Buen Camino! How Far Have You Walked?

As we headed out the door of our first hotel toward a journey that would span 205km across the spectacular Spanish countryside, we stopped to take a quick photo in the main square of Astorga. Here we received our first Buen Camino (Good Camino) from some English tourists dressed in costume after re-enacting a Spanish/English battle the previous afternoon and we were asked how far we had come. Turning to point out our hotel, not 25m from where we stood, we laughed out loud at the first of many ‘in’ jokes to come. Nobody ever asked us again how far we walked, but that didn’t matter, we were there for the adventure, and each other!

We ranged in age from 26 to 69 and came together to do something amazing; forge new friendships, be blown away by the beauty of local villages, eat delicious food, sample local wines and of course, walk a large chunk of the Camino Frances, covering on average 25km a day for 10 days from Astorga to Santiago.

As we set off most mornings around 8am the sun would rise around us, casting golden light across fields and valleys. We never quite knew what the trail had in store for us, but we knew for sure we would have time to reflect and chat at our first coffee stop around 10:30am, followed by Santiago cake (a local almond cake that was sooooo good!) in the afternoon.

The team were incredible to say the least (shout out to those legends if you are reading this!) and well prepared for the challenge each day. Armed with enough hikers wool and Compete to ward off the blisters, we managed to avoid any serious foot pain, and as a Myotherapist I was able to share a few tips on keeping the muscles in top condition – and a sneaky little trick to use your walking pole as a massage tool!

Regular group training prior to the hike meant we were all moving well, and free from any nasty surprises. The best advice I was given in preparation for challenging hikes, especially those including steep ascents or descends is to practise. If you are going to climb a hill or mountain, the best thing to do in your training is….. yep, climb a hill or mountain. If you are going to walk 25km a day, train for endurance. Wear your boots in all weather, across all terrains, back-to-back days and for long periods of time so your feet feel at home in them. Whatever challenge you are up against, break it down and practise it. The more prepared you are, the more enjoyable the challenge will be.

This was not my first active holiday, in fact it’s become a bit of an obsession for me since my first active trip to Nepal in 2013. Along with fellow hike-addicts we formed Hike Time, a social hiking community that grew from the training hikes and now has over 100 members that regularly meet to check out some of Victoria’s varied hiking trails. This is open to anyone that is interested in supporting and inspiring others, with varied hike options from beginner 2hr walks, to overnight hikes carrying all of your own gear.

Organising and training for these trips has become my motivation to stay active and happy throughout the year. Without a fitness goal to work towards, it can be challenging to spring out of bed and head to the gym or for a walk/run/ride, but when you have a great network of supportive friends waiting to see your face at the next hike event it’s impossible to miss it.

We currently have a few places left on the next adventure to Nepal in April 2019, so if you are interested in joining any of our local hikes, or you want a challenge (to end all challenges!) Follow the links or email us.

What our clients are saying about us

Bree BrittBree Britt
05:41 22 May 24
Mehar was fabulous! Not only was she warm, welcoming and funny, but professional and thorough.From the moment I walked in I felt well supported. She was able to identify what was going on, factoring in older ailments, and provide me with a treatment plan and options.Her focus was on sustainable changes and support moving forward, and I had a written plan and clear explanations and clarifications on everything. I never felt like she was encouraging me to need to come back unnecessarily.It took a few visits, and each time was met with the same warmth and professionalism. I got consistent progress and feel so much better now, even though it's a few months on from when I last saw her.It's very clear she is wonderful at what she does, thinks about the whole person and I would definitely recommend her to others considering needing podiatry support.
Rose StewartRose Stewart
02:32 14 May 24
The whole client therapist experience has been amazing. My Myotherapist provided me with a detailed plan to ensure my progress to meet my goals as well as addressing my issues of pain.Each follow up session is reviewed, discussed and any changes added/deleted or modified.The timely reminders and follow up from the clinic and experience with the Client Experience Officers have been always polite and friendly.
Patrick MonahanPatrick Monahan
00:37 13 May 24
Mehar Sandhu has been an absolute delight. She is very professional in her treatment and most personable and friendly to deal with.
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00:07 19 Apr 24
I've been coming here exclusively since my first consultation. I've had constant shoulder and arm pain from my line of work; the exercises my physio, Carina provided are easy to remember, not time consuming and super effective!Bonus: the space feels super clean and calming - highly recommend coming here
Natasha KhongNatasha Khong
23:58 22 Mar 24
I had a great experience here. The gym was well equipped and the atmosphere of the clinic was amazing. I had Carina, who was very knowledgeable about my injury and helped construct a great solution plan! Her manner was beautiful and she had great energy. Definitely recommend!
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20:28 14 Mar 24
I’ve been seeing Talia for a few weeks now for treatment on my shoulder bursitis. From day 1 she was great! She explained everything about my condition to me and what she wanted to do which helped me visualise my own recovery. Could not recommend her enough.
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