Hi. I am Louisa Thomas, a movement teacher, myofascial release practitioner and mum of 3.
My love of yoga and movement began in 2003, on a trip to India when I sampled my first yoga class. Humbled and shocked by how such seemingly simple movements challenged my body - and my mind - I was immediately hooked. Yoga has been an important part of my life ever since. I completed my first yoga teacher training course in 2007, in Kerala. India.
My journey into the world of core rehabilitation began after the birth of my first son, in 2012. Shortly after his birth I was diagnosed with a diastasis-recti. I was told by numerous healthcare providers the injury was too severe to heal without surgery, and that efforts to do so would be a waste of time.
Terrified by the prospect of surgery, I set out on a quest for information, support and healing. The journey was frustrating, confusing and slow, but it led me to the transformative practice of Pilates, and eventually to the Restore Your Core® programme.
After having 3 children in less than 4 years, I worked diligently through RYC® and was amazed to see my diastasis heal completely. Determined to share this groundbreaking programme with others who had faced the same lack of support and information as me, in 2017 I became just 10 people certified to teach RYC®. Since then I have had the incredible privilege of supporting hundreds of women (and men!) on their healing journey, both in 1-1 sessions and through group classes. In 2017 I became director of education for RYC®, and have the incredible job of supporting training and existing RYC® teachers worldwide.
My fascination of fascia began in 2018, when I embarked on a year-long fascial anatomy training. Awed by the web of intelligence that lies just beneath the skin, I completed my diploma in myofascial release in 2019, later specialising in myofacial release for pelvic health.
In 2022 I created and launched The Belly Reset, a course that aims to rebalance the the abdomen, reduce bloating and improve the appearance of the belly through exercise, nutrition, self-taught myofascial release and relaxation.
As a busy mum of three, my ‘leisure’ time is mostly spent at the side of a football pitch or swimming pool. I live in the beautiful village of Bardsey-cum-Rigton, West Yorkshire, and enjoy daily walks in the Yorkshire countryside, cooking ‘healing’ foods and enjoy my wonderful garden.
2007 – Yoga Teacher Training, Sivananda Ashram, Kerala, India
2007 – Ayurveda Therapist Training, Ayurveda Retreat Hospital, Tamil Nadu, India
2011 – Well-women’s yoga therapy training with Uma Dinsmore Tuli, London
2012 – Birthlight Peri-natal teacher training with Francoise Freedman, London
2016 – EveryBody Biomechanics online self-study programme
2017 – Polestar Pilates Mat teacher training course, Leeds
2017 – Restore Your Core Teacher Training with Lauren Ohayon, London
2018 – Hypopressives Teacher Training, Cardiff
2018 - Myofascial Anatomy for Movement Teachers, Leeds
2019 - Diploma in myofascial release, Leeds
2020 - Myofascial release - pelvic health