About

Optimum Living is a dynamic and innovative wellbeing consultancy enabling individuals and teams globally to achieve their peak levels of health, vitality and happiness.

Our mission is to inspire interest and responsibility for personal health, through creating sustainable, positive, measurable improvements for individuals and organisations.

Founded in 2012 by Colette Heneghan,Colette has worked with organisations based both in the UK and globally with thousands of employees across various sectors and job role levels. Colette and the Optimum Living team of specialists have helped professionals to do more of what they do best and truly thrive!

Meet The Team

Colette Heneghan

Director

I have always been passionate about food and natural approaches to health, however this wasn’t my first career path. I graduated from Manchester University with a First Class Honours in Business & Information Technology. I was ambitious, with a keen interest in technology (especially mobile phones – the bill alone at university was testament to the extent of my commitment to it) and my goal was to be a CEO for a technology-based company as quickly as possible.

I joined a large global mobile telecommunications company as a graduate and worked my way up the business, changing roles every year moving onwards and upwards.

I was the youngest in a high-performing team of Global Account Managers, managing a strategically important client, a huge revenue target and a dispersed virtual team.The role was interesting, challenging and I enjoyed the sense of competition, however I started to feel the consequences of being ‘hyper-connected’ ‘multi-tasking’ ‘information overload’ alongside ‘long-working weeks’. Sound familiar? I was feeling wired but tired at bedtime, yet unable to sleep restfully, followed by low energy mornings, I swapped meals for meetings and day-dreamed about the luxury of having enough time (and energy) for the gym. I went on a mission for answers to remedy this, surely there was a better way!? Right? So, I asked colleagues, professionals and people I admired, who I assumed were thriving in this climate – however what I found was quite surprising – they were overwhelmed, frustrated and without time to breathe too! Their answer: ‘let me know when you find an answer!’

The challenge had been set, so I decided that I would find the answers and went back to full-time studies. I studied for 5 years, fast-forward another undergraduate qualification and a Master’s of Science later (plus diplomas in a whole range of areas from reflexology to NLP) and I have answers and a tested approach to inspire action, ensuring we move from knowing to actually doing. Combining corporate, busy, deadline, technology-driven world understanding with human physiology knowledge to ensure the results are relevant, practical and achievable.

My personal mission and that of Optimum Living, is to support organisations, teams and individuals, to create environments where people can be their best they can be and truly thrive – enabling professionals to do more, of what they do best!

Nicole Lomas

Wu Style Instructor

Nicole is a qualified Coach, Naturopath and Herbal Medicine practitioner and combines her education of Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan principles for health and wellbeing as a complement to her treatment protocols for her clients. She regularly participates in Tai Chi demonstrations to promote the art, has run various workshops to corporate clients promoting Tai Chi Chuan for stress management in the workplace.

About Qi Gong

Qi gong means cultivating energy, or breath work. And is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The exercises performed improve the quality of breathing and increase circulation. The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qi gong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been suggested that it may improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.

Jamie Blowers

Rocket Yoga

Jamie has been studying movement seriously for 20 years. Jamie trained in Dance at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance and at The London Contemporary Dance School primarily, followed by study at Cunningham School in NYC. Jamie discovered It’s Yoga International in 2006 and qualified in their Ashtanga yoga teacher training program. After Teaching full time for two years Jamie Trained as a Rocket l, ll and lll Teacher and has been teaching and training teachers in Ashtanga and Rocket Yoga full time for 6 years.

Rocket Yoga

The Rocket was designed by Larry Shultz in San Francisco and has been growing in stature as a Yoga of choice for those wanting a challenging and athletic Yoga practice. Rocket yoga includes a faster pace to heat up the body sooner for maximized physical strengthening and opening of the joints. Rocket yoga offers a serious technique that will teach you to get off the ground that will give you the same confidence and faith in your arms that you have developed in your legs! Arm balances are mixed into a moving asana sequence with breath and great tempo. Jamie will give you knowledge about the entire alignment of the practice and physical adjustments to take your yoga/physical practice to the next level. As our class sizes are small it ensures alignment attention.

Julie Heneghan

Business Development Director

Julie is an experienced and dynamic sales leader and has over 17 years of experience in business consulting and sales management, with proven career success in driving business growth and profitability. Julie is responsible for improving employee wellbeing and engagement within Optimum Living’s client base through the implementation of focused wellbeing strategies and plans. Julie has experience in:

* Sales Leadership
* Employee experience and wellbeing strategy
* Business change and transformation
* Communication and collaboration platforms
* Social Platforms and Solutions
* Consulting and Solution Integration
* Outsourcing
* Internet of Things (IoT)

May Simpkin

Nutritional Therapist

As a qualified UK-registered Nutritional Therapist and a real business woman with a busy family life, I am here to share with you a simple, no-nonsense approach when it comes to healthy eating – backed up with expert qualified recommendations. I believe in easy, practical, achievable food!

Annie Colman

Sports & Deep Tissue Massage Therapist

Annie is an Advanced Biomechanics Coach, having previously come from a sports science background. She gained her degree in 2009 before going on to study Clinical Sports & Remedial Massage with the London School of Sports Massage. This is currently the highest level of qualification available in the field of Sports Massage. As an Advanced Biomechanics Coach she can prescribe corrective exercises to promote recovery, improve posture and boost energy.

Annie is the head Therapist for London’s professional Basketball team where she has worked pitch side treating professional & international athletes for the past two seasons. Annie is a member of the Institute of Sports and Remedial Massage & the UK Biomechanic Coaching association, which requires her to undertake in depth Continual Professional Development.

Erin Buyers

Peak Performance Expert

Erin is a highly effective trainer specialising in driving peak performance and behavioural change. With 15 years business experience negotiating multimillion pound deals across the globe and as a qualified Neuro Linguistic Programming Trainer, Erin has a unique ability to deliver training programmes that speak to the hearts and minds of her delegates, whilst bringing it to life with first hand business experience.

Prior to becoming a trainer Erin worked in Sales for Vodafone Global Enterprise. Her last role at Vodafone was as a Global Account Director, where she was responsible for two key multi-national clients and had a revenue target of over €100 million pa. Whilst she was in this role, she started studying Neuro Linguistic Programming, which had a fundamental impact on her sales results.Erin’s business background provides credibility when working with corporate delegates and creates a real connection when sharing “on the ground” examples.

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New Book Coming Soon!

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What our clients say

The seminar was educational, eye opening, entertaining and importantly reinforced key messages that will aid performance and reduce risks associated with alcohol consumption in the sporting population. Thanks very much for your expertise.

Rob Leather, Head Physio, LCCC

Colette is a hugely knowledgeable and highly enthusiastic individual who has a natural ability to inspire people to improve their understanding of health and wellbeing issues. Colette is armed with a number of simple but highly effective tips which will help make a difference to the quality of individual’s lives.

Phil, Analyst, Enterprise Operations Telecoms

Colette speaks with real passion and belief which really shines through. She also shows true understanding and empathy with her audience. Highly recommended for well-being and health coaching in the workplace.

Hilary, Internal Communications, Mobile Telecoms

Amazing and a truly inspiring presenter, Colette makes accessible to the busy person health and wellbeing. Thanks for showing us the way – I guarantee your expert advice and guidance will be put to good use within our team for a long time to come!

Matthew, Corporate Sales, Software

Inspired, invigorated and feeling valued. This is how I left Colette’s workshop. After 18 years in a Corporate environment, no-one had ever offered advice on how to manage stress or improve my nutrition and energy levels, so this was a breath of fresh air. Thank you kindly for your insight. I plan to make ‘big’ changes.

Helen, Marketing & Communications, Telecoms

The approach to the subject area was the crucial bit for me, Colette made it relevant to business needs and used language that made it easy to follow. From the workshop I have made a number of changes that are positively affecting my energy levels and productivity inside and outside of work and 3 months on they are still part of my life. I highly recommend Colette and Optimum Living’s approach to any large global business looking to make some ‘real’ improvements to their team’s wellbeing

Richard, Global Account Manager, Mobile Telecoms