• Helping All Bodies Work

    “Mobility is the base of the movement pyramid. If you don’t have mobility, you don’t have motor control, then everything is just compensations. We want to get that foundation straightened out. Otherwise, we’re just going to be exacerbating dysfunction.”

    “You’re not coming to a new sport with a neutral body, you have a baggage. Everything you have ever done is written into your tissue. And some of it is not serving you anymore. So we want to come and undo this. Unwind it. Take you back. Offer you a clean slate so you can build on a more stable background.”

    John Sutherland is the founder of Adaptive Bodywork, a therapeutic system that aims to restore full function to the body’s tissues. An innovative system, it encourages the person receiving the treatment to interact actively throughout the process.

    Lifelong Passion

    John is a lifelong athlete and student of health practices. After a multiple-decade career in Graphic Design and a successful foray into competitive cycling, he turned his attention towards therapeutic modalities for the body.

    Fast forward to 2019, and the sum of his research and experience in helping people find optimal health is beautifully expressed through the Adaptive Bodywork program.

    Sharing Knowledge

    In today’s show, John explains to us what lead to the creation of Adaptive Bodywork, as well as the foundational components that make up this system. He shares some of his most important influences in designing the program, and his approach in helping clients restore full function to their bodies.

    We also dive into a variety of complementary topics such as nutrition, some of John’s important formative moments from youth, how he made the transition from graphic design to health, and more.

    A Health Magician

    John is a one-of-kind person when it comes to health, his breadth of knowledge seems endless and the results he helps create in clients are astounding to the point they seem touched by magic.

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    TIME MARKERS

    • [5:00] John on being in day 9 of a 14-day water fast.

    • [6:45] On the reasons behind the fast.

    • [10:23] On carb addiction.

    • [13:30] His go-to breakfast.

    • [14:09] “I like to think of myself as a dietary agnostic, because as soon as you put yourself under any banner you’re stereotyped, and there are people who will point their finger at you and say this is no good for that reason. I’m much more interested in going down to the cellular level. Just knowing how anything you ingest is going to affect your cellular pathways positively or negatively. Everyone is the same at the molecular level. If you understand that, then you can own it.”

    • [15:00] The cultural influence on eating habits.

    • [16:50] On why he is doing a 14-day fast rather than a 7-day one.

    • [19:26] “There’s a universe of wonderful amazing foods; when you start thinking ancestrally, hunter-gatherer style, you say wow, look at the spices, look at the possibility, the game, the fowl, the fish, there’s so much you can do.”

    • [22:00] On the origins of his fascination with health.

    • [22:55] On the time he skied off of a roof.

    • [30:30] John on a car accident that left him in a coma for 7 days, and how this had a deep impact on his direction in life.

    • [35:00] “The status-quo is a snapshot of the past.” On riding the learning edge in today’s world and culture.

    • [36:44] “Mobility is the base of the movement pyramid. If you don’t have mobility, you don’t have motor control, then everything is just compensations. We want to get that foundation straightened out. Otherwise, we’re just going to be exacerbating dysfunction.”

    • [39:37] John’s love of minimalist theories. “What can you take away to make this better?”

    • [40:50] On his 25-year career in the graphic design industry, in the pre-digital age.

    • [45:25] On his competitive career in cycling.

    • [47:43] On qualifying for the Canadian national team on his first time on a sprinting track.

    • [55:10] On the safety of the pack.

    • [58:00] “When you go to the hospital and they say you are normal, what does this mean. Normal is not a good place to be. I’m usually happy when they say, this is very abnormal Mr. Sutherland. I say: good!”

    • [1:01:00] On first studying Swedish massage and not quite finding the answers he was looking for in this system as a therapeutic modality.

    • [1:05:15] What is fascia?

    • [1:08:00] On finding, and training with, Tom Myers.

    • [1:14:00] On founding Adaptive Bodywork.

    • [1:18:00] On the first time he used his heels to apply therapeutic treatment.

    • [1:23:00] Passive Vs Active forms of treatment.

    • [1:26:30] “You’re not coming to a new sport with a neutral body, you have a baggage. Everything you have ever done is written into your tissue. And some of it is not serving you anymore. So we want to come and undo this. Unwind it. Take you back. Offer you a clean slate so you can build on a more stable background.”

    • [1:29:48] John walks us through what a session looks like, and the type of recommendations he gives for between sessions.

    • [1:38:22] On the framework he uses to assess functional mobility in clients.

    • [1:39:38] On symptoms VS causes.

    • [1:41:48] What is the most common cause of pathology he has noticed over the years?

    • [1:46:00] What was the driving force behind opening a space dedicated to Adaptive Bodywork?

    • [1:49:20] What has being a teacher of teachers taught John?

    • [1:51:10] Who are the Adaptive Bodywork modules designed for?

    • [1:55:50] What was a key failure in John’s life?

    • [1:59:50] What does John’s training regimen look like?

    • [2:04:36] How much time daily does John spend studying and learning?

    • [2:06:10] John on his resting strategy.

    • [2:09:00] On the communities that sustain and inspire him.

    • [2:10:00] En-Lightning round.

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