50 Bob Charles Drive, 
Botany Downs, Auckland

Tel 021 95 95 95
or 09 273 7092


August 2004


The collarbone (clavicle) is the first bone to start hardening in a human fetus, yet paradoxically it is the last to completely develop - often not until the late teens or early twenties.  This fact, along with its superficial location, may explain why the collarbone is one of the most frequently broken bones in the body.

So just who does have massage?

Clients often ask about the massage business - whether I have more male or female clients, whether people prefer sports or relaxation massage, how often people have massage etc, so after analysing the last three months bookings, this is what I discovered:

Gender: 49% male  51% female

Type: Relaxation 47%  Sport 35%  Therapeutic 18%

Clientele: Regulars (weekly/fortnightly/mthly) 81%

Length of Appt: One hour 75% Half Hour 25%



If you are new to cycling and/or running, or are experienced but looking for somebody to train with, then Hammer Gel Team Training could be for you.

It is primarily aimed at those who are just starting out and will be ideal for those wanting to do a Special K or the Aunt Betty's Tri a Tri event too.  At Hammer Gel Team Training, you cannot be too old, too slow or too anything really.  The idea is initially to get together for a one hour ride each Saturday morning (although it will be fortnightly to start), in an environment that isn't intimidating and where you won't be left behind on your own, or have to worry about holding up the group. 

I'll be sending out another email later in the month to let you know when the details are up on the website, but in the meantime, pencil in Saturday 18 September at 7.30am for the first ride which at this stage is planned to leave from Maraetai and head towards Duders and Clevedon.

So long as you can manage at least 10k an hour, have a helmet and a roadworthy bike you are welcome to come along and of course your friends are welcome too.   We will try and pair you up with someone of similar ability (or fear rating J).  If we have enough people, the idea is to have groups riding 10-12kph, 12-18kph, 18-24kph etc.  Sorry, but we can't cater for children at this stage, but we may look at a junior division in future.

There are also plans for some group run sessions, and of course with summer just around the corner, some group ocean swims will be a must.



When your skin hurts because of friction use BODYGLIDE to protect and heal your skin. This unique non-greasy, non-messy, and petroleum-free formula is designed for pure comfort. Its all natural ingredients are enriched with aloe and vitamin E to provide your skin with nature's soothing healing powers.

BODYGLIDE creates a soft, comfortable greaseless barrier to help protect your skin. It is uniquely resistant to water and perspiration even as it allows your skin to breathe and perspiration to escape.

BODYGLIDE is a semi-solid that comes in a twist-up tube. It glides on where you need it - and stays where you put it.

Available at the clinic - $21 for 36.9g stick

The Manukau Veterans Cycle Club www.cycleclub.co.nz ran a club time trial over a 44k circuit on September 5.  Some of us only managed to perform marginally above the embarrassing line, but I guess if you don't train you can't complain!  Thank you to all the volunteer marshals and timekeepers - you did a great job J.

The Waitakere City 11K Fun Run & Half Marathon is on October 10.  It will be starting and finishing at the new Trusts Stadium, and has some great spot prizes on offer.  You'll find more details at www.waitakerehalf.co.nz.

For those looking for something a little shorter, the Sir Barry Curtis 10k run takes place on October 17.  If he doesn't win the next mayoral election, we might find this is the Dick Quax 10k next year J
Details at http://www.coolrunning.co.nz/races/sirbarry/

And I'm off on the e-ventures www.eventures.co.nz  Manukau City Veterans Cycle Club 3 day cycle tour around the East Cape, on September 23.  Angie and Kent will be looking after things at home.  I'll be back in the clinic on Tuesday September 28.

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Rachael Button
Botany Muscle Therapy
50 Bob Charles Drive, Botany Downs, Auckland