As the sun creeps over the horizon on Saturday mornings, Bob and the Villagers are stretching their limbs and calibrating their bodies.
With the assistance of Stretch Therapist Bob,
Postures are being corrected…
and hips are being centred.
After a session of stretching, the whole body feels light and open.
The benefits and endorphins are present right from the start.
Much like Bob, really.
An open and gentle monk; instantly likeable.
Bob had been running a Gym, PT sessions and group fitness classes for many years before he encountered Stretch Therapy in the 90s. But as soon as he saw and participated in a session, he knew this was the path he was meant to take.
Ben met bob as a teenager, when he went to work in Bob’s Gym. They have remained close friends for over 15 years now.
But Bob’s proximity to Newcastle hasn’t remained close for all those years – his passion for balance and harmony lead him to Cambodia where he lived in Siem Reap.
4 years ago he was ordained as a Monk, in a very special ceremony in Angkor Wat.
There, in contrast to Cooks Hill, mornings in Cambodia consisted of a 4am start; meditation in the ancient temple; followed by a day of peaceful reflection and one simple meal.
“Lack of flexibility will age you rapidly” says Bob. “It is not age that causes lack of movement, it is the lack of moving that causes the inability to move.”
Bob’s exhortation is to take it slowly, balance the number of exercises, stop when you’ve had enough. Stretching is about you not the exercises.
The difference between yoga and stretch therapy is that stretch therapy always has an anchor point – a partner or fixture – an axis for balance.
Bob insists we should all follow his one rule of investment in our bodies:
“Move every joint,
in every way,
Bob; One of life’s exceptional people.