What is yin yoga and why practise it?
Physically the primary tissue we are addressing in yin is connective tissue such as tendons, ligaments, bones and fascia. Connective tissue plays a large roles in our long-term mobility. It benefits from slow gentle traction over a longer period of time. It behaves very differently than muscle tissue. A yang practise involves quick, dynamic, stimulating postures with shorter holds while yin involves slow, static, calming postures with longer holds ranging from 1-10 min. Most yin practises have 3-5 min holds.
Mentally the longer posture and times of stillness are wonderful to cultivate mindfulness and meditate.
Some principles for yin yoga are:
Come to an appropriate depth for your body in the pose. This means you have sensation of gentle stretching but not pain. Low level discomfort is ok but if you are wishing the pose would end soon because you are so uncomfortable you have probably gone to far and could benefit from a lighter variation or more props. No sharp, electric shooting pain. We consciously soften muscles away from bone.
Resolve to stay still. The therapeutic benefit for connective tissue requires passive slow gentle traction. Lengthening tissues is an integral part of what makes our yin yoga practice so impactful. Physically bouncing, quick or unnecessary movement can stress and damage the connective tissue we are working on. Mentally practising any mindfulness techniques that help keep you in the present moment and help to calm overly stimulated minds.
Stay a while. The length of time is a key factor in benefitting connective tissue. Our tissues do have a protective mechanism that helps us stay aware of how much stress is too much, this will present itself by muscles starting to tighten and contract. Sometimes the depth of a pose can be suitable at the beginning but part way through if your muscles starts to contact it is asking to to come out of the posture and find a more appropriate version. The time also allows for a wonderful opportunity to see thoughts rise and change in the mediation practise.
Exit the posture slowly and create new movement or counter movement. Moving quickly increasing the change of damaging tissue as they are not as protected and stable. Incorporating gentle movement or counter movement after the pose encourages blood flow.
Always pay close attention to the signals your body is communicating to you as you practice. It is also best to check with your Doctor if yin yoga is suitable for you.
Price Change 2021:
As of January 1, 2021 sessions with Erin will be $100.
Once Erin defends her thesis in May 2021 her Manual Therapy sessions will be $110
Now that classes & exams are complete I am delighted to take part in more self care practices. Starting with this! I have waited a year to take this course. Thank you Compassion Inspired Health for creating online options during covid times.
If you are curious about Mindful Self Compassion check out:
Thank you for your patience, we apologies for the low availability of sessions with Erin. Now that her classes are complete and she only has her thesis to obtain her Osteopathic Manual Therapist title her availability will improve.
Stay tuned, stay healthy
The Multidimensional Team
Erin has officially completed her 5th year with the The Canadian College of Osteopathy - CCO ! To complete her training she needs to finish her Thesis on Osteopathic effect on General Anxiety Disorder.
Thank you to Marjorie Dg, Kim Mark-Goldsworthy and Lavanya Kalathil for being a wonderful study group.
If you are looking for an Osteopathic Practitioner it is important to know the field is not yet regulated as a profession. This means individuals can use the title after completing a weekend course vs the regular 4-5 year study period. Osteopathy Alberta & Osteopathy BC are good resources for practitioners trained 4 years +. They do not advertise students on their website but you can enquire with them if a student practitioner in your area is a member. Erin is a student member with Osteopathy BC.
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At this time we are only booking existing clients and hope to accept new clients by the end of August 2020.
Here is our updated Pre Screening for Covid 19:
BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool
1. Are you experiencing any of the following:
• Severe difficulty breathing (e.g. struggling to breathe or speaking in single words)
• Severe chest pain
• Having a very hard time waking up
• Feeling confused
• Losing consciousness
2. Are you experiencing any of the following:
• Mild to moderate shortness of breath
• Inability to lie down because of difficulty breathing
• Chronic health conditions that you are having difficulty managing because of difficulty breathing.
3. Are you experiencing cold, flu or COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones? Symptoms include: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing, stuffy or runny nose, loss of sense of smell, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, or loss of appetite.
4. Have you travelled outside BC within the last 14 days?
5. Did you provide care or have close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19? Note: This means you would have been contacted by your health authority’s public health team.
In the current environment of COVID-19 risk, informed consent requires that the patient is informed that:while measures have been taken to minimize the risk of viral transmission, the nature of massage therapy means that physical distancing is not possible in the treatment room and therefore involves some risk of COVID-19 transmission;the RMT is following a protocol to reduce or mitigate risk, but that risk cannot be reduced to zero;
the patient consents to treatment despite some risk;
We practise in a holistic way which considers the WHOLE body when treating a client – this includes the bones, joints, connective tissue, muscles, nerves and more. Hands on techniques are used to align the body’s tissue and bring it back to its natural state.
For example, one session may treat the bones, muscles, and nervous system, meaning no two treatments are the same. This approach takes the time to assess and figure out the cause of the dysfunction, whether it be a joint that’s out of place, soft tissue that needs release or a organ that’s stuck or twisted. As well as the compensations throughout the body as a result of that misalignment.
What could I expect during a treatment?
We begin with a conversation about your overall health and the specific issues you’re facing. Next is a full body assessment, which varies depending on what the issues are. Then the treatment begins which is gentle and could mean you laying on your back, sitting upright, or standing, again depending on the issue.
James is away for year 2 exams in Vancouver @cso_vancouver this week. Did you know it takes 4-5 years of schooling plus an additional research paper or thesis to become a Manual Osteopathic Practitioner ? 🌍
Osteopathic manual therapists believe that abnormal functioning of one area of the body can cause symptoms to present elsewhere in the body, the theory of ‘Tensegrity’. 🌍
When the body is balanced there is no excessive stress anywhere in the body, but when the body becomes out of balance this can be amplified to other areas.
Osteopathic manual therapists regard the whole of the body as greater than a collection of all its parts.They acknowledge the body’s inherent ability to heal itself and seek to support that process by removing any obstacles that impede it.
In order for this to happen osteopathic manual therapists specialize in individualized patients management, which includes educating the patient about their particular condition and how they can adjust their lifestyle to allow themselves the best possible chance recovery or optimal management.
Write up from www.osteopathyalberta.com/what-is-manual-osteopathy/ .
Over the next few weeks we will be exploring the Chakras.
We are excited to share with you excerpts from our Psychosomatic Therapy training based on discovering your Emotional Anatomy. These posts will open up your perspective as you are guided from the Base to the Crown Chakra in relation to the Psychosomatic response and Emotional Anatomy.
The chakras, in Sanskrit, means wheel or disk. A chakra is a spiraling wheel of energy that connects the spiritual or energetic world to the physical world through various major nerve plexus along the spine. Each chakra holds within it an aspect of consciousness and life lessons.
There is a consciousness for survival, pleasure, power and love, and many more.
Consciousness is organised into levels and each level signifies a degree of awakening. The awakening process is guided by the impulses generated by each chakra. For example, the base chakra impulses urge us to survive, belong, and express loyalty to our tribe (family, friends or country). In order to grow in consciousness these impulses must be expressed and fulfilled through the circumstances of our lives.
When impulses are fulfilled on one level of consciousness it is only natural to grow into the expression of the next level. This process is unique to every human. More to be revealed soon, stay tuned or come to the Banff Yoga Festival and learn from Erin's Chakras reading workshop.
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