“The beauty of working in a clinic is that you can always have a lie down on the treatment table,” says Avni Trivedi, osteopath. She talks about her usual workdays, warm lunches and keeping phones out of bedrooms…
Avni Trivedi is an intuitive practitioner using touch and movement to help people. She is a women’s health and paediatric osteopath, birth doula, zero balancer and non-linear movement teacher. Her podcast, ‘Speak From the Body’ explores themes like embodiment, stress, trauma, and pleasure.
What time do you wake up in the morning?
6am – I’m an early bird and enjoy the calm and stillness of the morning without the radio, news or noise.
What’s the first thing you do?
I need morning exercise to lift my mood in the colder weather as I suffer badly with SAD. At other times of the year, I like to meditate first thing.
It used to be quite early, but I’m enjoying a later breakfast after exercise and writing. My rhythms have changed with lockdown, and I’m enjoying the space to experiment and see what works.
What time do you start work?
Depends on the day and it’s somewhat different in lockdown. I’ve got into the habit of sitting to write at 8 am, and prefer to see face to face clients in the afternoon.
Where do you work from (home, studio, office etc.)?
A mix of home and clinic. Home for writing and podcasting. In the clinic for seeing clients.
Tell us about the work you do, including the online side of it…
My clinic work is as an osteopath and bodyworker. I particularly love supporting a woman through pregnancy and into motherhood. A few years ago, I realised that full days of hands-on work wasn’t sustainable, and I’ve been interested in the paradox of being a bodyworker but growing online ever since.
Do you break for lunch – and if yes, what’s on the menu?
Always. Food is a joy. Sometimes the previous day’s leftovers, sometimes dahl or soup. Hardly ever a sandwich because they can be so boring and a warm lunch is much nicer. I also enjoy getting lunch when I am out and about – the local falafel guy knows what I want – I’m clearly a creature of habit.
How do you lift yourself from the afternoon slump?
That’s a tough time for me as I often flag and hunt for sugar. Short naps or yoga nidra can be great if I get a chance – that’s the beauty of working in a clinic as you can always have a lie down on the treatment table.
Do you incorporate exercise into your workday?
Yes. I used to exercise three times a week, but it’s gone up to five or six times a week for the last few months. I’m pre-empting peri-menopause as I’ve noticed that exercise can make such a difference. I’m naturally calm and enjoy a slower pace, but I need the balance of regular movement to get my heart beating.
Where do you go for inspiration?
To Liberty – it’s my happy place – I love the colours, textures, wood panelling, lotions and potions and feeling of celebration. Otherwise outside in nature or to museums, libraries and galleries. I am happiest with a book in my hands.
What tech could you not live without?
I am a nerd for apps such as Evernote and Notion. I like lists and collecting information such as recipes and places to visit. And I love my headphones because they sit outside of the ears and allow me to be vigilant when I’m out and about but still listen to a podcast or audiobook.
Finish this sentence: The Internet is…
both a place of connection and education and a rabbit hole of distraction and procrastination.
What time do you finish for the day?
Sometimes too late as it can all merge between emails and work and double screening with the TV. I like to be in bed by 10 if not earlier, so an evening bath makes a difference to my quality of rest and sleep.
Are the evenings for rest, work or play?
A mixture. I am much more of a day time person, so I try not to expect myself to get much done in the evenings and use it as a time to potter if I can.
What are you reading/watching at the moment? How do you switch off from work nowadays?
Thank goodness my local library has stayed open for lockdowns. I read a lot. I just finished a memoir called ‘I Am Yours’ by Reema Zaman, which was brilliant and I’ve just started ‘Breath’ by James Nestor.
Screens in the bedroom, or banned?
I’m highly sensitive to noise and stimulation, so screens in the bedroom would never be something I choose. I generally recommend to keep the devices out of the bedroom, and you’ll no longer scroll before you sleep or when you first wake up.
How do you sleep?
I dream a lot and enjoying drifting into a different state. I recently got a sunrise-simulator alarm clock, which made a huge difference to the way I wake up.
Finish this sentence: This time next year, I’ll be…
learning, grateful, hopeful.