Growing up in New Zealand, Kyle pursued every sport a young boy dreamed of. Wanting to gain more strength and size, Kyle found his way into the new ‘playground’ of the gym. After High School, he decided to follow his interest in fitness to Massey University in Palmerston North. Gaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport and Exercise, he started personal training whilst completing a Graduate Diploma in Exercise Science.
During his personal training career he spent time with numerous national sporting teams, including the Manawatu Jets NBL team and the Central District’s Stags cricket team. In an effort to increase his cardiovascular fitness, Kyle discovered mountain biking, which then lead him to Whistler in 2015. His passion for racing enduro MTB saw the evolution of his fitness training regime to encompass strength and functionality, whilst lasting the needed kilometers and hours ascending the vast mountain climbs of Whistler.
Through his personal enduro-riding experience, Kyle discovered he could help train people to not only be strong and mobile, but also be able to endure demanding activities in the mountains. And, by pushing people beyond their perceived limits, they could also acclimatise in preparation for the harsh elements.
Despite being in the fitness industry, it wasn’t until Kyle met Amanda that he discovered the benefits of massage therapy. Using massage to help decrease muscle tension and restrictions, Kyle was able to increase his body’s range of motion and conquer previous chronic injuries. This new experience incited his interest further in learning how to reclaim movement and mobility through the unique combination of massage and functional training. With continued study and research into biomechanics and body alignment, Kyle discovered more about the physiological benefits of improved strength and efficient movement patterns. Many of these teachings and techniques have become the foundation for the deep core values of ReAlignment Lab.
Originally from the Central Coast region of NSW Australia, Amanda started her therapeutic journey as a Registered Remedial Massage Therapist after graduating from the North Sydney Institute of TAFE in December 2008. Combining her love of travelling and skiing, she moved around gaining experience through a majority of spas and clinics in Australia and Canada. During her time in Australia, she was lucky to gain sport massage experience with the Sydney Kings and Sydney Spirit NBL teams, and the Australian Women’s Olympic Basketball team.
Living an active life since childhood, she has always been involved in sports and outdoor activities; however, it wasn’t until she met Kyle in Whistler, that she was introduced to the gym environment. Amanda had been suffering from chronic back and neck pain (secondary to two knee injuries involving her MCL and a meniscus tear) and wanted to try strength training as a solution. After physiotherapy visits had proved unsuccessful, Kyle’s coaching in strength training and mobility, coupled with massage therapy and chiropractic care she started to feel stronger and pain free. It was through this experience of chronic pain and dysfunction that Amanda realized the benefits of the combined modalities into which the concept of ReAlignment Lab was born.
In the years that followed, her passion and enthusiasm for strength training blossomed. In 2020, Amanda gained her Personal Training Certification with NASM to enable her to offer a combination of massage therapy and strength training to help clients achieve the same success she had in overcoming pain and dysfunction.
Alignment is the proper placement or “line up” of the body including the head, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. Correct alignment of the body ensures less stress is placed on the spine, joints and soft tissues, and helps the body function more efficiently and safely.
The majority of pain and musculoskeletal problems result from chronic misalignment and can develop from multiple causes including posture, injuries, compensation patterns, weak and overloaded muscles.
Our body is a unique and amazing machine. However, occasionally it can develop habits that enable it to still perform a function, regardless of pain, injury or weakness.
We call these compensation patterns.
If a muscle, or muscle group is performing an action that it was not designed to do, potentially picking up ‘the slack’ of an injured area. It will slowly become overworked and can result in further injury or more compensation patterns, like a domino effect.
Compensation patterns can develop over months or over years, but can be rehabilitated with specific strength training, mobility and soft tissue therapy.