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Photo credit: Image by Wolfgang Claussen from Pixabay Here's how it plays out in the clinic. Patient: I have sciatica.  Ben: Let's see if it is sciatica and we can do some testing. Patient: Google told me that it's 'sciatica' because the symptoms match. Ben: Well, leg...

Movement Hacks: Exams and studying – modifiable desk.

I've been using a beer crate for three years. My body feels amazing. I can now squat and sit cross-legged without any knee pain. I don't need to mobilise or stretch after work because I do it all day. I am an endurance athlete and I rely on this daily practice for my...

It’s Spring!

Spring Photo Credit.  It has been an absolutely magic day. Though Spring has been revealing itself quietly, in verdant leaf shoots and insects we haven’t seen since this time last year, it feels like something has truly clicked over. As I harvest the first...

The Shakti Acupressure Mat – find your health through plastic nails!

The Shakti Acupressure Mat.  A question I get a lot is ‘are the Shakti mats any good?’ Firstly, for people who haven’t heard of the now pretty popular Shakti Mat. It as an acupressure mat that simulates lying on a bed of nails.  A method used in eastern...

Ice is out! No more icing your sprained ankle.

I am an endurance athlete. Most of you know that. I loved icing my muscles after training, racing and whenever I sprained a joint. I LOVED IT!!!! When I came to New Zealand six years ago I was confronted with the idea, from a wise student of...

How to breathe

The Importance of Breathing As part of my research thesis, I studied the diaphragm muscle (primary muscle of respiration). This included different breathing patterns and their profound sequalae on health outcomes. Most people have heard of the term...

Ben’s fascination with the science of golf.

  My fascination behind the science of the golf swing Some of my earliest memories are following my dad around on several golf clubs throughout Vienna. To be frank, I mainly went with my dad to the golf club to eat Twix’s out of the pro shop and wait...

Jacquelyn is swimming Lake Taupo 40.2km tomorrow – Tuesday 5th March 2019

Just received the news. My Lake Taupo 40.2km swim starts at 3am tomorrow! Send me your prayer requests and I'll carry them with me - well, on a piece of paper in the boat next to me!   Just 13-15 hours of meditation!   ** I ended up...

The sacrifices it takes to swim Cook Strait (or strive for any big goal).

May I start with an excerpt from my current favourite book entitled 'Swimming in New Zealand' by Annette Lees. 'You've got to be a bit crazy to do swims like this.  I feel fear, yes. If you're alone in the ocean, in the dark, with the waves crashing down on you, yes. ...

My 18 minutes in the snow in my bikini – Cook Strait cold training.

Handy to have your friend the photographer with you at all times!  All photos courtesy of Michelle Hyslop Photography.  Click here for more details.   I was in Ruapehu this weekend and worked towards my cold water training in the...

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