We created Strength and Soul to share the tools and truth about what it takes to recover from injury, illness and create a sustainable body.

We believe you can recover from your injury or illness despite being told otherwise. 

We believe when your pain is gone, you have a future full of possibility.  WHY? BECAUSE WE’VE DONE IT OURSELVES

BUT – It takes more than regular exercise and clean eating to be truly healthy. 

Taking charge of your health and lifestyle means making changes, some changes may be permanent, others are temporary. Ayurveda has a great phrase ‘like attracts like and opposites balance’ when we do too much of one thing it can lead us down the path of disease, introduce the opposite (often the things we don’t want to do) and we create balance and true health.

I’m not here to count calories, make you run every day and guarantee you a six-pack. I am here to focus on your health. I won’t focus on the physical appearance but investigate what’s going on under the skin, the parts you don’t see. I investigate how your digestive system is functioning for your body to absorb the nutrients from your food and build your tissues. I look at the root cause and uncover those symptoms that may have been around for so long that it becomes normal.

JOANN BUCHAN – Ayurveda Practitioner, yoga teacher, therapist. Fractured her coccyx in primary school, had hip surgery at the age of 30, lost her Mum to cancer at the age of 18 and dealt with stress, hair loss and hormone imbalances choosing the route of Ayurveda and yoga to overcome these naturally and have daily tools to cope.  

KEVIN BUCHAN- Injury-prone retired Rugby player, who has injured pretty much everything from head to toe. After retiring from sport, he suffered depression and a loss of identity alongside the pain that various injuries bring. Kev uses his experience in sport, injury and multiple modalities to give you the best chance of recovery.

You can find more about Kev over here at RAPTOR

ARE YOU READY TO DO WHAT IT TAKES?

You’re in the right place.

I believe a truly healthy lifestyle should be sustainable. It shouldn’t be something you ‘get back into’ or ‘start’ it’s part of your every day, it’s part of you.

JOANN BUCHAN
Wife, Boss, Nature Lover

Favourite Quote

“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live”

 

The truth is . . . There is no one size fits or all quick fix; YOU ARE UNIQUE and have your own unique story. Your diet and lifestyle should reflect that. 

Are you?

  • In physical pain – hip, lower back, joint pain?

  • Are you doing what you perceive to be all the right things but still not feeling your best?

  • Confused about what you should be eating?

  • Always taking the latest supplement or health food?

  • Overworking, over-exercising or overeating?

  • Signs are showing up – digestive symptoms, hormonal imbalances, tiredness

You’re in the right place.

I’ve been there, feeling like I was making changes and doing everything I was supposed to be doing, but something was missing, I felt alone, unhappy and in pain. 

 

I had surgery on my hip at the age of 30 and expected everything to be perfect after that. Surgery would be the answer to all my pain. I was entirely unprepared for the length of the recovery, mental struggle and frustrations of not being able to do what I had previously done. I still felt so exhausted and still in pain. 

 

I discovered something unique;

 

How often have you said, “I’m getting there”? Where are you going? There is no there. You are already there, whatever that step of the journey is for you. There will always be a next step and a next step, a different season of the environment or season in our lives. 

 

We will always need to learn to adapt, change, and grow. It’s in our nature as humans to grow and evolve. I’ve been around the world, learning from some of the most innovative thinkers, teachers and healers. Soaking up their wisdom and applying it to my injuries and imbalances as well as helping my clients. 

 

I’ve worked in my private practice for seven years as well as delivering programs in schools, corporate, taught workshops.

QUALIFICATIONS & Professional Development

  • Ayurveda Lifestyle & Nutrition Diploma with Ayurveda Institute UK (pass with distinction)

    • Ayurveda Institute UK, 700 hours of training plus additional study

  • Ayurveda Practitioner with Ayurveda Institute UK (pass with distinction)

    • Intensive, advanced course with Ayurveda Institute UK, 18 months of study with over 1000 hours of training and study

  • Yoga Teacher 200hr and currently studying towards 500hr

  • Pre and Postnatal Yoga Training with Katy Appleton, Apple Yoga, London – 95hr

  • KCR training to Master Level, plus an additional 300hr training under the founder Hugh Gilbert PT (only 3 people in the world trained directly under Hugh Gilbert)

  • BDES (Hons) Design Futures, Napier University

  • PGDE Secondary Education, Technological Education – with Distinction, University of Edinburgh, Moray House School of Education (2009)

  • 15+ Years in Education including primary school, secondary school teacher, delivering CPD to primary and secondary school teachers, teaching and leading community education groups, qualified swimming teacher.

  • Kinetic Chain Release (KCR) Level 1, 2, 3 (2013)

  • KCR Masterclass – Hawaii (2018)

  • Connective Tissue Release (CTR) Level 1, 2 (2014)

  • KCR Teacher Training| Teaching assistant 300hr

  • Women’s Health (May 2016)

  • Reiki Level 1, 2 – Channeling Love

  • 200hr Yoga Teacher – Yoga Arts, Bali 2014

  • Pre + Postnatal Yoga 95hr | Katy Appleton, Apple Yoga, London

  • Yoga for Trauma and Self Regulation | Hala Khouri

  • Yoga workshops with Kathryn Budig, Simon Borg Olivier, Chelsey Korus

KEVIN BUCHAN

Therapist, Retired rugby player and head chef

“I believe everyone has the right to be pain-free and live a happy life after sport.”

 

I use my experience in sport, coaching, injury and various modalities (Kinetic Chain Release, Connective Tissue Release, Massage, mobilisations, stretching, marma points (trigger points), cupping, postural energetics and Hawaiian techniques) to give you the best chance of recovery. Keep yourself pain-free and on the right track whether it be a course of treatment or monthly maintenance.  

Am I the guy for you?

  • You are in pain or injured and need help

  • You are willing to do the work and are committed to making changes

  • You are ready to move forward and are willing to do what it takes

Does this sound like you? If so, I can help.

I was decent at two sports, rugby and swimming. Some may say I was modest, but I’m sticking with that. I played for Edinburgh U18, U19 and U21s before I broke my tibia and fibula at 22 and played club rugby for Livingston where I met the best friends a guy can hope for and played at Murrayfield on finals day with them.

 

Swimming became secondary in my late teens as it wasn’t overly complimentary with rugby, or possibly it was the other way round, anyway, my swimming coach and rugby coach at the time urged me to choose if I wanted to go further. Swimming was always secondary as an adult, and when I first retired from rugby at 26, I competed in Masters Swimming, earning medals in both the Scottish and British Masters competitions.

 

I loved sport but was very injury prone. I learned a lot, and it was an easy decision for me to help others overcome injuries and pain.

 

Stopping playing rugby was difficult for me.

 

I suffered from depression and a lack of identity and not long after stopping playing suffered horrendous neck pain from a trapped nerve which resulted in scans and the consultant delivered the news that I had the neck of a 70-year-old at 30. After rehabilitation and working with Jo (the boss) and Hugh Gilbert, I am in no daily pain and have moved on from the after-effects of playing sport too.

 

I now feel great, totally pain-free, motivated and ambitious. Happy is a funny word that we all strive for and have no idea what it actually means. I am content and loving life. I enjoy time with friends, travelling, cooking and walking the dog Jo. I love sitting in the sun on the beach with a beer in my hand. I work hard and really enjoy it, but at the end of a day, peace, quiet and the fact I don’t have to train in the pouring rain any more makes me smile.

 

I have the tools in the bank I need to get me through almost anything, and when days are bad I can use them, and the days are just that, a day, not any longer.

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there's more to the story

We both had successful careers in Education with over 15 years of experience individually. Our injuries made us look at our whole lifestyle and how we wanted our life to look. ‘Freedom’ is a word we identify with, freedom from pain, freedom in our lives. Not working to timings of a school bell and being told when to start or finish work, when to eat or pee. We wanted more. So Strength and Soul became a business instead of a hobby or a dream. Behind the scenes of helping clients, we’re dreaming and planning and being intentional about how we want to live our lives and spend our time. We transformed our health and our life and have a future full of possibility.