I am passionate and committed to supporting women, usually over 40, who might be struggling to manage the changes going on in their body, energy levels, and their life in general. I adopt a personalised approach with each woman, but always with the same ultimate goal – helping women to be mentally and physically confident and ready to enjoy the best years of their lives.
In my 30s and 40s, I coped well with the stresses of life.
Good nutrition and regular exercise helped me juggle life with young children and a career teaching Science in London secondary schools. My passion to help other women look after their own health grew all the stronger during these years, and I began working as a Nutritional Therapist and a Personal Trainer. My strongest interests always lay with the body and its optimum functioning.
But things changed when I entered my 50s
My nutrition and exercise regimes became less effective. Weight management and avoiding injury when exercising became issues. Menopause meant I had differing, more complex, needs and I focused on these. Over the years I completed further training to become a Massage Therapist, Pilates Instructor and a Breath Re-education instructor. I was fortunate in finding an excellent lifestyle coach who helped me understand my own mindset. I used this increased level of knowledge to develop an approach that reset my hormones, managed my weight and helped me really enjoy my life more.
Finally I qualified as a Women’s Coach – this really helped me focus on my interest in the particular concerns facing women. Coaching is a practical approach that encourages us to develop confidence, use our feminine energy (’soft power’), and to make lasting changes in our lives.
Coaching changed my life
I now use a coaching approach with all my clients. This is because in the past a woman would maybe come with her own perceived needs, but more complex needs invariably emerged. For example, with a woman asking for an exercise programme, it would emerge that she would also benefit from nutritional therapy. Or alternatively a woman who wanted nutritional change would become confident enough to begin exercising again. Sometimes we would come to realise that food or exercise was being used to cover for boundary and emotional issues such as ‘overwhelm’ or lack of purpose. I’ve therefore evolved my flexible coaching model. This employs my range of specialisms with one ultimate goal – to enhance the individual woman’s physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing to help her enjoy the best years of her life.
Here's what some of my clients experienced working with me:
'Each week, I felt I was rediscovering the me I’d thought was lost. With each power type, it was like meeting an old and special friend I’d lost touch with. I rediscovered what I need and how to prioritise my needs, even in the difficult situation I found myself in. I’d expected to do some general planning and working out what I wanted to do with myself in my post-work life, but I’ve been able to make real changes in the here and now, as well as working through what I want and need for the future. I’ve even managed to change the way I approach my caring role. I’ve made changes, I’m planning more and I don’t feel guilty. I’ve even made some changes relating to how I interact with my family, which wasn’t even something I’d planned to cover in my sessions.
My future is no longer something that will start at some undefined point in the future when I’m free of my current responsibilities, it’s already started and I’ve got my mojo back.' Maria Cox, Semi-retired Manager
"When I started my sessions with Loliya, I’d hit a crossroads in my life. I was unhappy in my job, had lost the balance between home and work, and knew I needed a change, but couldn’t find the head space to know which direction to take. I had convinced myself that I had to choose between sticking with a sector that I love, or my wellbeing. I had grown to believe that I couldn’t have both.
Five months on from my first session with Loliya, I’m in a new job which I love. I’ve re-found old hobbies that I’d lost years before. I have more time for myself and my family, and I feel so much better equipped to be able to deal with the ups and downs of life. I don’t feel the pressure of needing to be superwoman all the time, constantly juggling work and home, I’m just happy being me." Rachel, NHS Director