I appreciate Claire's caring and passionate approach to understanding and evolving body movement. She has illuminated the complexities and closeness between my mind and body and that has enabled me to connect the two in ways which enriches movement and growth in both areas.
When Max was 8 years old I took him for his first trail run over Wenderholm and he loved it. “Hurry up mum” as he took off ahead of me …. “you are the best mum ever” when we got to the top of the hill “can we come out in the bush more often?” … it was so much fun to be out in the bush together.
Max had always been an active child and this was a great way for us to have some fun together but we only went a few times. Less than 6 months later he complained a lot of “growing pains”, was twisting his ankles, and pulling his calves, and became more and more reluctant to get out and about.
After choosing to set a Goal to take on the Tarawera 100km ultra Race having never run a marathon while still running a growing company, being a supportive husband and father to 3 young kids balance was always going to be hard to achieve. This is where I started to work with Claire from Applied Movement.
Claire is the most capable physical specialist I've met in 10 years of seeking help for fitness and pain relief.
Unlike any other personal trainer or physiotherapist I've encountered, Claire doesn't make exercise hurt - physically or emotionally. With her, all movement is an exploration and a conversation with oneself.
I have done a lot of homework over the last forty years, looking for help with this “ “something just isn’t right” feeling.
More recently I am finding out that most of what needs fixing is in my court and under my control – I am finally realising after all this work in the field of health and well being that I am capable of helping myself with a bit of special help.
It’s about 14 hours before I toe the startline for the Tarawera 100km. My day has gone to hell, including a flight diversion to Hamilton. Standing at a bus stop in the rain trying to get to registration, I reach over to lift my handbag and boom! Back spasms. This does not happen to me…This is not good… Arriving at registration, close to tears, Vicki Wolley says ‘let’s find Claire!’.
This one is a short story but it hides a year’s worth of work and commitment to regaining movement.
“I thought you would like to know that this morning I did my full half hour walk, up & down hill, for the first time since...