(湯士萱 Shih-Hsuan Tang)
If you asked Suzanne to describe her work in one sentence, she would say,
”I help people to learn how to move ‘better’, so that they can do whatever they want, for life; I teach fellow movement professionals KC,TPM, and MSP courses so they can do this too."
Working as a physiotherapist in private practice, Suzanne is also a accomplished “movement trainer”, qualified as both a Pilates and GYROKINESIS® instructor, and a highly experienced educator, as both a Kinetic Control and TPM (The Performance Matrix) tutor.
Her clients are people with a range of very different goals; those with acute pain presentations, often seeking a solution to restore pain-free function, to dancers/athletes looking to enhance performance. They are also diverse in age range, including the very young, the elderly and everyone in between. One goal they are share is to “move better, feel better and perform better.” Trained in ballet and Chinese folk dance for more than 15 years, allowed Suzanne to develop what she describes as ‘a special sense’ of movement. Therefore, even before beginning her formal physiotherapy education, Suzanne feels that her dance experience helped her to be aware that the essentials of both ‘remarkable performance’ and injury avoidance, lay in the ‘efficient’ use of ‘muscles and movement patterns’.
Through graduating as a physiotherapist from National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan, Suzanne gained further insight into neuro-musculoskeletal health as a whole. She recognized injury risk reduction, performance enhancement, and long-term quality of life as being closely connected to the state of ‘health’ of an individual’s movement system.
When first exposed to KC and its principles, Suzanne explains, ‘a lot of questions in my mind were clarified. Every individual moves ‘differently’, there is not a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way. In fact, there’s nothing ‘wrong’ unless it’s out of control. The key is control.
Kinetic Control is not only just about a technique, but a concept, a whole thinking process. Being familiar with this logical thinking process helped her integrate all the knowledge and technique she had learned from the post graduated education course, including manual therapy and movement therapy course, into her clinical practice, training programs for dancers, Pilates and GYROKINESIS® teaching. All of her clients made significant progress with the new treating, teaching and training program.
Suzanne believes that Kinetic Control Course enables therapists to have a further understanding of movements, and to know how to evaluate and implement retraining strategies in a more effective and efficient way; moreover, to assist clients move better, feel better and do more.
With respect to TPM Suzanne believes this system enables “movement professionals” to possess a more in depth understanding of movement, and how to influence it for sustained injury risk reduction, performance enhancement, and improved quality of life. Simply put, TPM helps her clients move better, feel better and perform better, and she wants to share this tool with the world.
Teaching KC & TPM has allowed her to deliver and share not only a systemised, efficient tool but also a set of principles that allow the ‘health of movement’ to be assessed, analysed and enhanced for the long-term.
Suzanne integrates medical and physio knowledge with her own movement experience (dancing, Pilates, GYROKINESIS®….etc.) to assist people to move in a safe, healthy and efficient way so that people can have a better quality of life and achieve better performance.
In 2019, Suzanne founded the OPTimal COntrol Wellness Centre, mainly focuses on promoting ‘the health of movement (Movement Health) for the general public, physiotherapists and all movement professions/practitioners.
Outlining the overarching goal of the centre, Suzanne states, “OPTimal COntrol Wellness Centre is helping people regain optimal control and optimal choices in their life, helping people move better, feel better and perform better. We empower clients, therapists and trainers with movement!”
’Being a member of the Comera Movement Science family is really a blessing. Our professional teaching teams are formed by the best therapists and movement professions all around the world. In regular online meetings and annual internal training projects, we discuss teaching methods, clinical experiences, latest researches and scientific evidence, which enormously helps our professional development. We are not on our own, by supporting each other, we are growing in an amazing way both in teaching and clinical practice.’
Suzanne states, ’we all are very excited about the “movement movement” we are developing all over the world. We are looking forward to your participation in the quickly growing movement family.’
除了擔任自費物理治療師外，士萱老師也是一名「動作訓練員」，教授彼拉提斯 (Pilates) 以及脊椎螺旋運動 (GYROKINESIS®)；除此之外，士萱老師也是位教學經驗豐富的KC(Kinetic Control) 及 TPM(The Performance Matrix) 國際認證講師。
士萱老師的個案包括長期飽受肌肉骨骼疼痛的患者、希望能提升表現的舞者/運動員；從小孩到年長者皆有。這些個案都有同樣的目標────「動得更輕鬆，過得更舒適，活得更好，表現得更出色 (move better, feel better, live better and perform better.) 」！
當她更加深入鑽研動作科學，並接觸 Kinetic Control 系列課程後，許多心中的疑問得到了更清楚的解答。她領悟到每個人都使用自己獨特的方式使用身體，並沒有絕對的對與錯，問題是發生在失去控制身體的能力時。關鍵是「控制」的能力。
KC 與 TPM 課程這兩套系統，是評估、分析、與提升「動作健康」系統化且有效率的工具。
士萱老師強調，Kinetic Control 課程能使專業醫療人員對動作有更深一層的了解，更加清楚有效及地全面評估，及制訂復健、動作訓練計畫，協助個案擺脫疼痛，動得更輕鬆，過得更舒適，活得更充實。
士萱老師於2019年，成立「康卓健康OPTimal COntrol Wellness Centre」，致力於推廣「動作健康」，服務對象包含一般民眾、物理治療師及所有動作相關專業人員。
康卓健康 OPTimal COntrol Wellness Centre幫助客戶找回生活中最佳的身體控制與最佳的動作選擇能力，幫助客戶動得更順，感覺更好，表現更佳！用動作賦予客戶更好的生活，賦予治療師、訓練員更專業的能力。
「身為英國 Comera Movement Science (旗下包含 KC、TPM 等課程) 大家庭的一員是一種福氣，我們專業的教學團隊由來自全世界數一數二的治療師及訓練師所組成。我們在定期線上會議及內部訓練中，分享與討論教學方法、臨床經驗及最新的研究報告及文獻，不斷精進與成長，使我們不論在教學或臨床上，都能帶給個案、客戶與學生更高品質的治療與課程。」士萱老師說著，對於教學及傳遞動作健康概念的熱情溢於言表。
最後士萱表示，「我們非常看好與 Comera Movement Science 在全世界一起發展的『動作行動 (the Movement Movement)』，非常期待您與更多的人加入我們迅速增長的動作大家庭，一起提升全世界的動作健康。」