“He was massaging my head and putting his fingers in my mouth, specifically my palate. Things like that.”
Crudely, this is how a therapist saved the career of Rem Pitlick, who seriously considered hanging up her skates as a teenager. Yes, it is very rare.
By the time he was 16, Pitlick was really about to give it all up. Your hip flexors (hip flexors), one of the major muscle groups in the lower body, had stopped cooperating. They were rigid as a rod.
“My mother was always an out-of-the-ordinary-minded outdoorsman, so together we consulted all kinds of chiropractors, naturopaths and so on,” Pitlick said in the Montreal Canadiens locker room at the Bell Center on the day. before a game against Rayo, on December 17. She had these hip problems and couldn’t skate. My best friend, Casey Dornbach, who graduated from Harvard, would tell me, ‘You have to see this man, you have to see this man.’
That man was Neil Sheehy, who is now her agent. Sheehy is a neuromuscular therapist practicing in Minnesota. Her methods were very strange, but Pitlick was desperate.
“I really thought I was going to drop out of high school hockey. That tells you how bad it was. Before my third year (Third year), I think I was only able to train three times during the summer, because I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t skate. He couldn’t perform moves that required him to be explosive.”
So he let Sheehy play in his mouth and…it worked. The head and brain are supposed to be the engine of the entire human body. So touching certain areas of the head and applying pressure to specific places on the palate can, apparently, affect other parts of the body.
This experience changed Pitlick’s perception of things; his way of conceiving the world, the environment, the human body.
“I was exposed to weirdness. I was one of those people who was like, “This is nonsense, I mean, you stuck your fingers in my mouth, out of my sight!” And then it worked. This is how my intellectual curiosity was born. Because it worked.”
Photo credit: TIM MCNIFF, stateofhockey.com
The hockey player who hugs trees
A tweet has gone viral on the heels of the Canadians’ annual blood drive that traditionally takes place in November at the Bell Centre. In this: A video of Pitlick chatting informally with a follower and passionately ranting about recycling and composting.
Pitlick looked more like a Cégep du Vieux Montreal student than a professional hockey player. And that’s what makes it so fascinating. His sensitivity to the environmental cause and his interest in deep and highly specialized issues make him a unique character in hockey circles.
“It comes from the women around me,” Pitlick explains. My mother “tree hugs” (tree hugger) and my girlfriend has always been concerned about the environmental cause. My partner teaches me a lot about it, it has become a common passion for us, which I was able to share with the fan I met.
Along with his girlfriend, Pitlick performs a series of small daily actions to care for the planet and leave it in a better state, starting with the use of the LOMI gadget, a smart portable composter worth almost $700.
“We are trying to reduce our plastic consumption. We prioritize stainless steel water bottles. For our bedding, we prefer natural textile fibers, things like that. We are far from perfect, of course.
In the locker room, Pitlick tries to stay away from these topics with his teammates.
“Above all, I talk about it with my girlfriend,” he admits. It’s the kind of thing that’s not really present in hockey culture right now. Guys can find that a little weird and I get it. I’m trying to find a balance, I don’t want to be the weird character on the sidelines or anything.”
everything is in everything
But are hockey and the environment basically as separable as one might think? Pitlick’s influences led him to take a more holistic view of things. He is particularly inspired by the teachings of Paul Chek, a renowned kinesiologist.
“Mike Modano told me about him in Minnesota, first the striker underlines. Modano had previously worked with Paul. Paul has worked with many elite athletes. He was an adviser to the Bulls.
“He looks at things holistically: your movements, your diet, your sleep, etc. And he makes a connection with the environment. I give him credibility because of his experience in the world of athletes, it is not too to fly.”
But what could connect the preservation of the planet and the speed of Rem Pitlick’s strides against the Toronto Maple Leafs on any given night? Many elements. You would be surprised.
“Paul calls it the closed organic loop. If the soil is not healthy, the plants are also bad. Animals eat plants and humans eat animals and plants. In theory, we are only as healthy as our environment allows. And Paul incorporates that into athletic performance.”
However, there’s nothing too revolutionary about the Pitlick diet.
“I only try to eat high quality food when I can. Organic and local food. Foods that are not processed.
Photo credit: AFP
The Faith of Saint Louis
Outspoken on a number of topics worthy of intriguing UQAM alumni, Pitlick is at a loss for words when trying to understand the issues he’s going through this season.
At the time I spoke to this author, Pitlick had not been demoted to the Laval Rocket in the American League for the second time this season.
“I do not know really [ce qui s’est passé].”
He says that he has not given up and clings to a light of hope: that of coming out of there a better player than the one we saw in 2021-2022.
“I still believe in myself because I’ve been through tough hockey situations in the past,” he says. I have learned over time that there is often a lesson to be learned from the moments when you encounter the greatest adversity. I try to keep things simple. I watch videos. I try to stay healthy.”
Although it’s not reflected in his playing time and opportunities, Pitlick still feels like he has head coach Martin St-Louis on his side. The latter recently showed her confidence in her during a long conversation.
“He told me: ‘Rem, it’s a different situation this season. Things are as they are. Keep the faith, I am one of those who believe in you (i am a believer).“ You just have to keep working.”
A few days later, Pitlick was demoted to Laval while Anthony Richard was called up by the Canadiens. The newcomer has already made a strong impression, a sign Pitlick isn’t done dealing with adversity to cement his place with the Habs.
In retrospect, he can consider himself lucky: he might as well have stopped skating at the age of 16.
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