1. How would you define your personal practice?
It’s a detective companionship I would say. I provide guidance to find out solution for pain, movement, pelvic complains -incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, sexual disfunction and bowel dysfunction- We are trying to find out the source of the problem and develop strategies to change it.
2. What turning points have you encountered on your movement journey?
First I figured out that there is a whole concept of using movement to help with movement problems apart from all the passive applications in the physio world. That was in a Neurac course in Norway. From that point I started to read, thought and experiment on movement. It was all scientific and based on research and literature at this point. Very cognitive and very structured. Second I took a yoga teacher training and after that my practice started to deepen. I started to think more about philosophical aspects of movement. Subconscious or unconscious nature of movement. Anatomical nuances. Breathing. More on to observation of being rather than doing.
3. What role has injury played in cultivating your current niche?
My injuries and pain gives me the opportunity to be able to understand what or how might have my patient has been feeling. I for sure understand better the sensations or struggles that I personally gone through. I believe it supports enormously the therapeutic relationship we need to built for “healing”.
4. Do you consider yourself a teacher? Why or why not?
Yes I do. First the nature of being a (health) care provider is to be a teacher. Aside from that the love to learn and share naturally made my way to become a teacher. I have the urge to share and pass on everything that I have come to realize through study and experience. I constantly try to figure out new ways to explain things simple to my patient in a session than to a class for 30 people and to a class of 70 phsio-to-be.
5. What has been your experience with physical education, both in the schooling system and sought out knowledge/ know-how elsewhere?
I played on street as a kid. All sorts made up kid games =) I played volleyball and swam throughout high school and university. I had no idea what I was doing back then. After my wake up call later as a physio I started to join every workshop related to movement, dance, martial arts, different movement disciplines -feldenkrais, axis syllabus, yoga… I simple look for experience and they all thought me things that I can not recall or maybe I didn’t even realize consciously and shaped me today. I practice kendo for 6 years and that is the longest I stick with one thing and hopefully I will. I love it because of the zen philosophy that it’s based on.
6. How do you involve your mind/ emotions into your physical routines?
Throughout the practice I try to keep an eye on my emotions. How do I feel in which position or which movement. How does it change. Mind comes in later to understand what is going on. In kendo it’s a bit different. It is played in pairs and there is a life and death situation you either you will cut or you will be cut. And that gives me a ground to understand myself. My fears, doubts, strengths, what is it that holding me back or makes me attack or how do I react if I succeed or not. Either way body has a lot to say if I can listen properly and my mind is the translator.
7. What are your personal aspirations regarding movement? How do you hope to find purpose and use in the skills you have built?
Everything I do to understand movement is related to pain and struggle. If I can understand more I can help more people and I can help more people to help people.
8. How can people find/ contact you? Do you have a site or social media handle to share?