Welcome to Episode 14 of Blossom for Each Day Podcast. I am excited to share with you ‘Pilates, Physiotherapy & Business with the Owner of Body Lab, Kate Mcgillivray’.
Kate grew up wanting to be a classical ballerina, however after a huge spin of events (everything happens for a reason), she ended up on the path of Pilates & Physiotherapy. Her work ethic, energy and positivity shines in all she does, from owning and managing her studio, Body Lab in Armadale Melbourne, to flying around the world with the Australian Gymnastics Team, to her recent adventure of becoming a mother.
Since 2008, Kate has worked extensively at the elite level and is the current Senior Physiotherapist for the Australian Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Team. Kate is currently working as consultant Sports Physiotherapist at the Victorian Institute of Sport as part of their performance services team. Her extensive elite level experience also includes medical management of dancers and athletes at the Victorian Institute of Sport, Diving Australia, Diving Victoria, The Australian Ballet and Tennis Australia. More recently Kate accompanied the Australian team on their successful 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games campaign, 2017 and 2018 World Gymnastics Championships and 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 World Cups.
We met when she first opened Body Lab in 2014, through my photography mentor, Ying Ang (thanks Ying!) We instantly clicked, and the images we captured in that first campaign are hugely used throughout Body Lab’s website & Mobile App. Body Lab is a clinical Pilates studio that also hosts Physiotherapy, Myothreapy and Pre-pointe dance assessments. They specilise in so many elements, with each instructor carefully picked and equally as passionate as Kate. Kate has adapted her passions in Pilates & Dance, and created an atmosphere of healing and wellness that is a beautiful mix of holistic and western medicine. When I am in the Lab, it has such a positive and happy atmosphere, the energy bounces off the walls and you are instantly taken on a journey to finding your strengths.
I adore working with Kate & her team, I feel a part of the Body Lab family!
In our conversation we discuss…
- How a tragic car accident when she was a teenager shaped her career
- Ho Body Lab has adapted during this time & created on online, On Demand platform
- How the classes & treatments are structured (there’s only 2 people in each class!)
- Her Sports Therapist experiences with the Australian Teams at the Commonwealth Games & World Cups
- How her training and experience in Pilates & Physiotherapy helped to prepare her for Motherhood
- & so much more… I hope you like our conversation <3
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