Do Therapists need therapy? Apparently it is not unique to me. It all started in April 2020, during the first Covid-19 Lockdown in England. People took on larger projects than they would normally consider, why should I be any different?

I had been thinking (dangerous territory) that I needed to fill in my lovely Koi pond for a few years. Yet when could I do it? Clients had to walk over the filter bed when entering the clinic.

Lockdown gave me that opportunity & so, with tools aplenty, the demolition started on day one. The first job was to re-home the inhabitants and then empty the pond of 3,300 gallons. The pump emptied the pond & then died.

Emptied Koi pond with David Price showing how large it is by standing in the shallow (1.2m) end. overall depth is 2m. Therapy may be needed by the end of this project
The pond is going…

The removal of decking and paving that had secreted the filters was next. The result was to expose 2′ (60 cm) deep chambers filled with all manners of plastic, gravel and mating medias.

Demolition time.

I washed all sorts of little creatures (indicating a healthy ecosystem) from the media before I passed out from the aroma.

The bridge, planters & more decking were removed. I finally got out the breaker. It was a fairly old machine but had served me well with my extreme DIY projects in the past.

It had to be capable of destroying a wall that I built – and I don’t mess about when I build things! 9″ (23cm) hollow concrete blocks with reinforcing steels subsequently back filled with concrete would be hard going.

A fibrous reinforcing layer and waterproof paint gave it even more strength. The wall broke my breaker… and a replacement one. I bought an even bigger breaker but even that one struggled.

Finally, with the help of a friendly local builder’s even bigger still breaker, the walls were history. Now I had to break some drainage holes into the base of the pond, similarly constructed.

Finding ground level.

Now I could place some of the wall debris into the hole, starting with the biggest pieces & getting progressively smaller. The area was compacted down by a vibrating plate several times. If you get this stage wrong you will find that, some months down the line, that you have a sink hole.

large debris mainly broken concrete blocks in the deconstructed pond. Making sure there is good drainage.
Starting to think I need therapy for my mental health - just for taking it on.
Big blocks and debris infill done

A Grab lorry removed quite a few tonnes of excess bricks & rubble from our property by at this stage. It seemed ridiculous that I then had to buy a few tonnes of crushed concrete, Road stone & grit to top off with. This is especially annoying when you consider that the next guy buying Crush will be buying my recycled bucks & blocks.

I then had a fence and back gate constructed for security and the ground made level. Spruce Railway sleepers were ordered to landscape the garden because they last much longer than others.

Construction starts.

I was most worried about the construction stage as I now had to decide upon levels without anything to guide me. I decided to use the garage foundations as my datum point. Fixing the sleepers in their final position using cement, ensuring they were level, came next. The Crushed concrete and Road stone filled the hole to a few inches below the finishing level.

Almost at finished level for the artificial grass. The wheelchair ramp and surrounds are constructed from Norwegian Spruce.
Starting to need physical Therapy.
New fence and sleepers installed

Laying new paving stones level with the Railway sleeper’s top edge came next, making a large patio. By now I knew the answer to the question, “Do Therapists need therapy?” as my Lower Back & Sacroiliac area were a mess. Worse still, nowhere was open – it was a lockdown!

Grit filled the hole to the finished level. Many people use sand but this can shorten the life of your artificial grass as it stays damp. Grit allows water through, keeping the grass drier. I then laid a weed suppressing sheet over the grit as there’s nothing more annoying than having to maintain artificial grass. Finally the Grass went down. We used 2 grades; one for the lawn and a coarser one for the wheelchair slope (making sure the direction of pile gave maximum friction when going downhill).

I screwed Wooden battens onto the side of the sleepers; and the grass screwed to them in turn. Wind getting under artificial grass can destroy things very efficiently.

With the addition of outside lights, security cameras, sheds, border plants (that’s a first for us) and other ancillary items the job was complete. Conclusion was about a month after the lockdown ended.

Completion

Now all that remains is to wait for next spring so we can enjoy it to the full. Landscapers regularly ask me to treat their backache. They are surprised that i did job with very little help from others.

The finished garden with artificial grass, wheelchair ramp, new patio, wall hanging baskets & even a border for plants.
At this point it is undeniable; Therapists do need therapy - and you can't treat yourself
The finished article (I still have Koi – just on the wall)

If anybody wants me to do their garden redesign I can think of many variations to the phrase “no thank you”.

SO, do Therapists need therapy? Mentally the answer is yes. This project protected my mental health because it is a form of therapy to immerse yourself into something positive and worthwhile.

Physically the answer to Do Therapists need therapy? is also a resounding “YES”. Now, does anybody know of a good Manipulative therapist who can sort my body out???

If you need help with your physical health from someone who understands mechanics at many levels, visit my website home page. If you could do with a focus on relaxation and mental health, may I suggest you visit Mind Affinity’s website via relaxclub.online