The Feel Good Physio: Shannan Ballin

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Physiotherapist, business owner, mum and someone who just radiates positivity, energy and good vibes is Shannan Ballin.  We spoke with this busy mama to find out why having a career in the health and wellness industry is awesome, the importance of scheduling ‘me’ time without the guilt and how to maintain balance (including a cheeky cocktail every now and then!).  Read more to be inspired and get some of those good vibes for your Friday!

How long have you been a physiotherapist and what prompted you to pursue this as your career?
I’ve been a physiotherapist for nearly 15 years!  That makes me feel old, haha.  I always wanted to be a physio from when I was in about year 10.  I loved sports and was interested in the human body so it seemed the right fit.  I did work experience in year 12 in a physio clinic, then worked there while I studied and then as a new grad! So there was no turning back from that point.

What advice do you have for anyone considering physiotherapy as a career path?
Do it! Set your mind to it, create some goals, get the grades and rip in!  I have found it to be a great career as a mother.  As I have my own business, I can set my own hours and work when I like.  I make sure that fits in with my family.

What do you love the most about working in the health and wellness industry?
I love that I get to help people!  I’m so lucky to have a job where people are happy to see me.  Helping someone to feel better or reduce their pain is pretty awesome.  I also love the industry as I get to meet so many other like-minded people.

“I love that I get to help people!  I’m so lucky to have a job where people are happy to see me.  Helping someone to feel better or reduce their pain is pretty awesome.”

Physio programs, helpful hints, tricks and videos are a large part of your expertise and service offering.  What approach do you take when advising your lovely clients on their injury prevention and rehab journey?
Yes they sure are!  In my online world especially!  In my physical clinic, I pride myself on my hands on treatment.  I don’t use machines – each patient gets one-on-one hands on treatment.  My online platform across my website, social media and blog caters for clients that either can’t afford or are unable to access physiotherapy services in a clinic. These people either live remotely, or work extremely long hours and can’t get to a clinic.I’m massive on injury prevention!  I like to educate people and teach them stretches, strength exercises and self release techniques so that they are less likely to get injured.  I try to do this using little or no equipment. You will see that the only products I sell are very light weight and portable and can be used anywhere.  I try to make everything as easy as possible for the patient and to get them looking after themselves independently as soon as possible.
How do you balance a successful career, being a mama, and keeping fit?
Mmm…I don’t think I’m an expert in that department, but I do TRY to live a balanced life.  I work two evenings per week and we have a nanny that looks after the kids those evenings, which is a huge help.  When I’m home with the kids I really try hard not to be on my phone or laptop and really try to be present around them.  It is hard as when you have your own business you kind of always need to be “on.”  I make sure I’m home a few afternoons per week to take the kids to their sports and activities.  I try to be selfish in a way in that I always put my gym and training times into my schedule as a priority.  This is not only beneficial for my fitness, but for my mind as well!  I feel so much more energetic and happy when I have trained and I know i’m a better mum because of that.

“I always put my gym and training times into my schedule as a priority… this is not only beneficial for my fitness, but for my mind as well!  I feel so much more energetic and happy when I have trained and I know i’m a better mum because of that”.

Your daily inspiration?
My kids!  100% crazy little people.  I love how they can find happiness in the simplest of things!

Your life motto?
Get rid of the crap…. that includes people and physical items.  I love a good declutter of unnecessary ‘stuff’, its such a good feeling.  I’m at a point in my life where I don’t want to deal with people who don’t make me feel good.  I surround myself with like-minded, honest people that make me feel good when I’m in their company.

We hear you love a cocktail….what’s your favorite if you had to pick just one?
Haha, yes I do!  100% a mojito (no sugar).  Espresso martini close second, but I can only drink one of those, mojitos all night!

Thank you so much for sharing your career journey and advice, your honesty and how you balance being a successful business owner and a busy lifestyle.  We really admire your passion and enthusiasm!

For more from Shannan and for tools and advice to assist with maintaining your health and fitness visit The Feel Good Physio website and connect on Instagram and Facebook.

[Editor’s note]: we really, really want to have a mojito tonight.  TGIF!

TDP xo

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