Who is LisaAnn McCall
The Journey to McCall Method
LisaAnn McCall is a physical therapist with 30 years’ experience in orthopedic dysfunction. During her 27 years’ in private practice, she worked with professional athletes, physicians, and surgeons, as well as patients suffering from arthritis, joint disease, and chronic pain. McCall worked three years as a physical therapist in clinical settings before starting a private practice in 1991.
McCall was one of Texas’ top female triathletes when she realized she couldn’t stay healthy and injury-free without addressing the whole body. It was during McCall’s personal journey that she noticed the frequent gap between clinic-based therapy and real life.
McCall’s experience and curiosity forced her to face some uncomfortable questions with regards to modern day “therapy”:
- What are we really focusing on for our patients?
- If insurance doesn’t cover therapy costs, will patients still come?
- If you take all the bells and whistles (equipment) away, what’s left?
- Have we segregated the body from the person?
It was only later that McCall learned that by treating the body as it was designed –in an integrated fashion was it feasible to combine the science, art, and skill of movement.
As a result, her focus and therapy shifted to a whole body approach which was the inception of the McCall Method. McCall began observing and interviewing people of agrarian societies and combining those observations with in-depth scientific research.
The McCall Method concept further developed and is now incorporated into her physical therapy practice as well as her personal life.
In June 2001, McCall released her book “The McCall Body Balance Method, Simple Concepts for Ageless Movement.” In it, she details the holistic and scientifically researched method for alleviating pain and becoming comfortable in everyday movements. The exercises described in the book are not separate activities from normal everyday activities but are natural components of all movements such as standing, sitting, bending, turning, lying and walking. Such movements are the foundation of more complex moves such as a golf swing, swim stroke or running stride.
McCall holds a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas School of Allied Health and Science, a B.S. in Education from Texas A&M University and Masters studies in Exercise Physiology from the University of North Texas. In addition, McCall enjoys boxing, jump roping, hiking and Nordic skiing.
History of McCall Method
The beginnings of the McCall Method, in a way, date back to those first days humans stood upright and began to walk. More than 20 years ago, when I was trying to unify my yoga teaching and our daily movements, I read about how people in different global cultures enjoyed moving and working through their days without pain in their joints or muscles. The author, Angie Thusius, had been introduced to this ability to move and work without pain in different international communities by Noel Perez.
For years, Perez researched how men and women from different ethnic backgrounds walked, carried heavy loads and moved through their lives without pain. Thusius developed the Kentro Body Balance guidelines from Perez’s research.
With my knowledge and experience as a physical therapist with more than 20 years experience, along with the work of Thusius and Perez, I developed the McCall Method. We all agree on one fundamental: how Western civilization defines “correct posture” and ways to move is often much different than in other global cultures. These ethnic and indigenous groups lead lives that demand an excessive amount of manual labor, yet they do it with comfort, strength and ease. Looking for examples of this movement closer to home? Just watch the way children play and move through their days, especially before they start attending school. We can learn so much from their natural movement in their early years before adults begin teaching them “correct postures.”