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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, March 11, 2013 --- 13 BOTANY 219 Burswood Drive. Ph: 274 6000. ST HELIERS 347 Tamaki Drive. Ph: 575 6418. ACC Registered (No referral needed) OPENING HOURS Monday to Friday 7am till 8pm Saturday 7am till 2pm www.peakpilatesgroup.co.nz Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor James Colgan has just joined the Peak Pilates team at Burswood Drive, East Tamaki and, with a bit of Irish luck, will be changing lives, one session at a time. The Irishman brings extensive experience both locally and abroad to the training table and has always had an interest in physiotherapy as a result of his background as an active sportsman. "I've always been heavily involved in sports, I played Gaelic football back in Ireland and even repre- sented my county," says this pas- sionate young health professional. "As a result, I understand what it's like to love sport, and how important it is to maintain a balanced fitness regime to help prevent injury as well as enhance performance." Spurred on by this realisation, James went on to work in the health sector -- for Irish football teams, the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, and private clinics in Australia. Then, during his visit to New Zea- land, the avid traveller discovered Peak Pilates & Physiotherapy. "The holistic philosophy of Peak Pilates really appealed to me and the amount of time the trainers invested in patients was just astounding. "It's long-term, hands-on, preven- tative care for people who are moti- vated and want to take their health into their own hands -- it's a lifestyle, in essence." A people person, James was also attracted to the interactive concept behind Peak Pilates. "I love interact- ing with people, whether in groups or during one-on-one sessions, and caring for people is just second nature to me." Not just an expert in physiotherapy, James is also skilled in acupuncture and has just completed an intensive Pilates course, Stability Plus, in addi- tion to the standard Pilates course. Specially tailored and developed by Peak Pilates itself, the Stability Plus course is a blend of successful methods, both new and old, which is recognised by the Register of Exer- cise Professionals (REPs) as well as Physiotherapy New Zealand. A strong advocate of dual physio and Pilates exercise, James says Pilates is ideal for strengthening the core muscles, developing stability and improving flexibility, balance and co-ordination. "It's a combination of achievable exercise and a challenging workout performed in a safe, monitored envi- ronment. However, Pilates is also ideal for post-operative recovery, injury rehab and is remarkable for relieving or rectifying back, neck and shoulder pain." He says many patients leave feel- ing renewed and pain-free with improved joint mobility and muscle balance that makes a world of differ- ence to daily life. A low-impact form of exercise, Pilates has been around for some 70 years and provides many benefits ranging from posture correction to improved mental concentration and focus. There are more than 600 Pilates exercises suitable for all ages with sessions involving stretching and balancing. Proper breathing patterns are also taught. An ACC-registered provider with no doctor's referral required, Peak Pilates & Physiotherapy offers one- on-one sessions, with a qualified physiotherapist who prescribes individualised mat and equipment- based programmes after assessing the total body including spinal stabil- ity, muscle strength and flexibility. So, reap the benefits of Pilates and Physiotherapy and call in today -- clients who book an introductory session with James will receive a fantastic 50% DISCOUNT! New talent for Peak Pilates James Colgan with a patient. 120158A NEW INDEPENDENT APARTMENTS OPEN DAY THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 11am-3pm Your life, your lifestyle YOUR CHOICE With a choice of Independent Apartments, Villas, Serviced Apartments and a Rest Home, Pakuranga Park Village now has something for everyone. LICENCES SELLING NOW www.pakurangaparkvillage.co.nz 116243-V8 You are going to love this... By MARIANNE KELLY LOCAL boaties have lost a stal- wart, who became known on the water as a competent boat handler, a bit of a character and at times a force to be reckoned with. Bernie (Alfred) Isemonger, who died last week aged 86, was fare- welled at Bucklands Beach Yacht Club last Wednesday. His family asked that, in lieu of fowers, people make a donation to the Bucklands Beach Sailing Acad- emy programme: “He would like that.” Mr Isemonger was born in Auck- land and brought up near Howick Beach where his life quickly became centred on sailing and boating. Guided by his father Alf, he learned to build his own boats and sail them up to Olympic trial level. The family lived in Brown Street, since renamed Luplau Crescent, and Mr Isemonger attended Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School in Granger Road and then Howick District High School. He left school when he was about 14 and started work at the Manukau Timber Company in Newmarket. In the 1960s, he took up a second career in the grocery trade, run- ning an IGA store in Papatoetoe for a few years. Eventually he opened another grocery shop, in Vincent Street, Howick, where he and his wife June spent many years running the business and making friends. Many hours and days were spent building boats in the backyard and basement and Mr Isemonger became involved with Coastguard work and activities. He progressed to become a Coastguard cutter captain and was the recipient of several meritorious awards, some of them involving distressing rescues. He also moved on to a food industry commission buying busi- ness and the Auckland City Mar- kets before retiring after a bout of serious ill health. However, he continued to con- centrate on his boating, launching a 35-foot power catamaran about 12 months later. Mr Isemonger explored the Hau- raki Gulf, taking divers and fsher- men on harbour trips. For the past four years, he lived at the Hayman Rest Home in Manukau. He leaves June, his wife of 61 years, daughters Jenny Thomsen and Cheryl Limond, and son David Isemonger, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Mucking around in boats comes to end CLOSE TO THE SEA: The late Bernie Isemonger, with his wife June, at their 50th wedding anniversary, in the environment he loved best. Photo supplied "Guided by his father Alf, Bernie Isemonger learned to build his own boats and sail them up to Olympic trial level.
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