The birth process – whether vaginally or via caesarean – can have a lasting effect on your tiny baby’s body that leads to other physical issues. Babies respond well to gentle and responsive osteopathic treatment. The Body Clinic Kumeu is owned and operated by two sisters, Lana Fort and Freya Torenvlied-Whiting, and provides osteopathy and therapeutic massage therapy. We spoke to osteopath Lana Fort about her work to learn more about how she got started.
The passion: What inspired you to set up your business?
I have always wanted to help people and what better way than to do so through natural health care. I worked in a few clinics and have observed and been to many clinics myself, and I wanted to put together the best of everything I have seen for my own osteopathy clinic.
The Launch: How did you start out in the beginning?
A lot of study and hard work! To become an osteopath in NZ it is five years study doing a Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters in Osteopathy.
When I set up my own clinic, I started working part time while I was working as an osteopath elsewhere. It grew really quickly and we have been open three years and now have four osteopaths working at The Body Clinic. About two years ago I also ended up buying the clinic I had previously worked at from my colleague (Waitakere Osteopathic Centre).