An interview with the ‘Bodymaster’
Each month we’ll interview one of our fantastic authors to help our readers get to know the authors a little better. This month we spoke to ‘Bodymaster’ John Gibbons, a world-renowned osteopath, author and lecturer for the Bodymaster Method®
John has worked with top-flight athletes from Premiership footballers and rugby players to the Oxford University Boat Crew and Olympians, and delivers sell-out courses throughout the UK and internationally to physical therapists wishing to study his acclaimed Bodymaster Method®. To date he has written six books, all of which regularly feature on Amazon’s bestseller lists:
- A Practical Guide to Kinesiology Taping;
- Muscle Energy Techniques: A Practical Guide for Physical Therapists;
- The Vital Glutes: Connecting the Gait Cycle to Pain and Dysfunction;
- Functional Anatomy of the Pelvis and the Sacroiliac Joint
- The Vital Shoulder Complex: An Illustrated Guide to Assessment, Treatment, and Rehabilitation.
- The Vital Nerves – A Practical Guide for Physical Therapists is due to be published later this year.
Lotus Publishing: Did you always know you wanted to be an osteopath?
John Gibbons: Not really. I grew up in Aberdare, Wales, and didn’t do brilliantly at school. My father died when I was 9 and at 16 I joined the army, spending the next 11 years serving in places like Germany, Kuwait and Iraq as a vehicle electrician and Physical Training Instructor. I was pushing soldiers to their physical limits but became frustrated by the limited results I could get treating strains and injuries using traditional physiotherapy, so on leaving the Army I qualified in Osteopathy, Sports Therapy, Exercise Rehabilitation, Acupuncture and Nutrition – and The Bodymaster Method was born. My time in the Army will never leave me, though – I still train most days and when I lecture on the nervous system I often use analogies about car wiring!
Lotus Publishing: Who or what inspires your writing?
John Gibbons: My son, Tom, who sadly passed away 3 years ago. Many years ago I told him I was writing a book as I wanted to show him that anything can be achieved if you put your mind to it. I didn’t think I could carry on writing and lecturing after he died, but I did, and two years later ‘The Vital Shoulder’ was published. For that I am very proud.
Lotus Publishing: What books have made a particular impact in your life?
John Gibbons: ‘Fragile Lives’ by Stephen Westaby and ‘Do No Harm’ by Henry Marsh have both made me think more about how I live my life. We are not on this planet for very long.
Lotus Publishing: What makes your books different to others that are already out there?
John Gibbons: I want readers to understand the subjects I write about in a logical and simplistic way; so many books make it more complicated than it needs to be.
Lotus Publishing: What are you working on next?
John Gibbons: A book on spinal manipulation, and another on muscle testing.
Lotus Publishing: What one piece of advice would you give to your students?
John Gibbons: Stay excited about what you’re doing. And know your anatomy!
Lotus Publishing: When you’re not lecturing or writing, how do you like to spend your time?
John Gibbons: I like the concept of ‘mini retirements’ that Tim Ferris talks about and try to make my breaks as meaningful as possible; a motorbike trip to the D-Day beaches, exploring Europe in my motorhome, up a mountain or scuba diving a cenote. I love adventure!
Lotus Publishing: You have been referred to as the next Leon Chaitow. How do you feel about that?
John Gibbons: I truly believe that my purpose in life is to educate as many therapists throughout the world as I can, and to try and help them achieve great things. I would be honoured to be considered as inspirational an educator and mentor as Leon Chaitow.
Lotus Publishing: Thank you, John. We look forward to reading your next book.