Autonomy In Movement (AIM) was founded in September 2022 by Alanah Reilly (nee Dobinson), Accredited Exercise Physiologist.
AIM practices via a two-pronged approach:
Exercise physiology for clients and continuing education for clinicians.
AIM is guided by the following key values:
Autonomy, equity, safety, fun, inclusion, community, learning, compassion, authenticity, creativity, justice, responsibility and growth.
These values have been chosen with and for our wonderful clients whom we are so grateful to work with. More to come.
Alanah Reilly (nee Dobinson) (she/her) is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP), clinical supervisor, and the founder and director of Autonomy in Movement.
Alanah has a deep passion for helping people explore an autonomous, brave and life-enhancing relationship with movement.
This passion is a far cry from her past life as a typical ”gym bro”, where she lived an obsessive and judgemental lifestyle revolving around food, exercise and appearance. It was only when she completed her final year university practicum at a youth mental health space inside a local hospital, then subsequently sought reception work at an eating disorder clinic to learn more about the problematic diet space, that she realised this lifestyle may not be serving her anymore. That there were alternative ways to live life that could help, not harm, her’s and other’s self worth, wellbeing, sporting performance and quality of life.
Alanah occupies multiple privileges and uses these as platforms to help amplify the voices and experience of others. She works primarily with individuals who compulsively exercise or completely avoid it, people in recovery from an eating disorder, people living in bigger bodies, the LGBTQIA+ community, individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds, people with a history of trauma, and people who are navigating complex physical and/or psychological conditions. Alanah practices from a “whole-person”, social justice, trauma-informed, size-inclusive and evidence-based framework, and positions the individual as the expert of their experience and herself as a collaborator walking alongside them.
Alanah has completed specialised training in Maudlsey Family Based Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for eating disorders, and is currently completing training in Size Inclusive Fitness, Exercise and Eating Disorder Awareness, the Fat Positive Framework, and Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander cultural competence. She is an invited writer and presenter for Exercise and Sports Science Australia, Education in Nutrition and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners on the topic of exercise and eating disorders. Finally, she has presented at annual national and international conferences for both the Academy for Eating Disorders as well as the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders. Alanah holds an “advanced-scope” AEP title in the field of exercise and eating/weight concerns.
Alanah is also a cofounding director and active board member of the Safe Exercise at Every Stage team who helped create international clinical guidelines for the safe management of exercise in eating disorder recovery. Further, Alanah founded and facilitates the peer-led Movement My Way class, specifically created with and for people in bigger bodies who are aiming to develop a life-enhancing relationship with movement in a physically, emotionally and socially safe space.
In Alanah’s personal life, she loves hanging out with her husband, Sean (also an AEP - he works with people with additional needs and also older people), playing with her rescue doggo Lola (half Border Collie, half Kelpie - she lives with OCD and has a LOT of energy that needs to be used!), having brunch either alone or with friends/ family (sourdough toast, hard poached eggs, bacon, hash browns, avo, spinach, cheese, mushroom, espresso/s, mango/ banana/ berry smoothie - YUM!), watching funny videos and also serious documentaries, taking naps, running/ gymming and working on a range of fun side projects.
In summary, Alanah is extremely grateful to be working alongside individuals who are exploring an autonomous, brave and life-enhancing relationship with movement. She loves a good chat and can’t wait to meet you :)
any.BODY is an inclusive, welcoming and HAES-aligned exercise physiology and Pilates space inside a stunning 200 year old heritage listed building.
We are extremely grateful to have our own private room plus access to all other spaces and classes alongside any.BODY.
Photos of our room to come!
1:1 cancellation policy:
A 50% late cancellation fee equivalent to the booking amount applies to cancellations for any reason within 48 hours of the appointment (excludes weekends) and a 100% fee applies within 24 hours (excludes weekends) unless the booking is rescheduled and attended within seven calendar days.
Class cancellation policy:
For classes purchased casually, a 50% late cancellation fee equivalent to the booking amount applies to cancellations within 24 hours of the class (excludes weekends) for any reason unless the booking is rescheduled and attended within seven calendar days. For classes purchased in a pack, a 100% fee applies to cancellations within 24 hours of the class (excludes weekends) for any reason unless the booking is rescheduled and attended within 7 calendar days.