Lizbeth Linton

Lizbeth, it’s so wonderful to have you on the couch with me today. Please tell me what it is that you do?
I am a passionate Pilates Instructor and Chi Ball for Seniors Instructor.

What is it that lead you to what you do today?
I have always had a passion for movement and the human body. Having danced since the age of 3 yrs movement became my forte and my passion. Following secondary school education where I taught and produced dance productions I was accepted into the WA Academy of Performing Arts to complete a BA in Dance. It was at University during my bachelors degree that I was first introduced to the discipline of Pilates. 

After years of travelling the globe when life took a different direction and my priorities became homely and a thirst to be one a Mamma, I shifted my focus to Pilates and trained with Sense of Space, Art of Motion. This became an ideal form of movement for me after having my beautiful children. It allowed me to follow my passions, help others, exercise and earn an income.

I ran my own small business teaching Pilates whilst living down south and have continued to upskill in my thirst for my knowledge and as Industry changes evolved in the Pilates & Physio world.

I have taught pilates for 11 years and still continue to love helping others with their body and mind & feel super grateful to have the opportunity to create Glow Pilates & give back to the Community in health & wellbeing.

Lizbeth, what are the most common misconceptions about what you do?
The most common misconceptions I have come across over the years is that often people think pilates is only about “core strength”. That is not true at all! Pilates is a unique body training system that targets specific muscles to achieve lean body strength and muscular tone. It is all over Body conditioning. 

People often seem to think too that Pilates is only for the very “fit” individual. Not true! No Cardio Fitness Required here whatsoever! 

Pilates is all low impact floor-based movement and is suitable for everyone of sound physical health. I have helped people who suffer from physical disorders such as fibromyalgia & lumbar stenosis, sufferers of back pain, arthritis, muscle weakness, joint weakness, and people with little or no flexibility. My style of teaching also benefits the mind greatly. I have helped people through difficult periods in their life or simply by providing awareness and positive thought with the integration of mindfulness. 
 
OK, this is random, but what weird food combinations do you like?
Weird Food combination …. Cheese & Spinach Ravioli with a cream based sauce topped with a drizzle of raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries. YUM!
 
Mmm, interesting combination! Lizbeth, can you share with us a time when that you have taken a massive risk or leap of faith and how it worked out for you?
A leap of faith  … well that’s easy. I was going through a challenging time in my life learning the ropes of Motherhood with 2 young children, suffering depression and anxiety as well as feeling the stress of a large mortgage and running my own Pilates Business. Right at the height of this journey, my husband was head hunted for an Engineering position in Astana, Kazakhstan. Together we chose to take ‘a leap of faith’,  trust in our path, commit to our bigger picture and rise to the challenge of living in a foreign land. In our 3 years of living in Kazakhstan we discovered so much that altered our perspective of the World for the better. Our journey as a family was full of personal growth and we built an incredibly strong bond in our little family that ultimately brought us closer together and engrained confidence in all of us to tackle any challenge in life together. And as Expat in a Russian speaking country the challenges were forthcoming! Needless to say, it was this wealth of experiences for all of us that made each of us stronger and adaptable & the cultural immersion was fantastic. I quickly learnt Russian so I could get the kids to school and of course order a ladies lunch! The Kazakhs loved that I ‘attempted’ their mother tongue and tried often to teach me the “Kazakh” language. “Oychen troodnie!” Very difficult! 

I think most importantly though, I learnt what it is to be ‘grateful’. To witness the great divide of wealth and poverty, freedom and entrapment, goodness and corruption. I learnt that love is worth working through the challenging bits. I learnt that I am an excellent Mum and that children are so much more adaptable than we give them credit for. We all learnt gratefulness is the best value anyone can ever really encompass. And, we together, learnt that taking a leap of faith is where the most growth happens and often presented to us for a reason. A leap of faith is often part of our blue-print of earthly life in this world.

That is beautiful. Can you tell us what unique skill (or party trick) you have?
I can do different accents – although quite badly according to the native tongue!

Finally, Lizbeth where can we find more details and you and your offerings?
You can find more information on me or book a Reiki appointment with me by visiting my Mundaring Wellness Centre’s Practitioner Page. My current Pilates classes run on Wednesday’s and Thursday’s in the Mundaring Wellness Centre’s Harmony Hall. Contact me to book your space.

Thank you Lizbeth. It has been a pleasure getting to know you better and learning more about you.

Stay tuned for the next episode of On The Couch, coming soon.
Jo.

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On the Couch with Helen Hart

We are thrilled to bring you a brand new series, ‘On The Couch’. Each week, the wonderful Jo from Cafe Mojo interviews one of our fabulous practitioners, allowing you to get to know each of us better and how we can support you. 

So, let’s get right into it…

Helen, it’s so wonderful to have you on the couch with me today. Please tell me what it is that you do?
I am the Owner of the Mundaring Wellness Centre, a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Neuroscience Researcher, Reiki Master and Mindfulness Educator.
In my spare time, I’m a wife, mum to two gorgeous girls (their life revolves around dance) and one fluffy, woolly, ‘very manly’ white dog. 😉
 
What is it that lead you to what you do today?
I’ve always believed in magic and the power of our minds. When I was a kid, I dreamed of running away with the circus.  I spent a great majority of my life feeling anxious, depressed and feeling I didn’t ‘fit’ anywhere.  I struggled with chronic disease for many years. I tried everything conventional, and when that didn’t work, I ventured down an alternative path. 
 
I just wanted to feel better.  I wanted to feel alive. I wished for a life, full of purpose and happiness. Reiki and Hypnosis completely turned my life around.  I went from being sad, depressed and feeling hopeless about life, to being in the driver’s seat.  I now have a mountain of knowledge to share.  So now…I’m happy to say, I’m paying it forward!
 
I believe in the immense power of the human spirit.  We can endure so much and still pull through, to make our lives amazing.  It never ceases to amaze me; the incredible power of humankind, and our ability to overcome every obstacle, we think stands in our way. 
 
I’m certainly glad you didn’t run away with the circus and we are blessed to have you here with us at Mundaring Wellness Centre and Café Mojo every day. Helen, what are the most common misconceptions about what you do?
There are many misconceptions about what I do. Especially hypnosis. 
 
Probably the biggest misconception people have, is that I’ll control their minds.  Or make them do something they don’t want to do.  Mention hypnosis to just about anyone, and they’ll ask if I’ll make them cluck like a chicken. To set the record straight, I’ve have never made anyone cluck like a chicken or fall in lust with a mop!
 
I can’t read your mind, and it is not magic (although the results can feel like it). Your subconscious mind (the part you tap into during hypnosis), is your moral centre. Its job is to keep you safe and look after you. Therefore, you can’t be made do anything against your will or morals. You will not reveal anything under hypnosis, you do not wish to share.  I cannot access anyone’s private thoughts!  
 
It is impossible to get stuck in hypnosis. It is a naturally occurring state, we go into many times a day.
 
Hypnosis is a wonderful way to relax and make significant changes, quickly and easily.
 
Hypno means: relating to sleep (although technically you aren’t asleep, just relaxed). 
 
What weird food combinations do you like?
I love anything pickled or fermented, except pickled eggs, blerk! One of my all-time favorite food combinations is sardines with Worcestershire sauce. 
 
Helen, can you share with us a time when that you have taken a massive risk or leap of faith and how it worked out for you?
In my thirties, I realised some people liked office jobs.  I was under the misconception, absolutely everyone hated it as much as I did.  I suddenly realized, the hollow feeling inside me, wasn’t something I had to live with.  I took a massive leap of faith and enrolled in a Hypnosis Diploma. I gladly left my job as a Business Systems Trainer and set up my Hypnotherapy and Reiki business. It was the most terrifying and exciting thing I’d ever done. 
 
From the moment I started, I was hooked. I knew my life was changed forever. The void I’d previously felt, was filled with limitless possibilities.  My business continued to grow over the years.  I knew I wanted to give more and help more people.  I wanted to create a space where people could come, to feel supported and nurtured, without judgement of any kind. 
 
And as though by magic, good ‘ole divine timing stepped in. Mundaring Wellness Centre, where I ran my practice, came up for sale.  I knew it was meant to be.  I took a ‘Leap of Faith’. In hindsight, I was completely clueless. I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into.  It has been a baptism of fire! By far, the most challenging experience of my life.  Even more so, than heartbreak, travelling the world on my own, child birth, chronic disease, grief (in fact all those things put together).  It has challenged me in ways I didn’t even know existed.
 
Has it paid off?  Of course!
 
People come to the Mundaring Wellness Centre and they are nurtured, cared for and supported.  Exactly as intended.  I know this will grow and grow, as I am surround and supported by the most incredible people.  Our practitioners and therapists (and our support teams), Café Mojo and staff, and all our amazing clients and customers.  It really is the most wonderful environment to be part of. 
 
Through all the challenges, I am becoming a better version of me. My understanding, compassion for myself and others has grown by an infinite amount.  I can honestly say, I have never regretted taking any risks in my life.  Although stepping out of our comfort zones can seem completely terrifying at the time.  For me, they have always paid off.  Some might say “I’m just lucky”.  I say, “If we think we’re lucky, we are”.
 
That is beautiful. Can you tell us what unique skill (or party trick) you have?
Well…having the skill to lead someone into a hypnotic state is pretty cool. 

Finally, Helen where can we find more details and you and your offerings?
You can find more information on me by visiting the Practitioners Page or my own personal website. You can book in for a Reiki Healing or Hypnotherapy session by clicking here and you can show me some love on social media and follow what I am up to day to day by clicking the following links. FacebookInstagram.

Thank you Helen. It has been a pleasure getting to know you more.

Stay tuned for the next episode of On The Couch, coming soon.
Jo.