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Biography

I am a Registered Massage Therapist with the Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan (MTAS) www.saskmassagetherapy.com. Since Craniosacral therapy is considered a massage modality, this allows you to claim any massage or Craniosacral treatment that you receive from me, if you insurance policy covers massage therapy. MTAS sets standards for education, a code of professional conduct and has a practitioner’s referral site.

I have completed a 700 hour biodynamic foundation course with Dr. Michael Shea to achieve my standing as a BCST therapist with the International Affiliation of Biodynamic Trainings (IABT) www.biodynamic-craniosacral.org. IABT sets standards for education, a code for professional conduct and has a practitioner’s referral site. I am also a member of the Biodynamic Craniosacral Association of North America, (BCTA/NA) which allows me to use the designation Registered Craniosacral Therapist (RCST ®). BCTA/NA has a set of educational, teacher, and practitioner Standards and Code of Ethics and also a practitioner’s referral site.

Currently the two year training of a biodynamic craniosacral therapist includes cross-disciplinary studies in embryology, neurology, attachment psychology, and contemplative spiritual practice, as well as traditional anatomy and holistic somatics. I continue to expand my knowledge of the biodynamic model through advanced classes such as working with the viscera and with birth trauma in infants and adults.

I also have advanced training in Pediatrics and Somato Emotional Release with The Upledger Institute International, www.upledger.com. I am a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners (IAHP), which offers a practitioner referral site at www.iahp.com. I use my biomechanical skills as a complement to my biodynamic work.

I have completed a 700 hour training in Pre and Perinatal Professional training - Resolving Early Developmental Trauma with Myrna Martin MN RCC RCST. Imprinting, defined as the long lasting effects of early experiences, affects the prenate and babies’ psyches, movement patterns, physical structure, energy patterns and the central nervous system. This training supports babies, children and adults in the resolution of early trauma imprints and therefore supporting secure attachment, necessary for mental and physical health. Modules included pregnancy loss, infertility, assisted reproductive technologies, adoption, prematurity, chemical imprinting (including prenatal drug exposure, anesthesia, analgesics and induction drugs), surgical imprinting (including forceps, vacuum extraction, cesarean section and prenatal and infant surgery), family dynamics with preschooler and older children and couples work from an attachment perspective.

I was born and raised in Bruno, SK, and have lived in Saskatchewan for most of my life. I am the proud mom to three grown boys, grandma to the sweetest grand daughter and presently live in Saskatoon with my husband Don.

I have always had an interest in the mind, body and spirit connection. I love to dance and practise yoga. It delights me that they share a common language with my work: grounding, balance, midline, and my favourite — opening the heart.

My life journey is a gift for which I am very grateful.

ACKNOWLEGMENTS: I would like to thank Dr. Michael Shea for his generous sharing of his published work. Dr. Shea allowed me to use excerpts from his book, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Vol. 1, 2007.