About Becky's SpecializedTherapies
(not including Massage therapy)
Becky has been practicing and specializing in Craniosacral Therapy since 2002. She has taken Upledger Institute's Levels, 1, 2, SER 1, 2, Pediatics 1, 2 and has completed her CST-T designation exams. Becky is also an Assistant Teacher for Upledger Institute. With aspirations to eventually teach Craniosacral Therapy around the world while maintaining a Clinical Practice that specializes in Pediatrics.
With advanced CST studies, Becky has transitioned into almost exclusively to Craniosacral Therapy and LESS focus on Massage Therapy. Although there is always cases that need a deep release with massage, the shift from the grind into bodywork that is more focused and precise. With the number of cases and years of practicing CST, Becky loves to focus on difficult cases many are the conditions listed below; and is one of a few pediatric focused practices within the region.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction, and improve whole-body health and performance. By using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system.
CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it's effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
With a light touch, feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system.
CranioSacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.
Migraines and Headaches
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Autism / Motor-Coordination Impairments
Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
Infant and Childhood Disorders
Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia
TMJ Syndrome / Scoliosis
Pediatric CST From Birth to Adolescence
Craniosacral therapy is particularly helpful for treating newborns and infants. Difficulty nursing can be a result of tensions and restrictions in the baby’s head, spine or body. These restrictions can be caused by pressures experienced during late pregnancy, and by the forces of birth. These pressures are increased by fast, long or induced labours, forceps or vacuum assisted births, or cesarean births.
Compressive forces during birth can result in pressure on the nervous system, particularly the cranial nerves that control sucking/swallowing, jaw mobility and the digestive systems. The baby may have areas of discomfort, muscular tension or bone misalignment.
Symptoms/ Conditions that can be helped :
Difficulty Nursing /Latching Challenges,
Restricted Jaw Opening,
Weak Suck Action,
Excessive Spit-ups (reflux),
One-sided feeding challenges (head turns more easily in one direction),
Crossed or Wandering Eyes,
Babies have numerous mechanisms that they are born with to help them to self-correct the lesion patterns that may develop at birth. They have the reciprocal tension membranes that act as an internal guide to bring the cranial bones and membranes into balance. When a baby cries, the increased cranial pressure helps to put the bones and membranes back into position. While crying creates an external pressure, suckling creates an internal pressure that helps to normalize the baby’s head. And as the baby suckles, the mother will do the most basic of all cranial techniques, which we see in cultures throughout the world. The mother will instinctively stroke the baby’s head while it suckles. As the baby creates motion of the cranial bones, the mother is stroking the baby’s head and assisting the molding process. All of these things, as well as the baby yawning, self-corrective behavior, and the birthing process, itself, can help guide a child’s head into balance. But when the forces of birth are too great, they may overwhelm the baby’s ability to self-correct. Then it becomes our job, as therapists, to assist the child into balance. Not every child may need correction, but I feel that every child should have the opportunity of being evaluated.
Somato Emotional Release (SER)
This is a therapeutic process designed to rid your mind and body of the residual effects of past injuries and negative experiences. Emotions are not confined to the brain, the heart or hidden in silence. Our reasonably healthy bodies can adapt and work around these areas called energy cysts; however, as years pass the adaptive pattern of effectiveness become difficult to ignore or keep suppressed and the body and its “two minds” either want to maintain status quo OR there is another part that wants to improve causing the energy cysts’ need to be dissipated which would result in ridding the body of the need for adaption and discomfort. The physical healing process is helped by allowing emotional healing to occur at the same time. Challenging life patterns disappear and you begin to find freedom for new beginnings.
How does SER work?
Often, during a craniosacral therapy session, the patient will revisit past injuries- a physical release happens, let’s use a muscle relaxing from a spasm and with that, imagery, or emotions associated with that physical pain or trauma may arise. So physical and emotional healing occur at the same time. Therapeutic imagery and dialogue are used to facilitate the necessary release of the body’s memory. The session enlists the support of the person’s Inner Physician or any other aspect is they body and belief system. Then full healing can finally occurs.
When would I expect a SER to occur?
When pain becomes chronic, and other therapies have provided only temporary relief, it is likely your body may be suppressing or dissociating from a memory of an injury. CST will facilitate this release: SER is often approached as an avenue for personal growth and come into sessions at a period of transition. Others come aware of a particular situation or behaviour they wish to change when they are aware they are within an endless loop. SER helps connect the dots and make the change happen, sometimes within only a couple of sessions. This knowledge is not new, Chinese medicine as well as acupuncture have documented this interaction for thousands of years. Popular language recorded include:
- “I can feel it in my gut”
- “ It makes my skin crawl”
- “ A lump in my throat”
Dr. Upledger D.O. and Jean-Pierre Barrel D.O. Has refined this understanding with their published clinical work. While love and happiness are uplifting and pleasurable, stress and frustration and anxiety are experienced as uncomfortable and they are known to reduce body’s ability to heal. Emotions matter for the healing process of the body. They also have a huge say in the type of future a person can build for themselves.
What will SER feel like?
For some, re-experiencing of the past injury or trauma with feelings of pain, fear, anger that was present at the original injury. It is not always the dark emotions that come forward, but as shown, they are the forces behind many healing distributions. The complete release of this memory, physically and emotionally brings profound relief that is well worth the effort required to complete the process. It is a mysterious process with complex situations that have been overlooked.
- Everyone but for specific conditions as:
- Grieving or are in state of grief
- ‘NEW’ pain that has no medical conditions or diagnosis
- Chronic Injuries ‘Old’ pain
- Feeling of stuck, emotionally. Cannot move past circumstances
- Those who have experienced trauma physically and emotionally
Yoga - Trained by Trinity Yoga & Gaiatri Yoga 2002-2010 - Hatha, Ashtanga, Anusara Influenced, Vinyasa
Kids Yoga - Maala 2010
University of Calgary Yoga for Cancer Survivors, Yoga Thrive 2009 & University of Calgary TruNth For Prostate Cancer Survivors, 2017
Yoga is the number one prescribed form of exercise because of the multitude of health, and physical benefits it provides. It is a "fix" all type of exercise that calms the mind and body and as often as you think it is only for flexible people; you are wrong.
Yoga is for EVERY-BODY, young and old but attending some yoga classes can be a barrier because of the many options and types of yoga available, a beginner class doesn't mean it will address your ability depending on your physical limitations, pain or injuries. And if you are an athlete, often it is just the thing you need to see how well you are truly functioning in strength and flexibility. Yoga is a two"fer" combining both of those elements in one.
Becky is an experienced level yogi or more than 24 years, has taught over 1000 hours of yoga, and is the remedial exercise most often "prescribed" in her practice because of the accessibility to everyone. In clinic, she will show you correctly how to do certain yoga postures to access your body's unique needs. Or work through series of classes as laid out with specific Cancer Protocols.
Becky runs workshops, Virtual workshops, teaches yoga privately in the clinic one on one and is one of a handful of practitioners trained, certified and contribute to research studies while working with Cancer Survivors. For more information or to book speaking opportunities, corporate team sessions, program development, or Cancer Programming please click here to connect with Becky.
MELT Method Hand & Foot Instructor: Becky studied MELT Method with the Developer, Author and Manual Therapist, Sue Hitzmann in 2013.
The MELT Method® (MELT®) is a simple self-treatment designed to help you stay healthy, youthful, and active for a lifetime. Just 10 minutes of MELT three times a week is all you need to become a Hands-Off Bodyworker® and reduce the effects of accumulated tension and stress caused by daily living. This full-body method of self-care can be customized to your particular needs – from improving performance and decreasing the risk of repetitive stress injuries to eliminating chronic pain, regardless of what’s causing your pain in the first place.
MELT is also an education system that simplifies established and new neurofascial science into an adaptable Living Body Model® that self-empowers and self-educates laypersons in a manner that is fun and engaging to encourage lifelong self-care.
MELT hands-off development initially began in the 90’s with the tinkering of PVC pipes wrapped in variously changing padded layers in an effort to create results akin to light-touch hands-on therapy, such as osteopathy. By the time MELT was introduced in group environments in 2004, it was called M.E.L.T., an acronym for Myofascial Energetic Length Technique.
All MELT techniques and protocols were built upon key aspects of these major hands-on therapies and influencers: Neuromuscular Therapy (Chaitow), CranioSacral (Upledger), Manual Muscle Testing (Kendall and McCreary), Lymphatic Drainage (Chikly), Visceral Manipulation (Barral), Anatomy Trains (Myers), Structural Integration (Rolf), the World Fascia Congress (Vleeming, Pollack, Hedley, Stecco et al.), and others.
Progressing Ballet Technique: Certified in Level 1, 2019 to understand the way dancers move, how dancer injuries happen from over training and for my own curiosity.
Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is an innovative body-conditioning and strengthening program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best. One of the important elements used in the PBT method is muscle memory which helps to improve students' understanding of core stability, weight placement and alignment. Each exercise in the PBT program has been developed with care and guidance by Marie Walton-Mahon along with a team of physiotherapists.
How Becky uses it in the clinic
- Dancer's have an attuned body awareness that not every athlete has, but with this comes a multitude of issues about over stretching, muscle weakness, tightness, imbalances that show up from feet to head. With my yoga background seeing thousands of bodies, as a dance mom and seeing hundreds of dancers perform, I see things differently. I understand now MORE as a certified level 1, how a dancer's movements generated these issues and can take PBT, MELT, Yoga, K Tape and combine my experience and knowledge on the table, off the table and create a yogic program / PBT around their specific needs and can work with physical therapists, chiropractors and dance teachers.
Kinesio Taping / Pediatric Kinesio Taping: Kinesio Taping Canada 2018
Kinesio Taping is a therapeutic and sports taping breakthrough that stands ahead of all other therapeutic and sports taping methods.
Actvive Isolated Stretching, Completed Level One, 2013
AIS is a specific stretching program developed by Aaron Mattes over 30 years ago. Mattes is a registered Kinesiotherapist and Licensed Massage Therapist who has dedicated his practice to helping both professional and amateur athletes become more agile and less injured. His technique uses four basic principles:
Isolate the muscle to be stretched.
Repeat the stretch eight to 10 times.
Hold each stretch for no more than two seconds.
Exhale on the stretch; inhale on the release.
How do we isolate a muscle to be stretched? Isolate the muscle to be stretched by actively contracting the opposite muscle. In other words, if you are aiming to stretch the hamstrings, (the muscles on the back of the thigh) you must first actively contract the quadriceps (the muscles on the front of the thigh). Then, the brain sends a signal to the hamstrings to relax. This provides a perfect environment for the hamstrings to stretch.
What is the purpose for repeating each stretch? Repeat each stretch eight to 10 times in order to increase the circulation of blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the muscles being stretched. This technique will help you gain the most flexibility per session. Remember, the more nutrition a muscle can obtain and the more toxins a muscle can release, the faster the muscle can recover.
Hold for two seconds. How does that help? Each stretch is held for a maximum of two seconds in order to avoid the activation of the stretch reflex. The stretch reflex (also called the myotatic reflex) prevents a muscle or tendon from overstretching too far or too fast. This is our body's natural protection against strains, sprains, and tears. By holding short-term stretches, we increase our range of motion with each repetition and eliminate any fear of pain.
Breathing is an essential component to decrease fatigue in the muscles. Muscles need oxygen to function well. If there is not enough oxygen, lactic acid is created. Lactic acid creates that sore feeling in our muscles. If our muscles are sore, they are less powerful, more fatigued, and more prone to injury.