We chat with Kendall Stevenson, Founder and Head Physiotherapist at Bespoke Physiotherapy and Health in Tauranga. The wellness industry is set to soar to new heights in the coming years, Kendall sheds valuable insight into what it’s like to live, breathe and work in wellness.
In one sentence, can you describe what wellness means to you?
I would describe wellness as achieving a holistic health balance between both the physical and mental health pillars.
What are the top three wellness practices you incorporate into your week and why?
I feel like this question might be better answered when I am not in the sleep deprived new-born fog!
My top three would be sleep, movement and nutrition. I feel like when I nail these – I am the best version of myself. My ideal is 8 hours of sleep, moving daily be it restorative or getting the heart rate up and eating well. As I’ve gotten older I see the value of restorative movement a lot more. I find yoga is incredibly valuable for slowing down my mind, resetting and refreshing where as I don’t think I prioritised the importance of this enough in my younger years!
Describe your role in the wellness industry. What does a typical day look like for you?
I am Physiotherapist and the Director of Bespoke Physiotherapy and Health. A usual day for me would involve seeing my physiotherapy clients, running staff meetings and overseeing the day to day running of the clinic. Over and above this I am also the lead physiotherapist for our NZ Surf Lifesaving Team and do remote monitoring and management of the athletes in our squad. Ideally I try to sneak in my movement fix before my day starts otherwise I jump into one of our Bespoke Movement Studio classes throughout the day when I can. I am also a mama to two small humans who keep me on my toes, test my patience and challenge my time management skills on the daily.
What do you enjoy most about working in the wellness industry?
The people! I feel my job has me in a very privileged position where I am able to make a positive impact on peoples health and lives and there’s truly nothing more rewarding than that. I also love that its an ever evolving industry so I am constantly learning and upskilling.
What inspired you to choose your current career in wellness?
I love helping people!
Growing up playing a range of representative sports, I had my fair share of injuries and saw a number of different health professionals. I think its fair to say that I was inspired by them and their ability to diagnose and manage my injuries. From these positive interactions I decided that I wanted to be in a career where I could help and give back – it wasn’t until my final year of high school that I realised my dream job that encompassed all my passions was physiotherapy.
I have also had the desire to work in a high performance sports environment from a young age – I thrive off the opportunity of using my knowledge and skills to enhance athletic performance (and I guess being able to travel the world with sports teams isn’t half bad either!).
If you could turn back the time and talk to your 18-year old self trying to navigate life and a career direction, what would you tell him/her?
To pause and breath! And that if you are truly passionate about something – anything is possible.