Sue Adstrum PhD

I help people from many walks of life learn about the powerful link between their knowledge of body structure (anatomy) and the ways they are able to think about improving their own, and other people’s, wellness and healing.

Life feels harder when our bodies are injured, sore, or unwell. That’s why it is wise to do what we can to keep our bodies well, settle their pain and recover their health.

There are many ways our bodies can be cared for and healed – some that may already have helped us a lot, some that haven’t… and some we possibly haven’t yet heard of and used.

So how do we pick out the things that are most suitable for us? For our patients and clients? For the people we love and care for? For our employees and communities? Things that are safe, effective, easy to use, and not too expensive? Practical things we can do to help ourselves (and each other), even when we are confined to our homes during a pandemic? Things that will complement other types of health care and medical attention?

A sensible place to start is at the beginning – with the body itself,. By reviewing our customary understanding of its anatomical structure.

I will help you discover that anatomy is really interesting and really important … in an easy and fun manner.

So why does our knowledge of anatomy actually matter? Especially as lots of people live their lives knowing very little about it.

It matters because knowledge is powerful. Knowledge helps us understand and explain things. It is used to logically justify certain courses of action. It gives us the authority, the power to make informed choices and decisions.

Anatomy is a type of knowledge that helps us understand the body’s structural makeup. Anatomical knowledge is a powerful tool because it also makes it possible for us to understand:

  • How our bodies normally develop, grow, and perform their work

  • How and why these things change when our bodies are affected by injury and disease

  • What can best be done to protect, maintain, and improve our bodies’ health

Anatomical knowledge is multifaceted. It is continuously evolving. And it is interpreted differently by different groups of people. This means there are, in fact, many ways of understanding our body’s structural form … each of which has meaning and value to the people who use it.

Advancing our understanding of the human body structure can help us discover some different (and perhaps better) ways of looking after it … easing its pain … and helping it recover from injuries and illness.

Upgrading our knowledge of anatomy is worthwhile for nearly all of us – not just ‘health experts’. Learning about our body structure in language that we can understand helps us make better informed choices about the ways we look after our own wellness and health, and that of the people we care for (e.g., family/whanau, patients/clients, employees).

Doing so may, for example, increase our use of aqua-aerobics, massage, or yoga. It may or may not lessen our use of high-tech medicines and surgery. The latter are unquestionably of great value, especially when dealing with acute and infectious conditions. Yet they also can have some important shortcomings. For instance,

  • They can cost a lot of money,

  • They may not be available to everyone (especially during a pandemic, or if you live far away from a major hospital),

  • They often have limited success with many chronic (or long-term) pain and health problems,

Improving our understanding of our bodies’ structure – including its ubiquitous yet often-overlooked fascia (soft connective tissue fabric) – may help us to widen our thinking about taking care of and remedially treating them. Doing this can be incredibly useful. especially for people who are grappling with persistent and difficult-to-resolve health problems.

My work helps all sorts of people (from beginners to experts) develop their understanding of the body’s whole and alive structural form.

This is useful because it can help reveal some ‘new’ ways of solving your own – and other peoples’ – pain and health problems.

Talks, Seminars & Workshops

My talks and interactive presentations are tailored to match the requirements of their audiences, including:

  • Community groups & organisations
  • Groups of professional health practitioners (e.g., physiotherapists, massage therapists, nurses, doctors, dentists)
  • Sports, movement, and fitness trainers (e.g., yoga instructors, exercise therapists, personal trainers)
  • Schools and tertiary educational institutions

Topics might include:

  • Anatomy, fascia, and ‘The Living Wetsuit’

  • Help your body stay healthy and well

  • Help heal your own body

  • Scars, and why they ought to be treated

Please contact me to find out how I may be able to help you with this.

Continuing Professional Development

Draw on my wealth of academic and practical knowledge about anatomy, fascia, and ‘The Living Wetsuit’ – as well as my 40 odd years of physiotherapy experience – to help your business meet its unique professional education requirements.

Revisiting the way you, your colleagues, and employees envisage the body’s anatomical structure – in conjunction with learning about some (possibly ‘new to you’) treatment techniques – could be just what you’re looking for to help update/progress your ideas about how you might approach your patients’ – and your own – health problems, including:

  • Pain

  • Injuries

  • General body disorders

  • Breathing problems

  • Surgery – e.g., pre-surgical preparation and symptom alleviation, post-surgical recovery, remedying toublesome scars

Please don’t hesitate to contact me so we can discuss this, and your requirements, further.


Put my wide-ranging academic, clinical, and health practitioner education experience to work for you and your organisation. Some (though not all) of the ways I may be able to help you out include:

  • Reviewing your organisations’s in-house educational programmes
  • Evaluating and providing constructive suggestions about developing/improving your existing courses & course material
  • Help with course writing
  • Help with preparing presentations
  • Therapeutic technique instruction
  • Clinical coaching
  • Brainstorming ideas

Please contact me if you’d like to discuss issues you or your organisation are facing, and whether I might be able to help you make progress with them.

Body therapy

When time permits (just because I love doing this sort of work) I provide a small number of treatment sessions at The Body Workshop physiotherapy & acupuncture clinic in Avondale, Auckland, NZ. My work draws on a variety of bodywork treatment modalities – including myofascial release therapy, myofascial unwinding, craniosacral therapy (Upledger & Milne methods), dynamic myofascial cupping, hot stone therapy, and elastic therapeutic taping.

My work mostly focuses on helping people who are experiencing complex and seemingly ‘difficult to solve’ pain and health problems. It can be used to treat acute injuries, illness, and (as some of my clients have gratefully discovered) to enhance their general wellbeing, or even their competitive athletic performance!

This work can be safely used in conjunction with (and effectively augments) other types of medical, surgical, and bodywork treatment.

Please contact me if you’d like to find out whether this type of work may possibly help you.

Get in touch

If you have a project in mind that you would like to discuss, please reach out!