Simon Fellows, Registered Massage Therapist
After many years of postural pain and discomfort from computer based work and repeated sports injuries, Simon decided to change career direction and study extensively how to become pain free and resilient to injury. He found that he could use the knowledge gained not only to manage his own postural and injury pain, but also to have a positive impact on pain and injury in others. This has now become his life's work.
Simon continues to learn and read widely on and around the subject. Born and raised in England with a successful career in finance in my past, he now loves life as a Registered Massage Therapist in Vancouver where he lives with his wife, cat and chickens.
Simon is an active swimmer, cyclist, kite-surfer, skier, mountain biker, SUP'er and rugby fan. He is passionate about manual therapy for pain management, injury prevention, rehabilitation and functional movement.
His goal is to keep you fit, active and in the game, whatever stage of life you are at.
About Simon’s treatments:
During Simon's treatments he uses a significant amount of muscle testing, neural challenges and movement to assess and determine the root cause of dysfunction. Employing techniques such as Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex (P-DTR), Neuro Kinetic Technique (NKT), Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), myo-fascial release and other massage approaches he aims to bring balance back into your body, giving you a foundation for pain free living with fewer injuries and enhanced recovery.
Simon is P-DTR (Intermediate) and NKT (Level 3) trained. Please see below to read more about P-DTR and NKT treatments, as well as other modalities he employs.
Simon’s Manual Therapy Training
2010 - Active Isolated Stretching (AIS)
2012 - ACSM Personal Trainer
2014 - Registered Massage Therapist (VCMT)
2015 - NeuroKinetic Technique (NKT Level 1)
2016 - NeuroKinetic Technique (NKT Level 2)
2017 - NeuroKinetic Technique (NKT Level 3)
- Anatomy in Motion (AIM)
- Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex (P-DTR Foundations)
2018 - Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex (P-DTR Intermediate)
What is P-DTR?
Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex (P-DTR) is a product of the original thought and investigations of orthopedic surgeon Dr. José Palomar. This work recognizes that proprioception (sensation of touch, pressure, hot, cold, pain, etc.), and the way the body processes the information from these receptors, is paramount in determining neuromuscular responses throughout the entire body. Motor function is not just determined by the motor system, but rather is modified by the inputs of these receptors.
Using a comprehensive system of muscle testing and neural challenges, involved receptors can be located and normal function can be quickly restored. Most physical therapy and other therapeutic modalities deal with the hardware of the body, neglecting the fact that much of the pain and dysfunction we experience is often actually a problem with our “software”. P-DTR deals with the various sensory receptors (proprioceptors) of the body and the way they affect and modify our movement patterns. These receptors (those for pain, stretch, pressure, hot, cold, vibration, etc.) all send information to the brain for processing and the brain takes this feedback into account when making decisions regarding our movement. If this information is incorrect, as is often the case, the brain is making its decisions based on bad information. Pain and dysfunction frequently result.
P-DTR uses neural challenges specific to the involved receptors and muscle tests combined with proper stimulation of the deep tendon reflex to make immediate and lasting advances toward restored function.
What is NKT?
NKT, a technique developed by David Weinstein, is a sophisticated form of manual therapy that combines motor control theory and manual muscle testing. The science of motor control theory states that the motor control center in the cerebellum stores all the coordination patterns of the body. It is directed by the limbic system and the cerebral cortex not only to create movement patterns (such as when a baby learns to stand), but also to create substitute movement patterns when we are injured.
Manual muscle testing allows us to find muscles that are weak or dysfunctional in relationship to other muscles. NKT allows the therapist to address these dysfunctional patterns throughout the body by releasing compensating muscle and activating dysfunctional ones, thereby restoring normal movement patterns. NKT is an excellent modality in rehabilitation and manual therapy because it not only identifies the cause of pain and dysfunction, but also corrects it very quickly and quite painlessly.
What is AIS?
The Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) method of muscle lengthening and fascial release is a type of Athletic Stretching Technique that provides effective, dynamic, facilitated stretching of major muscle groups, but more importantly, AIS provides functional and physiological restoration of superficial and deep fascial planes.
What is AIM?
Gary Ward created Anatomy In Motion (AIM) and the Flow Motion Model: a map of the moving human body and the journey your body takes through the gait cycle. He recognised that when the heel hits the ground it’s possible that you can determine what each joint in the body is doing in all three dimensions at that particular moment in time. He identified five key phases of walking as we roll from heel to toe covering a journey of 0.65-0.8 seconds in which every single joint undertakes every single possible joint motion in all three dimensions.
The map has been created to provide a reference tool for all therapists with which to cross-reference static posture and /or dynamic motion and compare what the body is doing with what it could be doing when effortlessly flowing through gait (walking). The AIM map guides us to use specific whole body movements to give movement back to the exposed areas while encouraging the structure to feel safe from previous injuries.
Most therapies concentrate on stabilising structures. AIM recognises that movement is ever present in the system so why stabilise what should be mobilised? All joints move in concert with each other but they somehow lose their way over the years. Regardless of your discomfort, our goal is to teach your body to find centre by following the map of the Flow Motion Model. A centred and balanced body is one in which the human body holds the richest environment for your healing to take place.
For more information about Simon, AIS stretching or personal training
visit his website www.rangeandmotion.com
Tuesday 2:30 - 8:45
Wednesday 2:30 - 8:45
Thursday 8:00 - 2:15
Friday 8:00 - 2:15