What is a CHEK Practitioner?
CHEK Practitioners are a group of exercise professionals who specialize in corrective high-performance exercise kinesiology. Now you probably haven’t got the faintest idea of what that means and if I’m brutally honest, after over 10 years involved with the CHET Practitioners, I don’t really understand what that title means either. However what I do know is what they do. CHEK practitioners identify and correct faults and imbalances in the way the body functions. We look at posture, we look at movement and we look at stability, not just of the core but of every single joint in the body.
The reason that’s important is that over 90% of all chronic long-term injuries, now bear in mind that anything over six weeks old generally have no specific onset. So people haven’t fallen over, they haven’t twisted their knee, they haven’t had a sports injury in a collision. It’s something that’s come on gradually over time. Which means and this is the really critical bit, it is something the body is doing to itself. The movements you are doing or the movements our clients are doing are causing the injuries they are getting, which is why it’s absolutely essential to identify what those issues are and put a program in place that corrects them. That in itself is the real critical element of what a CHEK practitioner can give a client that very few other people do.
What makes CHEK Practitioners different
We look at the cause of the problem, as deep as that may be and we work with the person with the problem to solve it. CHEK practitioners are holistic practitioners, they use a mind and body approach, so we look at the inside of the body and the outside of the body, although the focus of the CHEK practitioner is much more on the physical body than anything else, they will be aware of the other elements that can be involved. How much impact the digestive system might have or the detoxification systems. And they will build a program that puts together everything you need to get a long-term solution. There are elements of loads of different approaches. There’s elements of physiotherapy, elements of chiropractic, elements of strength and conditioning, there are elements of yoga, of Pilates, there’s lots of different elements which are all brought together into one program, targeted towards the individual and the challenge that they’re facing.
What a CHEK practitioner has, which I think makes them stand out from the crowd is a knowledge and an understanding and a deep knowledge and understanding of how an injury affects vital human body moves and works. And then the really good ones then have an ability to identify where their clients bodies are getting things wrong. You can look at a body, as a CHEK practitioner and spot a hip weakness, a knee weakness. You can spot a core that’s not stabilizing correctly across a multiple range of movements and activities and it’s that ability that helps to identify the root cause of the problem and get to the bottom of it.
Are they worth it?
CHEK practitioners quite honestly should cost you more to work with than personal trainers. They should cost you more to work with than massage therapists but they shouldn’t cost you more than a surgeon. The approach is detailed, it’s systemized and it’s bespoke. We all know no two human beings are the same so I don’t think we should expect a rehab program, an exercise program, a health overhaul program to be the same for any two people as well. My advice would be that if you’re shopping for a trainer or a therapist or a coach based on coach probably don’t go looking at CHEK practitioners because your mindset and their mindset are probably not going to be in harmony. But if you’re serious about your health, if you want a solution that will work right from the outset and most importantly will give you the knowledge and understanding and ability to have that benefit for the rest of your life than a CHEK practitioner is very worth seeking out in order to get yourself back to the place that you want to be.
Personally speaking, as a CHEK practitioner, my goal is to help my clients understand where they’re going wrong, understand how they can put it right and then work with them to actually do that on a day to day, week to week, month by month basis. My job is done with my clients when they know and are actively looking after themselves properly, to the level that they want. They’re not all super fit, they’re not all super mobile. They might be making a few mistakes and might be slacking off on certain areas of time but that’s their choice, they know how to look after their body but fundamentally they’re pain-free and they’re in control of their health. And it’s that knowledge and that self-empowerment that to me makes the approach of a CHEK practitioner stand out above all else and make it feel really worthwhile experiencing.
If you’d like to know more about what it’s like to work with us or to see the experiences that some of the clients have had, please do check out our various case studies, look at the clients of the month, and we would be very happy to have a conversation with you to discuss how it can work for you.