Getting my body ready for the new year
I have just had the most amazing news which I can't wait to share with you all next week!!
It made me kick into action and I realised I have to be on my game. I have stocked up on vitamins. I am working out 4 times a week and decided to stop in and see my Osteo Angel Amanda. My neck has been playing up over the silly season and its starting to give me terrible head aches so it was time to do book in and make sure my body is in tip top shape!
I've had neck issues for the past 10 years from an old car accident injury. I've had multiple physios, Chiro's and Osteopaths treat it and no one has helped me faster and more holistically than Amanda.
After my awesome treatment I decided to sit down with the talented woman and share a little bit about her wellness clinic she has just opened.
I wish someone had told me about her sooner. So I am sharing my Osteo Angel with you all.
Z: Congratulations Amanda on the opening of your own “Wellness practice”. I found you one Tuesday morning when I was in a world of pain! I was desperately calling random Osteopaths at 7.30am on a Tuesday and you answered the phone! God bless you for fitting me in. I travelled 40 minutes to get to you and continue to do so. I would follow you to the moon!I would love to share with our readers a little bit about you and why you have created this new place.
Z: What is the reason for creating this new space?
A: I have been practicing for about 13 years now, and in that time I've gained a pretty good understanding of what patients are looking for. Most importantly they need help ASAP, and that involves having a collection of fantastic practitioners all under the same roof, so there is always someone there if you need them. It also means having a clinic that is easy to get to, and open long hours and on weekends. I also think it is lovely to work in a beautiful environment, and so I have built the new clinic with this in mind - gorgeous rooms, relaxing water features, efficient staff and online booking. What more could you want?
Z: Who is Osteopathy for?
A: Gosh...everyone! Do I sound biased? When asked this question I think a good analogy is to think about how important it is to look after your car. You need it to work every day, and rely on it, and so we all know that we need to take it to the mechanic regularly for a tune up or a major repair if something goes wrong. What about your body? You rely on that every single day, all day, and you can't trade it in for a new model when you have run it into the ground. That's where we come in - we are the mechanic for your body! Whether you are old or young, active or inactive, in pain or not, pregnant or struggling with your fertility, we help you get your body in good working order again. The result is a body that is flexible, balanced, energetic and pain free.
Z: What is the philosophy behind Osteo?
A: The philosophy behind osteopathy is that the body heals itself, and so rather than forcing the body to do what is against its own nature we help to remove any impediments to its own self regulating mechanism. To put it simply the body is designed to do its thing and repair its own damage, like a scab forming over a cut. Sometimes you hurt yourself in a bigger way; straining your neck, a difficult birth, lifting something heavy, falling over; and our body does its best to manage, however it hasn't succeeded in repairing you in a way that means you are not stiff, uncomfortable or in pain. We intervene, find out what is in the way of you feeling like your old self, and correct it.
Z: I had an incredibly bad neck when I came to see you, even though I had a flare up a few months after, you were able to sort me out in a
. Why did it take us so long at the beginning compared to now?
A: When you are initially being treated, I'm dealing with who knows how many years of issues, poor habits, inflammation, and layers upon layers of compensation. Your body has tried to heal itself over and over and it is overwhelmed, thus you feel pain. After several sessions we sorted it out to working as it should - a perfect balance of strength and flexibility, and sending you off with a better understanding of poor habits and the link between stress and neck pain etc. Then when your pain returned some four months later, it was just correcting a few months of being naughty - which is often pretty simple. Honestly, every body is different but it is usually the case that I work to get your body functioning as well as I can and then I send you out into the wide world with good advice, and perhaps some homework like starting pilates or seeing a podiatrist. Then you just call me if you need me - like you did when you got into a spot of trouble!
Z: You use Acupuncture as well as adjustments, why?
A: I'm not an Acupuncturist, just to clarify - an acupuncturist is a chinese medicine practitioner, and they treat all health issues from the common cold to irritable bowel syndrome (we have a fabulous one in my practice, Tom). What I'm trained in is called applied acupuncture, so I use acupuncture techniques as part of my osteo work for musical-skeletal issues, such as shoulder pain, back pain etc. It works so well at creating change....wakes up areas that haven't moved for a long time; calms down inflamed and painful areas. And because chinese medicine works from the principle of improving your natural wellbeing and your own healing processes, rather than attacking disease, it is very similar in philosophy to osteopathy. Its a marriage made in heaven.
Z: Do you have any other practitioners at your new practice?
A: We have three osteo's, four massage therapists, and two acupuncturists, and they are all highly skilled and lovely people, so the clinic has such a positive energy about it. For example we have a wonderful osteopath Vanessa Fisher who has practiced and taught in the UK for many years before moving to Australia, and she works with all manner of issues. She is particularly gifted working with dancers and athletes as she used to be a professional dancer herself, and she also works with young children and babies as she practices gentle cranial osteopathy too. Then there is Tom the chinese medicine doc I was talking about, and he is well known for his work with infertility, and his particular skill with patients suffering from insomnia and all manner of sleep disorders.
Z: You have a mantra of creating strength in weakness so that your clients don’t need to rely on you. Isn’t that bad for business?
A: Probably! No, just kidding. The best form of business practice should be doing the right thing by your patients, getting them strong, functioning well so they don't need to keep coming to see you to feel better. They then tell their friends, perhaps family or colleagues, and therefore I am always busy. Just look at this - you are writing about me in your blog Zoe! I am honoured.
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