Okay mamas, this is one driven, dedicated lady and she’s new to the area so be sure to make her feel welcome. Lisa has put in years of training in physiotherapy, acupuncture and Pilates and she’s bringing her wealth of knowledge from the UK all the way to her new clinic in Pottsville, N.S.W. Her passion is helping others develop their core strength and get in tune with their bodies. She has worked with mums-to-be, mums and bubs, footy players and even at the Paralympic Games! Lisa is fulfilling her soul purpose, all the while being a mum to one gorgeous little girl. Keep it going Lisa, well done.
Tell us about your babe. My beautiful daughter Jessica is 2 years old and is quite a character – she is a very determined and strong willed young lady already! She definitely keeps us on our toes and is full of life but I wouldn’t change her for the world, she makes me laugh every day. She’s the best!
What do you see as your soul purpose? Helping others. I love helping others. Whether it’s through my work as a physio or just being there for a friend or someone in need. I think that’s what led me down the path of being a physio, was my desire to help others.
What do you love the most about:
Being a mama? Watching my daughter grow and learn. She amazes me every day with the things she does, whether it’s saying new words or working out how to climb the cargo net at the park! Every day she makes me smile.
Oh and the cuddles (or ‘duddles’ as they are now known in our house!) are to die for!
Pilates? The changes it makes to people lives – I am always amazed by the feedback people give me on the difference the classes makes to them, for example one lady I used to teach in the UK found that by doing Pilates with me once a week made a huge difference to her running (she ran marathons) and since starting my classes her running was pain free (she was suffering with back pain as she increased her mileage), if she ever missed a class she would notice the difference. Here in Australia I’m already getting lots of positive comments ranging from one lady finding she can reach up and get things out of her top cupboard in the kitchen now, to another who is now experiencing less knee pain following years of pain with osteoarthritis. I love the fact that Pilates is such a great form of exercise that anyone can do and it really does make a difference to how people move and feel.
Acupuncture? I love that Acupuncture can give people so many amazing effects – whether it be reducing their pain, reducing the amount of headaches someone is getting or even helping to turn a breech baby! The list of things it can do and I have seen it do for clients, is endless and I love the fact that I can offer this to people.
Physiotherapy? How diverse it is as a profession – as a physiotherapist you can work in Intensive care in a hospital, on a Sports field treating injured rugby players, in a rehab unit treating stroke or head injury clients, you can specialize in women’s health, neuro rehab, sporting injuries, you could go into research, you could become a lecturer, the career opportunities are endless. With my physiotherapy background it has allowed me to develop my skills in acupuncture, Pilates and sports first aid. It really is an amazing job with endless opportunities.
Working with other mamas? I love working with other mums. Whether it be as clients in my physio clinic or Pilates classes, or working with them as colleagues, I love sharing experiences of our kids and that understanding of hard things can be sometimes. It’s great to be able to share the highs and lows with other mums.
What made you move from the UK to Pottsville in Northern NSW?
The outdoor lifestyle. My husband is a keen surfer and I love being in the water, so when we had our daughter we both knew we would love to live in Australia and allow her the opportunity to grow up with the opportunity to have such an amazing outdoor lifestyle. We have friends who live in Pottsville, so when we visited when I was pregnant with my daughter, we realized what an amazing place it was. We thought, “lets go for it, let’s apply to emigrate” and 2 years later we are here! We haven’t looked back since.
I think my main struggle is the feeling of guilt that I often have. I often question what I am doing and think maybe I should be a stay at home mum and spend more time with my daughter but I have an amazing husband who totally supports me in everything I do and he has stepped up and taken on a lot of our childcare with Jessica.
I know I need to work and I need a challenge and I love my job. When I don’t work I am not happy! I work hard to try and get the balance right between not working too much but also having plenty of great quality time with my amazing family.
You need to realize that you will encounter failure on your journey and I love the quote: “Failure is not the opposite to success, it is part of success”. I remember when I read a book a few years back and it said a similar thing, it made me realize that it’s okay to fail. It’s the getting back up and keeping on that’s important. You learn from the things that don’t go right and that’s what will make you successful. Learn from your mistakes and make things better in the future. At the end of the day happiness is the most important thing. Are you really ‘successful’ if you are unhappy in your important high paying job and have a poor quality of life? I’d much rather be seen as unsuccessful but have an amazing happy life living in a beautiful place and spending great time with my family.
What have been your biggest successes and failures?
Migrating to Australia has been one of our biggest successes as a family. It has taken a lot of hard work and been a tough and emotional decision for us as a family, but it is definitely the best decision we have ever made. The lifestyle, the weather, the beautiful scenery, the people here, everything is just amazing and we still can’t believe how amazing everything here is. We still have to pinch ourselves sometimes!
As a physio my proudest moment would be working at the Paralympic Games in 2012. I worked at the Paralympic sailing village in Portsmouth and absolutely loved it.
What is the most important lesson you hope your babe learns from you?
Be kind to others and try to understand that you don’t know what is going on in someone else’s life. Even if you think you do, you can never understand how someone else is feeling unless you have walked in their shoes.
You’re stuck on a desert island with just u & your baby- pick five things you can bring with you.
- Family photo album – so we could go through and talk about everyone in the album
- Watering can (my daughters current favorite beach toy!)
- Stand up paddle board – me and Jessica could paddle round the island and have some fun!
- Bucket and spade (is that 2 things?!)
- My daughters Peppa Pig blanket to snuggle up under in the evenings (plus she is obsessed with Peppa pig!)
I never realized how much I could love someone! I know it may sound silly and a bit corny and I love my husband dearly but when Jessica was born I never knew you could love another person so much. More than I had ever loved anyone before. It’s amazing and quite scary at the same time!
What does it mean to be a woman in your family?
It means being a great mum. My mum and my Auntie Lorraine have both demonstrated to me how important it is to be a great mum. My mum used to take me and my sister swim training 6 days a week, taking us to training sessions at 6am in the morning, she really did so much for us and you never realize it at the time!
If you never had to work again what would you do with your time?
Work! I love my job and teaching Pilates. Even if I didn’t have to work I know I still would, but I would not work so much. I’d spend so much more time with my family, hanging out at the beach, going paddle boarding, spending time with friends, traveling to all the places we’d love to go to. But we love it here in Pottsville so much I doubt we’d feel the need to travel to far! I would also love to do more charity and volunteer work as I really do enjoy helping others.
If you could go back in time and tell yourself one thing before becoming a mama what would it be?
Don’t be so hard on yourself!
- Jenny Burrell – an awesome lady based in the UK who is a leading educator on Pregnancy and postnatal fitness – I’ve taken a lot from Jenny’s courses – she runs an awesome business online and her teaching is great.
- My sister Leanne – she’s always an inspiration to me. She’s so creative and talented, a calming influence on me and always there for me. She’s the best!
- My mum – she won’t believe this if she reads this but she has had a tough life in her early years but she has been a great mum to me and my sister.
- Dr Lauren Tober – another Byron based lady, a psychologist and yoga teacher – who runs a successful business and has set up ‘Capturing Gratitude’ – I love the idea of it and will be doing ‘Capturing gratitude’ 30days of photos of what you’re grateful for starting on 21st Sept http://www.laurentober.com/dr-lauren-tober.html
- Rachel Brathen She’s an amazing inspiration to other women – and awesome at yoga too! I love her Facebook and Instagram posts – not only does she post some great and inspiring yoga photos/videos but she often opens up about how she feels and the tough times she’s going through – and lets others know that life isn’t always as easy as it looks on the outside.
What gets you through the toughest days?
To be honest I don’t think I really have tough days – don’t get me wrong I have my low days and days when I think “Why am I doing this?” (running my own business etc) but I always think there are a lot of people out there in the world that have a hell of a lot harder life than I do. So me feeling a bit rubbish one day or missing my family back in the UK really isn’t a big deal. I have a happy healthy family, we live in an amazing place and we have some amazing friends and family to be grateful for. We are blessed with the life we have and I want to help others in whatever way I can to make sure their life is as good as it can be too.
For more information on Lisa and her wonderful clinic in Pottsville head to http://www.thepilatesseed.com liker her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LisaRushtonPhysio?fref=ts or follow her insta pics at https://instagram.com/physiolisa/