Hi, I’m Dr Ailis Brosnan. My business is the culmination of my 30 years’ experience in health and fitness in the UK, USA and Ireland. I am passionate about achieving optimal health as a means to leading a full enjoyable life, and my holistic, effective approach will help you reach your health and fitness goals.
Having lived and travelled in India, the Middle East, Africa, South America, Europe, the UK and the USA, I have explored a myriad of approaches to health and well-being. Over the years I recognised the need for an integrated model of health which values the importance of creating health on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. I am an advocate of plant-based, nutrient-dense diets and have been vegan for over 25 years, I am an enthusiastic exerciser and value the importance of a spiritual practice. I practice what I preach and I am passionate about helping others achieve a healthy lifestyle! I blend latest research with a holistic approach to create an original and effective approach to improving your health through 1-1 coaching, workshops, online programs and retreats.
My qualifications and research
I hold a first class honours degree in Exercise Science from DeMontfort University in the UK. I also have a Master’s degree in Health Promotion and Wellness Management (including nutrition, stress management and wellness), which I completed in the USA (graduated with highest honours). My third degree is a Professional Doctorate degree in Health Sciences (Psychology). I was awarded my Doctorate for the development of a physical activity programme for overweight women, which had tremendous outcomes not only in fitness and weight loss but also in terms of participants’ well-being and happiness.
In addition to my formal qualifications, I have various certifications including Plant Based Nutrition, Living Foods Instructor, Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant, Yoga teacher, Weight management and Nutrition, Personal Trainer, Dance Movement therapy, Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Online Groups Training Intensive, along with certifications in a range of holistic therapies. I strive to keep up to date with latest developments and am always engaged in some form of learning and personal development.
My work experience
My work experience spans over 25 years and ranges from working as a Wellness Coordinator for a large corporation in the Silicon Valley (California, USA) to running my own Health Promotion business ‘Alive and Well’. My experience also includes working for the HSE (Ireland) where I provide advice in relation to national physical activity policies, strategies and programmes and staff health. I have written booklets on physical activity and am a member of national steering groups of a number of organisations involved in the promotion of physical activity. I also worked as a Senior Health Promotion Specialist, supporting and assessing companies for Scotland’s Health at Work Award scheme. I have spent time volunteering in a variety of places ranging from Mother Teresa’s centers in Calcutta, to a kibbutz in Israel to a Holistic Centre on a Greek island.
I live in the beautiful South West of Ireland with my two children. In my spare time, I enjoy cycling, running, hiking, dancing, swimming, bodyboarding, triathlons, mountain biking and anything else that involves moving, particularly when it’s outdoors in nature! In the past, I have won numerous running and triathlon events and was selected to represent Ireland in both the European and the World Mountain Running Championships and the World Age-group Triathlon Championships. Now, I participate in events for the fun and the challenge – I love setting myself challenges every year, such as:
– Completed the Barcelona Ironman Triathlon (3.8km swim, 180km bike ride followed by a marathon)
– Did a 50km ultramarathon forest run and a 60km Kerry Way Ultra event
– Swam twice around Garnish island
– Swimming 8km from Blenerville to Fenit
– Cycled from one end of Ireland to the other (Mizen Head to Malin Head)
— Ran up and down Carrauntwohill (Ireland’s highest mountain)
My other loves in life are travelling, reading, alternative therapies, personal development, listening to music, trying out new vegan recipes, laughing, decluttering (!) and most of all, enjoying quality time with my wonderful kids and living life with joy and passion.
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