Rachel spent a great deal of time skiing and ski racing while growing up between Tasmania, Australia and Colorado, USA. In her teenage years, Rachel’s mother trained to become a Feldenkrais practitioner. Attending many Feldenkrais classes led Rachel to enjoy a playful attitude toward movement and body awareness. Over the years, Rachel has taught a variety of outdoor activities (skiing, whitewater rafting, and sea kayaking), before settling and raising a family in Wellington, New Zealand.
Rachel endured five years of back pain in her forties which led her to discover how difficult it can be to successfully treat back pain. She was surprised to learn that doctors think of back pain as “normal” these days. Finding the Gokhale Method has been transformational: it has given Rachel clarity in knowing how to sit, stand, and move in ways that help the body rather than hurt it. She was surprised there were no Gokhale Method teachers in New Zealand, and was inspired to train as a teacher to help more people move out of pain and change their lives.