Wellness Consulting

My Time as a Wellness Consultant & Visiting Practitioner On Board the Viking Sun Cruise Ship

I was so grateful to be invited back on board the Norwegian cruise ship, The Viking Sun, again in 2019 as a visiting practitioner. I offered everything from seminars to teaching Pilates classes on the pool deck and one-on-one treatments and goal setting sessions with the lovely guests on board. Much like last year, I was thrilled so many guests sought out my treatments, and I was fully booked on most of our days at sea!

If you’re wondering what I do as a Holistic Physiotherapist, check out the video below!

Discover what a Holistic Physiotherapist does (video part 1)

Discover what a holistic physiotherapist can do for you and your guests, and hear me say 'niggles' on Live TV! By the host's confusion, 'niggles' must be an Australia term.

Group and private Pilates classes

I’ve been teaching Pilates for over 10 years, and on board the Viking Sun I taught Clinical Pilates, a special blend of Physiotherapy and traditional Pilates moves. Clinical Pilates offers guests the chance to learn exactly why they’re doing an exercise, and what benefit it can give.

Private Treatments of Holistic Physiotherapy

Many of the guests on board were dealing with injuries, irritating pains or arthritis, and I was glad to help in my private treatments. The most common complaints I saw were neck and back pain, nerve pain or irritation, Achilles issues and shoulder pain. Unlike other Physiotherapists though, I’ve invented a special way to treat patients.

I believe these results aren’t simply musculoskeletal, but tied closely to the psychology of being treated in a spa space, even for a very clinical issue.

Jeremy McCarthy, Group Director of Spa & Wellness for Mandarin Oriental Hotels said it well:

“My theory is that the greatest impact of the spa experience…comes from the more psychological aspects of the experience, such as being separated from technology, having time for your mind to settle in silence, and experiencing the nurturing touch of another human being. These are the true luxuries of the modern age.”

It’s these benefits that optimise the unique content of my treatments, and create results for guests.

I was so grateful to have such a beautiful space to work with while on board. The Liv Nordic Spa is just phenomenal! Check it out:

Learn why Goal setting is an integral part of effective treatment (video part 2)

As part of my private sessions, I always help a patient set a goal, or verbalise a goal they already have. For guests, it can be anything from running 10km to walking up a flight of stairs. Here’s more:

Why goal setting is an important aspect of holistic Physiotherapy regardless of age or ability!

Wellness seminars

While onboard, I also conducted bi-weekly seminars to share my knowledge from clinical practice and experience with the guests. This was my second time on the beautiful Viking Sun, and during both experiences I kept hearing the same questions, so I prepared compelling, endearing seminars to help address these questions and concerns.

Healthy living and Wellness on board the Viking Sun Cruise Ship

I was so thrilled to see the Viking Sun offering exceptional healthy options for its guests again this year.

From the daily Green Juice option at the Atrium Bar to the 5-star gym and healthy meal choices, it’s great to see Viking helping guests by offering healthy options. There are, of course, plenty of treats like dark chocolate mousse and the sumptuous gluten-free waffles at Mamsen’s cafe for when you feel like spoiling yourself too.

Huge thank you to Six Senses Hotels, Liv Nordic Spas and Viking for having me as a visiting consultant again. I can’t wait until next year!

Finding neutral spine & other handy videos

You might be one of my patients who I have referred to this page to cement what we’ve learned in our one-on-one session. Or! You may not know me at all. But here you are! You’re here to learn how to find that neutral spine position, which can be one of the hardest parts of learning good posture, and starting Pilates.

How to find your neutral spine

Neutral spine can feel tricky or scary if you have had a back injury or back soreness for a long time, but it’s a very important part of recovery. Not only does it help get our backs moving, it also helps us maintain a stable spine throughout daily life.

So! I could explain neutral spine for hours, but the video below does such a great job for me. It’s from my last workplace in Melbourne, Australia and is a fantastic resource.

So lie on your back with your knees bent and feet planted on the floor, and watch and listen as these fantastic physiotherapists help to teach you how to find your neutral spine.

How to do a Bridge while activating the glutes

The bridge is one of the best exercises as it works on so many things all at once! It incorporates spinal articulation with mobility, pelvic tilts and of course, pelvic stability thanks to glute activation and core strength. Plus! You can do your kegels or pelvic floor exercises at the same time.

As with neutral spine, I could explain the bridge in writing, but it’s much more effective to watch a video and listen to the Physiotherapists explain the exercise.

Please note: The video below shows progressions, but it’s best to stick with the level 1 bridge until you’ve really mastered it.

So there you have it! Two super handy exercises, with great, clear instructions from fantastic Physiotherapists to help you master these complex movements.

Did you find these videos useful?

Note: Exercises are completed at your own risk. Aprivé Wellness takes no responsibility for any advice given online.