Updated: May 7, 2018
Owning the Zone with Colli Christante by Brendan Rohan
"On the Table" with Colli Christante...by Brendan Rohan
In the movie of your life, who would play you? Kyra Sedgewick. ( An actress married to Kevin Bacon )
If I could live anywhere, I'd choose...Bali, Italy, Canada.
My favourite food would have to be...Clean,organic healthy.
What I love most in life is...Being who I am – experiencing life through giving and receiving unconditional love, laughter, looking into the eyes of a child.
Are you a dog person or a cat person? I enjoy both
My favourite book of all time would have to be...Nancy Drew Series
What I wanted to be when I grew up...Champion figure skater and investigative journalist.
The year I began my kinesiology training...1993
I notice in your bio it says that you're a journalist, who do you write for?
Wrote for Canadian Living Magazine, CTV National News, recently wrote & created the documentary called "Owning the Zone", the e-book and fully written book to go with the documentary will be completed soon. Also wrote a TV series called "Somewhere I Belong" and working on another book but cannot reveal the name as of yet.
What kind of articles do you write?
Health, fitness, anti – aging/leadership, confidence building.
After watching your youtube videos, you strike me as a confident person. Have you always been confident with who you are?
Yes, No and now totally – it is a process.
Public speaking is a big fear for many kinesiology people and it is something that stops many people from expressing their talents and reaching their full potential. What would you suggest to help overcome their fears?
I love to share knowledge. I created and teach a course called the Art n' Tool of the Pitch which totally assist the person in breaking through these fears and come to really enjoy the process. Taught this at the Vancouver Film School and Electronic Arts University to writers and producers. It is a wonderful process which allows for one to package their material, becoming confident and anchors are installed so they always have access to the strategy. Too, there is nothing like having a ( kinesiology ) balance to work with the limiting belief and assist with the imprint of an empowering one.
.Reading through your bio, you seem to have many skills 'in your toolkit'. What is the most important tool that you work with and why?There is no most important. They all work together. Every session starts out the same but really it is what the client needs that predicts how the session goes but the tools all get used.If I were to walk into your clinic for my first session, what would I expect to come away with?
Using a combination of body centred techniques, sensitivity training, and mastery, when working with me, you will take a journey into your body to uncover and witness with the full light and compassion of your Presence the core beliefs that have been holding you back from your essence of being. This allows your being's organic capacity for self healing to activate and reverse the unconscious programs that have kept you from seeing yourself in the full magnificence of who you really are. For 99% of the people who visit me, for the first time to actually start to get a glimpse into who they really are not who they have been programmed to be.
From your biography and the testimonials there, your work seems to be about leadership and bringing out those qualities in people... what are the ingredients of leadership?
No one can answer this like my mentor Denis Waitely. I totally subscribe to his and Phil Jackson's philosophy. Phil is to be featured in my documentary "Owning the Zone."A good way to think of leadership is the process of freeing your team members to do the best work they possibly can. I have followed NBA basketball coach Phil Jackson's career for some time.In his career, Jackson has gone from coaching the record-setting champion Chicago Bulls to the present NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.
He says his principal task is creating an environment in which his players can flourish.In communicating with his championship teams, Jackson convinced them that they had the talent to win championships and that the main goal of the coach was freeing them to use that talent.Today's business team members say they want, more than anything else, the autonomy to do their jobs without the boss's interference. Nearly a decade into the new century, it's already clear that the CEOs of our best-run companies believe that the more power leaders have, the less they should use.
The job of the team leader is to set a mission, decide upon a strategic direction, achieve the necessary cooperation, delegate authority and then let people innovate.To do that we all could take a hint from the late football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. Before his retirement as one of the leading coaches in college football history at Alabama, Bryant observed:I'm just a plow hand from Arkansas, but I've learned how to put and hold a team together. I've learned how to lift some individuals up and how to calm others down, until finally they've got one heartbeat, together, as a team.
To do that, there are just three things I'd ever have to say: If anything went wrong, I did it. If it went semi-good, then we did it. If anything went real good, then you did it! That's really all it takes to get other people to win for you.
The key to authentic leadership is to listen to your followers, and then open the door for them to lead themselves. The secret is empowerment. The main incentive is genuine caring and recognition.
The five most important words a leader can speak are: "I am proud of you." The four most important are: "What is your opinion?" The three most important are: "If you please." The two most important are: "Thank you." And the most important single word of all is: "You!"- Denis Waitley
As your work is about leadership, confidence, performance and motivation, how does kinesiology help to bring out these qualities in your clients?
Kinesiology assists in the stripping of institutional lies and myths that encrust people. Through Kinesiology they how to use their mind to direct their emotions.They learn how to use their brain to direct their behaviour.They will break free of old negative survival patterns using their own positive patterns that keep their body balanced. This includes different methods of developing chi, relaxation, letting go, concentration, breathing actively so you are congruently integrated resulting in accessing extraordinary endurance, balance, ease, and psychological confidence.They become aligned on logical levels of environment, behaviour which includes language, senses, movement, experience base, capabilities, values, beliefs, over man giving them the feeling of being in control. A unifying experience involving their entire sense of self. The environment, higher sense of self, their potential, their destiny. They learn to how to become Captains of their souls.
In my own work with people, I have come to believe that the biggest issue that people have is that feel they can't creatively express themselves to the level they want to... would you agree?
Yes, that is why I called my company Inner Expression. What we do not express, we repress and then depression can creep in. It is a vicious cycle. We are here to express all that flows through us as us. It is our divine right.
I notice that you're a creative producer – what projects have you worked on? Owning the Zone, Somewhere I Belong, Mystical Journeys too many others to list.
With all this going on in your life, what does your working week look like?
Monday-Friday in the evenings I work with clients on-line. Weekends are for clients private sessions in the clinic. On any given day I may be conducting a seminar, webinar. I update my blogs every third day, my website every week, do radio interviews when they are requested. Writing is done at night. Currently putting all my content (information) into a formula that will be products and ready to launch in Sept.
Here we are back with Colli Christante, kinesiologist and author of the forthcoming book “In Search of the Zone”.
Colli Christante is an Optimal Transformation Life Inner Fitness Coach for creating and generating dynamically positive transformation in individuals. Colli has offered mind/body communications consulting services to Sports Teams, Coaches, and Elite Athletes in the NHL, NBA and PGA but are available at any level.
Q. I see in your profile you have written a book called ”Owning the Zone”. Could you tell us what inspired it?
The documentary video is called “Owning the Zone”. The book is “In Search of the Zone” and was inspired from what I experienced during a performance at the age of 11.
Rehearsals went amazing yet when it came to the actual performance something was missing. That night my quest began. To experience being in the Zone. Many athletes go through this. It is an elixir for an athlete. Through all my years as an athlete and Kinesiologist I have now refined the process and I can guarantee anyone that if you work with me you will experience the Zone and have the strategies to enter at will.
Q. How long has the project taken to complete – from thinking about writing to the eventual final copy?
I am still in the process of completing the book, however, the idea for the book came prior to meeting with ESPN at Hot Docs in Toronto in 1996. They were extremely interested in my documentary and the possibility of the book to go with it.
I have had a publisher express interest and so that has really motivated me to get it completed. The creative process is a unique and wonderful experience. It is almost complete. Once it is I guarantee you that you will be included as one of the first people to know.
Q. Were there things that you wished to have included in the book? Will these things be written into a follow up / sequel?
Interesting question Brendan. I strongly feel one of the reasons the book has not completed itself is because there were things that needed to be told, wanted to be added. Situations, experiences that needed to be revealed.
Q Have you written other material – you know, training manuals, etc?
Yes, I have written other things. Articles for various magazines, articles for Ezines ( Electronic Magazines ) , Self Growth.com, concepts for TV programs. Created and wrote “Owning the Zone” pilot, a Woman’s show called “Somewhere I Belong” and I am working on another book (cannot reveal name as of yet:)
Also created, developed various programs and manuals. “The Art ‘n Science of Responsible Communication” was one such program and manual. This program and manual were used in facilitating coaches at the Canadian Figure Skating Association in Ottawa Canada. The same is true of another course and manual I created “The Art n’ Tool of the Question” taught to private investigators but cannot reveal which firm it was for.
I have also developed various other courses and love facilitating them – love sharing information.
Q. When will the book be launched? Will there be a media release of some kind that will go with the launch?
The documentary, “In Search of the Zone” has not been released so no media coverage has been done. As I mentioned, the interest is there so I am sure once it is released the media will enjoy it with a touch of controversy which I love.
Q. What are your hopes for your readers? Want do you want them to get out of having read your work?
My hope and wish for my readers is that they not only feel and hear but also see themselves in similar experiences and know that they too can reclaim the missing pieces of their life and become whole and complete. What an experience! It is the best gift one can give to themselves because it affects 7 generations in either direction. What a gift Kinesiology is. We are blessed to have had the experience of Kinesiology and to be a Kinesiologist.
Q. Inspiration is the key to so much in life. Did you use personal stories to inspire your readers?
Brendan I totally agree with you. Inspiration is key in life. Yes, I do use my stories to inspire my readers and in some way my stories inspire my clients. My clients also seem to take personal interest in how I came to Kinesiology but I have to remind them Kinesiology called me.
At some level I wanted to heal and knew that in order to do so I needed to uncover my deepest wounds – kinesiology peeled through the layers and now I bring this gift to others.
There is nothing more precious than being free in one’s own skin. What a gift. Stories run deep. My childhood was a roller coaster and life experience has been deep. Far from being a shallow person, sometimes very intense but the best of all is I love who I am and what I do.
Q. Are there any plans for other materials in the Colli Christante library? You know Dvd’s ( nearly said video’s – but that’s so 1980’s ), music or audio’s?
Yes, there are other plans for more material to be added. The other book I am writing which is my life story (so many people have told me I must write this) and Owning the Zone documentary will get made. There will be downloads from an Internet TV show I am in the midst of creating – all will be revealed soon and again you will be one of the first to be informed.
Boy you are busy! Do you even have time to see clients lol!
Q What are your plans for the future as a kinesiologist and therapist?
My future as a Kinesiologist and therapist is very clear. I will only be working with clients that are very committed to becoming Champions in all areas of their life. This means they have to undergo a screening process to qualify to work with me and then commit in a way they may never have had to for anything else. This is the full meal deal.
I agree with you Colli that you have to have committed clients. In my practice, I adopted the mindset that I only would see ‘professional clients’; people who were dedicated to themselves, their creative vision ( and not their previous story ) and the work we did… It’s an equal transaction… “professional therapist + professional client = professional results”.
Q Do you teach workshops and speak in public? Where can people see you in action?
Yes, I do speak in public and teach workshops – I have created various seminars, workshops, talks – love to share information.
Currently in negotiation with an organization to do seminars across Canada in 2011. The best way for people to see me in action is to check my profile page and website for upcoming dates.
Q. Last but not least, any plans to travel and teach in Australia or overseas to Canada?
I would love to travel and teach. I have so much information to share. This is one of my dreams, goals. To share this with other Kinesiologists and therapists. All I have experienced. The science and art behind the difference that makes the difference.
Brendan, let me know when you want me to come to Australia and I am there for you. To be part of your dream, journey and to be your first featured Kinesiologist has been a real honor.
Colli, thank you for a wonderful series of interviews. You are very inspirational and you illustrate that there are many different ways that you can lead a rich and fulfilling life as a kinesiologist other than just being ‘the traditional clinical therapist’.
When starting out, many new kinesiology people try to ‘fit the mold’ of ‘being a kinesiologist’ and forget that Kinesiology is a tool. A tool in their hands that brings more than ‘balance’ or better health… but communicates the therapists own unique, creative spirit to the spirit of the people that they work with.
Congratulations on providing your clients with an inspiring example that is yourself! And congratulations on ‘being bigger’ than ‘the tool’ and fitting your kinesiology work into YOUR greater expression!