Archive for October, 2015

The Rule of the Artery – Part 2

The Rule of the ArterySince writing this article I have attended the follow up Rule of the Artery course in October this year.  This time Anthony is not in attendance but there is another interesting personal connection.  Our director this time is Maxwell Fravel.  He is another excellent and vastly experienced practitioner, this time from Australia not New Zealand.

When visiting my sister in Melbourne my old dad’s back went into a painful spasm, probably as a result of the rigours of the long flight.  He was duly taken to Maxwell.  This was in 1992 when I was directionless in my 20’s and a bit of a worry to my family.  After school I had duly trudged through a Business and Management studies degree at Liverpool.  I had even got my Desmond [a 2ii honours pass] despite having no interest in the subject.  Since then I had been travelling and doing various McJobs.  Knowing that I needed to put my shoulder to something, I had been considering retraining as an Osteopath.  However I had no money.  My dad had not been keen to further support his somewhat feckless youngest son’s further education.

Maxwell treated him.  Two things happened as a result.

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Uphill Blizzard Trudge

A couple of years ago I went ski touring with my Czech friend Gabriel. I had never done this before. The picture is of one of the many climbs. Visible is Gabriel and four of the group of six French people we ended up shadowing. This day was started in a blizzard. As we gained height it thinned out, hence the nice effect of the hazy sun breaking through the snowy air.

“Ski touring” is not an accurate description. 97% of the time you are trudging for hours up hills -well mountains actually- with skis attached to your feet. And carrying a backpack with everything you need for a fortnight in it. Through deep snow. In whatever conditions the winter and the altitude care to deliver. Avalanches and crevasses claim a few souls for the snow gods every year no matter how careful you are.

It was fantastic.

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