For those of you who are on our Facebook page you will have read the recent posts on the return of spinalsolutions and thus France Quirin Registered Osteopath . The difficulties have been immense for all of us experiencing the fear, casualties , restrictions and changes that this pandemic has brought about .
For myself the practice had to close because of the intimate , non social distancing that is part of general osteopathic practice . During that time I have been part of my family's protection bubble around my son who had just received a pacemaker device fitted to maintain function of his heart , affected by Muscular Dystrophy . In addition my role as Osteopath for the Muscular Dystrophy support centre West Midlands meant online work to keep patients mobility and respiration maintained .
In May I assessed the practice and the new protocols required for clinical practice , it was obvious that changes in the clinic had to be made. Thus began an ascent to refurbish the practice , for me this has felt akin to a climbing of Everest . So many changes had to be made so that surfaces were wipeable , also a dance of social distancing had to be enabled so that both patient and practitioner could maintain clinical and community responsibility by being safe .
Refurbishment could mean a pragmatic symphony of paint and wood orchestrated through tradesmen of all descriptions . I did a 'self build ' aided by friends. I found it to be much much more .
I used the services of a designer from Italy Francesca Tomada , her skills and creativity are unquestionably of the highest standard , the result of her design is a warm space which is both appropriate neat and clinical , it is really impossible not to gape in wonder at the end result , especially if one had experience of the previous decor .
She set a form and I set myself to take up the shape advised and dictated , all the colour form and standard . I found it challenged the boundaries of my focus ,stamina and indeed suprised me with an effect which could only be termed emotional .
My observations of yoga practice are that a symmetric form is set by the teacher and students aspire to perfect it as best as possible with their own physical structure . What is termed the 'edge' is experienced by the students as they challenge ' boundaries' . The effects are physical and can be emotional . The whole experience a benefit of change .
I feel this experience was not dissimilar reflecting the challenge of shape and form like a yoga form or 'Asana'. Form helps us create order and maybe improved function of our internal and eternal environments.
It is a true lesson for me so much has been learned and changes I feel down to every cell in my body . The reader may think this is an exaggeration , I promise you not !!. Indeed I would encourage gentle yoga practice and good household and office order as an exercise in change . Do these practices mindfully , feel the pains and difficulties , ride through and know they will pass . This part of ' change ' I'm sure can be helpful to guide us to know ourselves better, if you are not already there . I believe Environmental , Physical , Mental and Spiritual change are all pillars that can lead to self knowledge and a life that is more economic in energy use.
More will follow on future blogs and I would definately encourage you all to get into Marie Kondo style folding of your clothes and ordering of drawers and cabinets . For me Francesca from Tomada designs http://www.tomadainteriors.com/ is as good as Marie Kondo and if you want to take this journey please contact me at the practice through email . I guarantee you there will be change !!!
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