The founder of Haptomotion is Esther Hoonhout. I was a top international athlete as a teenager which required a constant striving to better myself, and learning how to cope with all the stress involved in that. I was therefore fairly young when first involved with professional physical and mental coaching.
I started as a Mensendieck therapist in 2000, through being interested in coaching people in their personal development. I noticed in practice that physical complaints often have not only physical causes, but psychosomatic causes too. Always having been fascinated by what motivates people (literally and figuratively), haptotherapy was a natural next step in my career.
Haptonomy concerns itself with both the physical and the emotional. This is a continuous theme in our lives because there are always more and more challenges and life is made up of things that touch you (in any sense of the word).
I try to create an open and intimate atmosphere during therapy. This allows me to be touched, affected, by a client’s story as well as by our mutual physical contact.
Meaning it in the widest sense of the word, I really like to ‘get moving’: personal development, grabbing the reins of life and riding the punches by getting in touch with your own flexibility and resilience.
David Treur, Mensendieck Therapist and sport masseur at Haptomotion.
I qualified at Hogeschool Amsterdam as Mensendieck Therapist. While still in training, I functioned as an intern at Haptomotion (and elsewhere), my final internship being at University Medical Centre Leiden. Now a fully qualified Mensendieck Therapist I specialise in issues with posture and bodily movement. Such issues can arise during ordinary daily activities as well as during work and sport.
Besides training as a Mensendieck Therapist I gained qualifications in sport massage. I myself play football in a senior league and practiced various sports in my youth, so my affinity with sport is assured. I also therefore have first hand experience in treating the body consciously, while performing to the best of your ability. I have of course also experienced injury during physical exercise. Combined remedial therapy and sport massage ensures that a patient can tax themselves to their utmost during their chosen sport, but also during ‘normal’ day-to-day life. Preparing to practice your sport, as well as recovering after injury uses this combination to a fine degree.
Sport and injury (or at least some level of complaint) go hand-in-hand, whatever your age. Many of these ‘complaints’ are caused by a detrimental posture, or overtaxing specific bodily
movements while practicing sport, or dance. Early detection of complaint or injury is the first step to reducing this overtaxing and ultimately improving the body’s balance as a whole. During treatment you will be given specific exercises aimed at your specific sport with the intent of improving your general posture. The main aim and end goal is to be able to use your body to achieve optimum (sport) results and to prevent any future complaint or injury.
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