Rohan Quarry Day is a straight-talking Aussie who is – take a deep breath – a personal trainer, a physiotherapist, a psychoanalyst, an intuitive counsellor, a masseur, a breathing specialist and a COMO Hotels Master who travels around the group’s uber-cool properties worldwide training spa staff. He’s also COMO owner Christina Ong’s personal back fixer and has worked with several Olympians. Imagine how you’d regret asking him what he does for a living at a dinner party? It’d practically be home time before he’d finished rattling off that list.
I mean, seriously, can you be just one qualification off from finding a cure for cancer and not do some good? Of course not. Rohan soon sussed out that I am more of a Before than an After photograph where posture is concerned. Essentially that boils down to the fact that – like any half-decent hack – I stick my neck out; amusingly, this throws the rest of my body out of alignment and contributes to my shoulder and neck pain. Fortunately, Rohan told me an incredibly easy way to rectify the problem. Don’t think about pulling your shoulders back – this will just result in you looking like Ken Dodd’s shoved his tickling stick somewhere inappropriate. Instead, think about your hand placement.
If I stand “normally” ie without thinking about it, my hands rest on the front of my thighs… they shouldn’t. Rohan told me to move them to my sides, with the palms turned slightly out. This pulls my shoulders back into the correct position in a way that looks and, crucially, feels natural and brings my head back into line with my spine. Then I just have to tuck my tailbone under slightly and suddenly my posture is not only much improved, but standing correctly makes me look slimmer too. What’s not to like?
If you have back issues, aches and pains or any sort of energy problems, well, other than how to pay your gas or electricity bills, Rohan can probably sort them out for you in an hour or two. He is genuinely inspiring, reassuringly knowledgable and very likeable. After one session, I felt invigorated and determined to practice the simple exercises he set me as homework on a daily basis (yep, of course I haven’t). He’s based at The Metropolitan on Park Lane until November 30, a one-hour treatment costs £130 and a block of three is a bargain (sort of) at £300. By the way, Rohan calls himself a musculoskeletal therapist for short – still a bit of a mouthful, granted, but not an entire meal’s worth.