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What is a “C.H.E.K.” practitioner?

A C.H.E.K. Practitioner is someone who has successfully completed the rigorous Corrective High-performance Exercise Kinesiologist (C.H.E.K) Certification programme. This programme is designed to produce the finest and most highly trained exercise therapists and strength and conditioning specialists in the world. Unlike any other certification programme for exercise professionals, the C.H.E.K. Certification programme is completed in four blocks of intensive modules, taught in a focused small-group setting, followed by examinations at the completion of the course work.

More about Michelle Owen – how does your training vary from a normal personal trainer?

As a C.H.E.K. Practitioner, Michelle can more efficiently and effectively isolate the areas where each client needs coaching, correction, stabilisation, specific core conditioning or whatever your needs may be. After a comprehensive postural and orthopedic assessment of structure, movement skills, nutrition and lifestyle factors, a customised programme is then developed. The C.H.E.K. system is multi-disciplinary. My aim is therefore to look at how we can prioritise your efforts to address/correct the most important things first, leading on to a series of planned progressive exercises that are goal-focused and in tune with your overall needs.

How long will it take to see improvements?

Getting improvement is extremely varied, it depends on many things. They include: a client’s level of dysfunction within their body; their learning abilities; their level of commitment to the programme; their level of lifestyle choices; and their emotional status. I see some clients leaping ahead with flying colors and others chipping away very slowly. I just work with where people are at and encourage them forward. Improvement can be felt very quickly if attention to detail is paid.

Do I have to always work with you or do I work alone as well?

It is totally up to you how much you work with me and how much you work alone. Everyone has a different preference to this depending on his or her time and money. It is better to do more coaching initially and then taper it to suit, as it involves a big learning curve.

How will I know if my posture is improving?

You will feel your body becoming freer and notice that it becomes easy to stand up within proper alignment and hold yourself in this position. Most clients also notice the poor posture of people around them as their own improves. Pain, tightness and discomforts will ease and over time you will feel the supporting muscles of your body starting to hold you in improved position. As you become strong and reprogram your movement patterns you will notice how your body moves from the correct areas and more fluidly.

What else is involved?

This depends on the individual. After your assessment I may make some suggestions to speed up your progress. This could be visiting other practitioners to have soft tissue work, spinal alignment, or supplementation for particular aliments.

What is a postural and orthopedic assessment?

This is a big-picture look at your physical structure and its distortion or shifting from what we call “neutral” or optimal body position. During this assessment we will discuss the following areas:  Your pain and discomfort, and what you have previously done about it; Other practitioners you have seen and what has worked / not worked; What you are currently doing exercise-wise, including any sporting requirements; Your goals, time and commitment levels; Your overall health and abilities.

This will be followed by a full measure up to assess muscular imbalances and postural challenges to enable us to develop a programme unique to your body and needs.

How long is a postural and orthopedic assessment?

The full assessment including consult and measure takes approximately 2 hours.

What should I wear to the assessment?

The assessment is predominantly done in our assessment room, which is private. For men, sports shorts or boxers are appropriate. For women, sports shorts and bra top, bikini or bra and knickers are fine. You should also bring comfortable gym wear and training shoes.

What is Holistic Lifestyle Coaching?

The Holistic Lifestyle Coach certification was developed by Paul Chek, founder of the C.H.E.K. Institute. Through years of research, case studies and real life examples, he came to the conclusion that weight loss is about much more than just exercise and nutrition. Holistic Lifestyle Coaching is therefore based on the premise that a ‘holistic’ approach encompassing the six foundation principles – nutrition, movement, hydration, sleep, thought, and breath – is critical for overall health and wellness.

How does it work?

Holistic Lifestyle Coaching involves an in-depth initial consult that covers all the areas listed above, and assesses your current lifestyle based on a specific set of questions that will determine areas of improvement. Once reviewed, Michelle will design a programme specific to your individual needs which will involve a combination of approaches that together, will create significant results.

How long is the programme?

One of the most important (and one of the best) things about Holistic Lifestyle Coaching is that it works within your current lifestyle, so the programme will be tailored around what is achievable for you.

Do you train athletes?

Athletes are one of my specialty areas. I’ve had great success in working with a number of athletes from a variety of sports and disciplines recover from injury; improve weaknesses impeding performance; helping to identify critical areas that are limiting improvement, and much more.

Do you have references that I can talk to?

Absolutely! Please get in touch with me and I will happily put you on to a number of athletes that I have worked with in the past.

What type of topics do you present?

I specialise in a number of areas within the health and wellness topics, including but not limited to, postural health; double your energy; wellness approaches; posture and the workplace; and much more.

Do you have references that I can talk to?

Absolutely! Please get in touch with me and I will happily put you on to a number of key contacts that I have presented for in the past.

Where is your studio located?

My studio is located at 10 New North Road, Level 2 in Eden Terrace, Auckland. Click here to view a map, or Click here to see some pictures of my studio in action.

You seem to have a big space – do you rent your space out for seminars / workshops?

Absolutely. My space is well suited to small group seminars of all types, however it is particularly well suited to fitness or health-related workshops or seminars with a practical element, that require the use of various fitness equipment or assessment tools.

How much does your studio cost to rent per day?

Rates are very reasonable, however it is dependent on requirements, access times, etc. The best way is to contact me and we can discuss your requirements and pricing, and you can determine if the space will work for you.

I’m a personal trainer, can I train clients from your studio?

We welcome enquiries from personal trainers interested in training clients out of our premises. If you would like more information – please contact me for more information.

What else is involved?

This depends on the individual. After your assessment I may make some suggestions to speed up your progress. This could be visiting other practitioners to have soft tissue work, spinal alignment, or supplementation for particular aliments.