Profile: Coach Rita, Law of Attraction Life Coach and Chakra Therapy

rita picRita Hurry, IPHM, is a Law of Attraction Life Coach who also practices Myers Briggs and Chakra and Aura therapy in Hornchurch Essex, United Kingdom.  She is a member of the British Association of Psychological Type (BAPT) & International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine (IPHM).

She has always been the person that friends and family members went to, to discuss their problems. Her calming nature and guidance made them feel good, sometimes just be being there to listen, and when she learned about Life Coaching it seemed to be the perfect fit for her.

Rita shares, “One of the fulfilling things that I love about the work that I do, is seeing that ‘light bulb moment’ in individual’s eyes, when they discover the clarity within them and realize that the answer lies within them and yes, they can do it. I love it when individuals discover themselves and let go of the fear that often holds them back.”

When she first read about Chakra Therapy, she wasn’t convinced, but something within her was intrigued, so eventually she bought a program and gave it a try; after the first session, she was hooked. Law of Attraction and vibration work, along with the Chakra work she implemented helped her turn things around in a big way. She is a great believer in ‘walking your talk’ and felt that she could only be successful in the work she does with her clients, from having gone through the experience herself.

Rita had always been searching for something outside herself, to find that true meaning to life. She pursued three of the major religions completely giving them her all, but still felt something was missing. Her faith in God was something that would never leave her, but she felt religion wasn’t the way for her to nurture this relationship with God or herself. Taking some time to rediscover who she really was she took a break from her business and during that time Coach Rita, her business was reborn. “It had been called various names over the years, but once I found myself, Coach Rita just seemed right. Why? I was my brand and my business, my baby (as I like to call it) was what I wanted to share with the world, to help them too find their essence.”

“I specialize in Law of Attraction (LOA), as it is me. It allows me to follow me and connect with the universe and God that feels right, without any judgment. It still has the elements as religion does – ask and you shall receive, but with Law of Attraction, you ask and you enjoy life. It’s in the enjoyment of who you are and life, that brings the manifestations to you. I love the fact that my thoughts and how I feel, control my world. It’s not dependent on others. No more seeking from others, just a complete trust and love in myself. This is what I coach others to gain.” explains Rita.

Energy Therapy and energy work in general are proving to be very popular all over the globe. Many people are now gaining knowledge that they are more than their physical bodies and the way to heal themselves, is to be in touch with their energy fields.

The main symptom Rita sees in many of her clients and those that come to LOA, is that they feel there is more to life and feel this niggling feeling that they want more, but not sure if they can have it. “LOA gives them the power to realize that their thoughts create their life. Therefore, it gives them a focus and energy that they can really have what they want from life. By doing some LOA work, they too will realize that only they can achieve a positive result through focus on the result of what they want and trusting in themselves that they create their own reality.”

Rita continues, “Chakra has many benefits and I often use it when it becomes obvious that someone I struggling from moving forward and taking action due to fear. Fear is deep rooted and stems from the subconscious, therefore by doing some inner healing work on the 7 Chakra’s, this unblocks the energy and releases the negative energy, to replace it with positive energy. The benefits give clarity and help the individual to start over.”

The internet has been a great resource for getting Rita’s work out into the world. She loves the fact that she is able to reach audiences all over the globe, so everyone can reap the benefits of Alternative Therapy. She thinks sites like Vitality Link play a great role, in educating the masses, on Alternative Health Care, and enjoys being able to write articles that give information freely to many, as a positive resource to helping people live better and healthier lifestyles in body, mind and spirit.

For her own healing, Rita has used acupuncture, attended mindfulness meditation classes and sought holistic approaches to medical conditions a number of times. She doesn’t believe that taking medication and focusing on the illness is the way to get healed and has always believed that our emotions and energies play a huge part in the healing of our bodies and the answer always lies through this.

Rita encourages people to ‘think out of the box’ in relation to health and emotional issues and limiting beliefs. Many individuals believe that things are not possible and follow others, even though they want to break free and be their own person and live life the way they want and still maintain happy relationships with others. Teaching individuals to be aware that their healing starts with inner work first before results are shown in the external world.

Rita recently completed her certificate as a Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Practitioner. This involved studying the Myers Briggs Personality Preference concept, based on Carl Jung’s work on Personality differences. Rita elaborates, “The MBTI module looks at how we all have particular personality preferences, which we use on a day to day basis and how identifying these preferences, can help us to have a better understanding of ourselves and others.”

The MBTI work is kept quite separate to the more holistic work Rita uses with LOA and Chakra Therapy, but there are some times that the client may benefit from understanding themselves a little more externally. Getting to know how and why they deal with things differently for some, can be quite life changing, so it can work together with her other modalities.

Having the opportunity to reach out and help people across the globe through Vitalitylink has been very beneficial to Rita.  As she says “I have so much to share and offer clients to lead a fulfilled life, which is full of vitality!”

Wondering if Rita’s LOC coaching is right for you?  Rita suggests that initially, find out some information about LOA (reading the book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne is a good start) and then book an initial FREE session with her. Either in person or via Skype, she will go over how things in your life are at the moment and give you feedback on how you could move forward using LOA.

Click here to contact Coach Rita through her VitalityLink profile.

Or visit her website http://www.coachrita.co.uk

Profile: Nancy Turcich, Natural Massage Therapy and Polarity Therapy

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Nancy Turcich discovered the power of natural healing when she suffered a traumatic spine injury that left her paralyzed from the chest down.

The year was 1982 and Nancy was a computer science student hiking with friends when she tumbled off a cliff. Doctors worked their magic, saving her life and repairing her spine with metal rods. But she left the hospital debilitated, facing an unclear future.

Shocked by her physical state, she thought, “Whose body did they give me in the hospital? This isn’t mine.”

Although Western medicine dealt with the initial trauma, Nancy quickly came to realize the rest of her healing was in her own hands. Desperate to reclaim her mobility, she began to experiment with natural therapies

She began with massage therapy, which in the early 80s, wasn’t yet mainstream. It helped to calm her tight, spastic legs.

Eventually she added chiropractic, naturopathy and osteopathy into the mix. Along the way she was introduced to a form of energy healing called polarity therapy.

Until then the concept of energy healing was entirely foreign to Nancy and she struggled to understand it.

She says, ‘It seemed too mystical to me. Too out there.’

Quickly though, its impact was evident. She noticed that the results of her chiropractic adjustments would last longer when accompanied by polarity therapy. She noticed her body finally relaxing into the healing process, allowing her to slowly rebuild her body’s natural patterns of movement.

The crux of this story is that today Nancy is an active, fully mobile, healthy woman, and she has been for decades. She credits her health to polarity therapy combined with physical therapies like massage and chiropractic. It’s interesting to note she had no further medical treatment for her injuries after 1982.

By 1985, Nancy was studying at the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics. Today, with nearly three decades of practice behind her, she lives in Prescott, Arizona offering a combination of healing styles including polarity therapy, massage therapy and craniosacral…to name few.

She describes her typical clients as ranchers, cowboys and college students. Most arrive wanting physical intervention for pain or injury but leave understanding the power of energy work and bodywork in tandem.

A construction worker client she describes as a cowboy-rodeo guy came to her after getting bucked from a horse. He was hunched over, unable to stand upright, and shaking uncontrollably from the trauma. Nancy told him to let his body shake, not to fight it.

She said, “This is your body releasing the trauma, just be with it if you can.”

Nancy worked with him as his body shook violently, discharging energy from the injury.

He left her office walking upright and was back at the rodeo before long.

She says every time she treats a client she’s helping them tune into the potential for how healthy their body can feel. She says her treatments are about initiating new patterns in the body and giving people the ability to move beyond their limitations.

Contact Nancy Turcich in Prescott, Arizona at:

Click here for her VitalityLink profile.

(928) 717-1251(928) 717-1251 or www.naturalmassagetherapy.com

 

Profile: Jacquilen Foster Tomas, Naturopath

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Dr. Jacquilen Foster Tomas is a Philadelphia-based naturopath who has helped people cope with problems as wide-ranging as broken bones, weight issues and toxicity.

About her clientele Jacquilen says, “I work with people who have tried several different ways – mainstream treatments and other healing modalities – and they’ve had limited or no results. I’ve come to realize that the patients that come to me are those that are ready to make changes in their lifestyle.”

For some people that might mean adjusting their eating habits. For others it might be about adopting new patterns of thinking.

Jacquilen uses an unusual billing model. “I don’t charge a fee for service because I saw there were clients that wanted help but didn’t have money for the fee. My services are based on donation.”

This approach seems to fit well with the philosophy of her practice. As she says, “I’m not doing this to get rich. I’m doing this to help people heal.”

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Her inspiration to help others hits close to home. She was motivated to take an intensive 5-year naturopathic program while her husband, mother and father all fought cancer simultaneously.

“When I was studying to be a naturopath, I was also taking care of my parents and my husband. Everyone was sick at the same time.”

She had always had an interest in medicine and already held a certificate in natural healing. But with her family members suffering, she says, “I knew I wanted to do more and I finally said I had to go further and become a full-fledged naturopath.”

And although her career direction was born from adversity, she has no regrets. “I love what I do. I really love it with a passion.”

Jacquilen sees most of her clients in-person in Philidelphia but she’s also started treating long distance clients using Skype.

A first session typically takes at least 2 hours – her approach is to deeply get to know each client and to give them the space to open up.

Based on what she discovers in the first session, Jacquilen may recommend specific herbs and nutritional changes to help manage physical discomfort. All of her clients receive at least one BodyTalk treatment to get to the energetic and emotional root of the ailment.

Bodytalk is a form of energy healing in which the practitioner asks the body to reveal what healing needs to happen.

Jacquilen says, “With BodyTalk, it’s the person’s own healing energy doing the work. It’s not me. I’m helping them but they’re doing it. The speed and process they take is based on the needs of their own body.”

Contact Dr. Jacquilen Foster Tomas at (215) 360-4110 or info@DrAliND.com. Or you can find her via her VitalityLink profile.

 

 

Profile: Elise Robine Yohm, Medical Intuitive

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Elise Robine Yohm is a medical intuitive based in Vancouver, BC who serves clients around the world by Skype and phone.

She describes her unique specialty as using intuition to see the emotional cause of a medical problem.

She says, “There’s an emotional root to every problem. The body is waving a white flag, communicating something to you…I work on finding that emotional root and allowing the body to be in a state of healing itself.”

When she’s working with a new client, she says, “I begin to pick up what’s going on with that person. The problem might not be where they think it is.”

She tells the story of an entrepreneur suffering with a perpetually stiff jaw that needed extensive dental work. Elise was able to see that the real issue was rooted in the woman’s gut where she held emotional pain from childhood trauma. The woman had ignored the problem in her gut for so long her body found a new way to convey its emotional pain to her: a still jaw that was hard to ignore.

After two sessions with Elise to heal the original emotional injury, the client’s jaw healed on its own. No dental work required.

Elise says it’s common for people to avoid the messages their bodies send  about emotional pain. She believes allowing this communication is life changing and opens up the path to self-healing.

And it’s certainly changed her own life. Elise’s journey to become a medical intuitive began when she lost her father to pancreatic cancer.

At the time, Elise was in university studying computer science. She says, “He was diagnosed in April, gone by August. I couldn’t believe I was so naïve about cancer.”

She was dismayed traditional medicine offered no hope to her father. “This was the first time in my life there was a problem and no solution offered by the medical system – even though the doctors were great and did everything they could.”

Her grief inspired a new passion to understand the deeper causes of disease. After years of self-study, she decided to take a medical intuitive training program in Vancouver. Now, she practices full-time and trains new practitioners.

She says the first step to developing your own intuition is simply to start listening to your body.

“See how your body is feeling. Take the time to check on it throughout the day…am I tired? Am I hungry? Am I thirsty? Even though this seems very simple, it’s a crucial first step. You need to hear your body’s basic needs – then you’re more able to know when something is really going wrong.”

Special Offer: Elise is offering 15% off your first treatment and 10% off medical intuitive training; just mention Vitalitylink when you book your appointment.

You can contact Elise Robine Yohm at 604-317-6676 or info@heayourownbody.com.

Here is her VitalityLink profile.

Profile: Tami Stackelhouse, Fibromyalgia Coach

 

tami stackelhouseMeet Tami Stackelhouse, a fibromyalgia coach who helps people find relief by discovering the right combination of nutrition and natural treatments.

Tami’s specialty was born from her own journey with fibromyalgia, which started when she was in junior high. She describes herself as one of those kids who was always going to the doctor, constantly tired and in pain.

But like most fibromyalgia sufferers, she wasn’t diagnosed quickly. It took more than 15 years. Tami says this stems from the sheer complexity of the condition.

“Even experts don’t understand why we get it, where it comes from or why it hurts,” she explains. “It seems to be involved with the nervous system and how we process pain. Also, our immune system doesn’t function the same way…there are many components.”

To be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you have to hurt in all four quadrants of the body. And, there are 18 ‘tender points’ on the body that indicate the condition, including the base of the neck, base of the skull and inside of the elbow. To be diagnosed, you need to experience at least 11 out of 18.

She compares the experience to being elderly. “You have this feeling like, ‘I’m becoming an old woman’. Your body hurts, you walk slow. I thought, ‘My grandma gets around even better than I do!”

By the time she was diagnosed at the age of 35, she was barely getting through the day. Her doctor immediately broke out the prescription pad. “She put me a bunch of medications all at once so I could start functioning and manage my pain.”

Then Tami began a slow and steady journey to understand how to manage the condition without drugs. Over the course of 2 years, with careful collaboration from her doctor and a small team of natural healers, she weaned herself off 9 medications.

More significantly, she got her life back and her pain under control. Her crowning achievement happened two years ago when she and her husband walked a 5K event. She was momentarily discouraged when a woman in her eighties jogged past, but then she remembered her purpose.

“My whole thing was just to finish. And I did. We finished and we were last. It’s amazing to be able to say I walked a 5k with fibromyalgia…and it didn’t lay me on my back. It showed me how far I’d come.”

She believes that every person with fibromyalgia will need a unique combination of treatments and nutrition to restore their health. Her personal regime includes acupuncture, massage, chiropractic and a high-protein, gluten-free and dairy-free diet.

About her approach Tami says, “I don’t believe we’ll be cured, but I believe we can manage it extremely well. I would say the number one thing is good self-care. You can’t put yourself last. You have to do things to honor your body.”

She works with her clients over the phone offering counsel about how to manage the condition. She guides her clients through their own learning processes about practicing good self-care and coping with the obstacles of the condition.

Tami says, “We talk about practical ways to get through life right now.”

She also coaches her clients through major lifestyle changes. One client who was using heavy doses of opiates and wine to dull her pain is now using acupuncture and EFT (emotional freedom technique) instead.

Another client who was overwhelmed by a doctor’s recommendation to eliminate gluten and dairy from her diet, is now gluten-free just a few months later. Tami’s now working with her to tackle dairy.

About her coaching service, Tami says, ‘You’re not alone. It’s an isolating condition to have – doctor often don’t understand you. Family and friends don’t understand you. But there are people out there like me who do and you don’t have to walk through this alone.”

Special Offer: Tami is offering a sampler of her services called ‘A Taste of Hope’ for $39. This includes 2 individual coaching sessions, a chat session, a goal-setting workshop…and many other benefits. Check out the package here.

Contact Tami at: (971) 832-9322 or on her web site.

Check out Tami’s VitalityLink Profile.

Profile: Leif Sigurdson, Chiropractic & Active Release Technique

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Dr. Leif Sigurdson, a chiropractor in BC, knew from a tender age he wanted to spend his life helping people, but he also knew he didn’t want to sacrifice his own health working 80 hours a week as a medical doctor.

As a kid he’d watched his father run a medical practice and saw him refer patients to chiropractors. Something about this struck a chord.

Leif says, “I was just drawn to it. Everything in my life connects to chiropractic. I even met my wife at chiropractic school.”

He describes the practice as, “…a hands-on or manual therapy directed primarily at the spine but also at other parts of the body. It restores normal biomechanics to get pain relief and healing.”

Leif says patients seek out chiropractic for different reasons. “For some, it’s only about reducing pain. But for most it’s about having a sense of well being…to do your job easier. To do your sport easier.”

He talks about a patient who recently came in for a treatment so he could make an 8-hour drive to the Kootneys for a weekend getaway. Another has regular adjustments to prepare for marathons. Leif also works with the Simon Fraser University hockey team as head trainer and team chiropractor, ensuring the athletes are game-ready.

As he puts it, “I help people do what they want to do with comfort.”

What’s distinct about Leif’s practice is that in addition to traditional chiropractic adjustments, he employs a method called Active Release Technique. It involves using hand pressure and stretching motions to work on soft tissue like muscles.

Even for patients that struggle with lifelong back pain, Leif says Active Release Technique can often deliver better results than chiropractic treatment alone.

And, even skeptics can get results. Leif tells the story of a 50-year old engineer with arthritis who wanted to fulfill a dream of climbing to the base of Everest. The scientifically-minded man was openly unconvinced the treatment could help, but he came in for 5 visits anyway. Leif didn’t hear from him again until 2 years later when he showed up with a photo of himself reaching the base.

Leif says, “Things went well right from the beginning with him. I can work with healthy skepticism.”

Another anecdote points to the diagnostic side of chiropractic. A 35-year old woman was referred by her doctor for carpal tunnel syndrome. Leif conducted an assessment, asking the woman various questions about her life. When he inquired how long it took her to get dressed that morning, she said 10 minutes – a lengthy time for a woman her age.

He knew something was amiss. The woman’s condition did not align to carpal tunnel syndrome so he asked her to see a neurologist instead. She heeded the advice and was diagnosed with Lou Gerhig’s disease. The story is an unexpected demonstration of traditional and alternative medicine working in tandem.

When asked about the risks associated with chiropractic, Leif says, “There are risks in absolutely every form of healthcare. Say for neck pain, there are risks to using Advil – there’s a significant rate of ulcers and digestive problems that can lead to serious health consequences if you rely on those for pain relief. With any form of healthcare the benefits need to be considered along with the risks so you can make an informed decision.”

Contact Information for Leif:

Vancouver Office: 604-876-5515
Langley Office: 604.533.8660
Leif’s VitalityLink Profile

Profile: Harry Nichols, NLP & Hypnotherapy

Harry Nichols The track of Harry Nichols’ life in the UK changed in the early ‘90s when he started a new sales job and noticed the fellow in the cubicle next door was particularly zen-like.

Harry says, “He had it all together…he would meditate between sales calls.” Curious, Harry asked him what inspired this approach.

The fellow told him about Tony Robbins, who at that time was still an emerging talent. Harry became an ardent student, steadily consuming Tony Robbins infomercials and tapes – it was the 90s, after all.

Eventually he uncovered the source of much of Robbins’ thinking – an American author and the founder of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), Richard Bandler. Believing in first-hand knowledge, Harry packed his bags and boarded a plane to Minnesota to attend Bandler’s workshop. His mind was blown by what he learned.

More astonishing was the call that arrived when he returned home, “I got a call a week later saying Richard wanted me to be his apprentice.” And that began a 5-year odyssey as Harry travelled the globe under the tutelage of a man he describes as, ‘…one of the most wonderful, powerful people I have ever met.”

Harry learned Bandler’s techniques including NLP and hypnosis, and this inspired him to also study various forms of spiritual healing. He discovered his affinity for working with people and his vocation as a healer.

Eventually he moved to Vancouver and began treating people for all sorts of problems including fear of public speaking, excessive blushing, fear of flying and addictions.

He says, “The wonderful thing about NLP and hypnosis is that it gets to mental healing. The condition of your body is the result of the condition of your mind. These are techniques for changing your mind and thereby changing your health.”

Harry is a big supporter of ‘complementary healing’ – traditional medicine working in tandem with various types of alternative medicine. For example, he works with addicts who have completed rehabilitation, but are still struggling emotionally and mentally with their addiction.

He starts by understanding the unique circumstances of each new client by asking about their background, how the problem formed and, as he puts it, ‘…how they’ve structured the issue inside their mind’. From there, he makes a determination about what treatment approach to use.

He tells the story of a business owner who sweated and stammered whenever he spoke publicly. Harry carefully tracked the exact thought process that occurred whenever the man stepped up to speak and discovered that it was rooted in a childhood incident when he was publicly shamed. As a result, whenever the man spoke, he had an image in his mind of himself as a child and the audience as imposing, large, ridiculing adults.

Using hypnosis and NLP, Harry helped him rewire that thinking to see himself as the powerful adult he actually is. Now the man speaks publicly without any issue.

In another recent case, he helped a 39 year-old Iron Man competitor achieve his best result ever by shifting his thought patterns about a dreaded stretch from mile 15 to 17.

Harry’s view is that hypnosis gets a bad rap because of Vegas entertainers (and the like) who use it for show and humour rather than healing. “We’re in a society that loves entertainment so that’s what we know about hypnosis.”

He encourages a view of hypnosis as a form of healing that can get directly to the heart of a problem.

Contact Harry at: 604-421-1722 or at his web site.

Here is Harry’s VitalityLink page.

Are you a natural treatment practitioner who would like to be profiled? If so, please send us an email at communitysupport@vitalitylink.com.

Profile: Dr. Divi, Family Physician & Intuitive Healer

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When Dr. Divi Chandra (known to her patients as Dr. Divi) became a medical doctor at the age of 23, she presumed she would have a traditional career.

But a few years into her practice she found herself struggling with unrelenting pain from a car accident and ski injury.

She says, “I was in chronic pain. I was young, thin, a vegetarian, in a good relationship…but I was so sick and taking painkillers. Things like chiropractic and massage therapy would only help for a day or two, but I had a sense to try yoga.”

As she describes it she became ‘addicted’ to hot yoga after trying many yoga styles. In the very beginning she says she had “…flashes of less pain,” so she kept at it.

Six months in, her pain was gone, opening up a new track for her life. She cut back her medical practice and opened a yoga studio in Victoria, BC, which she ran for 8 years. She began meditating and learning about intuition.

“What I’ve discovered is that we have the mind’s voice and the spirit voice. Most people don’t listen to their spirit voice. We’re just too busy. It’s telling us stuff — these are gut feelings we don’t listen to.”

Instead, Divi says, “We hold stuff in our minds from 20 years ago, creating an energetic imbalance. As spirits we let that stuff go, but our minds hang on. Illness is a gift to teach us to be in line with our spirit.”

As she delved further into the topic of intuition, she uncovered a rare art called ‘medical intuition’ that says everyone has a healthy version of themselves deep inside, even if the body is suffering.

Divi decided she could play a role in bridging the gap between Western medicine and intuitive medicine, so she made another big career shift, opening up her current practice, The Bridge Health, in Vancouver, BC. She practices as both a family doctor and intuitive healer.

She tells the story of a client who had an ongoing battle with anxiety. As Divi taught her to tune into her own intuition, the woman quickly found that her anxiety fell away. Although the woman had no previous exposure to meditation or yoga, she started practicing both soon after. She discovered a spiritual side to herself she didn’t know existed.

Another client came in with intense menopausal symptoms and gastrointestinal problems. When she learned to listen to her intuition she saw that her physical issues were the result of unresolved anger. The symptoms were relieved by releasing that emotional pain.

Divi says, “I see all physical ailments as disconnection of mind, body and spirit. There are many cases where a client needs or benefits from a western medical approach. There’s a role for western medicine. Spirit would not have allowed western medicine to become what it is if it didn’t have a purpose.”

“The main thing I would say is that we are beings of love and we’re meant to be healthy. Healing happens when people get all they are is love.”

Special Offer: 20% off your first intuitive healing service package with Dr. Divi. You can see her service packages here.

Contact Dr. Divi at: 604.739.3484 or at www.drdivi.com

Check out Dr. Divi’s VitalityLink profile here.

Are you a natural treatment practitioner who would like to be profiled? If so, please send us an email at communitysupport@vitalitylink.com.

PERSONAL HEALING STORY: VERONIKA COX, OPERA SINGER and TEACHER

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Growing up in Northern Ontario, Veronika was a spirited child with a passion for all things performance.  Her love of dance, gymnastics and singing guided her to a career as an opera singer and teacher after studying for five years at the Glenn Gould School; Royal Conservatory of Music.

Veronika’s path was fraught with mysterious ailments, as she said “I was the sick kid; whether it was nausea, vomiting, canker sores, hives or joint pain growing up”.  Despite her mother being open and positive about natural therapies, at the time there were little resources in their town beyond allopathic medicine.  “No one could figure out what was causing my symptoms (or wouldn’t) so I just received a lot, and I mean a lot, of antibiotics.”

Immediately after graduating from university Veronika took a full time position in a chiropractic clinic in Toronto, ON.  Despite the fact her first full time job was not in the field she had studied, there was a reason why she was there.  It was then that she began investigating alternative medicine by utilizing the various resources the clinic offered.

Veronika found that chiropractic treatments, acupuncture and herbal medicine helped her conditions and discovered, while working with a life coach, the connection between her life choices and her symptoms.  Her desire to be an opera singer was hindered by throat conditions and her love of dance was stalled by a broken foot (twice in six months) which almost required surgery.

For the next two years Veronika worked closely with the clinic’s therapists on a plan for healing.  “It was incredible how my body was able to handle stress again.  All the little irritations and manifestation of symptoms which had always been the way that my body reacted, quit plaguing me.”  She also attributes the lasting improvement in her health to taking personal responsibility for it and listening to what her body is telling her.  “Once I truly believed my body was self-healing and self-regulating, I could move on in life from that point on.”

After teaching at a private school for a few years, Veronika recently relocated to Sudbury, ON where she runs her own business; offering lessons in abdominal breathing, performance coaching and vocal instruction.  She beams, “It’s about more than performing.  I help my students find confidence in being who they are in a non-judgemental space and to find their own voice (figuratively and literally).  They discover the joy in communicating their story”.  It is evident that Veronika’s path from pain to passion again is a story she’s communicating through her work.

Profile: Heather Walker, Alexander Technique

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Meet Heather Walker, practitioner of the Alexander Technique.

Heather says this practice is about rediscovering the natural movement of your body to relieve pain and tension. It’s not a treatment. It’s education to retrain yourself to move with ease and efficiency.

Heather points out an interesting thing: toddlers have impeccable posture. “All you have to do is watch two year olds as they walk, stand or sit. They sit up naturally with balance. They stand with balance and fluidity.”

That’s the natural, healthy state of human movement. But as we age, and we sit at desks and couches, and in front of computer screens and TV sets, we pick up bad posture habits. These create imbalance in our movements, eventually leading to tension and pain.

Heather says, “My background is as a professional musician – I play the French horn. After many years of studying music, I developed back issues and general pain. I went for various types of treatments, but I would always end up with the exact same problems.”

She went to an Alexander Technique teacher in a bid to extend her music career. It was clear she wouldn’t be able to continue much longer, managing through the pain.

She explains, “The teacher used her hands to highlight tension in my body and my postural habits. When I became conscious of my patterns, I could redirect the way I move and react.”

Heather experienced a dramatic shift in her everyday movements, and within weeks her symptoms started to go away.

She says, “It absolutely allowed me to continue my career as a musician. And it’s not just about the pain – the sound of the music is clearer and practicing is easier. I knew I needed to learn more so I decided to take a full-time, three-year training course.”

Since 2006, she’s been practicing professionally. She sees clients from all walks of life but notes that the Alexander Technique is popular with musicians, actors and horseback riders.

One of her clients, a rising percussionist, was in so much pain that she couldn’t finish her music degree. She couldn’t lift her arms or even lie on her back without significant discomfort.

Heather worked with her for a year, helping her to change the patterns in her body and regain her mobility. The young woman was able to return to school and complete her degree.

Another woman came to see Heather for relief from severe jaw pain, but ended up finding more than that. As she became more conscious of her body, she found herself feeling more balanced and awake. She now applies the Alexander Technique in her work as a health administrator, and in her off hours as a runner and singer.

Heather says, “Alexander Technique is not a specific set of exercises you do at a specific time of day. These are micro-movements you can do all the time – in the grocery line, on the phone, at your computer. Just the slightest adjustments matter…it’s the cumulative effect.”

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