Osteopathic Manual Practitioners recognize a patient's body as a unique integrated system. Techniques are used help to maintain, improve and restore the normal physiological function of interrelated body structures and systems, such as bones, joints, ligaments, organs, fluid pathways, nerves and other systems. Integrating systems and structures enhances the body's natural ability to find balance.
Manual osteopathy treatments will often include various assessments, cranial techniques, soft tissue work, joint mobilizations, visceral manipulations, works with the nervous system and how it corresponds with the body and may provide home care exercises. Practitioners work to identify and ease restrictions and pain, reduce swelling, improve tissue mobility, and promote proper function and healing in people of all ages.
During osteopathic treatments clients are usually fully dressed in comfortable clothing.
Cranial Sacral Therapy
Cranial Sacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and treating the function of your craniosacral system. Your craniosacral system is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds, protects and nourishes the brain and spinal cord.
Having a balanced and proper functioning craniosacral system is important to promote the healthy development and performance of your brain and spinal cord. An imbalance of the production of fluid or restriction of the circulation could cause any number of sensory, motor or neurological disabilities. These problems could cause you to suffer from migraine headaches, chronic neck and back pain, eye difficulties, scoliosis, motor-coordination impairments, learning disabilities and dementia just to name a few.
Using a soft touch, your practitioner releases restrictions in your craniosacral system to improve your cranial rhythm and circulation in your central nervous system. The Cranial rhythm is assessed at various locations of the body. Your therapist will adjust and release restrictions using gentle mobilization techniques, focusing on the sacrum and the bones of the cranium.
Cranial Sacral Therapy is increasingly being used as a preventive health measure to improve resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:
- Migraine Headaches
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Motor-Coordination Impairments
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Orthopedic Problems
- Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Learning Disabilities
- Chronic Fatigue
- Emotional Difficulties
- Stress and Tension-Related Problems
- Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
- Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Post-Surgical Dysfunction
Please wear comfortable clothing for your treatment.
Massage therapy benefits people of all ages. While it benefits the injured, the ill and the stressed, the strength of massage therapy in preventing illness and conditions before they develop cannot be overlooked. Massage therapy can be used in the treatment of both acute and chronic stages of conditions.
The following is a list of conditions for which massage therapy, when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist, can prove beneficial:
- Reduces or eliminates pain
- Improves joint mobility
- Improves circulation
- Improves immune system functioning
- Increases lymphatic drainage
- Provides a feeling of wellbeing
- Reduces depression and anxiety
- Reduces tension within muscles
- Increases body awareness
- Improved digestion
- Promotes relaxation and stress reduction
Reflexology works with predefined pressure points that are located on the hands and feet. These pressure points are understood to connect through the nervous system and affect the bodily organs and glands. The reflexologist manipulates the pressure points according to specific techniques of reflexology therapy. Reflexology promotes healing by stimulating the nerves in the body and encouraging the flow of blood. By means of this touching therapy, any part of the body that is the source of pain, illness, or potential debility can be strengthened through the application of pressure at the respective foot or hand location.
Shamanic treatments may include soul retrieval, extraction healing, and/or power retrieval. Each treatment is customized based on the individual’s needs. Other services provided are psychopomp, divination and decoding “Big Dreams”.
Michelle has been trained under the Foundation of Shamanic Studies, Core Shamanic Studies, as well as through Sandra Ingerman.
Soul Retrieval – Many people loose fractions of their soul willingly or unwillingly. Often we lose small portions of our soul during traumatic events in our lives. Often this starts at an early age and although these traumatic events may seem trivial to adults, with repeated insults of physical or emotional trauma a person may lose enough of their soul that they becomes weak and become vulnerable to illness.
Extraction Healing – If the body is left vulnerable or vacant for a period of time it is susceptible to being occupied with intrusive spirits. While this seems like something out of the movies, it is something that many people may have witnessed first-hand but didn’t correlate the events. For example, when the body is inflicted with alcohol, aka spirits, the soul will often tether itself from the body leaving a void for an intrusive spirit to occupy space. The person may be described as being a bad drunk, or may act in a way that is out of character. When the person sobers up they become embodied with their own spirit; however the intrusion may not leave and can present as random pains in the body, and may present again at a vulnerable time. This is one of many examples where extraction healing may help.
Power Retrieval – Power retrieval is a common practice in Shamanic healing and the more power the person has the less likely they will be subject to intrusions or soul loss. Power animal retrieval is often used to help integrate a returning soul piece. Totems are examples of the many power animals and these totems were created by the indigenous peoples to honour their spirit power animals. Tuban drum healing is another approach to brining power into the body and soul integration. Power retrieval is one of the initial skills taught and is a great tool to use to build personal strength.
Psychopomp – This work is a very sacred technique used to help or to confirm the full passing of a loved one. From time to time a person who dies suddenly, such as in an accident, may not know that they are dead and in this confusion they become stuck in the middle world. Also when we don’t let the person go and when we don’t fully grieve and release the person, they may hang around. This is common and can cause haunting type situations and extended grieving. Middle world spirits are not bad, they are just not evolved and when they try to help they often create drama, misfortune, and accidents for the person or people they are trying to help and when confronted they often don’t know the damage they’re causing.
Divination – Divination is a practice of looking for information. A question or situation is posed and the through the practice of divination answers are retrieved. Divination is a very old practice and even biblically spoken of. The information received during divination should not be believed to be, "cast in stone," if you will. We live in a very dynamic world and every changing thought and action will change the outcome or future. Divination is one of the initial skills taught and it is a great tool for personal use.
Big Dreams – Decoding big dreams or repeating dreams is useful to ascertain what is trying to be worked out for a person. It may represent a struggle the person is working through or information the person needs to complete something. The sky’s the limit when it comes to decoding dreams. Often a dream is presented metaphorically so decoding the dream is needed to understand what the true message is being conveyed.
Reiki is a form of therapy that uses simple hands-on, no-touch, and visualization techniques, with the goal of improving the flow of life energy in a person. Reiki (pronounced ray-key) means "universal life energy" in Japanese, and Reiki practitioners are trained to detect and alleviate problems of energy flow on the physical, emotional, and spiritual level. Reiki is a gentle and safe technique, and has been used successfully in some hospitals. It has been found to be very calming and reassuring for those suffering from severe or fatal conditions.
The body has an energy field that is central to its health and proper functioning, and this energy travels in certain pathways that can become blocked or weakened. This idea of energy flow in the body is also a central concept in Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture. Everyone has the potential to access the universal life energy, but over time most people's systems become blocked and the energy becomes weakened in them. A Reiki practitioner is trained to be able to detect these blockages, and practitioners and own energy fields to improve the energy flow in a patient.
Sound Bath -Vibrational healing and meditation class
Join Shannon Mary, of Higher-self Sound Healing, for a crystal bowl sound meditation experience. During this time together, you can expect to be bathed in healing sound waves while being gently introduced into a meditative state. This is the state in which we have more direct access to our Higher Selves – our intuition, our creativity, our authenticity.
This experience will be a total of 90 minutes. The first 15 minutes will be a short introduction, followed up with a 1-hour Sound Bath and finished off with 5-minutes of silence where you can reflect on your experience – journaling is recommended to further unfold your experience. Afterwards we will have the opportunity for an open discussion – you are welcome to continue journaling, participate, or just listen. There are no expectations for sharing experiences.
Every body is different, and therefore everybody’s experience will be different. Below are a few examples of what others have experienced from this type of Sound Bath meditation:
- deep relaxation/restful sleep
- anxiety and stress relief
- relief of physical ailments/pain
- a deeper sense of self-worth and self-compassion