Being equally passionate about eastern and western philosophy, physiotherapy, other healthcare traditions, martial arts, and a lot more, my interests in critical physiotherapy are quite varied. They do however all converge on my interest in exploring and leading a good, happy and healthy life, and supporting others in doing so. In my personal and professional research and practice over the last few years, I have focused on how a number of philosophies and practices can contribute to this. In particular, these are the ethics of Emmanuel Levinas, Pierre Hadot’s philosophy as a way of life and its philosophical practices, Zen, Buddhism and other eastern spiritual traditions, the therapeutic method of Shiatsu, and a variety of eastern and western martial arts.
My hopes for the CPN are that it will grow into what is aspiring to: being a positive force for an otherwise physiotherapy. At least for me, this would also consist in contributing to the improvement of physiotherapy and healthcare clients and practitioners life at large, and I am grateful and excited to be a part of this endeavor.
Throughout my life, I have always been looking out for mentors and have always found them in many different, and often unexpected places. This has confirmed my general intuition that there is always something interesting to learn out there as far as questions about a good, happy, and healthy life are concerned. I am happy to mentor those that can relate to this central interest of mine, or are interested in any of my other, related fields of expertise, across philosophy and therapeutic practice, from the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas (ethics) and Pierre Hadot (philosophy as a way of life), to eastern philosophies (Zen, Buddhism, Daoism), healing (Shiatsu, TCM) and the martial arts (Aikido, Koryu, and more).
Relevant critical publications:
Maric, F. (2017) Physiotherapy and Fundamental Ethics – Questioning Self and Other in Theory and Practice. AUT University Auckland, NZ. https://aut.researchgateway.ac.nz/handle/10292/11051
Maric, F. (2012) Mushotoku – physiotherapist without a goal. Paper and Activity session at the Wisdom Traditions and Universities: Mindfulness-SIG Conference. AUT University Auckland, NZ.
Maric, F. (2011) Researching the Self, the Other, and their relationship in physiotherapy: a theoretical and methodological exploration of autoethnography. AUT University Auckland, NZ. https://aut.researchgateway.ac.nz/handle/10292/1197
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Current position(s): Clinical Team Leader (Physio Connect Ltd., Auckland; Founder and Head Instructor (Calm and Storm – Martial Arts, Auckland)