Q&A with our Osteopath, Nathalie

Q1. Can you tell us where your journey began as a practitioner?

My journey began when I was a child. I was very active and interested in lots of different sports. I even thought that perhaps one day I would be playing tennis at the Australian Open. Let’s just say that this never eventuated but I soon realised that my interests lay more with the body – how it functions and how it heals. I randomly stumbled on the word ‘Osteopathy’ in the university course guide. I didn’t know much about Osteopathy then. Over the 5 years of studying at university and since graduating in 2001,  I have been fortunate enough to have had many incredible experiences and encounters with renowned Osteopaths that have helped shape me into the practitioner and person I am today.

Q2. What is your favourite thing about working at Luxton Clinic?

It’s hard not to soak up the healing vibes from the beautiful aesthetic of the clinic – the natural light, aromas of freshly brewed teas, the high ceilings and the full kitchen out the back. But I have to say it’s the warm friendly faces, the kind hearts and the like minded nature of not only the practitioners but also the patients that visit Luxton Clinic that make it a special place to be in.

Q3. What inspires you each day as a practitioner?

Health!! Sometimes it’s hard for us to connect with our own health but when you see a patient have that moment of realising and connecting with their own ability to heal, that’s why I love being an Osteopath.

Q4. What does your everyday menu look like?

I love food so I try to get creative and keep every day meals interesting. I usually try to keep it clean, fresh, natural, not too much fuss and home cooked. Oh and chocolate of course…but I try not to eat it every day.

Q5. What is your favourite way to move your body?

It’s always important to move and challenge your body in various ways. If I have the option between walking and driving, I always try to go on foot (except I’m not so good in the rain). I live by the water, so early morning walks along the shore are my favourite. I still love the childhoods activities I did regularly –  tennis and skiing and found a new passion in yoga. I have learned that my body doesn’t respond as well to the more high impact activities anymore but as long as I’m moving I’m happy. I also love it when people suggest things I’ve never done before and I’ll definitely add it to the list of things to try.

Q6. How do you like to unwind and relax on weekends?

I love cooking, getting crafty and being out in nature to unwind. It’s also nice sharing these things with friends.

Q7. Tell us some secret facts about you!
  1. I’m hoping that by the end of the year I’ll be able to do a handstand…unassisted.
  2. I love the idea of the cycle of planting seeds, watching them grow and using them seasonly in everyday cooking. Only problem is…I don’t have a green thumb. Most things green don’t survive in my care. So I’m practicing with a few resilient plants in my home. Someone told me to name the plants so I have more of a connection and responsibility. So far so good…
Q8. If you could sum up your wellness philosophy in one sentence, it would be:

‘Osteopathy is based on the perfection of Nature’s work. When all parts of the human body are in line we have health.’ – Dr A T Still