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What lead me to Osteopathy
Hi there. This is my first EVER blog and an introduction to the world of online and internet information sharing so bear with me. This post will be a lengthy one but I promise following ones will be more succinct. I just wanted to share with you my journey towards the wonderful art of Osteopathy and my passion for health and nutrition.
It all started when I was 4….yes 4 years old. I decided there and then that I wanted to be a doctor. Decision made at 4. So all my primary and high school years were geared towards that end. It wasn’t until in my final year of high school in August of 1988 I had an epiphany….yes I wanted to learn all the anatomy and physiology, the diagnosis and management taught at medical school but I knew I could never tell someone they were going to die. What the heck was I going to do now???? Then on that day in August 1988 I stepped into my careers teacher’s room in a panic (with my finals only months away) and desperately urged her for guidance. I picked up a book that I believe was guided to me via divine intervention. It said “Your Guide to Natural Medicines”. The pages literally opened to the chapter on Osteopathy. I was drawn to it as I couldn’t pronounce it (I’m always looking for a challenge). I read the first paragraph and it was like the penny dropped! This was IT!!! I was going to be an Osteopath. I had never heard of it, I had never been to one, I didn’t even know what training they did but by gee I was going to be an OSTEOPATH.
Well needless to say the rest is history. Five years at RMIT University in Melbourne and now coming up to 22 years later I still love every day at work. Our principles: structure governs function, the body is a unit and is a self-healing and self-regulating mechanism. This all made absolute sense to me and I see it every day in clinical practice. This is how by treating your pelvis and hips we can resolve your headaches, why drinking more water when you’re dehydrated alleviates your back pain, why adjusting the lumbar region can often resolve that constipation you’ve been experiencing of late.
Next is my passion for health and nutrition. This changed the day when in dissection class (yes we opened up dead bodies) I saw what we looked like first-hand under the skin and muscle. What visceral fat looks like. What diseased lungs and livers look like. That day changed my life. I went on a kind of fitness regime and ended up doing my first triathlon. I went vegetarian, I tried the Pritikin diet, I did every latest and greatest diet/exercise craze out there at the time in the pursuit of the perfect plan. It wasn’t until I started weight training in the late 1990’s and then did my first serious transformation in 2003 that I found the holy grail in body composition transformation. I have since found the Metabolic Precision Nutrition and Exercise program http://www.mp-body.com that I now teach in a 12 week course and have found this an amazing science-based, research proven program to base my teachings upon. I have a special interest in gut health (from personal experience) and believe this to be the fundamentally critical component of health.
So there you go. Each week I will share with you some of my knowledge, guide you to the latest science around healthy living, give you tips on exercise, stretching, nutrition and natural medicines. I will try to keep you entertained and aim to keep my posts light yet informative. I would love it if you might subscribe to these blogs and share the information journey with me.
Yours in health and vitality,