Sally has a passion for helping women exercise to help them reach weight loss and fitness goals and to provide pelvic floor safe exercise programs for women with a weak pelvic floor/bladder - due to childbirth, family history etc. or for those recovering from any pelvic surgery and to maintain bone strength for osteoporosis prevention (and to relieve the symptoms of menopause).
Sally Thompson is a personal trainer who has a special interest in The Pelvic Floor. Sally is determined to help other women experience the benefits of exercise while protecting and strengthening their Pelvic Floor so they do not encounter the same weak pelvic floor issues as she did. Here is her personal story and the reason why she changed her career direction.
Sally Thompson is a mother of two young boys, who over the past two years has suffered terribly from stress incontinence. Sally has always exercised, played various sports, competed in many triathlons, and now post babies - has been concentrating on ½ marathons. After her second child she suffered from post-natal depression, stopped exercising, gained weight and lost a lot of self confidence. A year ago (her children were 2 and 4) she took steps to get her life back on track. She went back to the gym, exercised five days a week, started eating properly and entered the Sydney ½ Marathon. Eight months later Sally had lost 17kgs, had done every gym class available, had lifted, pushed and pulled every weight in the gym and completed the ½ marathon in a time faster than ever expected. Post race, she went to the Physio because of a knee injury – it was there that she learnt from her Physiotherapist (who happened to be a Women’s Health Physio) that finishing a race with urine in your socks was not normal, and not a just a sign of a weak pelvic floor but a warning sign that her extremely weak pelvic floor needed urgent attention.
Sally holds a BAppSc(Health Education) and was amazed that with her professional background in Health Education and long time personal obsession with exercise, that she did not know, what she should have known about the pelvic floor and exercise. Sally needed to know more about protecting her pelvic floor during exercise, the importance of continual strengthening of the pelvic floor and that leaking urine – when you cough, sneeze, jump or run is not normal or ok. It is also not the price you pay because of having children – and most importantly that there is something that can be done about it. It is from this experience that Sally has now qualified as a personal trainer and is providing Pelvic Floor Safe Personal Training so other women don’t suffer in the same way she has.
Sally is now on the road to recovery. She can now run a ‘dry’ 6km can cough, and laugh (most of the time..) without a little accident – and is working up to coping with a sneeze. She will NEVER do star jumps or go near a skipping rope again. Sally now understands the importance of daily Pelvic Floor exercises. They have been crucial to her recovery.
Sally's Pelvic Floor Safe Personal Training:
All Sally's programs are Pelvic Floor Safe and are specifically designed and tailored to meet individuals needs and goals.
You can join a small group, come with one or some friends or have private one on one sessions.
Please call to chat about what is best for you and which training option is most suitable. Some people like small groups but others would prefer a more one on one private scenario.
Sally's classes are at Darnley Oval and FunFit in Gordon and operates a mobile service for the Upper North Shore.
Sally also provides 'one off' sessions for women who would like pelvic floor safe exercise instruction and confirmation that they are correctly identifying and exercising their pelvic floor.
Sally also provides 'one off' sessions for women and their personal trainer to provide information on pelvic floor safe exercises that can be implemented into current exercise programs. Sally understands how important your relationship with your personal trainer can be but this information can be tricky to address and talk about. The main aim of this session is so you and your trainer understand how you can exercise safely without causing your pelvic floor any or further damage.
Cert 111 and Cert 1V Personal Trainer
Strength and Conditioning
Applied First Aid (Senior First Aid)
Consumer Representative on the Pelvic Floor Fitness Project working group coordinated by the Continence Foundation