In spring we are surrounded by new growth, with budding trees and flowers beginning to bloom. What a perfect metaphor for our own opportunity to grow! As the natural world wakes up around you, what seeds do you wish to plant? What unexpected wonders might they bring your way?
Traditional Chinese Medicine confirms that spring is a time for clearing out. The season of spring is associated with the Liver and Gallbladder organ systems, which govern the flow of our chi (energy), our inner disposition, and our detoxification processes. When our liver chi is unbalanced, we can feel defensive, agitated, angry, and unable to think or act decisively. Healthy liver/gallbladder chi enables us to make plans and put them into action, to follow our path in life and to regain equilibrium when unexpected challenges threaten to knock us off course.
A Healthy liver chi also can connect us to our innate capacity for compassion. Towards ourselves and others. This compassionate approach can help us to recognise and release what no longer serves us, what might be hurting or holding us back, so that we can create space to welcome something new.
As the signs of spring slowly appear, let this be an opportunity for you to refresh and renew your inner landscape. With compassion and lovingkindness, examine some of your habits and patterns, your recurring thoughts and feelings, judgments and expectations. Is there anything that no longer resonates with you, that no longer serves a positive role, that might hold you back as you seek to move forward on your path?
Make room for what is new – new ideas, new adventures, new paths forward. Welcome the new growth and possibility of spring.
As Manual Osteopathy students we recognize a patient as an integrated whole. We work to maintain, improve and restore the normal physiological function of interrelated body structures and systems, enhancing the body’s natural ability to heal itself. A fundamental belief of osteopathy is that alignment in the body creates greater function and expression of health.
As registered massage therapist our approach to healthcare emphasizes the role of the musculoskeletal system for health. It is holistic approach taking into consideration the entire body. This gentle hands on approach of treatment to the musculoskeletal system (bones, muscles and joints), along with the viscera (organs and related tissues) and craniosacral system is based on the belief that the body is capable of healing itself.
Our approach is based on encouraging the physiological expression of health through the body's extraordinary ability to self regulate. We are trained to observe and understand how the connection between bones, nerves, joints, myofascial connective tissue and muscles in a specific region can have an influence on other regions of the body.
Hands-on treatments involves mobilization and gentle manipulation of the musculoskeletal, cranio-sacral, and visceral systems as therapeutic tools used to benefit and treat the person as a whole.
Cranial osteopathy (also called cranial therapy or craniosacral therapy) is one variety of osteopathic manipulative therapies. It stimulates healing by using gentle hand pressure to manipulate the skeleton and connective tissues, especially the skull and sacrum (the large, triangular bone at the base of the spinal column). Cranial osteopathy is based on the controversial theory that the central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord, has subtle, rhythmic pulsations that are vital to health and can be detected and modified by a skilled practitioner.
What conditions is cranial osteopathy used for?Cranial osteopathy is used for a wide range of problems in both children and adults including constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, seizures, scoliosis, migraine headaches, disturbed sleep cycles, asthma, neck pain, sinus infections, TMJ syndrome, Ménière’s disease and ear problems, and for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who have experienced birth trauma or head trauma. The American Cancer Society notes that while cranial osteopathy therapy has not been shown scientifically to be a treatment for cancer, it can help patients feel more relaxed by helping to relieve stress and tension.
Practitioners of cranial osteopathy use their hands to gently free up restrictions in the movement of cranial bones and associated soft tissues and to stimulate the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid, which bathes all the surfaces of the brain and the spinal cord. Practitioners believe that distortions in the natural rhythms of the central nervous system may result from trauma of all sorts including birth trauma, childhood injuries, automobile accidents, even psychological trauma. (For years, mainstream medicine dismissed the idea – put forth in the 1930s by osteopath William Sutherland – that the cranial bones in the adult skull could move. However, researchers at Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic medicine confirmed Sutherland’s theory in the late 1970s by showing cranial bone motion in X-ray films of the skulls of living subjects.)
Source: Dr. Weil’s
Osteopathy is a manual therapy that considers the body as a whole in order to prevent, diagnose, and treat dysfunctions in the body. It involves all structures composing the body, and helps restore the body’s naturally healthy state. Osteopathy takes into account the different connections between the systems composing your body: physiological, anatomical, psychological, and environmental.
For example, the loss of mobility of a joint, a muscle, a ligament, or the viscera, can create symptoms elsewhere in the body.
It is the job of the Osteopathic manual therapist to find the cause of the patient’s symptoms. Surprisingly it is often not located where we feel the pain. Every appointment we will observe you from head to toe to access what your body needs at that particular time.
“To find health should be the object of the physician. Anyone can find disease”
-Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, Founder of Osteopathy
Exciting news, because so many clients have requested it, we now offer personalized couples massage workshops! Massage has many benefits for stress reduction and reducing muscle tension and working with your partner can enhance your relationship as well as and your health.
We are passionate about helping our clients live the healthiest lives possible. Over the course of our practise we have given clients self care techniques for themselves and their partners. The natural progression for us is to offer a full body workshop to couples.
The personalized 90-minute class will teach you how to genuinely help your partner release muscle tension as well as help them to relax.
We offer 4 options :
1. Back and Glutes.
2. Hands and Feet.
3. Shoulders, Arms and Legs.
4. Neck and Scalp.
Classes can be taken in any order and we highly recommend purchasing all 4 classes to learn how to treat the entire body. Each class is $150 per couple for a personalized 90 min session.
You will walk away from this workshop with a valuable lifelong skill.
Contact us to book.
Photo: Banff Yoga Festival
Learn the astonishing power of the body mind connection with Erin at the Banff Yoga Festival. Explore new aspects of the chakras. Often the chakras are taught simply as energetics. In this workshop we see how the chakras energies can be seen in the physical form. Included are handouts, reflective writing activities, group and one-on-one discussions. This workshop is a great way to bridge energetic understanding into a tangible and practical experience.
1. understand the basics of chakra energetics reflected in physical body.
2. How posture enhances and depletes certain chakras.
3. Understand yourself and the world around you with more compassion.
Saturday May 25, 2019 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Cascade Room (Dry Floor) 100 Mt Norquay Rd, Banff, AB, Canada
Sign up via: https://banffyogafestival.com/festival-schedule/
Loving the 21 day reset by Marni Richelle McConnach & Sheena Huculak as a gift for myself for my birthday this month.
Why I love this program:
1. Compassionate approach to create mindfulness and wellness as a daily habit.
2. Tasty and healthy recipes
3. Fantastic yoga and mediation classes.
If you are looking for a health and wellness boost check out this awesome offer for their Simply awaken program. www.welcometoblissed.com
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My best self care practise is taking 5 min increments every day to do something just for me. This changes daily from a walk in nature, movement, nourishing food, getting a treatment, mediation and so much more.
For me its more important to create the daily habit of self love and self inquiry. Practising in this way ensures I genuinely check in and give myself what ever is best at that time to bring me into balance. What I love about this practise is that my initial 5 min dedication often turns into a longer period of time effortlessly because it feels so good.
As a 4th year manual Osteopathy student and a entrepreneur working full time, life is very full and my to do list feels unending. When I began my studies the workload was immense and my self care practise where none existent as a result for a time. The thought of having to add anything else to my day to accomplish was simply to much. The 5 min check in became a way for me to override my task orientated brain and bring myself into a place of being.
Everyone has 5 min a day to spare. This gentle compassionate practise is my favourite way to encourage self love and care. ~ Erin
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The idea of the Health as a living principle and phenomenon that can be palpated and accessed as a therapeutic force is unique to osteopathy.
This was one of Dr. Still’s most significant contributions to health care and humanity and often one of the most misunderstood principles of osteopathy. The Health in osteopathy is far more than the absence of symptoms or disease; the Health is a living intelligence and therapeutic force responsible for all growth, development and healing from conception, to embryogenesis and through out life.
The Health is our indwelling and natural perfection. It is a wisdom and intelligence that maintains balance harmony, and homeostasis, it keeps all physiologic functions in balance, it heals a cut finger or injured bone to perfection, restoring the original form. The Health is always present.
Why I study Osteopathy ~ Erin Chaba
My beginning in the health and wellness field started with Psychosomatic therapy. It is the study of how our thought patterns and emotions effect our physicality. I was satisfied with my work but but as I grew in the field I began having more clients where theirs issues were stuck in their tissues and no matter how dedicated they were to changing their mental emotional patterns we were not getting as good of results as I wanted.
My best mentors at the time all had massage therapy as their first career before Psychosomatic Therapy. So I signed up for the next RMT training. This offered a wonderful new tool kit for a time but again I reached a point where the Psychosomatic tool kit and massage tool kit were only taking me so far with my clients. I was sensing much more going on with my clients but was unsure as how to support these new layers that were presenting themselves.
I noticed osteopathy was on my health plan from work, so I thought I would give it a try. Within the first minute of my visual evaluation with Nathalie, tremendously talented Manual Osteopath in Canmore at Consensio Clinic, asked what occurred with my clavicle ? It's the only bone I have ever broken in my life, it happened when I was a couple months old. The numerous physio's, chiropractors, massage therapists, body workers I've seen throughout my life had all dismissed my clavicle break when I brought it up so I stopped mentioning it.
Within one manual osteopathy session the difference I felt in my neck, clavicle, shoulders and general health was different then I had felt from other modalities. My second session focused on balancing my pelvis. I have had excruciating period pain my entire life, after my second treatment to this day my pain had been 50% reduced.
After my first few sessions I reflected on how I had so many injuries/areas that had never been addressed even though I had been active in receiving a variety treatments from different health modalities like chiropractic, physio, massage ect... I was inspired by the difference I felt in body enough to commit to 5 years of study and 1-2 years to complete a thesis. I want this remarkable practise to have greater availability in my home province. This is why I study Manual Osteopathy.
4th Year Student of CSO