Koru is Maori for “loop”, a spiral shape base on the shape of a new unfurling silver fern frond. It symbolizes new life, growth, strength and peace. The circular shape of the koru helps convey the idea of perpetual movement while the inner coil suggests a return to the point of origin.
All of our lives, we are experiencing perpetual movement, with an ebb and flow, highs and lows. Three years ago, I decided to leave the comfort of a clinic I called home, to pursue a calling of women’s health physical therapy that was instilled in me during college. Despite being nervous and hesitant to specialize in a totally new facet of PT, (we’re talking assessing women’s vaginas people!), I loved it. I loved empowering women to take control of their health, validating their feelings, their pain and getting them back to the activities that helped them feel whole. I couldn’t learn enough, fast enough. I had found my calling, my place in my profession, I was literally buzzing! Just as I was getting into the groove, the clinic closed their doors. I was obviously stunned, but I was more heartbroken that I would be unable to continue to work with these women.
Take a breath, (cry a lot) and ask for help. Thankfully, my former clinic took me back with open arms to begin a women’s health program under their roof with their support. My next challenge was in front of me: getting (waaaay) out of my comfort zone to self-promote and reach out to women in the community.
Surprisingly (or maybe not) I loved networking with the amazing practitioners and women in the community, dare I say good at it? I grew a program as “Mama PT” and now three years from when I decided to take the initial leap out of my comfort zone, I am taking yet another as I start my own practice, Koru Physical Therapy and Wellness.
The fern represents new growth; just as the women I work with grow, I am growing as a therapist and woman along side of them. Reflecting on our truth, our values, and most importantly I found, how we value ourselves. We possess everything we need to heal, to gain strength, to grow and to find peace. Like the Koru, we are in perpetual movement, while always coming back to the self.