Cambridge health and fitness advocate Hannah Newlands is on a mission to encourage Waikato people to get active.
The owner of Cambridge business Body Performance Massage, feels that massage in general is often undervalued and overpriced and that it should not just be for the wealthy or elite athlete.
With the support of husband Craig Newlands, lead physiotherapist for Rowing New Zealand, the couple has established the Goal-Setter Sponsorship Programme.
The aim is to encourage people to stay active by having them set themselves a goal; run/walk 10km, or to join a sports team, or to a personal best achievement. It also aims to enhance performance and wellbeing and to show community spirit by supporting local people.
The programme includes massage services, a musculoskeletal screen and access to physiotherapy services for a period of two months. The Goal-Setter sponsorship programme is for all ages, from high school students to pensioners.
“If you have a goal and a drive then Body Performance Massage can help you get there,” says Hannah.
“I get a huge amount of satisfaction from helping clients attain an improved quality of life; – whether that be through enhancing sports performance or the relief of stress and tension caused by leading busy lives.”
The sponsorship programme was a vision Hannah and Craig had to encourage people of all ages to stay active.
Goal setting involves establishing specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-targeted (S.M.A.R.T) goals. Setting a goal helps people work towards their own objectives.
Craig has set himself a goal in 2015 to run a quick 10km (under 45minutes). Having not done any running in a couple of years, he has been easing himself back into it. His first step was to sign up for the Rotorua off-road 10km in March this year. His positive approach has had a spin off on six- year-old son Bede, who decided to do a run like his dad and signed up to do the kids’ 1.5km run.
“This is what our sponsorship programme is all about. Setting a realistic goal and inspiring others in the process.”
Hannah who is a qualified accountant, received her first taste of massage training with a course in basic massage and sports massage though Wintec in 2007. She completed a Certificate in Massage Therapy (Level IV) through Wintec in 2013, jointly winning the top student award and now works closely with one of New Zealand’s top sports physiotherapists and can recommend and refer clients to other specialist providers, if necessary.
“My client base ranges from professional athletes to people just wanting headache or neck release, or time out from their family. We offer massage services outside regular hours. With appointment times in the evenings and during the weekend, clients can incorporate massage into their busy lives/training much more conveniently.”
Having previously worked in hospitality and as an accountant, Hannah admits her skills learned from those roles have been extremely useful in setting up her business and handling a busy household with four kids. And she is passionate about staying active.
“As a mum I want to be a role model to my kids so they know exercise does not need to be a chore, it can be loads of fun and it is important to make it part of our everyday lives, just like showering.”
For more information on the Body Performance Scholarship Programme, visit: www.bodyperformance.co.nz