I have been working in the medical field since becoming a Registered Respiratory Therapist in 1994. After many years of working in some of New England's busiest emergency departments and intensive care units, I began to see the benefits of alternative health care, and the many detriments of traditional western medicine, as well as the frustration people so often feel in dealing with an ailing health care system. I still work as a Respiratory Therapist at EMMC in Bangor and feel that my work there complements my work in an alternative healing practice.
So much of healing comes from within, and the key to allowing our body to heal itself is to have the proper alignment of our fascia and skeletal system. Both CranioSacral Therapy and Osteopathy address such alignment in a method that looks at the entire body one functional unit. It's not uncommon for a patient to present with pain or discomfort in one part of the body only to find relief after treatment in a different part altogether.
In 2006 I began studies with the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This course introduced me to the many important techniques involving the lower extremities, spine, sacrum, iliac, and cranium. My greatest interest, however, was in cranial osteopathy; manipulations of the bones of the head in order to facilitate better movement of the fluids in and around the brain. I really enjoyed the techniques that I've learned and the results I've seen in doing gentle cranial osteopathy. I began to further my studies of the cranial-sacral system with the Upledger Institute, founded by John Upledger, D.O., and plan to continue with advanced cranial studies.
As I progress in my training and explore new paths of healing, the questions arise around the concept of how much manipulation is needed to align the body. Further studies are planned to bring even more healing options to my clients.
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