FORMER English teacher Louise Collyer recently launched her very own classic acupuncture clinic. The 31-year-old from Fenham was inspired following an extensive period of travelling throughout south east Asia.
Were you ill much as a child? Only when I wanted a day off school! I was lucky enough to grow up in the countryside and was rarely sick. I got a lot of fresh country air!
What sports & activities did you take part in at school? I was part of the netball and rounders club and also enjoyed the sprinting events for track and field.
Have you ever had a health scare? Not one. I've spent a lot of time in hospital with my dad who seems to have nine lives and keeps having the strangest health scares that the doctors themselves do not understand. This all stems from him having a Wipple operation, usually performed for people with pancreatic cancer, although in his case it came about because of a stent becoming lost in his body 15 years ago. Usually patients only survive for five years or so after such an operation. His body now works differently and he is on medication for life. This w1as partly why I wanted to become an acupuncturist, to see if I could find another way to help treat his symptoms that does not involve medication.
Have you ever had an operation? I had to have a few incisions made on my voice box when I was about 22 - trying to talk to people in loud venues still leads to me losing my voice the next day.
How often do you exercise and what do you do? I have quite a set routine. Pilates every Monday and Qigong every Thursday. During the winter I climb indoors once a week, in the summer I will also try and get out to the crag or the hills at the weekend. I cycle to work every day and also try and run once a week.
What's the most challenging activity/event you've ever done? Climbing Mt Kinabalu in Borneo is my highest mountain yet. Also cycling the castles and coast route whilst also camping was the hardest bike ride I've done.
Have you ever done the Great North Run? Not yet - I'm building up to my first half marathon, but the Great North Run might be a bit too busy for my liking.
How do you keep motivated? Mainly by sticking to a routine and not letting it slip. I'm also very aware that in order to help people change their lifestyle and habits, I need to set strong impression myself and be in optimum health and strength. …