Dr Piers Bubbers – Osteopath
In this series of blog posts we are going to learn a little more about our team. Today it’s the turn of Piers Bubbers – Osteopath.
Tell us a little bit about yourself…
Most of my time outside work is spent being a Dad. It’s a role that I love. It keeps me grounded, it is fantastically fun and to see the wonder of a small child is always inspiring. We have another on the way and have talked about having four children! I’m not sure if that is sensible or not but I think that some of the best decisions I have made in life defy logic and practicality. We’ll see.
What little time is left in the week after work and family I use in ways that attempt to keep me sane. Iyengar yoga is always near the top of the list. It has been a constant companion for the last twelve or thirteen years. I love the water and bodysurfing the reef and beaches is my number one pastime (when I can get down to the west coast). When you are on a big wave and right in the sweet spot there is a moment of stillness which occurs, when you are in sync with the forces nature, it does something to my mind which is enduring and quietening. I recommend it.
A poor second best is a swim at the local pool. Chlorine and all. But when I am swimming laps my mind is in the ocean! We also have a dog who gets me out of the house every morning rain, hail or shine. She is also an inspiration. As long as she is part of the pack she is happy.
How did you become interested in osteopathy?
I did a short period of volunteer work in Calcutta with Mother Theresa’s organisation. I massaged homless people who had disabilities, a lot of them had strong muscle contractures and scarring. I felt so futile trying to make changes in such circumstances and I though there had to be a better way of trying to achieve change in the body. Before that year was out I moved into a share house in Melbourne with a girl who was studying Osteopathy. She told me about it and I knew that it was the answer I was looking for. I applied right away
Do you have any special areas of interest within osteopathy?
I am interested in the connective tissues with attach the organs to the bones and how stress in these tissues can lead to musculoskeletal symptoms. Without addressing the tension in these tissues, a strain pattern is likely to return to the musculoskeletal structures and need repeated treatment to the same areas.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the precise instant during a treatment when the body changes. The tissues under my hands soften, the patient exhales, the body moves into ease. It gives me much the same sensation as I get when I am surfing (see above). This is definitely a win-win situation and I am grateful to be able to share that moment.
Tell us something funny or interesting about yourself…
I am still using a Samsung S2 phone – purchased in 2012….
Dr Piers Bubbers – Osteopath is available for appointments on Tuesdays and Fridays.