After a decade of amateur rugby, I was finally treated for the first time in osteopathy in the summer of 2014. As you can imagine, my body was a wasteland of old bumps and bruises. I was used to it. Now, after being on the receiving end of many osteopathic treatments, my body feels better than ever. My old injuries finally are healing as they should have. Throughout my long athletic career, I have been fortunate to have been followed by excellent therapists, experts in their respective fields, however, none have caused an impact on not just my body but overall well being that osteopathy has had.
After my initial taste of osteopathy, I began my study in Classical Principles-Based Osteopathy at The Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in 2015. This is the only school of its kind in Canada, and most likely the only one of its kind in the world. Through this I learned that osteopathy is not about any techniques, but about building an understanding of how the body moves and the things that make it move. Without this mechanical understanding, it is impossible to develop the osteopathic thought process that it takes to solve problems that any individual technique can’t solve. It’s about moving through the body in a way that allows it to grow from treatment. By studying the successes and thought processes of the early American Osteopaths, one begins to understand how to work with the body in a way that achieves results above and beyond anything seen in other manual works. I was truly fortunate to have discovered this model of healing and have studied amongst some of the best osteopaths in the world and I am excited to be bringing this back to my Quebec communities.