Lydia Simpson

Physiotherapist, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust & Dancer

I have danced recreationally for 20 years old studying ballet, tap and modern dance. I now teach children and adults recreational ballet and tap dance throughout the week. I studied BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy at Brunel University and have been a practising physiotherapist for 6 years, currently working in community based falls prevention services for older adults.

Individuals with an interest in the arts often have a acute understanding of emotional health

The arts and health disciples are very closely related and I have found my two backgrounds compliment each other very well. The skills and knowledge I developed in the understanding of the human body, movement and healthy living through a background in dance gave me a fantastic foundation to build a career in physiotherapy. The specialist skills and understanding I developed studying physiotherapy have supported my career in dance teaching and enable me to confidently give advice on safe strengthening and stretching of both the fit, experienced dancer and the absolute beginner who may not already have the postural control to carry out some dance movements.

Individuals with an interest in the arts often have a acute understanding of emotional health and the influence on well-being. The health community needs individuals with these skills to bring fresh ideas to health disciplines and combine physical health with emotional and mental health.

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