I am an occupational therapist and integrative wellness practitioner passionate about mind-body integration, Whole-Life Fitness approaches to health and wellbeing, and ultimately, inspiring people to do more of the things they LOVE.
I combine my holistic professional background with my unique Whole Life Wellness Model to bring you an integrated therapeutic approach that is heart-led, scientifically based and a potent tool for lasting neuro-physiological change.
I believe an integrated life, is a WHOLE life.
When we start to work on the mind and body as a synergistic whole and anchor ourselves to the stuff that matters; the life experiences, activities & connections that give us joy, meaning and purpose, we start to truly restore wellbeing, in a powerful and sustainable way.
“Let occupation be thy medicine, and medicine be thy occupation”.
“As a health and wellness practitioner passionate about changing lives, I am truly blessed to do what I love, and love what I do – helping people from all walks of life find their ultimate wellbeing, unveil their truest selves, and live happy, vibrant, connected lives, doing more of the things they love”.
~ Jess Leggatt ~
Jess has over 15 years experience in the health and wellness industry, and is a fully registered allied health practitioner with AHPRA, Australia. She completed a four year Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Queensland with a green-level honours research project specialising in Indigenous school-skills development and evaluation with a young group of Aboriginal students at the urban Murri School in Brisbane, Australia.
She is a mindfulness meditation teacher, mind-body practitioner and certified yoga teacher specialising in Whole-Life Fitness and Wellbeing, completing her base-level teacher training at the Biomedical Institute of Yoga and Meditation.
She has completed background training in human movement studies, nutritional medicine, mindfulness meditation, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and active mind-therapy approaches to train the brain and rewire your mindset.
Over the past 10 years she has helped design, develop, and roll out a number of integrated multidisciplinary lifestyle programs within mainstream hospital settings, and has worked in several health care arenas as an on the ground clinician in acute care, physical rehabilitation, chronic pain, mental health and post traumatic stress disorder.
Jess has spent a good part of her professional years working with, and walking alongside hundreds of ex-military vets and returned service-men and women, which she describes as – ‘”a truly honorable experience of which I have learnt my most valuable and most compassionate heart-led therapy practises as an occupational therapist working with trauma and complex pain conditions”.
She is now following her own heartfelt desires and developing her own Whole-Life Wellness packages, educational resources, writing and sharing her learnings to help people from all walks of life reach their Ultimate Wellness Potential.
Jess is a heart-centred visionary, writer, teacher and facilitator of change.
She aims to inspire, educate, and encourage others to realise their ultimate potential in wellness, become masters of their own wellbeing, and step into their truest selves.
She provides professional mentorship and support to fellow practitioners in the holistic field of occupational therapy so they too can live out their heartfelt desires, take better care of themselves and make a difference in the lives of others.
And, she loves to write!
Jess is a published author and researcher in the International Occupational Therapy health Journal and over the years has contributed to several writings in professional magazines and OT websites. She has also written a children’s book (which she hopes to publish one day!).
Currently, Jess is working on her first soul-inspired health & wellbeing book; a heart warming fusion of mind-body medicine, personal discovery and stories, scientific wonder and powerful insight into sustainable health and wellness. This is a heart-inspired quest which is almost three and a half years in the making. Jess has almost finished her labour of love, so watch this space!
She loves sharing her passions and knowledge in this field as a wellness program content developer, writer and on the ground clinician, and has run wellbeing workshops, contributed to group education sessions and has lectured at the University of Queensland.
One of Jess’s passions is contributing to community development initiatives and heart-driven projects aimed at contributing to a healthier, more compassionate world. As a proud founding member of OOFRAS (Occupational Opportunities for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) – an internationally recognised not for profit volunteer organisation – Jess was blessed many moons ago to help develop this organisation from grass roots, with the support and dedication from inspiring thought leader and pioneer, Clarissa Adriel alongside a small and dedicated team of OTs who believed – ‘from little things, big things grow’.
“I am forever grateful for this gift and the opportunity to grow, expand my skills and see what truly matters in life. It was my experiences and learning in these formative years – working at a grass roots level to support and advocate for this incredibly unique and socially vulnerable population, that has sculpted me to be the therapist I am today. Helping build and develop **OOFRAS in those early years is one of my proudest professional achievements to date and a project I feel truly honoured to be a part of” ~ Jess
OOFRAS is still active and running to this day! You can check out the OOFRAS website here, and learn how to support and contribute to this wonderful initiative.
Currently, in her role as a holistic occupational therapist Jess feels truly grateful to be reaching out and connecting with people from all walks of life wanting to create better health, connections and life-fulfilment for themselves and others. She believes it is indeed possible to FIND YOUR ULTIMATE WELLBEING given the right environment and support.
Jess Leggatt | Occupational Therapist | Integrative Wellness Practitioner
**OOFRAS is an organisation of occupational therapists that advocate for refugees and asylum seekers, and raise awareness about the health and human rights of this vulnerable population via lectures, tutorials, the media, training workshops, and by partnering with the professional organisation Occupational Therapy Australia. Since its inception in 2003-2005, OOFRAS has brought greater meaning, life-skills, school- skills, and occupational engagement to many socially marginalised refugee and asylum seeking adults and children, both locally here at Milperra State School in Brisbane, and around the globe. You can find out more here www.oofras.com