Grace, founded by Devon Honywill, offers a natural approach to health by combining different disciplines for both preventative and rehabilitative purposes. Specializing in Pilates and yoga based movement as well as Osteopathic Manual Therapy, I believe that every individual is unique and should find a health plan that serves them best. I work one-on-one with clients so that time is customized to meet their needs in that moment.
My focus on health and wellness began through the practice of yoga and Pilates in 2010 after searching for new ways to stay active. I grew up as a competitive gymnast and diver, experienced the tolls on my joints as a result, and wanted to find a low impact exercise that I could do at home without requiring a lot of equipment. I love these modalities for the way they link breath to movement and for their ability to calm the nervous system while building strength.
After finishing an undergrad in Psychology from the University of Ottawa, I completed a yoga teacher training (YTT200) in 2015 while travelling in Southeast Asia. With anatomy always being the centre of my focus in order to ensure safety and effectiveness of movement, I found myself drawn to teaching Pilates. This led me to complete my Pilates teacher training with Leslie Parker at Mindful Movement Centre in Toronto, as well as search for a manual approach that could complement all this knowledge I had gained in movement therapy. The science behind Osteopathy immediately aligned with the way I viewed health, and furthermore the countless stories of its success made it an easy decision to pursue a formal education in the field. In 2016 I enrolled in the four-year M.MOMSc program with the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy and graduated in 2021.
I'm constantly searching for new approaches to connect with clients and help them obtain health by combining modalities of movement. I like to play with various approaches so that time spent with me leaves clients feeling healthier, stronger, and in less pain. I aim to give tools to use in every day life so that sessions create new healthy habits in day-to-day living. Understanding that often the most difficult step to exercising is simply making the decision to do it, I aim to teach with a compassionate and supportive attitude. I see each person as a unique individual requiring fresh eyes and a blank slate in regards to what the body needs on any particular day. I love to experiment with different cues in order to evoke imagery within clients so that they can connect to the movement on a deeper level and have a better understanding of how and why their body is moving in a particular way.
I'm excited to work with clients of all different levels. I believe that I have as much to learn from my clients as they do from me and am alway grateful for the opportunity.