Working with kids to help them reach their full potential

I’m pretty excited to say I have my first Private Kids Coaching 1-on-1 student! Yay!

So I thought I’d take this opportunity to explain in a bit more detail what I do.

From a distance, it may simply look like two kids just playing (me being the big kid!) but the reality is there is so much more than just play happening.

The first contact I have before I start working with a child is with the parents. This initial chat helps me understand who I’ll be working with; such as the child’s personality, health challenges, general likes and dislikes as well as gathering information around why they think their child needs to train with me.  Communication with parents is an extremely important element of the children’s training so we know we are working towards the same goals and are on the same page.

We then tee up a 30min intro session where I meet the child, chat with them and introduce them to some games and natural movements. This is a chance for me to get to know them, to make a connection, and to see where they’re at physically and emotionally with movement – I can see what they’re capable of and what needs improving.

From the first moment I meet the children, I am mentally taking notes of how they interact, for example, are they shy, excited, tired, uninterested etc? This initial meeting often dictates how I am going to interact from then on. Say they’re really shy, I need to back off a bit to try and build rapport and earn some trust. If on the other hand, they’re excited and friendly, I need to match my intensity with their excitement level.Once I think I’ve established some rapport with them I start to introduce them to my games.  These games are suitable and modified to suit their current needs and ability level.  At this point again my mental notepad is working over time. I’m noticing how they’re responding to the game, if can they do it easily or with difficulty, if they’re getting bored or frustrated, and how they’re moving in general. If I detect some consistent movement struggles, I will give some suggestions on how to move a little better, than allow them to try again.  I find with children, it’s not about movement perfection, but allowing them the space to develop better skills.  One of the goals of the sessions is to get children outside playing and having fun increasing fitness and

Once I think I’ve established some rapport with them I start to introduce them to my games.  These games are suitable and modified to suit their current needs and ability level.  At this point again my mental notepad is working over time. I’m noticing how they’re responding to the game, if can they do it easily or with difficulty, if they’re getting bored or frustrated, and how they’re moving in general. If I detect some consistent movement struggles, I’ll give some suggestions on how to move a little better, then allow them to try again.  I find with children, it’s not about movement perfection, but allowing them the space to develop better skills in a less structured and specific manner.

One of the main goals with these sessions is to get children outside playing, having fun, increasing fitness and self-confidence. It’s not about gaining really specific skills and techniques.

This mental note taking continues through the whole session as I continually change, adapt and modify the games according to the child.

Once the session is finished we sit down and have a casual chat. Here I often find out what they liked most, what they didn’t like and why.  This allows me to change things around for next week’s session to help achieve maximum results and create a general program in my head for the amount of time we’ll be working together.

From the outside it may look like play, but in reality every game, every movement and every conversation is working towards the bigger picture of helping them achieve their maximum potential.

I really enjoy working with kids, and find it both challenging and rewarding working with those experiencing behavioral issues such as ADHD and Autism. I don’t specialise in these areas but I’ve seen positive results and received fantastic feedback from parents when I’ve worked with these children and it’s made me realise how beneficial what I do is for them.

I recently introduced Private Kids Coaching to my list of Health + Fitness Coaching services and am so excited to have started working with local kids. I’m looking forward to meeting and working with many more!

If you have any questions for me about what I do please contact me via email info@primalinfluence.com or via the website here and I’d be happy to chat to you.

Thanks for reading!

Clint

Health + Fitness Coach @ Primal Influence

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Become a Movement Hunter

Movement.  It’s what we have a brain for and it’s fundamentally who we are.

Without movement we’re dead.

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And with very little good movement and so much time spent being sedentary and in poor posture, we’re sick, injured, sore and tired.

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So, if this is the case, why do so many people have such a hard time getting movement into their day and week?  Why is the world around us setting us up with opportunities and means to do less movement than ever before?  One thing I know for sure is it’s making us sicker and weaker.  Sure our overall life expectancy has risen, humans are living longer, but what kind of life is it if we struggle to move our body in the most basic of ways?  I’ve decided I am definitely not going to go down the path of limited movement and becoming decrepit when I’m in my older years.  I’ve made a conscious choice to  take control of my life and become a “movement hunter”.

A movement hunter is someone who actively seeks out opportunities to move, compared with  most humans who let modern comforts and laziness rule.

Every single person living right now has the opportunity to become a movement hunter!

Most people today have limited movement opportunities throughout their day and think that movement needs to be in the form of exercise to be effective and drive results in the improvement of health and fitness. For example, it’s a general belief that 30 mins gym time a day is required, or 20 mins a few times a week at home performing pushups, crunches and following a workout DVD is essential, or that going for a 40 minute run with the heart rate being in a particular range is the key to good fitness and weight. These people are stuck inside a box and these perceptions are flawed and limiting.

It’s sad humans nowadays need to make an effort to seek out general and truly beneficial movement, but it’s just how it is. And more people need to be aware of this.

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So many of us as adults are lacking imagination and creativity because of our lazy lifestyles and how quick and easy we access what we want to have thanks to the internet and modern comforts. But it really doesn’t take much searching to find more ways to enjoy more mindful movement in our day!

The best thing about becoming a movement hunter is that you open your eyes up to the endless movement possibilities.  Really the only limit to movement is your imagination and the more movement you do now, the better off you’ll be in the long run.  So allowing yourself to generate curiosity, imagination and creativity when it comes to movement, which may feel kind of  challenging at first, will be worth the effort later on.

Becoming a movement hunter really isn’t a hard task, but it may cause some minor inconvenience and may slow you down a little. But is that really such a bad thing in such a fast-paced world? We think not!

For a year or so now, Aimee and I have been seeking ways to gain more movement within our day-to-day lives on top of the times we set aside specifically for play and natural movement sessions.

Some of the ways we’ve adopted the movement hunter lifestyle include:-

  • Sitting on the floor more often and sitting on the lounge less often. Sitting on the floor forces our bodies to change positions frequently as floor sitting can become uncomfortable quicky. Removing the ‘prop’ allows our body to give us accurate feedback and signals of when adjustments need to be made. We’re not relying on the comfort of a lounge to do all the work for us, our muscles, joints and mind are getting a workout while we sit on the floor, and the muscles, joints and mind benefit greatly from that!

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  • Sleeping on a thin mattress on the floor. This makes us get up from a lying down position instead of just putting our feet down onto the floor. It means our joints are getting more full-range movements and we’re more capable humans because we can easily get from lying down to standing whenever we need or want to.

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  • Walking to the shops instead of driving. We often leave the car at home and walk to the grocery store, markets and butcher. This allows us to get the benefits of walking, fresh air, good conversation time and we see and experience more because there’s always something interesting to see when out and about!
  • Adding to that one.. we carry a basket at the shops instead of using a shopping trolley, then carry our groceries home in eco-bags.

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  • Putting the washing basket on the ground outside while hanging wet washing instead of on a trolley at waist height. This makes us have to bend down to pick clothes up so we get a full range of movement in from such a low position to then high when reaching to peg washing to the line.
  • Placing pieces of string between door frames, forcing us to step over each time we want to enter and exit the rooms. This stepping over motion is great for the hip joint, lower back, ankles, knees, basically the entire lower body, as well as the brain because we have to stop and think about it each time. The brain like this!

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  • And just for fun and as an experiment… placing pieces of string between walkways to then be able to crawl under to get to where we want to go. We did this recently for a week in the lounge room so every time we wanted to get to the lounge area we had no choice but to crawl. It wasn’t the most convenient method of getting more movement but it was challenging, enjoyable and beneficial. We’re going to use this tool as a sometimes option, taking it down when we want to but making a conscious effort to place it back up and crawl regularly.

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As you can see adopting a movment hunter attitude is really easy to implement. There are many more ways in which you can do it other than the ideas we’ve mentioned above, you just need to switch that creativity on in your brain, get it working and come up with some ways you can add more functional movement into your own life.

One of movement ‘gurus’ we look up to and greatly respect, Rafe Kelley, coincidentally, posted a video to his Facebook page while I was writing this blog post, about this very same topic. Talk about timing! Watch here for more inspiration on how to add more movement to your day

The challenge though is to stick with it.  After time these adjustments will become second nature, if you let them.

Don’t become/stay a slave to laziness and the negative effects too much comfort can have. Hunt some more movement, enjoy the journey and reap the benefits!

If you decide to become a movement hunter I’d love to hear about it!  Please share any photos on our Facebook page or tag us in Instagram!

 

Thanks for reading!

Clint

 

The glutes: a holistic approach to strengthening them

“Gluteus maximus is the largest of the gluteal muscles. The general functions of the muscle are believed to be extension of the hip, adduction, and external rotation. There is also evidence pointing to the significant role of glute max in force closure or compression stabilization of the SI joint. While there is some debate in the medical literature of the role of glute max, it is fairly obvious it is an important hip stabilizer.” -Breaking Muscle

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At the Aware Relaxed Connected workshop on Sunday, hosted by one of our mentors and friend Craig Mallett, we learnt a terrific glute activation technique. Yes, there are a lot of them out there; any physio, chiro or PT will have half a dozen you can do on your lounge room floor. And that’s great. And we’ve been given and tried many ourselves over our years within the health and fitness industry as both coaches and also as clients/patients.

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What we liked about Craig’s approach on the weekend though was the truly holistic (whole-istic) perspective. Instead of just lying down to perform a select few leg raising exercises, or some standing up, Craig explained the usefulness and true functionality of activating the glute muscles in ALL movements and angles. From getting up off of the floor in all different ways, standing upright and bending in different directions, to walking up and down stairs. Why set limits?

That was the theme of the day really… move well in ALL directions. Be a ‘generalist’ with movement. Adapt to different positions, angles, heights, environments so you can better handle being in different positions when needed, or when you want to. This really blew our minds! By the end of the day we were happily overwhelmed with this new (but not really ‘new’) concept and have been incorporating this idea into our everyday lives ever since.

So anyway, back to the glute relevance!

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The workshop started with us practising glute activation in all sorts of different positions, heights and movements. We want to share a couple of them with you guys that you can easily start implementing and hopefully benefit from.

SOME GLUTE ACTIVATION IDEAS FOR YOU TO TRY:

Standing position with straight back: bend knees slightly, keep back straight, lean forwards bringing your chest toward the ground. When you feel your butt is at full stretch stop. Then, concentrating, squeeze or ‘turn them on’ and as you continue to keep them switched on, slowly raise your torso back to standing position but take it slightly further by pushing your pelvis forward to finish. Repeat this 10-20 times to get the hang of it.

 

Standing position different angles: this is similar to the previous movement but instead bend the knees at different angles, feel the stretch in one or both glutes and stand to upright position squeezing them the whole time. Play around with every possible angle you can come up with, including a rounded back.

 

Standing from sitting on the ground: sit on the floor/ground in all different positions, activate your glutes as much as possible in each position, then get to standing position keeping the glutes on the entire time. This is a tricky one and takes a lot of concentration (which the brain likes because the brain and body work best together, not separately).

 

Step ups: this one you can do with stairs in your home (we often use 2 at a time to get the full glute stretch) or anything stable you can step up and down with. Simply place one foot up on the step, concentrate on squeezing that glute and stand upright keeping it squeezed the entire time. Do this a few times on one leg then swap to the other leg. Then play around with different foot positions and knee angles. If you automatically step up with your knee facing inward, try breaking that habit and step up with it outward a few times. Change the step height when you can and vary this movement up as much as possible.

 

Easy peasy!

We’ve been making a conscious effort to do these at home. It’s hard, they’re not something we were doing previously so to add the movements into our day has taken some mental effort. But even when we think of it sometimes and just do a few standing with straight back, or we remember to stand up with glutes on from sitting on the floor watching TV, then that’s something. And that’s all you need to do. Practice as many of these as you can manage and you’ll be doing your body some good. Especially your pelvic stabilisation, which is so important.

Remember to check out Craig’s website Aware Relaxed Connected for lots of great resources, grab the current videos on the Tutorials page and check back regularly for new videos. We urge you to spend a few bucks on them and benefit from the content. All the money Craig receives from the purchase of videos and workshop attendance goes toward him learning more from his own mentors and teachers. Eventually that seeps back to all of us.. so it’s really a positive cycle!

Let us know if you have any questions and have fun with your new movements!

Clint & Aimee

 

5 things we’re grateful for today:

  1. Attending Craig’s brilliant workshop last weekend
  2. Forest play time
  3. Meeting new lovely people at all of our recent free library talks
  4. You guys reading our blog posts!
  5. All the cherry tomatoes we’ve been picking from our container garden lately

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Kids and nature… it should be a no-brainer

Well.. you and I might realise that kids absolutely need nature for their health and happiness, but sadly.. not everyone does.

So we are on a mission. To organise a FREE screening of the doco Project Wild Thing on the Sunshine Coast, with the hopes of reaching lots of parents, educators and anyone else who cares about the health of our kids’ so we can spread the awareness around nature being so crucial for children’s long-term health and wellness.

One of the ways we’re doing this is by raising money at events we hold. On Sunday we held the first… a FAMILY FUN AND PLAY DAY at Point Cartwright. We had about 20 or so people there over the course of the morning and it was a great day out!

We started with a group of kids and adults joining in on Clint’s Primal Play session on the beach; all barefoot, all getting sun and fresh air, all moving their body’s naturally, and all having lots of fun!

Luckily the sun came out for the occasion and with it came some humidity so the location was perfect for play on the sand then a swim to cool off!

Clint took everyone through a variety of natural movements and games including Up Down No Hands, Hip Tiggy, Partner Tug O War, Crab Walking, Crawling, Tiggy and more. It was suitable for all ages and all fitness levels and it was great to see so many people from all walks of life joining in and having a great time!

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After the beach fun we headed to the park, found some shade and set up for a Sensory Connection activity.

It’s easy to have a good time outside in nature when playing at the beach or going for a bushwalk and to head home feeling happier and rejuvenated but most people don’t realise we can get even more health benefits from nature, that can have a longer lasting effect, by making more of a connection with what’s around us.

I wanted to show everyone how they can use nature and simple natural objects to fully indulge the senses and get a more beneficial and uplifting experience.

I’d gathered some items I found on the beach and took the group through a full sensory indulgence session to help them learn to engage their brain in a positive way, without electronic stimulants, in a way that’s really natural and innate for humans. Everyone seemed more relaxed but also more focused afterwards which was terrific and hopefully it’ll help them get more benefit from nature in the future.

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Next… it was time to FEAST!

We were lucky enough to have some fabulous food donated by some very generous and kind local small businesses and we all enjoyed a delicious healthy picnic lunch!

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Paleo sausages from Off the Bone Butcher and onion on the BBQ with some Free Organic coconut oil went down a treat!

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It was great to see everyone chatting and getting to know each other.  Des from Off the Bone Butcher and Andrea had a good chat, while Des’s partner Naomi and Matt from Peachester Farm pastured chickens formed hopefully a new working relationship behind. Matt provided us with a few roast organic chooks which were absolutely amazing!

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With the whole point of the day being to raise money for Project Wild Thing we were delighted to see the jar filling up with cash! It helped too that Off the Bone Butcher donated a $50 voucher to raffle off!!

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Dig in everyone, grub’s up! Salad from Sunshine Organics, paleo sausages, organic roast chickens and yummy bars from At One.. what more could we ask for?!

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My plate! So good, I was so full after!!

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And the winner of the raffle is… <drum roll> … Brenton! Who happens to be Clint’s client and was at another event next to ours but bought a ticket on the day!! Congrats Brenton, enjoy your meat buy!

 

We packed up at about 2pm, with full bellies, pink noses from all the sun, and hopefully all feeling happy! With $150 in the jar, Clint and I are really grateful for everyone who came along and their generosity, including our amazing sponsors and the families who joined in on all the activities. Thank you everyone!!

 

Just $350 left to raise now, so if you’d like to contribute you can keep an eye out on our Facebook page for more events to come along to, or book in for the Primal Trial Pack with Clint of 2x 30 min intro sessions for $10 here
Find out about the movie here

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Help spread the word so we can get this screening happening on the Sunshine Coast soon.. share this blog post with your friends, family and colleagues!

Thanks for your support 🙂

Aimee x

MYTH: you can be too old to start moving naturally

Yep, true, you are never too old to start moving naturally!

Clint and I always get funny, curious and “I wish I could do that” looks from people when we’re out playing at the beach or the park. And by ‘playing’ I mean actually playing games and doing different natural movements the body is designed to do.

We also often get approached by older folk who aren’t afraid to ask what it is we’re doing and why, often with a response of “I would have been able to do that when I was younger, but I’m too old now”. We hear it ALL the time!

And while we totally respect the older generation, we must say… they’re wrong!

Natural movement isn’t exercise. Nor is there a minimum fitness level required. If you can move any part of your body then you can have a crack at natural movement and some of the types of movements and activities we do.

Sure, we may be able to jump and crawl fast on hands and feet and things like that. Which can look intimidating to some. But we couldn’t always do those things, we started from scratch as anyone would. Plus, jumping, fast crawling and other movements at a similar level are not the only movements people can do. Simply crawling on hands and knees is a good place to start.

Why? Because for some odd reason in this day and age, we go from being children to teens to adults and somewhere along the way we stop playing and moving the way we’re meant to. We instead start ‘exercising’, or not, we do less movement and are sedentary too much of the time.

This is not good! Movements like crawling are basic human movements. They’re not just for toddlers and kids. Same for playing and finding joy in movement. Why can’t a 50 year old play Tiggy with friends and actually have fun?! There’s no reason!!

We could go on and on about the benefits of natural movement and play and why adults should be getting into it. But we’re not going to get into that too deeply in this blog. The point of this post is to show you that YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO MOVE NATURALLY AND PLAY!

I’m going to use my mum as an example. She turned 60 in April (doesn’t look it though, must be all that gelatin and bone broth!) and a year and a half ago was hit by a car while she was crossing the street, which resulted in a badly broken wrist and a shoulder injury. Not to mention PTSD. Plus, she’s spent the last decade+ not doing a whole lot of moving. She used to workout and she used to walk A LOT. She still walks but no where near as much. AND she has an office job. That’s a whole lotta bad right there!

So… being 60, still recovering physically and emotionally from a major injury and not moving much in general equated to a lack of confidence, a lack of awareness of what she’s capable of physically and emotionally, and a lack of understanding of just how to move well.

When one is in that situation sometimes encouragement from someone else, and a little push in the right direction is needed.

We wanted to give mum a little nudge so last weekend we headed to the beautiful Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens in Tanawha to have a play with a friend from Brissie. Mum, me, Clint and Amanda. All very different fitness levels, but all just as capable of natural movement and play!

 

We started with a game of Frisbee to ‘warm-up’ (not that we think warming up is overly important but your typical not-yet-playing folk seem to think it’s necessary lol!). Before the Frisbee even got close to mum she was verbalising her lack of confidence with lots of “I can’t..” and excuses. Totally normal.

But within a minute, when she realised she could do it. Her words changed. And they continued to as the session went along; through push/pull activities, crawling, throwing, balancing on one leg and more.

At one point I had mum doing a combo of crawling on hands and knees, and throwing a rock. She threw the rock, and then would crawl to the rock, and repeat. I could really tell she struggled with coordination. Why? Because she hadn’t done those two movements since she was a kid! Without practice, of course something is going to be difficult. But the great thing about starting with basic movements is they’re pretty easy to pick up, they’re do-able therefore creating confidence.

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Once the session was finished mum was pretty pooped but felt good. She’d learnt a few areas that need work, such as balancing more on one leg than the other,  as well as crawling and throwing to become more comfortable with coordination.

To watch a short video on mum crawling and throwing, to give you an idea of how tricky it was for her at first, and how to actually perform these movements, click here.

Mum says she’s now looking forward to making natural movement a part of her lifestyle, because not only does she the need and benefit for her personally, but she’s taken that tricky first step of actually giving it a go and knows she’s more than capable.

 

We’re excited to see how she progresses, because we know it’ll only be a positive thing in so many ways, and because we care so much about her we’re keen to see the improvements it makes to her life.

 

So, if you’ve been one of those people often saying “I could have done that 20 years ago, but not now” or something similar, then now you know that’s not the case, and that you actually can do at least SOME form of natural movement and play.

We hope this has provided some inspiration to someone out there! Feel free to sneakily share the link in an email to your older loved ones you think might benefit from this, that gentle nudge might be all it takes to get them moving forward 🙂

 

Thanks for reading!

Aimee

Forest Therapy: using nature to heal the body and the mind

On Sunday we held our second Forest Therapy Workshop, this time in the Mapleton Falls National Park. It was just me, Aimee was still a bit unwell (yes, Forest Therapy probably would have helped!), and I met with 4 lovely ladies at 9am, all eager to go for a relaxing and rejuvenating walk through the bush.

 

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I see a tree like this and of course I’m going to climb it!

 

What exactly is Forest Therapy anyway?

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Taking a walk in a forest, or “forest bathing” as it’s often called, can have some amazing effects on our mind and body. The scientifically proven benefits of Forest Therapy include:
• Lowers blood pressure
• Lowers pulse rate
• Reduces cortisol levels
• Increases vigour
• Reduces anger
• Reduces depression

 
From a personal experience making Shinrin-Yoku part of our weekly practice we’ve noticed:
• Deeper and clearer intuition
• Increased flow of energy
• Increased capacity to communicate with the land and its species
• Increased flow of life force
• Deepening of friendships
• Overall increase in sense of happiness

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Miyazaki of China University said forests gratify the five senses by providing the sounds of birds, cool air, green leaves, the touch of trees, wild plants and grasses. “The atmosphere of forests makes people calm” he said. Based on studies on the effects of forests, the public and private sectors are now promoting forest therapy.

 

Stuck in the office and can’t get outside? Even looking at a picture of a forest has been linked to reducing blood pressure, stress and improving cognitive performance. So one tip is to bring up an image of a forest onto your computer screen every hour or so, look at it for a couple of minutes, focusing on relaxing your mind and body, breathing deeply and imagining yourself in that forest. Take note of how you feel afterwards 🙂

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These old trees can make us healthier and happier

 

Because Aimee and I are big fans of this little-known therapy we hold workshops so we can invite others to experience and enjoy the benefits. I really enjoyed the workshop on Sunday; all the ladies seemed to as well and all have said really positive things since. Such as Amanda who gave this feedback…

 

“Refreshed, invigorated, regenerated and inspired is how I feel right now. A short wandering walk in the company of some pleasant folks which ended with some meditation beneath the green canopy. Like a balm for the mind, body and soul, it seems a little dose of forest therapy is just what I needed right now. Clint presented himself with thought and care and it was evident that he truly believes in what he does. Certainly worth the two-hour drive up from Brisbane. Thanks guys!”

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Take a deep breath and breathe in the beauty

 

The workshop was just $6 which included an info sheet for everyone, a can of coconut water from a local supplier, and the total profit went to charity! Until the end of June we’re supporting the Red Cross Australia Nepal Region Earthquake Appeal and so far we’ve given them over $30 which isn’t much but hopefully it’ll help in some way.

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Me barefoot and balancing (as usual!) and one of my guests enjoying the surrounds

And hopefully the attendees on Sunday can now use Forest Therapy to improve their health and happiness well into the future. We’re so lucky here on the Sunshine Coast to have a variety of forest, dotted all over the region, to take advantage of.

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The nice view over the Sunshine Coast hinterland

And the bonus? Forest Therapy is FREE! Sure beats popping a pill doesn’t it!

 

If you’d like to find out about our next Forest Therapy Workshop so you can come along, just register for our Primal E-News newsletter so you don’t miss out!

Now go find a forest and get some therapy 🙂

Clint

 

5 Things I’m Grateful For:

1. Facing the Flinch – something I’m new to and really enjoying

2. Getting people moving

3. Family and friends

4. Winter Solstice has passed! Longer days, yay!

5. Forest time

 

Our paleo Moree adventure!

When our good friends Tony and Carrie from Three Apples Organics in Moree, NSW invited us to visit and do some paleo workshops, the first thing we said was.. “Yes!” then we said… “Road trip!!”!

 

In 2014 Steve, Sarah and Brett, hosts of That Paleo Show (only the coolest radio show ever!), brought to QLD a magical event called Cave Camp that, among other things, helped form new connections and friendships within the paleo community. We were lucky enough to be there and made some amazing friendships. One person we met there and stayed in touch with was Tony Casey, owner of a little organic store in a little country town in NSW.

 

Skip ahead 7 months and we’re driving down to that little country town to do a series of Paleo Lifestyle workshops with that little organic store and it’s fantastic owners!

 

Our adventure began on Wednesday 13 May when we left the Sunny Coast and stayed with family overnight in Brissie (to save some time on the overall drive down) then headed off for the main leg of the trip early on the Thursday morning. And boy were we excited!

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Clint and I both love the country so we knew we were going to enjoy a few hours driving through countryside we hadn’t seen before. Once we’d passed Toowoomba and headed south-west were all of a sudden in cotton and grain country. Kind of ironic that we promote minimal grain consumption for humans and animals and we’re driving past a heap of grain farms lol

 

Once we crossed the QLD/NSW border we noticed a distinct change in scenery and wildlife. We even spotted some emu and wild boar on the way! And as we edged closer to Moree we were treated to beautiful bright yellow wattle trees lining the roadside, giving a burst of colour to some often plain views.

 

We arrived in Moree at the very end of the day and pulled up out the front of the Three Apples Organic store on the corner of an intersection in an old Hotel building – which was a bit of a contrast actually!

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We quickly settled into our motel, which was just across the road of Tony and Carrie’s home, we had a nice dinner at their place and got an early night to be ready for the first day of workshop fun set for Friday!

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Inside the famous Three Apples Organics store!

First up… Clint took a group of 16 energetic pre-schoolers for a 1 hour Primal Play session. He was just as knackered at the end as the kids were! They spent the time running around, playing Chasey, balancing, crawling, mimicking animals, stalking, sneaking, rolling, jumping, and laughing.. lots of laughing!

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It was great to see some of the mum’s join in as well. Especially because the movement and activities Clint did aren’t just for kids, they’re for all ages. The only difference being as we move out of childhood, through our teens and into adulthood, most of us lose the ability to move properly. It’s not that we’re meant to stop playing and moving naturally because we reach a certain age. It’s just that the way we tend to live in this day and age, that’s what ends up happening. So when adults attempt to jump, crawl, balance etc they usually find it difficult. One of Clint’s goals is to educate kids AND adults about the benefits and necessity of moving this way and having fun doing so, throughout our entire lives, not just through the early years. So to see some adults joining in, getting a great workout and having heaps of fun was terrific!

 

After the fun that was the pre-school workshop, we had some lunch at the motel and ducked off to a park (and boy there are a lot of parks to choose from in Moree, it’s great!) to do some natural movement ourselves and Clint set up the slackline.

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That afternoon Clint had another workshop to do, this time with a group of primary school kids. It was only a small group but all the kids seemed to have a lot of fun and the parents sounded impressed with the activities and games.

 

The age of that group meant Clint could incorporate more ‘mindful’ movements into the mix such as ‘Stalking your Pray’ which involves one person (usually Clint) standing with eyes closed, facing one direction, with the kids crawling up towards him from behind, trying to be as quiet as possible. The person standing needs to listen carefully and turn to point to where they hear a noise and try and end up pointing at someone crawling. The kids crawling need to think about their movement, the noises they’re making, which direction they’re coming from and the speed they move at. It’s got the usual benefits of crawling but with more mindfulness and thinking.

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‘Stalking your Pray’

 

 

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‘Chasey’ always a hit!

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‘Lifeguard Sprint’ where the kids lie face down in one direction then at “GO” they jump up , turn and sprint to an object in the opposite direction. Definitely a thinking game and great for getting the heart rate up

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Hands on shoulders and pushing is great for all over strength

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‘Hip Tiggy’ is always a favourite, it gets the heart rate up and the giggles on!

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‘Over and Under’ teaches coordination, team work and is good for general strengthening

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Inverted Crawling mostly strengthens the arms, shoulders, wrists and quads

They’re images of just a few of the games and movements the kids did in that session. We’re pretty sure they would have all slept very well that night! And well done to the two mum’s who joined in some of the time, we hope you slept well too!

 

Day 1 of workshops isn’t over yet! I had my ‘Sweet & Tasty Treats’ Paleo Cooking Demo to host yet! BIG day!

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Does that photo look a little dark to you? That’s because it was taken during a blackout!! Yes, we actually had a power outage in the store during my evening workshop!! Apparently a powerline at the local tennis centre fell onto a parked car, causing some of the CBD to be without electricity for some time. Luckily for us not all the shops were power-less, so quick-thinking Tony took a food processor full of Banana Bread ingredients to a friends’ nearby shop with power, gave it a blitz, brought it back over and put it in the still-hot oven. It wasn’t ready that night but it was in the morning so all the guests could come back and grab their piece!

The Chocolate Brownies that were already in the oven cooked almost enough during the workshop. They were still a little gooey on the inside, but for brownies.. that’s totally fine and often preferred by fudgy brownie lovers anyway!

The other tasters – Jelly Cups and Apricot Bites – were already set in the fridge and ready to go so they were devoured on the night. And before long the power was back on and we could finish the workshop off. A big thanks to everyone who lent their phone torches so we could get through the darkness without injury! lol

 

After a big day of workshops we were looking forward to a relaxing dinner again over at Tony and Carrie’s place. Their hospitality throughout the entire weekend was absolutely amazing and we had some great conversations with them and their gorgeous kids. They definitely took their ‘friend’ status to the new level of ‘family’ pretty quickly while we were there!

 

We’d had perfect blue sky weather since we arrived and Saturday was no exception! First thing Saturday morning we headed to the local soccer fields to watch Xan play soccer before our final 2 workshops on that day; Clint took a group of adults through a Natural Movement and Play session which included a bit of a chat about the Paleo Lifestyle. Some attendees were already quite familiar with paleo in terms of food but not so much the movement aspect, which we find common when we meet people.

 

‘Crawling’ is an essential foundation movement for any age

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Once hands and knees feels easy, switch to hands and feet. MUCH more challenging and works even more muscles including the abs

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Women especially like ‘Inverted Crawling’ for those ‘tuckshop lady arms’! It’s also great for getting down steep hills with ease and speed

 

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‘Hip Tiggy’ get the kids laughing and adults alike. Never has one person not at least smiled when doing this activity in a workshop!

 

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Clint and Tony demonstrating the pushing movement and giving tips on how to find your strengths against your partner

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Slowing things down with some ‘Timing and Tension’

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‘Broad Jumps’ not only strengthens the legs and abs but is a great cardio boost

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Little Annabel joined the adults for a game of ‘Chasey’

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The ladies really got into the game!

 

As you can see from the images, the ‘big kids’ sure got into the games and movements Clint introduced them to! And hopefully they’ve since been doing a few of them in their regular workouts and are finding joy in moving.
Ok so that’s all the play for the trip.. but not all the fun! One more workshop left!

 

My ‘Everyday Savoury Dishes’ workshop at the store was still to come…

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Bacon, egg and melting cheese crepes.. mmmm!

 

I demo’d some of my favourite meals including Brekkie Crepes with Melting Cheese, Spaghetti Bolognese and Cauli Oregano Mash with Lemon Thyme Patties. They were a hit with the crowd… phew!!

 

It was a great 2 hour workshop, and a fabulous way to end the 2 days of Paleo Lifestyle events. Made even better by this gorgeous sunset we saw as we left the shop that evening…

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So the workshops were over, we had one more night left in town, what were we going to get up to before we headed home? A dip in the ARTESIAN POOL of course!! The main attraction to Moree is the artesian baths, and lucky for us they were right across from our motel, so we headed home, got changed and met The Casey crew over there for what was definitely one of our highlights of the trip. We could have stayed in the soothing warm water all night but we definitely would’ve come out shrivled prunes!

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The air feels just a tad cooler when you step out of the hot water… ok lie… it’s freezing!!

 

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What was in that water anyway?!

There are 3 different outdoor pools, all different temp, and we tried out all of them! Playing games in the colder one and scaring everyone else out of the water (mwahahaha!) and sitting with our backs to the massaging jets in the hottest pool. It was heaven!

My legs and feet were really sore and achy after all the standing I’d done, but when I got out of the pool I felt so much better. It was amazing. If you ever get the chance to travel to Moree be sure to visit the Aquatic Centre.

 

Our last night didn’t end there.. we ended up staying at Tony and Carrie’s for a while, having dinner, eating raw cake, and watching funny cat videos that had is in hysterics. As you do, right?! We had such a blast and of course then a late night, so we didn’t head off as early as we’d planned to the next day… oops! But it was worth it 🙂

Before we drove off I had to get a photo of something that kept making us laugh …

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Every time we stepped outside we saw men and women, of seemingly Russian, or Ukranian, or something, descent all walking to and from the pool wearing robes and slippers. So many of them! It was so cute and so funny at the same time! It’s like ‘the thing’ people in Moree do, hilarious!

 

So after that we drove to Brisbane, tired but really happy. It was such a wonderful weekend; the new experiences we had, the lovely people we met, the positive feedback we received… we loved every minute of it and are so grateful for the opportunity. We love taking our knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for the Paleo Lifestyle to more people and we hope we can do so with many more road trips in the future. If you’d like us to come to you and do our thang, just let us know and we might just be able to make it happen!

 

A HUGE thank you to The Casey’s for their amazing hospitality while we were in Moree. And also a big thanks to Sarah, Steve and Brett of That Paleo Show for having organised Cave Camp QLD, inviting us along, and allowing us to meet such awesome people like Tony. Without that event none of this would have been possible!

 

Aimee x

 

5 Things I’m Grateful For:

1. Our trip to Moree and all the fun we had

2. Wonderful friends

3. Getting sun on the balcony today

4. Finally being over the virus I had all week

5. A really fun private cooking workshop yesterday