How and why I started practising ConTact C.A.R.E
Following a car accident which left me with whip-lash and on-going headaches, I found chiropractic treatment provided a quick fix. However, when I found myself having to go every week I started looking for something that would ‘work’. I made an appointment to see Dale Speedy and was so impressed with what I experienced, I began training with him. Initially I studied Reiki (which I found to be a wonderful self-empowerment tool), and Qi Gong.
I was very fortunate to study Ortho-Bionomy with Neville Hedges, who taught me the importance of listening and observation. Other notable teachers were Ian Stephenson who taught the interconnectedness of all things, and Zoe Crowley who demonstrated the art of just being. After three years of study I qualified as a practitioner and Dale and I opened our clinic in Ngatea.
Ortho-Bionomy for me was a very effective way of working, especially for me, as it was a conceptual way of working – essentially no rules. The founder, Arthur Lincoln Pauls, was a judo man who essentially found a way to perform judo on a joint. I felt the focus on technique was not in keeping with the essence of what the founder had intended.
When Dale suggested I tried a particular formula he had been playing with I was amazed at how quickly a release would happen. That initial ‘playing’ in 2005 grew into the establishment of ConTact C.A.R.E in 2006.
From that humble beginning, Dale drew on his extensive martial arts experience for the predictable way the body reacts to applied pressure. He took this knowledge to the horses for their pure reaction, to be able to accurately map the instinctive evasive skeletal maneuvers to an outside force.
My role as Co-Founder of ConTact C.A.R.E developed slowly, as I shared my experience and perspectives to provide checks and balances for the developing therapy. Dale asked me to formally recognize myself as Co-Founder in 2008.