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Brian Mulligan: Manual Therapy Master

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Manual therapy, otherwise known as manipulative therapy, is a form of physical therapy used by many massage therapists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, occupational therapists and osteopaths in order to help treat musculoskeletal pain and injuries. It entails the manipulating and kneading of muscles in order to help the patient with improved and pain-free mobility.

Brian Mulligan, a registered Physical Therapist with an established private practice in Wellington, New Zealand, is most known for favoring this specific form of therapy and applying it on his patients. He is also a famous lecturer in his field, and has been traveling the world to share his extensive knowledge of this form of therapy. To date, he has visited approximately 78 different cities worldwide, in countries including, the U.S., Canada, the UK, Germany, Singapore, The Netherlands and Australia.

He was first acquainted with manual therapy in the early 1960’s. He credits Stanley Paris, Freddy Kaltenborn, Robin McKenzie and many others for contributing to the expansion of his knowledge in physical therapy.

Brian Mulligan is also an author. He wrote a textbook describing his personal techniques on manual therapy which was republished as a fourth edition in 1999. He has also produced video’s in which he demonstrates the techniques which have helped him gain notoriety in this field. Watching a few clips, you gain insight into why he is so successful in his practice, as he displays a sense of humor as he teaches. He is also quite charismatic and knowledgeable, which shows, as he performs live demonstrations on people who suffer from some form of pain or injury. Hearing the audience laugh lightly and seeing the patient’s smile on stage, show not only that he enjoys what he does, but that his techniques are also effective.

In 1995, due to an overwhelming demand from therapists around the globe to gain more insight into his techniques, he formed an international organization called the Mulligan Concept Teacher Association or MCTA, which accredits teachers who can master and share his techniques to others in the field looking to master the therapy. There are currently 34 MCTA members who have met the criteria, but that number is growing.

In 1996, Brian Mulligan was awarded Honorary Fellow of The New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists, for his contribution to the physical therapy field. In 1999, was made a life-time member of the New Zealand College of Physiotherapy.

Joseph Bismark featured in asPire Magazine

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Joseph Bismark is one of the not so many people who take care of their bodies and overall health. Bismark is choosy about the food he eats, the exercises he does, the literature he reads and the apps he uses for exercise to sustain his healthy lifestyle. He is a very active supporter of holistic health and wellness, and he maintains a very strict commitment to swim, do yoga, walk and cycle, as reported on Business Wire.

He is well known to incorporate weekly exercises with kettlebell because they both play a very integral role in his strength and flexibility. When he is riding his bicycle, he uses an app called MapMyRide that is very instrumental in recording his riding activities and comes accompanied by training log that records speed, duration, elevation, calories burned and distance.

To Bismark, Yoga is not just an exercise, it is a daily routine that he teaches and lives by. One book he has read is the Anatomy of Yoga: An Inside Instructor’s Guide To Improving Your Poses by Dr. Abigail Ellsworth. The book is a detailed visual reference that explains the right way to breathe, the basics of yoga and the right way to elevate the spine. When it comes to the apps he uses, he uses SoundCloud that is a great tool for uploading and sharing his yoga chants. To make sure that the mind stays sharp and healthy, he uses Luminosity. The web-based application works all sides of the brain using scientific games that are accessible on any device.

Joseph Bismark is one of the founding directors of the QI Group, and he assumed the role of Group Managing Director in the year 2008. He is well known for versatility, being dynamic and living by the adage that anyone has the potential to reach and attain goals. QI Group is a conglomerate of multinational companies that has regional offices in Hong Kong. The group specializes in lifestyle and leisure, telecommunications, collectibles and luxuries as well as property management and retail e-commerce services.

The QI Group has recently ventured into the education sector by starting a University in Perak, Malaysia. Under his principled and visionary leadership, the company is expected to achieve even more in the years to come. He is located in Singapore from where he ensures that the QI Group makes all the necessary strides in a competitive and professional manner that will withstand the test of time.