My working life as a physiotherapist has been in Vancouver, in private practice (1991-2005), as well as a physiotherapy consultant with BC Hydro. Since 2005, I have worked from my home office as a private practitioner. I graduated with a Bachelor of Education (1986), followed by a Bachelor of Science in Physical therapy (1990), from the University of Alberta.
I am trained in Osteopathic medicine (Visceral Manipulation) through the Barrel Institute, and in Cranio-sacral therapy with the Upledger Institute.
In 2009, I became a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor and I use this combined approach, guiding clients towards better self care. I obtained my Intermediate Junior II certification in Iyengar Yoga in 2016. Most recently, I have served on the board of the Iyengar yoga association of Vancouver (2014 -2019), as recording secretary and president.
Most recently 2020, I completed the required 200 hours, 5 weeks of teacher training in Spinefulness/Balance through the Balance center with Jean Couch in Palo Alto, Cal. On my teaching schedule, these classes will be listed as Natural Alignment and will be incorporated into my Gentle class offerings. This work is integral; with age related changes, injuries or conditions, and for general overall well-being.
I will continue to treat and teach clients, working part-time combining physiotherapy, osteopathy, Iyengar yoga and Balance (Natural Alignment) training from my home office and yoga studio – “Mountainview Yoga Studio” in Vancouver centrally located between Main and Fraser street, just south of 33 ave.
For appointments or inquiries, please contact me at 604 671 9159 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each day I am thankful for the country and city that I have lived over the past three decades. I am grateful for the opportunity of working within the health care and rehabilitative systems providing helpful services and education to my clients.
I intend to continue my learning within the Iyengar system and other related areas as well as nurturing a passion for gardening and outdoor activities over the coming years.
Thank you to my students and clients, you are the true guides and teachers of my working journey !
Balance/Natural Alignment – What is it?
The lifetime prevalence of low back pain (LBP) in industrial countries is at 84% (Hildebrandt et al., 2004). Approximately 85% of such back pain is classified as non-specific, which means that no structural change, no inflammation and no specific disease can be found as its cause (O’Sullivan, 2005).
The concepts of Natural Spinal Alignment are taught and practiced in our basic positions of Standing, Sitting, Bending over and walking.
Inspired by Eve Johnson, past manager/yoga teacher at Yoga on 7th studio, for the past 5 years, I have been involved with Jean Couch at The Balance Center in California as a participant in the Spinefulness Teacher training program. In January 2020, I completed the required 5 week teacher training and am now certified as a Balance/Natural Alignment instructor. This work was developed by the late Noelle Perez Ph.d. after researching and studying spinal pain and disability within our developed world. She studied and compared that to people within countries that do not display the above in working positions such as standing, sitting, bending over and lifting and walking. The guidelines and concepts will be taught and incorporated into my Gentle Yoga class offerings.
Can you see how these contrasting photos of sitting and bending forward might cause or lead to pain, disability and limitations?