Another brilliant first from TRM.
So often anglers return from a day on the river suffering from sore backs and shoulders after wading across the endless expanse of slippery Tongariro River boulders. Some of the access walks – across the stones to Cicada or to TLB of Kamahi is a real trial for older fishos.
But now instant relief is at hand – a TRM style concept combining chiropractic, osteopathy, manual therapy, alternative healing medicine, physiotherapy to provide pain relief.
The image on left is Rob Ferris from West Island visiting on his way to the Great New Zealand Trek . That image was taken when he tramped on the North Island stage in 2014. While he was here he strolled across the Tongariro Crossing and Tongariro River Trail and climbed to the summit of Mt. Ruapehu on successive days. But just before he left he had a fall which stuffed his shoulder and back. It was so fortunate he had booked into TRM for accommodation where pain relief therapy treatment is available.
As indicated in the images, SWMBO (She Who Must Be Obeyed is an expert on sore backs as well as everything else involving medicine and motels) now has an in-house massage therapist – Julie-Anne. She is fully trained and experienced as a physio massage pain-relief therapist from the most testing environment imaginable.
Julie-Anne learnt her skills in the shearing sheds all around the North Island and even on Waiheke Island. Nothing tests the flexibility and strength of backbones more than a shearing stand.
She – that is Julie-Anne, not SWMBO – has kept many weary shearers mobile after long periods of punishing back-breaking hard labour in the sheds so she can get you back casting on the river in no time. But she has a dainty delicate manipulative touch too, specially for elderly aching fishos.
Her fees for TRM inmates are far less than what you would usually pay in other massage therapy clinics.
So do not persevere with any casting shoulder/back pain any longer.
Book her on your next visit – some fishos book her ahead as insurance just in case (?).
Even if your shoulder is OK now – it is worth every penny regardless of your back ache, for the pain relief you will enjoy from her soothing gentle hands…
After a couple of sessions she soon had him back in shape and prepared for the GNZT – where the first day will sort him out at 39km over hills all the way. These distances are a guide only and often the route is increased to fit changing circumstances… So he had to get back to full fitness fast.
Anglers usual complaints are sore shoulders from casting. After a lay-off for several months to suddenly be subject to casting cicadas huge distances all day, particularly from an un-natural seated position in a boat, when the physical strain on lower backs and shoulders increases – then it is little wonder that shoulder muscles complain.
Now here is a special TRM tip…
Casting guides in England often encourage pupils to tuck a book under the casting arm. This is to make them focus on using the flexibility of the rod more and rely less on their arm strength.
The conceptual idea is that they have to concentrate far more to make the rod do all the work.
The usual result is they have to limit their arm action to “10-to-2” casting action and improve their timing to force the rod to flex far more than when flailing their arms all over the place.
Then the message strikes home that a fly rod will cast far further than your arm ever could.
And what a surprise – they discover that their casting distance and accuracy and presentation improves to…
For anyone keen on improving their casting, did you know that in Turangi we have the only lady in NZ who successfully completed the House of Hardy casting course and qualified as a professional instructor. She is Carol Harwood – a delightful coach – ph. (07) 386 6404.
Both Carol and Frank Harwood are NZ Professional Fishing Guides and House of Hardy fly-casting instructors. However she does not do massage therapy – that happens later back at TRM.