Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Photo courtesy of Checkered Photography

Testimonial for Jan "Kiki" carton

In May 2008 I suffered a freak accident. As a known sleep walker the low balustrade of my Balinese hotel room's third storey balcony served as more of a trip wire than a safety mechanism to my 6foot frame and I fell 3 storeys, head first.
As I ricocheted of neighbouring awnings I lacerated my right scalp and was knocked unconscious. I awoke in a Balinese hospital the next day and was told I was lucky to be alive but it was uncertain if I'd ever walk again.
The fall nearly took my life. Many took pity on me, but the events that followed changed my life forever and today I consider the accident to be the best thing to ever happen to me.
After 10 days in hospital, it was revealed to me that I had fractured my neck (C6, C7 and T1 vertebrae) as well as sustained a severe head injury.
My life up until this point had been devoted to my career in professional surfing. In surfing I had sustained knee injuries and one in particular had an arduous road to recovery and I would later learn it could have been handled a lot better.
Recovering from a broken neck had a considerably smaller margin for error than any injury I had ever experienced so I couldn't afford to have anything overlooked or mismanaged. Luckily for me, my pro surfing peers, put me in contact with Jan "Kiki" carton and chek Australia.
During my rehabilitation I learned so much about myself and how much better my life could be with the new information Kiki was continually sharing with me.
In as little 3 months from the time of my accident, the success of rehabilitation had my orthopaedic surgeon dumbfounded. Never in his 35year career as an orthopaedic surgeon had he witness a cervical fracture vanish from a ct scan at 13weeks.
8 years on and I not only walk, but I surf most days and I have even contested and won an international surfing event since recovering from this life threatening accident. I have also pursued my passion for music and made that into a career.
Kiki's depth of understanding of how to restore health, happiness and function in the human body is unparalleled in my opinion. So much have I learned from this magnificent women. I have endless things to thank her for.
I am proud to say that not only did Kiki put my feet back on the ground after this life threatening injury, but she help me to find the courage to pursue my dreams without restriction and to continually dig deeper into who I am and who I want to be.
To Kiki her clients are like family and I'm just so grateful to be part of that family. So grateful to have a friend and mentor with such a depth of knowledge and such a sincerity to her intent for everyone she encounters.
If you're ready to work on yourself to experience yourself better than you ever have, than Kiki has the way. No bigger recommendation could I make for any person I've ever met. Start your journey today.

Christian Chapman, an amazing Surfer, shaper and Artist was kind enough to send this in to us at Chek Australia. After initial knee surgery that failed, then 12months later presenting with the same pain symptoms he went to surgery for. Christian came into Chek Australia, It was then that he embarked on a journey of self discovery. Today he surfs crazier than ever & loving life.