My passion for helping others overcome functional limitations, was born out of my own struggles as a sportsman with injury, chronic pain and symptoms of ill-health. Discontentment with the lack of logical answers within the standard medical/rehabilitation approach, fueled my journey to seek better solutions.
In a career of competitive rugby that spanned 22 year, I spent many hours in the hands of capable physiotherapists who helped me recover from game to game. My underlying movement imbalances (or weak-links) were however never identified or addressed. This eventually caught up with me, and halfway into a season of professional rugby in Europe, I was forced into retiring at age 29 due to chronic pain. No sports doctor or physiotherapist could identify the cause of my pain in the following 18 months.
My experience of a rehabilitation system that is entirely focused on the treatment of symptoms, with a complete lack of holistic movement evaluation, challenged me to seek answers beyond what was offered within the contemporary model. This journey has progressively led me to discovering the work of pioneers who has changed the way we look at movement and well-being.
The initial game changer for me was discovering Gray Cook’s first book, Athletic Body in Balance, in 2005. I began to incorporate his Functional Movement System into my work as Strength and Conditioning trainer, and while emerging myself into trigger point therapy, I develop an integrated system of soft tissue therapy and corrective exercise to overcome the causes of movement dysfunction or pain. I subsequently certified with Functional Movement Systems and have gained expertise knowledge over the past 13 years of advanced corrective solutions for movement dysfunction.
My holistic perspective on human functioning is a product of experiential and conscious living. I have therefore developed an approach that strives to overcome the reductionist view of looking at movement problems, as is common in the Western culture. My system bridges the gap that exist between the treatment of symptoms (therapy), and prescription of exercise on assumed fully 'functional' bodies. As movement therapist I've incorporated a combination of methodologies ranging from deep tissue and fascial release, trigger point therapy, to Osteopathic and MET mobilization techniques.
My studies in psychological counseling has helped my strive towards the whole person approach, particularly when assisting clients to address lifestyle imbalances that might be perpetuating their movement problems.
That which I've learned in my journey of the last 20 years is not yet available in any academic institution. Thankfully we live in a time when new perspectives or methodologies no longer need to wait 15 years before accessible through academic study. The University of Life also taught me that knowledge without integrity, humility and wisdom, can be a huge obstacle to growth. My lack of academic pride in this field has therefore helped me to remain humble, hungry and open to diverse opportunities for growth. I have not arrived, I remain a student and believe I can learn something from anyone.
Kobus is the first FMS Level 2 Certified Professional in Africa.
My previous experience includes being the Conditioning Trainer and Head Rugby Coach at two High Schools in Cape Town, and the Conditioning Trainer at two Rugby Clubs in the Western Province and Boland 1st Leagues. During this time I was also Strength Coach of individual sporting clients in the CBD of Cape Town.
In 2008 I moved to Argentina, and a year later opened a training facility in Buenos Aires, called one2one Performance. Based on my integrated system of work, we offered highly individualized Movement Correction and Performance Training. I stepped down as managing director in February 2013 to return to South Africa.
After spending a sabbatical year in Knysna to complete my part-time studies for a degree in Psychological Counseling, I returned to Cape Town in February 2014 to take up the position as Head of Performance at Ajax Football Club. Later that year I decided to work on my own again, as my vision has always been about creating more awareness of the better way for individuals to move and be at their best. I practiced from within the CBD of Cape Town until end of 2019.
In early 2020 I relocated to Port Elizabeth, where I am currently based in the neighborhood of Walmer.
As owner of Movement & Performance it is my passion to equip people with functional solutions to overcome pain, prevent injury, improve wellness and optimize sports performance in a wholesome and sustainable way.
Kobus du Plessis
104 Main Road, Walmer
6070, Port Elizabeth
Tel: +27-(0)74 736 5441