I am Yvonne Whitehouse, a physiotherapist with 20 years experience working with people with palliative illnesses and other long term health conditions. I have spent over a decade working in hospices in Fife and Edinburgh specifically with people at all stages of palliative illnesses. I am also a qualified yoga teacher and initially set up Birdsong Yoga Physio to offer physiotherapy and yoga online and in person to people with palliative illnesses such as advanced cancer, MND, pulmonary fibrosis and others. I have recently expanded the service to anyone with a health condition that impacts their function, breathing or ability to move. Examples of these conditions are MS, bronchiectasis, side effects from a stroke and arthritis.
I understand how important movement, physical activity, breath work and relaxation are for people with health conditions and illnesses. Throughout my physio career in hospices, people told me how much they wanted to keep active and stay as strong as they could, but often didn’t know where to go or how to begin.
Birdsong Yoga Physio provides a safe place to begin exploring and reconnecting with your body, breath and movement as it is now, taking into account symptoms, side effects of the illness, treatments or operations, emotions and body image.
The name Birdsong was inspired by my recent move to the country and my constant awe and wonder at the birdsong all around me. This new connection with the sounds of nature has helped me find moments of peace and calm in an otherwise busy life!
I am based in Peebles, in the Scottish Borders, and offer a weekly zoom class, weekly in-person classes in Peebles and Midlothian and a charity funded class at Maggie's Centre Edinburgh for people with secondary breast cancer.