Dr. Laurie Rauch
Dr. Laurie Rauch, PHD
Dr. Laurie Rauch works as a neurobiologist in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the University of Cape Town specializing in research on the Autonomic Nervous System, brain function and biofeedback. He has published articles and attended international conferences about his research on the motivated brain. (Google Scholar Citations)
Laurie gained unique insights into brain function after he was knocked by a drunken container truck driver while out cycle training for SA Triathlon Champs. He sustained severe brain and spinal cord injuries and lost his right leg above the knee.
Ten years after his accident and after training for a full year, Laurie finished the Argus Tour, a 109 km cycling race around the Cape Peninsula. Given the extent of his injuries, his biggest hurdle during training was coping with the stress his damaged body caused him, the so called fight or flight response. However, Laurie considers cycle racing to be much less daunting than learning to walk with a prosthetic leg having brain and spinal cord injuries and severely weakened muscles just after the accident.
Andre Oelofse played a key role in pioneering Pilates in South Africa 20 years ago. He studied in the USA and accumulated extensive knowledge and understanding of human physiology and kinetics by working closely with respected physiotherapists and chiropractors.
Andre`s clients over the years have ranged from people with chronic pain and dysfunction to elite athletes. He sets a very high standard in the industry and is often invited to present workshops overseas in Switzerland and Mauritius.
Andre has appeared in various magazines (i.e. Men`s Health, Fair Lady, Cosmopolitan, Odyssey) and has also received television coverage on Top Billing and Free Spirit.
Andre prefers to call himself a `movement coach`. He has developed a unique exercise approach which enables you to find your natural strength, flexibility and balance to facilitate the heightened awareness that creates the perfect harmony between mind and body.
Andre has studied and practiced Pilates, Tai Chi Chuan, boxing and natural movement for most of his life and has become an expert in these teachings and believes he has a strong understanding of the language of movement. He fused the disciplines of Tai Chi Chuan, boxing and natural movement to create a step by step training syllabus to teach one to move more efficiently and gracefully and keep `Calm in the Storm`.
Andre` has taught the `Calm in the Storm` syllabus to professional soccer players and an ex South African heavyweight mixed martial arts champion including working with an Ajax professional football player. Andre` has also introduced these teachings to business executives.
Andre uses his experience to teach this natural grace to children, the elderly, sportsmen and women and anyone who wants to discover their true potential.
We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don't allow our bodies to heal, and we don't allow our minds and hearts to heal.
Thich Nhat Han