Family affair: Scott Thomas and Amanda Nash, pictured with their two year old daughter Zara, in their new venture. Picture: Marina NeilSCOTT Thomas and Amanda Nash’s movement studio overlooking Newcastle Beach is a world away from the lounge room where his grandfather, Walter Watson, would knead footballers’ muscles before abig game.
Young Scott would watch, wide-eyed, as Mr Watson appliedliniment and helda red heat lamp to bodies to help make their strenuous movements easier to perform.
Fast forward 30 years and Mr Thomas and Ms Nash are using more moderntechniques to achieve an even betterresult at their boutique studio, East End Movement.
“We ask people to try not to see it as a cost, but an investment in their long-term health,” Ms Nash said. “This is something small they can do now to get their body moving correctly for their own longevity and ability to keep working, pain-free.It’s about retiring in a good condition so you don’t have to spend money on hip replacements and knee reconstructions.”
The couple specialise in complementary services –Ms Nash offers remedial massage and non-invasive bowen therapy to reduce pain and improve range of movement, whileMr Thomas teaches pilates classes to balance, strengthen, stabilise the core and align posture. “A lot of people are in physical pain and it’s often in the neck, shoulder and lower back due to our sedentary lifestyle,” Ms Nash said. “They might feel overwhelmed andlike nothing’s going to help, but with the right treatment even the most extreme cases can improve.”
While most of their clients are aged between 35 and 70, they see people of all ages and fromall walks of life, including young adults who are “breaking their bodies” with exercise comprising uncontrolled movements.
“We’realso about preventative maintenance so we’re not leaving any underlying issues there,” Mr Thomas said. “Pilates creates drastic changes in the body and is a good overall cardiovascular workout.”
Mr Thomas was previously aprofessional footballer in the National Soccer Leagueand started pilates after a knee problem. After his sporting career ended he became a personal trainer and pilates teacher and worked for physiotherapists, but bought the beachside premises seven years ago with plans to eventually open his own business. Ms Nash has worked in a variety of chiropractic clinics.
The couple see their small class sizes as their point of difference: the pilates class using studio equipment has a maximum of four people, while the mat class using basic props has 10at most.
All clientsare asked to visit for an initial consultation to discuss their health history and needs.All services are personalised and by appointment.
“Our main objective is to remove dysfunction with the individual and to regain and restore functional movement,” Mr Thomas said.