It was July 29th, 2017 and Angela Gourley had been helping her sister, Bianca, prepare for the Gladstone Physipole Ignite heats that day. She was now sat, locked in her bedroom with her one-month old daughter, crying. She was suffering from postnatal depression which effects 1 in 7 women in Australia each year. This form of depression is caused by a dramatic drop in hormone levels after child birth and can arise between one month and one year after the baby is born. Women suffering from PND can experience insomnia, loss of appetite, intense irritability and difficulty bonding with their baby.
As she sat in her room she received a photo of her sister after competing and she realised just how much she had changed in the time she had been practicing pole dancing. This was the moment Angela decided that things needed to change.
Angie’s life before pole was a self-proclaimed ‘cluttered mess’. She was extremely insecure and viewed herself as ‘flabby’. Sometimes, it would get to the point where she wouldn’t want to leave the house and she and her partner would have to cancel plans. Because of Physipole she is now happier and more motivated, her life increasingly becoming less cluttered. She says that she’s now more confident and feels that it has improved her relationship but jokes that others are annoyed because she’s louder and more outspoken. Angie believes that pole fitness has helped her lose her cellulite, gain strength and a booty. Her mental health has majorly benefitted as thankfully she has made great strides in working through her postnatal depression.
PANDA (Perinatal anxiety and depression Australia) Helpline (Mon to Fri 9am – 7:30pm) – 1300 726 306
Beyond Blue hotline 24/7 – 1300 22 4636
By Shania Barrett
Photo: Angela Gourley and children Kowan, Teeah and Tayt at Physipole Studios, Gladstone.