Your initial 4D motion®
lab gait & joint mechanics analysis
Once an appointment is made, to avoid wasting precious assessment time with the writing out of medical histories, your first commitment is to pop anything injury, illness and surgery-related that’s happened over your lifetime into the on-line data-protected form – anything you remember that hurt or made you feel bad – even if you don’t think it’s anything to do with the problem that’s brought you to me. Oh, and don’t forget to identify the LEFT or RIGHT in your history!
Small things in delicate places are equally as important as big things in big places (obviously big things in small places are VERY important!!). Heads are significant, given they’re our central nervous system HQ, so remember to tell me about eyes, ears, nose, dental work, concussions, whiplash injuries, etc.
Everything is connected to everything else (as you’ll discover) so any background you can give me will be helpful, however insignificant it seems to you. The earliest ‘hurts’ are often highly influential in your movement patterns, so go back as far as you can remember; if there is a ‘family story’ about your birth, or your early/late walking, or a big ‘bump’ as a baby/toddler/tiny person, please include it. Your efforts enable me to prepare before you arrive and you’ll get more from your time with me.
On the day, the bulk of the session is taken up with assessment and analysis. Data-driven, cohesive thought-processes then generate the most effective movement drills for joint mechanics change – differences that are tested before you leave to understand what changes they’ve created.
Your part in the process is to relax, enjoy being the focus of attention (we’re investigating ‘you’, so you’re going to savour it, right?) and your second commitment is to perform the drills at least daily as movement ‘homework’.
Only you can do this part of the process, so you should embark on this ‘unravelling journey’ ONLY when you know you feel ready to take control.
Movement ‘stimuli’ are filmed where appropriate, and sent to you. Currently, I use WhatsApp because it’s still free and encrypted from end to end. Please make sure you have the app on your phone.
With the detail of joint movement being so important, and focus diminishing after a handful of reps, each drill should take just a few minutes. Little and often works better and faster when the brain and body get together to create change.
The length of your session
For Assessment, Analysis and Change, Resources are required: Time and Money.
Two of my highest values are education and fair exchange. I have the technology, the experience and the knowledge to dive deep, and I consider 2 hours to be the minimum amount of time to do that: to collect data, formulate a working hypothesis and ‘get started’ in a logical fashion.
With more time, I can do more: more assessments following whatever input has been chosen to effect change; more stimuli following the results of the re-assessment. Always, we follow the ‘breadcrumb trail’ of your body-brain movement story, and with more Time, we DO MORE. It’s not that it’s ‘better’, it’s simply that we’ll GET MORE DONE.
The Resources are yours, not mine. You get to choose how much Time you can allow for ‘you’ and consequently how much Money you want to use to access the information I’m able to share with you. It’s important that you’re comfortable with your choice.
Especially when extensive travel is involved, longer sessions tend to be the only efficient way to both start and continue.
An understandably common question is ‘how many times will I need to come back?’ which of course is an impossible question to answer as I haven’t met you yet.
What I can say with total transparency is that you and I will both know by the end of the first session if another clinic session is appropriate and if so, whether you’d benefit more from a 90 minute session or several (or more) hours.
Most clients return for at least one follow-up a month or two later, and some for more; it depends on what we’ve uncovered during the assessment – what needs unravelling in order to access comfortable, effective movement.
Whatever the ‘follow-up format’ becomes, it is as it is because it makes sense to be that way. It’s the only way I know.
Some continue with me long after their original goal has been fulfilled, because they are enjoying discovering more and more about their body – how it works, how they can look after it – and have set new, more reaching goals! Wonderful!
- Initial 2 hour Session
- Minimum for 4D motion®️ lab gait & biomechanical analysis
- Initial 3 hour Session
- ’MORE’ 4D motion®️ lab gait & joint mechanics analysis
- Scan Jam 4 hours
- An evolving half-day one2one workshop of 4D motion®️ lab gait & joint mechanics analysis & movement exploration
- Scan Jam 7 hours
- Full day one2one workshop of 4D motion®️ lab gait & joint mechanics analysis and movement
- Follow-Up sessions
- Continuing movement analysis according to needs, whether in clinic or one2one coaching outdoors
- Group Workshops
- £100+VAT per runner
- 6-10 runners: 4 hour workshop. If you would prefer a full day of glorious running development, customised to your group’s needs, let me know!