Fiona Blair is 49 and interested in all things movement from hula hooping to strength training, swinging from rings, dancing and motorcycling.
Since her degree in languages, she has worked as a massage therapist, an exercise to music instructor, a salsa and hula hoop teacher and a gym instructor, enjoying working with older adults in particular.
Her specialist qualifications include Sports Massage Therapy (LSSM), Level 3 Exercise for Older Adults, Level 3 Exercise Referral and Level 4 Back pain. She has also completed studies in chair-based exercise; seated fitness, function and balance; and seated recreational physical activity. She enjoys Feldenkrais and experimenting with movement. This autumn she is studying Level 4 Postural Stability Instructor (PSI) with Later Life Training.
She has worked with Dance Base outreach and the University of Edinburgh and on seated-swing projects together with Chris Wilson; also for Ageing Well, and ELGT. She currently teaches classes in community centres, care homes and gyms across Edinburgh and is happy to travel to the Lothians and also do home visits.
Please see the classes page for classes open to the public, or use the contacts page to set up a class in your area.
The following is a testimonial by Kim Sibbald, the Healthy Lifestyles
Officer at Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT)
Fiona is a very special teacher. We have been lucky to have her delivering sessions for older adults as part of our Out & About project, delivered in Moredun, Southouse and Gilmerton and focusing on reducing health inequalities by increasing physical activity. Fiona has worked in various different settings for us: at community centres and day care centres. She has led inclusive on-going sessions for older adults and for adults with physical and learning disabilities, as well as one off intergenerational workshops. Fiona is well-loved for her friendly style. She makes an effort to remember everyone’s name and creates a very welcoming atmosphere. Fiona’s knowledge and experience show through in the design of her sessions which take into consideration cardio-vascular fitness, strength, balance, coordination and flexibility. All of this to a soundtrack that uplifts the group. Fiona makes sure the participants are comfortable, that they rest when they need to, that there is space and they have water breaks. The feedback from the sessions has been excellent.