Filling in the wellbeing blanks with Peter Parker from The Osteopaths of Heidelberg and Blackburn
We are all busy and are trying hard to fulfill big dreams and goals, manage our long to do lists and have a social life! The art of doing this without sacrificing our most important assets, our bodies and our health, is the challenge we are all faced with day to day. All of us, no matter who we are, have to keep working at it and can learn from each other – so each Wednesday we will chat to a passionate bright spark to hear about what they are up to and fill in their wellbeing blanks!
Today we are filling in the blanks with Peter Parker registered Osteopath and the founder of The Osteopaths of Heidelberg and Blackburn. Peter graduated in 1995 as an Osteopath and since that time has endeavoured to give the best possible treatment and care to his patients. Over that time he says he has been extremely fortunate to have had some amazing experiences through work and build a team of Osteopaths who provide fantastic care to the community. Peter has served many varied roles within our profession, protecting and promoting Osteopathy so that it can grow and be respected as an allied health provider in Australia. He considers it a real gift to be able to contribute positively to someone’s life, certainly if it means reducing their pain and setting them on the path to a more ideal lifestyle. As a client of Peter’s I must say that he is an awesome Osteopath, walks his talk and is suspected to also be a superhero by night… his name is Peter Parker afterall 🙂 Let’s hear what Peter has to say:
To Peter to be well means:
Moving! Our bodies hate to be sedentary. While stillness is essential to our physical and mental health to rejuvenate, too few of us engage in good movement often enough. The scope of this movement can be broad and varied but enables our physiology to be at its best. The key is to engage in something you will enjoy and not find a chore. This is just as applicable to children whose frames are growing, office workers who sit everyday to the elderly who need to move it or lose it.
Breathing properly! Very poorly done by many of us. Many are shallow upper trunk mouth breathers. Breath at rest is meant to go through the nose concentrating on inflating upper abdomen area first. Done incorrectly we are oxygenating poorly which has to effect our whole health. If we start with one positive element learn to breathe correctly and courses like Butyeko Method http://www.buteyko.info/ are fantastic for anyone especially our asthmatics in the community.
I have such a satisfying role to play. To be able to affect someone’s pain through hands on care is a wonderful feeling. I can impact on their lifestyle, empower them to make more positive decisions and put them on the path to better health and wellness. Osteopathy is a gift. The foundations of which still run pure from the mid 1800’s. To try and carry the flame of what this craft can give to people’s health is very humbling.
Consistency in movement and exercise, which is essential to my mental health is usually easy for me when it comes to managing my wellbeing.
Allowing myself to be still is usually hard for me when it comes to managing my wellbeing.
Juggling all the balls in the air with family and work always seem to throw my wellbeing off track.
Spending time with my family and watching my children at play brings my wellbeing back on track.
I usually sleep 7 hours per night. I’d like to sleep 8 hours per night.
Something I’ve found that really helps when it comes to my health, fitness and wellbeing is Reflection. Each and everyday I treat people who live in pain or who have suffered loss. I am very appreciative of the life and love I have around me. This in turn creates positivity towards every other facet of my life even when I encounter difficulty.
Something I’ve learnt over the years when it comes to health, fitness and wellbeing is Consistency in positive habits. It is important to have a vice or pleasure or passion that can be occasionally enjoyed, but if most of the time (80/20 rule) we can be consistent in our diet and exercise it has to give us a baseline of health upon which we can be our best.
The advice I would give to someone half my age when it comes to looking after their body is Think primal! Learn how to sit in a flat foot squat often. Get on the floor (how often in a day to you get on the ground?). Maintain our core movement that we as an animal were designed to do. We were not designed to sit in a chair where our core switches off and our metabolism grinds to a holt. Limiting screen time for children is critical. We have an epidemic in our youth who are sedentary in horrible postural positions. These growing bodies are setting in place lifelong musculoskeletal patterns, which will be at their peril.
The problem with being too obsessive and trying to be a perfectionist when it comes to your health and wellbeing is ultimately it can lead to failure. You have to have some sort of reward to indulge and reflect on the consistency you have in place most of the time. This pressure valve release is critical.
If my body stopped working my ability to do my work would be a bugger! I would then engage a broader audience I imagine speaking on the back of experience and knowledge of better health habits.
If my body could talk right now the loudest thing that it would say / ask for is respect and thankfulness that each day it gives me its best and it is my responsibility to treat it kindly.
Enjoyed reading? Feel free to forward on to a friend who you think would enjoy this too or could benefit from the great work that Peter and The Ostopaths are up to. xx