The Mish Story

The mishfit Philosophy

I am passionate about women’s health and fitness. I believe in keeping women of all ages active through education, fully functional and pelvic-floor friendly exercise programmes.

I have created education, specifically for pregnant and postnatal women, women with disastasis (DRAM), pelvic instability, pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic pain and pelvic organ prolapse (POP).

These programmes are tailored to women’s needs. I believe strongly in establishing relationships with Women’s Health Physiotherapists to ensure a holistic approach to women’s health and fitness – training women from the inside out.

I believe in fostering a supportive community – a tribe – where women feel encouraged to exercise in a manner appropriate to their needs and where long-term health is at the core.

Meet the Mish behind mishfit !

Quite simply, I am passionate about women’s health and fitness. My background is in education, coupled with a love of writing. I moved to Melbourne in 2002 with my husband and young daughter however within the year found myself a single mother with a newborn baby. It was a difficult time that I coped with by getting fit. I had never been a naturally sporty person but found exercising the best way of dealing with postnatal depression, give me a positive body image and the energy I needed to be a single mother of 2 young children.

Returning to teaching was not an option for me so I decided on a change of career to something that kept me active – so I trained as a Personal Trainer.

However, during this time of getting fit as a newly postnatal mum, I also harboured a dark secret – I was suffering from exercise-induced incontinence. I was mortified, embarrassed and really hoped that it would just “go away”.

But it didn’t. It just got worse. Incontinence pads were my staple grocery items! Eventually I sought help, but the advice I was given was to stop exercising !

And I knew there had to be a better way. Leaking doesn’t have to be a badge of motherhood and nor should it stop you from exercising.

mishfit® is born

This life changing experience inspired me to set up a business dedicated to providing safe exercise and education to pre and postnatal women.But what does this really mean? How do you get women exercising, without harming them?

So I reflected on how I used to teach children to read. A lot of research has gone into what good readers do. These identified skills of a competent reader are broken down and taught, at first individually, and then as part of the whole experience. If you have ever had the blessing of home readers you will have experienced the magic when one day your child is robotically pointing at words and then the next day they are reading. Something in their brain just clicks. It is like magic.

It is the same for any complicated activity. Remember back to first learning to drive. At first there was so much to think about… now you can mentally write a thesis while you drive to work. I simply took this same philosophy. I removed the judgement on exercises and replaced it with a skills based program. I added in the conversations that needed to be had, but often women just don’t have time to have with their physio’s and Dr’s.

Conversations around pelvic pain, toileting behaviour, the emotional stress of having prolapse and/or incontinence. At mishfit the exercises we teach, exemplify the skills you need to know to move functionally.

We support you in your journey. Having a prolapse, incontinence or DRAM is not a life sentence, it is just simply part of your journey.

But what we must do for holistic health is to remain active. mishfit enables you to reap the many benefits of exercise. Modified for you. At your life stage. As part of your whole life journey.

Join us.