1) Why did you start your business?
I specialised as a women’s health physiotherapist in 2003 when I worked in central London both in the NHS and privately until I had my first baby in 2015 and second two years later. With little people to look after life changed (a lot!). I realised I wanted to work closer to home but I also wanted more freedom and autonomy to offer women what I am passionate about – top class pelvic health physiotherapy – both in the comfort of their own home as well as in a clinical setting. I also wanted to take what I knew and bring it into daily life, making it more accessible for women to access important health messages but in a more light hearted and fun way through things like workshops.
2) What do you love about running your own independent business?
I love being my own boss and having the freedom to practice what I’m passionate about in many different ways whether that’s through one to one appointments, classes, workshops or through joint ventures with other professionals passionate about women’s wellness. The flexibility that having your own business brings is so handy when you have young children too.
3) What is your favourite product or service and why?
It’s so hard to choose my favourite service as I’d say that all of them are really important to me in one way or another. Having had children recently I think the postnatal MOT is one service I’m particularly passionate about and one which I think is just essential to restore confidence and function, regardless of how long ago you had your children! Being able to treat women with pelvic floor dysfunctions such as a prolapse, leaky bladder or bowels in order to avoid the need for medication or surgery is something I find super rewarding too. Those are such common issues yet are still so taboo and there’s so much that can be done as a women’s/pelvic health physio, so being able to fly that flag and make a difference is amazing!
4) Let’s spread the indie love, name some other independent businesses you support.
There are lots of independent businesses I support – @helenbashfordyoga @effie_and_ros @thelovelywellnesscompany @thrive_beyond to name a few
5) Which is your favourite social media platform and why?
I’d say my favourite social media platform has to be Instagram – now that I’ve finally joined! It’s such a great place to make new connections with brilliant people all supporting each other whilst providing a fabulous platform to educate and spread the word about all things women’s health.
A big thank you to Claire for sharing her story. Please continue to support all the #incredibleindependents out there and do check Claire out if you or someone you know needs some top class pelvic health physiotherapy. She will be able to advise you and give you the support you need!