As a teacher, Naval has worked as faculty member at major teaching schools in London, UK. He travels extensively and teaches his skill globally. He was Consultant in Charge at the renowned Osteopathic Centre for Children in London, and has been part of the faculty delivering MSc in Paediatric Osteopathy for The University of Bedfordshire.
Naval is married with five children and lives in South West London.
In order to know a bit more about Naval, I have devised a few questions loosely based on the Proust Questionnaire.
Why did you decide to become a practitioner?
As a youngster I found most happiness when I was able to help people. Voluntary work as a teenager was part of my upbringing. Through helping people in the community, I realized that I had an ability to empower people to solve their problems despite their suffering and apparent disadvantages in life. This forms a deeper part of the philosophy and practice of Osteopathy. My inspirational teachers at that time were connected to Osteopathy, so I was led into to the profession.
What single piece of advice makes the biggest difference in your clients' health?
To my adult patients, “Through your recovery, make a point of listening to your body and following your intuition; children do this automatically in their recovery. This will accelerate your wellbeing and your health will shine brighter.”
What is the toughest part of your practice?
As Osteopathy is so enjoyable to me, it is possible to overwork. I have the tendency to deplete myself by never saying “no” to patients. So quite often, when patients call to book in and see me, I have to ask patients to see my colleagues instead. This is tough for me because my innate desire is to help them myself.
What do you enjoy the most and the least in your practice?
I enjoy the happiness that comes with helping people when they feel that they are helpless. I least enjoy my administrative duties and not practicing my art.
What is your best health tip?
Happiness, laughter, love and forgiveness are often low down on the list of the resources we draw upon in order to keep healthy. Try to implement each of these qualities just once a day. You will find that good health and wellness will be your companion more often than not. Live simply.
And now a bit about you…
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
What trait do you most value in your friends and most deplore in others?
Friends who forgive me for my mistakes are friends I cherish. I am troubled when I see evidence of children and women being disrespected or mistreated.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
To be care-free and without baggage.
Which living person do you most admire?
I admire my surviving grandfather who is in his mid nineties. In the evening of his life, he still manages to keep his ideals, morals and principles despite the approach of midnight. Mostly he never stops joking and laughing. I want to be like this if I get that far.
What is your most treasured possession?
My ability to let go (often I lose this possession).
What is the natural talent you would like to be gifted with?
I would love to be able to dance.
Name three indispensable things that you would take with you on a desert island.
A really nice, lush pillow, an all weather sleeping bag and chocolate (rationed supply, otherwise I will finish it all within a week!)
What was the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Don’t live with fear if ever at all possible... everything will be alright in the end. Equally do not let your struggle become your identity.
You can find out more about Naval and his practice at Naval Mair Osteopathy London.