Future of Wellness: Performing at her best in the air and in study

Written by Endeavour College of Natural Health | 21 April, 2020

Aerial_Lucy Eccles

Ever since she can remember Lucy Eccles has been moving – dancing, swimming, cheerleading, playing netball and water polo. When she discovered the thrill and challenge of aerial silks, Lucy was instantly hooked. As well as opening up a new way to move, the aerial arts inspired a career change.

“When I first tried aerial, I was working in early childhood education,” Lucy explained. “I’d been an assistant dance teacher at high school and was told I was good at it, so I was trying to make it a career. I did a TAFE diploma and then a Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching, but I still didn’t find it fulfilling.”

“One of my aerial teachers studied Myotherapy at Endeavour, and I loved everything she told me about it. I decided to try it. I started with one subject to get back into study mode and then went full-time.”

Lucy is now in her final year of Myotherapy study. As well as her study, she trains 2-3 hours a day in aerial arts and is a part-time teacher at the Integral - Aerial | Movement | Society.

“Thankfully, Integral supports my studies and is flexible with the times that I teach. They know that I’m developing skills that I can apply in my teaching,” Lucy said.

“I’m also thankful for the course structure at Endeavour. The amount of clinic hours we do helps you develop knowledge and confidence,” she said. “Endeavour’s lecturers come from diverse backgrounds, and they are excellent mentors in the student clinic.”

After working in education for ten years, Lucy was nervous about getting back into study, especially chemistry, which she hadn’t studied since school.

“At Endeavour, I found a great teacher who made chemistry interesting and fun. With Myotherapy’s small cohort size, you create connections easily with your peers and teachers. A lot of the students come from a background in sport from swimming to muay thai, and it’s very cool to connect with them about their sport as well as study.”

“If you’re going to change your career, don’t think twice – just go for it, or you’ll never know. I’m so glad I leapt at the chance,” Lucy said. “I knew that I’d made the right choice when I was studying like I’ve never done before. It’s not easy to change, but it helps to have the support of your family, work colleagues and partner like I do.

Lucy also found a mentor in Mel, who is a Myotherapist working out of the aerial studio. “She is an ex-professional dancer, Pilates instructor and Myotherapist,” Lucy said. “One day, I would love to do what she does and run my own practice, helping people involved in aerial performance.” For now, Lucy is wrapped up in finishing her studies and expanding her skills in the aerial arts.

Future of Wellness

The Future of Wellness series features stories from current Endeavour students around the country. From where they started to where they are now to where they are headed, we celebrate their unique stories and perspectives.

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Note: We no longer offer the Bachelor of Health Science (Myotherapy) at Endeavour College. We encourage students to check out our Massage courses instead.

Endeavour College of Natural Health

Endeavour College of Natural Health is Australia's largest Higher Education provider of natural medicine courses.

The College is known as the centre of excellence for natural medicine and is respected for its internationally recognised academic teams and high calibre graduates. Endeavour offers Bachelor of Health Science degrees in Naturopathy, Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine, Acupuncture Therapies and Chinese Medicine, Undergraduate Certificates, a Diploma of Health Science and massage courses.

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