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A Unique Approach

  • The question I get asked most: "What do you call yourself?"

Are you a Physiotherapist/Physical therapist? No. 

Are you an Osteopath? No. 

Is this Massage? Well, no, it isn’t what is generally accepted to be Massage. 


But… I incorporate elements of all of those ways of treating, called modalities, into what I do.


The thing about creating an unconventional way of using my manual work to resolve somatic (body) dysfunction is that it isn’t easily labelled.


My approach considers paradigms of thought, silos of information in each particular area. The paradigms are a mixture of body systems, pathologies (physical damage or diseases) and modalities. These paradigms obviously don't stand alone. The body is a whole, so it’s no surprise the paradigms overlap. The true skill I apply is knowing how much of each area is required for any given patient. It's unique for everyone and I can recognise how paradigms carry different relevance for each individual person.


So what is it?


Ultimately the human body is plastic. And like plasticine I can mould you into a shape. 


How you stay there is through either cellular mechanics or by changing the neural innervation (nerve messaging) of muscle. I can communicate with cells and nerves with specific, differing methods.


Allowing muscle tissue to rest, or be less innervated, changes the torque being placed on the levers of the body (bones). Change how the bag of bones is organised and you change the way a person sits, stands or moves. Do that appropriately along with the associated 'white tissue' and you create a sense (a literal sense) of ease. 


Dis-ease is replaced by ease.


Perhaps you noticed I haven’t mentioned working with 'tight muscles’ or 'knots’. Ambiguity is at odds with providing quality treatment. I don’t believe in ambiguity of terminology or intent.


I studied for approximately 15 years and was fortunate enough to learn from some of the world’s luminaries in each particular field.  I explored practical hands-on techniques and the science behind how and why the techniques work. Rather than just taking information given to me and applying it, I’ve ‘cherry picked’ the meaningful parts of my learning and built something of my own.


It’s important to say, this is NOT “The Marshall Technique”. I haven’t created anything that isn’t globally available. 


What I have created is a seamless blend of techniques and knowledge from a disparate range of treatment options. I hold Remedial Therapy, Structural Integration, and (Tertiary) Education qualifications. I’ve lectured on Bachelors of Musculoskeletal Therapy/Myotherapy and a range of vocational bodywork qualifications.


Lecturing Neuroscience along with the study required to do that, plus thousands of patient treatments applied, has allowed me to formulate an understanding of how to down regulate pain messaging in the body and maximise the possibility of effortless freedom of movement.


My algorithm of treatment isn’t static. I continue to hand select information from high-quality, online courses from around the world that I complete each year.


So, what do I call myself? Usually.... Rob. But I'm also a practitioner who has developed a unique and comprehensive approach to manual therapy.

I've specialised in the plasticity of the human body with an ability to mould it into a desired shape through methods that involve cellular mechanics and neural innervation; I can change the organisation of the musculoskeletal system to minimise the detrimental effects of Gravity and relieve pain.

Gravity. One of the only sure things in this world!

That's another discussion entirely.

My approach is the result of extensive education, practical hands-on experience, and continuous learning from renowned World experts. 


My commitment to staying informed through ongoing education, while integrating new information into my practice, demonstrates my dedication to providing exceptional, effective treatment that's ever-evolving.  

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