Why the name Barefoot?
Director and Principal Physiotherapist Sal Oliver Lange answers the question of “why the name Barefoot?”
From one of my heroes, Karen.
When I was working at Princess Alexandra hospital, every Friday afternoon Karen and I would do Karen’s rehab together to practise her walking (after a spinal injury) to work on getting her as strong as possible. We did lots of different, exciting things to continue the progress that we were making and a great deal of the time was spent with me getting into all different positions to support her body in some way. I started kicking my shoes off to get into these positions… sometimes down on the floor, hopping along next to her to support a knee or up on a plinth. Before long, Friday afternoons were called the ‘Barefoot Clinic’.
In all the time Karen and I worked together, she never got frustrated. She was always smiling, always working hard and never ever giving up. She was accompanied to her appointments by her lovely husband ,Jason, and the two of them absolutely made my Friday something to look forward to. So when I decided to open a clinic, ‘Barefoot Physiotherapy’ was the obvious choice.
Over time the name Barefoot has become more than kicking our shoes off. It encompasses everything this clinic is: holistic, friendly, client focussed, resort-like, an oasis. We actually call what we do “Living a barefoot lifestyle.”