Tenant in the spotlight
Roland van der Heijden has been a lessee in the Groot Handelsgebouw for 23 years. Behind his front door on the 7th floor, you will not find an office, but a practice for physiotherapy and manual therapy.
“I’m not here for the view,” Roland laughs. Ordinarily, he would have a beautiful view of the internal arcades, but, for reasons of privacy, the windows of the practice have been blacked out. And yet Roland purposely chose a workspace in a business incubator centre. “I receive a lot of clients with work-related complaints, which are often the result of the many desk-and-screen jobs of today’s world. As there are also a lot of active young people in the building, I also frequently see sports injuries.”
“I am always curious about what other people do and I treat everyone: from lawyers to hairdressers. They’ve all got some stories to tell.”
Contact with clients
“As a physiotherapist, you often use your head and your hands, and are in contact with your clients every day. That is what I enjoy the most. Due to the population in and around the Groot Handelsgebouw, the treatment periods are usually short and you can easily stay in contact.” A large number of his clientele works in the Groot Handelsgebouw but also in the neighbouring offices of Nationale Nederlanden, Robeco and Nauta Dutilh. “I am always curious about what other people do and I treat everyone: from lawyers to hairdressers. They’ve all got some stories to tell.”
In addition to (sports) physiotherapy and manual therapy, Roland also provides rehabilitation, company health plan and workplace consultancy services. His colleague Lotte Lafeber assists him. The practice is comprised of two treatment rooms and a room with training equipment.
“There are people who spend almost the entire day sitting down.”
Roland notices that, unfortunately, many people do not get enough exercise. “Most people that walk through our doors are either fitness fanatics or people who do not exercise at all. The contrast is massive and a middle road seems hard to find. There are people who spend almost the entire day sitting down. They wake up in the morning and have breakfast sitting down, sit when taking public transport or in their car, spend an entire work day sitting behind a desk and relax at home by sitting in front of the TV. But even in the most sensible, ergonomic workplace you will develop problems if you only sit still. Moving around and shifting position is therefore very important.”
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