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Suz Ferreira

Founder
Physiotherapist (BPhysT)
Pilates Instructor (APPI)
Acupuncturist (ACCP)
Movement Conditioning Teacher
Business Coach (IMPACT)
Sports Massage Therapist

 

Focus/Main areas of interest: 

How would you describe yourself? 

Honest, direct, passionate and positive. I  always try to find a solution, even if my chances are miniscule. I love being with people that make me think, feel and laugh. I strive to empower individuals, groups, communities - when ever I can. 

What do you most value in others? 

Integrity. An open mind, a willingness to improve and to be helped.  I love being surrounded by passionate people - they inspire and energise me. 

Favourite meal? 

My favourite meal is alfresco - outside in the open air with my feet bare. Local fresh produce, prepared with love. A beautiful glass of wine in my hand is an added bonus. 

Do you have an evening ritual? 

I immerse myself in a epsom salt bath after work. I then leave my day's work behind. I take 10 minutes of silence when I come home, I call it 'me time'. I love to end my day with a cup of Rooibos tea in bed before I close my eyes. I believe that it warms my stomach and makes me sleep better, especially during winter. 

 

How’d you get into physiotherapy? 

Phew, a loaded question. I only realised at the end of my first year of my BSC Studies that I wanted to become a Physio. I did not want to sit behind a desk. I wanted to work and help people and I wanted to do something with my hands. 

My odds were small, they only allowed 40 students onto the course. It was during this time that I leant how to apply myself and I really had to work hard for the first time in my life. It was a wonderfully enriching experience, it made me believe that you can achieve as long as you are willing to put the hours and effort in. 

What aspects of your work do you enjoy the most? 

The 'ah-moment' when it sinks in, when my client and I connect, when my class flow. Those moments when science and creativity sinks organically - it just falls together spontaneously. It is like art, you cannot explain it, however you can see and feel that it is 'right'. 

I also love it when people want to improve and when they want 'change'. It takes guts to be vulnerable and to put yourself in a position to learn with an open mind. You have to be able to trust - yourself and your therapist/teacher/coach. 

I adore being surrounded and inspired by my team. They are exceptional individuals who really care about their work. We support, love and inspire each other daily. 

What do you teach? 

I teach people to fly. I teach people to 'get off the ground', 'out of the corner', 'off the bed'...one step at a time. 

I help people to find the answers in themselves. We can be taught, we can observe, we can listen - however, at the end we need to ‘perform’ ourselves. Sometimes we need encouragement to re-connect with our inner confidence. 

I help people to heal themselves, I give them the tools to do this, both in body and mind.  

Is there anything you preach but don’t practice? 

Don’t be too hard on yourself. I’m a sucker. Don't rush. Don't do too many things at once... I better stop now, else no-one would come back.....(:)

What was the biggest challenge when you first started? 

I had a terrible snow-boarding accident very early in my career. I shattered my right, dominant arm, from my wrist to my shoulder. I had 7 operations in total. My arm was as good as paralysed, I could not even perform a pinch-grip. My prognosis was very poor : In the event of the surgeons being able to rescue my arm ( I suffered from gangrene) I would never be able to return to any physical activity, let alone my work. I would be lucky to get a tall glass to my mouth- meaning that I would only be able to bend my elbow to some degrees. 

How did you overcome it? 

I never believed their prognosis that I will never be able to work again or participate in any form of sport. The specialists believed that I would be lucky to have functional use of my right arm. 

I worked incredibly hard with two physiotherapists daily. My family was also a rock for me in this time - I could not do it without them. Never ever give up. Always keep on believing and hoping. I have returned to all of my sports, except for snowboarding. I have got the full use of my arm, my elbow still gets stuck, it still pains and swells and my sensation is severely affected, however these mere symptoms remind me daily of why I do, what I do. 

How do you stay fit? 

You mean how do I stay alive? I resonate better with 'healthy' rather than fit. I have been super fit in my life, yet not necessarily healthy - there is a big difference. 

I enjoy what I do, I constantly apply myself to the things I love. Movement - in any form is a joy. Run, bike, classes - MC and AIM. Dancing, lately Hip Hop. I keep my mind healthy, I have been seeing a psychotherapist for 8 years now, these check-ins keep 'my canvas clean'.  Learning, going to courses, reading books by recommendations. Spending my time with like-minded people… people that inspire, love and support me and with whom I can have fun. 

What is success to you? 

To find the things you love to do, to enjoy it and to get better at it. To have time and health to pursue your passions.  To be able to adapt to what-ever situation arises and to be fully present in the moment.  Well-rounded people inspire me immensely. A bit of everything - is a healthy mix.