Digestion is complex.
Bloating, constipation, or even diarrhea are all symptoms that your digestive system may not be operating as well as it could be. Our clients are sometime surprised how these symptoms can be resolved with manual work on the abdomen.
Our digestive system works in communication with our neural system called greater and lesser splanchic sympathetic ganglia and also with our celiac ganglia (nerve bundles). The celiac ganglia are located at approximately T12/L1 (12th thoracic vertebra) on the anterior aspect (front of) of the vertebra.
Trauma, accident and difficulties with respiration can affect how these ganglia function and aid in digestion.
Commonly the thoracic diaphragm that attaches at T12/L1, along with our psoas muscle can disturb the communication if they are in spasm, or inflammation. (a great reason to practise your yoga breathing)
This area might be why you are having reoccurring lower back pain, difficulty with resolving your bloating after eating and poor elimination.
We find manual therapy along with lifestyle changes and nutrition create the best results.
We 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. When the body becomes out of balance this can be amplified to other areas. We regard the whole of the body as greater than a collection of all its parts. We recognize and acknowledge the body’s inherent ability to heal itself and seek to support that process by removing any obstacles that impede it.
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 year 3 and year 5 Manual Osteopathic students we recognize a client 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. We believe alignment in the body creates greater function and expression of health.
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.
We encourage 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.
Craniosacral therapy is a subtle, hands-on technique which aims to bring increased balance to nervous, digestive, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular body-systems, to name a few. Through feeling and monitoring of the rhythm of the cerebral spinal fluid, light hand pressure is applied to aid in the release of restrictions. 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 Sacral is based on the 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.
Practitioners of cranial sacral 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.
Erin and James are currently students of the Canadian School of Osteopathy, after 5 years of study and a research paper they will be Manual Osteopathic Practioners. Erin is in her 5th year and James his 3rd. Manual 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. Manual 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.
“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