In the latest in a series of interviews with 2020 FHT Training Congress expert speakers, we speak to Allyn Edwards and Sue Weller about Core Postural Alignment (CPA).
Tell us a bit of background about yourself…
Allyn: I trained as an immunologist and was very interested in what is now called psychoneuroimmunology, how the nervous system, the endocrine system and the immune system work together to keep us well. I realised that Chiropractors had found a way to integrate these three systems in a therapeutic way, so I trained as a McTimoney Chiropractor. When I discovered CPA in 1998, I realised that this was an even better way to share my knowledge.
Sue: My interest for different forms of natural health started in my teens when I suffered terribly with allergies. My previous roles include teaching sciences and running a recruitment company. Becoming a Chiropractor appealed to me as it seemed a fantastic way of working with the nervous system and encouraging the body to function in a more balanced way. I trained in CPA 22 years ago because I had an interest in posture.
Give us an insight in to your normal day to day schedule…
Allyn: I prefer to only work in clinic three days a week and see no more than twelve people a day. At the weekends I might be involved in teaching, speaking or attending other seminars as I feel I can never learn too much about the body.
Sue: I work in and run a busy clinic. Outside clinic work I carry on with my studies and at weekends I may be teaching CPA or speaking at conferences.
What is your Training Congress seminar about?
We are presenting two seminars at the congress, please see below.
1. An introduction and demonstration of CPA
As CPA is relatively unknown, we will be explaining the basics and demonstrating the simplicity of how to integrate this powerful technique into your own practice, making your existing therapy skills more effective.
2. CPA – a return to innocence
Our second seminar is about recapturing the ease of movement you had as a child by restoring your relationship with gravity, releasing the tension in your body and allowing it to rest.
What is it about your topic that appeals to you and why is it useful for therapists?
CPA looks at assessing a client’s relationship with gravity, as this can affect joints, muscles, fascia, posture, energy, wellness and peak performance. If you work in any of these areas then this technique can have profound improvements to the way you work. In our case we found that integrating CPA into our chiropractic practices was simple to do and it meant we were able to help more people in a day which was much less stressful on our own bodies.
Are there any other seminars in the programme which you find particularly interesting?
- Ian of Reinge Education “The Role of the Deep Spinal Stabilisers; ‘The Forgotten Four!”
- Dr Ese Stacey “The gut and environment in muscle and joint conditions.”
- Ian of Reinge Education “Practical gait analysis”
- Nikki Collinson-Phenix “Why therapists play small despite wanting to play big”
What is one piece of advice you would give therapists wanting to grow and develop their therapy practice?
Allyn: Under promise and over deliver.
Sue: Don’t stop putting energy into your business. Put the clients needs first and be there for them when you are interacting with them.
Find out more about the 2020 FHT Congress and sign up at fht.org.uk/congress.