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“The wise rest at least as hard as they work.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana


Something interesting happened on the 28th of May 2019.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) officially recognized and classified workplace burnout as a Occupational phenomena but they did stop short of classifying it as full disease (2).

For those interested ” Burnout ” is now officially defined as by the WHO as

Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions:

  • feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
  • increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and
  • reduced professional efficacy

If you are suffering from 3 of the above criteria it’s possible you may actually be suffering from burnout.

It’s important to note that burn-out refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.” (1) This is important to note as there is a lot of overlap between burnout and other conditions such as depression so i think the WHO got this right in seeking to limit the definition of burnout to just the workplace.

This is still a significant step forward as clearer terminology leads to better studies and hence better solutions to this perplexing problem. It’s likely as this important topic gets more attention we can better manage burnout and its implications.

Let’s talk more about Burnout

Having experienced a burnout last year I now have more than academic interest in the topic.

The movies like to depict a sudden snap where all of sudden you are wearing your pajamas to work and making goodbye speeches standing on your desk.  The reality is far more boring. And depressing.

You find yourself tired all the time, growing increasingly disconnected from you work and meaning that you attributed to it. Your coping mechanics such as a quick holiday or a few cheeky bevies on the weekend that used to see you through no-longer seem to be effective and in some cases just make the problem worse.

In his classic “The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About ItMichael Gerber talks about another peak in business failure rates around 5 years. It’s not because the the business was unsound, it was financially viable and had found a niche to service and generate income. It had survived the dreaded start up phase. But it failed for another reason. The owner simply burned out from exhaustion.


Five things not to miss in Niseko

I can’t help feeling a little proud of where I have chose to call home. It’s hard not to want to play tour guide sometimes but thankfully I do get asked what people should try and and see whilst they are here.

This is only a start but if you do visit Niseko here are 5 things in no particular order that I would try and see whilst you are this beautiful part of the world. All these places can be accessed in both winter and summer.


January 28, 2019 ClinicalNiseko life0

Staying in safe whilst out and about in Niseko

Recently I have been treating a number of injuries that occurred not on ski slopes but either on the way to ski slopes or more likely from the way home from the bar !

This brings us to an important and overlooked topic.

How to walk safely on ice and snow.

Ice falls in Niseko can be nasty.

It’s very easy to fracture a wrist or collarbone as you instinctively brace yourself from going over. Ice is an incredibly hard and unforgiving substance and with temperatures often sitting well below zero here in Niseko for most of the winter you are going to see a lot of it. Lower Hirafu can be particularly treacherous.

Sure you think you can walk. You probably a great walker and been doing it without thinking since you were a baby.  But millions of years of evolution has led to humans having a truly remarkable gait that is not well suited to snow and ice.

What do I mean by this ?

Walking is essentially falling forward and catching yourself each time. To do this safely we rely on the friction generated from the back foot to drive all the the front foot to launch forward and catch us before we fall flat on our face.  This gait is very efficient and one of the reasons it allowed our ancestors to move and spread to all continents of the globe using far less energy than our four legged friends.

When we are dealing with the ice and snow the rules should change.


January 23, 2019 Niseko life0

Niseko Chiropractic just had the pleasure of meeting Kei Takeyachi head of the Japanese chiropractors association here in Niseko.

Kei has been instrumental in driving registration and self regulation of the chiropractic profession in Japan and worked tirelessly to lobby government for higher standards.

Whilst Chiropractic in Japan is currently not a protected term Kei is driving reform to introduce a regulated profession that will bring standards up to international level for properly registered and insured Japanese Chiropractors.

Hopefully this may lead to better collaboration between health professionals in Japan and better access to diagnostic imaging and medical reports for Japanese Chiropractors.

Well done Kei !



November 30, 2018 Niseko life0

More good snow falls in Niseko

Our family awoke to another 20cm overnight at the Country Resort but really showed up straight away was the sub-zero temperatures that make Niseko snow some of the best powder snow on earth.

With chilly -10 at the top of the mountain this was not a good day not to be able to locate my balaclava. We have more cold days forecasts so rug up and drive safe on the icy roads.

Niseko chiropractic cold start

It was great to dust of the the gear, strap on a brand new board and hit the slopes for the first time this year. Harifu is still only operating the number Ace number 3 lift both for those that got amongst it today there was still some great powder to to be had, particularly on the first runs.

Fingers cross for more lift openings over the next few days but I as I type this it’s absolutely bucketing down snow right now.

Get out there, and if you find my balaclava please let me know 🙂




November 21, 2018 Niseko life0

Snow begins to dump in Niseko

Niseko Chiropractic is very excited to finally see a good dump of snow for the 2018 season. It came it late afternoon on the 20th of November and moderate snowfalls fell all night ensuring that there is some cover on most of the Ski runs. We did originally hope that lifts would open this friday and according to Niseko 360 that is still a good possibility.

With cold temperatures and moderate snow forecast all weekend I am sure many ski businesses will be breathing a sigh of relief as they gear up for the 2018/19 season.

Stay safe on the roads and there is still  lot of ice just hiding under the small dusting of snow on the roads and daytime temperatures are still causing the old melt/freeze oscillation that makes driving in Niseko a little more challenging. Just a few Km’s less makes all the difference.

Onwards and upwards and wishing all Ski operators a fun start to the season.



November 14, 2018 Niseko life0

Where is the best coffee in Niseko ?

Living in Japan used to mean giving up some of the great things about western life and great coffee had to be in the sad panda mix. That is now well and truly in the past. Many boutique roasters and great cafes are now popping up in the Niseko area.

Sprout Niseko

The best coffee in Niseko Chiropractic’s opinion has to be Sprout located just a minutes walk up Kutchan main street towards route 5 from Kutchan Station.

Sprout mixes a variety of tropical sourced beans with the darker Bolivia roast being my personal favourite and being the closed match to a good old fashioned Aussie flat white.


October 30, 2018 Niseko life0

Niseko Chiropractic wakes up to snow this morning

Harifu village woke up with a reasonable snow fall this morning on the upper levels so this marks the start of the snow accumulation for the 2018 season. Better start booking your accommodation and getting those legs ready for some more time on the Niseko Pow.

Word from inside the industry is that we are on target for a November 23rd ski lift opening.

Niseko Chiropractic is wishing all visitors to Niseko a great 2018 and safe ski season.


October 24, 2018 Niseko life0

The debate about which country has the best ski slopes will continue to rage around alpine fireplaces well after the Moscow Mules run dry ( It’s Japan by the way) but one thing not up for debate even from the Canadians is who rules the after slope hot-tub experience.  That is safely in Japan’s and also probably Niseko’s hands.

Thanks to sitting on one of the world’s largest fault lines Japan is blessed with an endless supply of mineral rich volcanic water and they make the most of with their very rich onsen culture. The history of onsens dates back to at least 712 AD with the first recorded use being on the small island of Shikoku down near Osaka. Word spread quickly of their health benefits and onsens maintain their rightful place as an important aspect of Japanese culture.

The average 40 degree temperatures and rich mineral content are the perfect combination to relieve tired stressed and sometimes cold bodies and and I’m sure you will agree any story told in an onsen becomes infinitely more interesting.

If your new to onsens to worth taking the time to get to know some of the etique around their use and remember to be a little quiet in your conversation and manner once inside. The website below has some great tips on how to get the most out of the onsen experience.

So here is Niseko Chiropractic’s Top 5  onsens around Niseko selected for their amazing views, value for money and likeness to a true Japanese onsen experience.

You will need a car for most of these and winter conditions can make some journeys are little challenging so check the local weather often and seek advice from your hotel reception before heading out.

The following are in no particular order.


October 16, 2018 Niseko life0

For those waiting for the pow they may be pleased to know that Mount Yotei received it’s first dusting of snow today. Things get cold pretty quickly from here in Niseko and an unusually long and summer has meant that we are probably in for short Autumn.

Winter is coming.



October 5, 2018 Niseko life0

If you are looking for a great english speaking yoga teacher right in the heart of Niseko look no further than the Asthanga classes lead by Niseko’s own Marika.

Marika’s classes run out of many locations but the highlight has to be trying to get down your downward dog as mount yoeti towers above you and urges you to try to breath into that stretch that little bit more.

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