distressing thoughts, memories or behaviours.  I work holistically with however your trauma presents to work through it.

I want to be able to take each woman by the hand and show her the way to a healthier, more evenly balanced life, where an arbitrary number isn’t the ultimate goal. I strive to help women figure out what their deepest needs and wants are, and then walk beside them as they make the little (or big) steps they need to take to get there.

I am an educator and a guide, but you are the expert in your life.

In my career before kids (BK) I worked in Corporate HR where leadership and career coaching was very much part of world.  I operated in a world where the creation and management of culture change was my bread and butter.  I help organisations and people create and sustain change.

And then I had children!

Movement specialist

I have “enjoyed” a rocky-road to wellness throughout my life. It wasn’t until I had my two children that my perspective shifted and my passion for health and wellness became the essence of who I am.

I have obsessively trained twice a day every day to complete a triathlon. I have spent months eating for two and over-indulging on Cadbury’s Dairy Milk whilst coming to terms with motherhood, sleepless nights and cracked nipples. I have dragged myself to the gym and skipped to the swimming pool. I have run to keep sane, to think and to escape my crazy, out of balance life.

I have broken my foot. I have held a Victorian State Record for 800m freestyle and won the same event at Nationals. I have had bilateral hip surgery (three times!) and I am (always) in the process of making a comeback!

My life challenges me on a daily basis.  I have two beautiful children of my own body, three step-children and a wonderful man who I do messy, fun, ‘Brady Bunch’ life with.  I have an ex-husband and a dead husband.

I know emotional abuse, feelings of being trapped, loss and grief.

I know joy, peace and true love.

I get that life doesn’t always go according to plan.

I have a grand vision to reach out and heal women.  I have deep-rooted stretch goals and I promise to support and challenge you in equal measure.

I believe in…

♥  I believe in strong women, who thrive when uplifted and supported by other likeminded women, truly connected to their feminine rhythm and intuition.

♥  I believe in asking questions, developing knowledge and above all wisdom.

♥  I believe in the power of gratitude, love, passion, kindness and mostly just honouring the good in everyone.

♥  I believe the glass is always half full, even when it doesn’t feel like it.  Sometimes we just need to step back, be guided and see our situation through a different lens.  We were all put on this earth uniquely imperfect to ride out whatever waves are sent our way.  It’s not always easy, but with a transformed perspective it’s possible to see the silver-lining in even the stormiest skies.

♥  I believe that a proper cup of tea, the right circle and a whole lot of sharing and laughing, can solve most problems.

And, I believe in you.

The team:

Jacqui (Jac) Toohey

I help women to build strong, healthy minds, bodies & habits so that their strongest, fittest and healthiest years are ahead of them not behind them.

I’m a mum of 3 (big kids), 2 spoodles and 1 husband 😉 and I’m slightly addicted to a daily endorphin hit, and a good strong latte.

I may scoop spoonfuls of roasted crunchy peanut butter straight out of the jar & I definitely finish each day with a couple of squares of 90% Lindt dark chocolate.

I have always enjoyed running but didn’t run in an organised running event until Hamish (our youngest) was one (2005) … then I was hooked.

I live in active wear, I’m very happy that runners are the new stiletto, and that sneakers & skirts is a look.

I’m an introvert at heart and need time alone to recharge my batteries and fill my cup BUT I love the sense of community that training alongside others creates.

What I DON’T believe in or sell is quick fixes, fad diets, 4-week shreds or bikini bodies and there is no such thing AS ONE SIZE FITS ALL – everyBODY is unique and what works for one does not mean it will work for all.

What I DO believe is that being well is so much more than a weight, a look, how lean you are, how fast you run or how much you can lift.

True wellbeing is working on your head & your heart as well as your body. Wellbeing is built on the inside and shines on the outside.

Now you know a bit more about us and why we do what we do, we would love to connect with you.