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Learnings from my experience with elite performance therapists

In April this year, I was very lucky to be able to spend a week at Altis in Phoenix, Arizona. Altis is an organization that has an elite training environment for track and field athletes and is a global leader of education in sport performance. As a remedial massage therapist, I was very keen to learn from the Altis team what they did to ensure that their athletes are “ready to compete”, and I have to admit, I was very happy to find out that we shared a very similar mindset to approaching the health and performance of their athletes – that is, it’s important to look after people from a holistic perspective, and crucial to this is communication and collaboration and telling your ego to “get out of the way”.

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Debunking the myths around recovery

The majority of my clients really take their exercise seriously. For many of them, when I ask the question “How many days/hours do you train per week?“, a common answer I get is “5-6 days and about 1-2 hrs each time“. Whoa! That’s hardcore!

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A fresh new perspective on how to walk – try walking from your diaphragm

One of the common things I see during my remedial massage therapy sessions is a weak core which predominantly results from poor posture. You only need to look at the people around you and you’ll most likely be able to spot someone who’s shoulders are hunched over ever so slightly, their upper back has a bit more curvature to it than it should, and their neck is more forward than it should be. This is the inevitable state of where we are now given that we as a species have gone from a life where our days were full of physical exertion to a life where it’s mostly sedentary.

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Grounding – the best way to reducing pain and inflammation?

As an energy healer, the concept of grounding during energy healing sessions is crucial. Being grounded in that sense means that I am always aware of where I am, who I am and what is going on around me. This allows me to be calm and centered in dealing with whatever arises during the session and allows me to adequately hold a safe space for my client. I recently came across a film called “Down to Earth”, which goes into the more scientific side regarding the importance of grounding. Essentially, the short film discusses the fact that as humans we have a lot of inflammation in our body and inflammation, left untreated, ultimately leads to chronic pain. Fortunately for us, the experts in that film say that a very simple way to reduce this is to actually get grounded – i.e. walk with our bare feet on the ground. Why?…

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