Thoughts On Kids And Nuturing A Therapeutic Environment
Nature? Or nurture? Where do you sit?
It is an interesting debate, one that has stumped the social sciences of our world for what seems like forever. Plato and Descartes suggested that some things are just inherent, that they occur naturally, without any influence whatsoever! I am studying for my teaching certificate at present and we have been researching a fella called Jean Piaget, who believes that children construct their own knowledge according to their environment! This is certainly true of language, most of us have the ability to communicate through speech, yet the way we choose to communicate and the language we adopt is purely dependant on where we are born. Sure, we can learn other languages and certainly many children in this world learn multiple languages from a very early age, much like we do here in England (cough, cough!!)
So, here is my question for you…. Ready?! I have 2 nieces and 2 nephews, which one do I love more? I'm joking, I'm joking! Here is the real question – what are the chances that they will become therapists, like myself and Nicole (that's my wife)?
I would like to think that we would have some, albeit small, influence over their development. The more time we spend with them the more activities we would do together, the more they would get to know us, the more they might become curious (with time and age) about what we do (this might well be wishful thinking, it might get to the point where they don't want to be seen with us because we are not cool enough, or because we are just simply too embarrassing to be around!).
So, what if I created a hanging mobile toy with soft and cuddly massage therapists bears and massage couches? Allowing them to drift off to sleep whilst watching the cute little bears doing their massage thing? What if it played nice tranquil music (much like we play here at Bodyworks) and we gave them relaxing foot massages to help them nod off to sleep? This would of course be in their early years, I don't think it would go down as a suitable present for a 16 year old…. Would my hanging mobile therapist toy make them into therapists?!
Having put this idea onto paper (or a Word Document in this case) and really thought about it, I think probably not! I think what is best is that we support them through their development and encourage them with whatever their decisions and choices in life may be.
A fellow therapist here at Bodyworks was recently telling me of an experience they had at another clinic (which shall remain unnamed for legal reasons) that left me feeling offended ladies and gentlefolk. I was really quite disappointed to be a part of the same professional group of people. The therapist had been recommended to visit this practitioner to assist with an issue they were having. The session had begun very professionally; a thorough consultation had taken place and the patient felt very much at ease as their treatment began. A mobile phone rings somewhere in the room, now our therapists knows it's not hers as she has turned it off so she ignores it, until the therapist stops the treatment and answers the call. A little odd I admit, but it is probably a call from a patient of theirs wishing to rearrange an appointment, maybe a member of their family or a partner needing to contact them. Why would the therapist have their phone on their person and turned on anyway? No, it was a social call! One that the therapist had stopped the treatment for to answer and discuss plans for the evening…. At this point in the story I am stood with my mouth agape like in the painting 'The Scream' by Edvard Munch, except that I wasn't at the seaside, as depicted in his paintings (did you know the original sold for £73,921,284 and that Munch painted 4 versions of the famous piece? And who knows how many imitations, copies and homages to it?).
But of course ladies and gentlefolk, like all good stories there is more… The mobile rang for a second time within the space of the treatment and again the therapist answered the call to discuss social arrangements for a second time with a second person! There was a vague apology and the treatment continued. Our therapist paid (a high premium charge too), left and has not revisited for a follow up, as recommended. I found this totally unprofessional, rude and completely inconsiderate to the paying customer lying on the couch and not something you would expect from a highly trained professional therapist. This is also something we can guarantee would never happen here at Bodyworks.
Myself and Nicole are not exactly what you might call mobile therapist at the minute. I am nursing what appears to be an overuse injury from too much running, whilst Nicole has had a flare up of an old hip issue she has had since school. Someone pulled her chair away whilst she was going to sit down resulting in her cracking her coccyx on the floor. That still makes me wince and pull a funny face (yes even more funny than the one I was born with, thank you) every time I hear about it, or in this case write about it. Fortunately we have some amazing therapists here at Bodyworks taking care of us.
I am seeing Sarah, one of our most experienced Sports Therapists who is also a rehab specialist. She graduated with a first class honors degree from St Mary's University College and will be rolling out her specialised rehab treatment here from the end of August. Not only have I had a total functional movement assessment I will also get a rehab programme of stretches and exercises to speed my recovery and allow me to get back on the road again. Which is a good thing because I am going stir crazy not being able to exercise. Which is probably driving Nicole a bit nuts too!
Nicole has been seeing Nerys, who I am sure most of you have met before. Nerys has trained to be a Postural Alignment Specialist at the Egoscue University. Her postural alignment treatment involves a full postural assessment as well as corrective exercises to improve a patients posture progressively. Nicole's hip issue coming back to haunt her was a result of our jolly to Majorca (where we both found a very peculiar taste to the water, I'm not sure if you too have found this on your visits?) and sitting or lying around on sunbeds and sand, as well as being a little less active. We are very excited to announce that Nerys will be rolling this out in the coming months.
Watch this space for further information on both Sarah's and Nerys' treatments
So that's it for now, it is always a pleasure to have you for company. No doubt our paths will cross once more over a keyboard or touch screen device. Who knows, maybe even in real life.