The Urban Leopard Story
Have you ever seen a leopard stretching its hamstrings before it hunts a gazelle? Or doing some run throughs on the grass just to warm up?
Leopards are always ready to run.
Imagine being like that, poised with speed, strength and stamina, in a body that moves with relaxed fluidity. That’s the ideal state of the human body and how our bodies should feel - limber, activated and humming with potential. To wake up and feel stiff and sore in the morning isn’t normal and isn’t "just a part of getting older." It just means that your body is telling you things are out of balance.
I once read a book where the author recounted his story of firing up a sprinter before a race. He told the sprinter to imagine himself as a leopard, his legs like springs. I loved that image. When I picture myself as a leopard I feel strong, fast and flexible. That’s the ideal. Every time we do weights, or run, or go to yoga, or any other exercise - we do it to feel stronger, faster or more flexible. Hopefully we achieve a combination of all three.
Urban Leopard was born from the idea that we humans share all the same traits that a leopard has. We have strength, speed, flexibility, balance and agility. Some of us might just be a little out of practise. If you're questioning whether these traits are innate to you, just watch a 3 year old sit or squat in perfect posture. It is through time and habitual lifestyles that these attributes are slowly weakened, thrown out of balance and eventually lead to pain.
Urban Leopard is an antidote to modern repetitive lifestyles that weaken our innate physical abilities. It's a sanctuary for people in pain; a place where the rigid become flexible and the weak become strong.
Life is too short to be sore. Be a leopard instead.
About Moyan (Founder)
Early on I realised I was a lover of sport. When I was 8 years old I decided I was going to be a sprinter. I'd go down to the athletics track on the weekend with my dad and my sister to practice sprinting. (She kicked my butt by the way). But still I was always drawn to being an athlete. Even at 8 years old I wanted to be fit, wanted to be strong, wanted to feel physically as good as I possibly could. That desire hasn’t changed since.
In retrospect, mum and dad had our childhood ordered into a kind of Phillips family bootcamp. If I wasn't at gymnastics I was at hockey practice or training in athletics or cross-country. I had no idea how influential and beneficial this grounding would be for me and how it would set the course for my future.
Give me an opportunity to watch any sport where an athlete is in dynamic movement pushing the limits of human potential and I'm interested. Having grown up as a miniature athlete and loving the physicality of my childhood it now seems obvious I would end up working with the body in some way.
11 years ago I discovered Myotherapy. It was a perfect fit. I loved learning about the anatomy and design of the human body. I was fascinated by how asymmetries in biomechanics lead to injury and so impressed by how a skillfully placed thumb with just the right amount of pressure at just the right angle could alleviate pain in such an injury. What an amazing design! The brilliance is in its sheer simplicity.
5 years ago I was introduced to a style of weight training that could rehab chronic injuries and my world exploded. Clients that I'd often got to 90% but who were never quite fixed started to crack the elusive 100% pain-free zone and stay that way. I'd discovered what made my treatments stick.
I love my job. To open the door to a client who is grimacing in pain and have them leave relieved, smiling, and grateful an hour later is awesome. I love teaching people about their bodies; dismantling their fears, revealing what they're capable of and seeing them grow and strengthen through action and knowledge.
Sharing this journey with each client that walks through the door and to call it my job is a privilege.