BSc(Hons), pgCertEd, AFHT
Hi! I'm Michelle Cornish and I am a qualified personal trainer of 22 years and have held a BSc(Hons) in Exercise Science since 2005 and a Diploma in Sports Therapy since 2010. My experience in the fitness industry has included working in both commercial, corporate and sports facilities progressing from fitness instructor to personal trainer and a premium health club chain as fitness manager responsible for fitness and group exercise provision. I moved into education from an early age, training others to become fitness professionals at a further education college and then private training companies, including for the past 10 years, my own training company, Fit4Training.
After having my first child, Harry in August 2011, I personally became more interested in working with pregnant women and new Mums as I knew this population was massively under-served in the health and fitness industry. 'Mummy Movers' was born in February 2012. and successfully ran regular exercise classes in Telford, Shropshire specifically for new Mums who could being their babies along too.
This naturally evolved into working with more pregnant women, and Mums who were many months, even years postnatal and I felt exercise alone wasn't utilising all my skills and knowledge in soft tissue therapy and rehabilitation to its full potential to help women regain confidence as well as physical and mental well-being.
During 2018, I educated myself further, researched, and re-qualified in many specific areas of women's health and fitness in order to offer women more specialist services. My new skills, knowledge and offerings then evolved my business into it's re-launch and name change in April 2019. This was the beginning of Willow!
My passion for working with women continues to grow and I now work with a whole range of women from before pregnancy, through to the peri and post-menopausal period supporting them through appropriate exercise, nutrition, lifestyle modifications and self-care in order to optimise core, pelvic floor and overall health and wellbeing.
Since the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, Willow has been providing online services to women internationally!
I'm also currently pregnant with my third child, due 7th December 2021.
Here is a list of my relevant qualifications/training/accreditations;
BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (2005)
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (2007)
Sports Rehab & Education - Sports Therapy Diploma (2010)
Advanced Pregnancy Wellness Practitioner (2019)
3rd Age Woman - Peri to Post-Menopausal certification (including Breast cancer survivorship) (2020)
The Perinatal Athlete (2019)
Pelvic Freedom and Flow (2019)
SNATCH - A Female-Inclusive Approach to Kettlebell Training (2019)
Working With The Pre/Post Natal Client Outdoors Global Certification (April 2018)
Immunity Nutrition (2020)
Level 3 Designing Exercise Programme for the Pre and Postnatal Client (2007)
Level 3 Pilates Matwork (2012)
Level 3 Teaching Yoga (2012)
Level 3 Personal Training (2000, then re-certificated in 2010)
Member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists - Membership number: 203474
Insured with Insure 4 Sport
Pregnancy Massage (The Association of Independent Professional Therapists International)
Level 2 Exercise to Music (2001)
Level 2 Teaching Physical Activity to Children (0-5 years) (2008)
My recent CPD training:
Birth Healing Summit (April 2018 and April 2020)
Women on Fire Conference (April 2018)
Diane Lee - Treating Women with Pelvic Girdle Pain, Urinary Incontinence, Pelvic Organ Prolapse and/or Diastasis Rectus Abdominus (July 2018)
Stop The Menopause Madness Summit (2020)
The Jing Method: Online Consultation (2020)
Diastsis Discussion with Antony Lo, Diane Lee, Grainne Donnelly and Mudira Hudani (July 2021)
Current and Upcoming Training and CPD
Optimal Health after Hysterectomy
Optimal Nutrition for Postnatal Healing
Cancer Awareness Level 1