Lou Bashall - The Body Compass
Becoming a Chiropractor 23 years ago was never my plan, but as with so many twists and turns in life, the unexpected often creates a positive outcome. So it was, that after debilitating back pain I was recommended yet another therapist, who happened to be a Chiropractor. I was inspired by the remarkable changes I experienced and went back to college to become a Chiropractor and the rest, as they say, is history. Bristol has been my home for over 20 years and it is a city I love – both for life and work.
As an after note to my experience of low back pain – I had back pain from when I was quite young. My back would hurt doing a roly poly, however I didn’t know that that wasn’t normal and so I never mentioned it. So, if you have a child who tells you that their back hurts it’s worth getting them checked over as something has got to a point where they recognise it isn’t right.
I’ve always been drawn to the outdoors, so you can sign me up to pretty much anything that gets me out. Walking, sailing and sea kayaking are all favourite pursuits. In more recent years I’ve discovered the joy of running, completing Paris Marathon in 2018 to fundraise for Duchenne UK. When time permits, I head off in a sea kayak. The last trip was for a couple of weeks with my son in the Stockholm Archipelago – a special time with Joe in one of the world’s most beautiful places!
My other great loves are food and cooking which links nicely to our wonderful allotment at the City Farm – a place of great contemplation and much reward. Good food is a source of nourishment on so many levels, and is central to the time I spend with my partner, friends and family.
My early working years were in 3D Design, principally in ceramics, and when time permits (or we run out of mugs) I can be found over in the Black Mountains making mugs, bowls, plates and teapots. There is still a joy to be found in the immersive experience of sitting at a potters wheel and creating, decorating and firing pots. No matter how many times I have done it, unpacking a glaze firing is always a magical experience. I often think that the understanding that was gleaned from those early years about how things work and look in 3D have stood me in good stead for my Chiropractic career.
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