Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) is a profound, yet subtle and gentle approach which
utilizes the human body’s natural ability to heal itself. The central nervous system has a lot of
influence over your health and well-being. Few body systems have more impact on the CNS than
the craniosacral system – the soft tissues and fluid that surround and protect your brain and spinal cord.
The body absorbs stresses and strains over time and our body's can only endure so much before the tissues begin to tighten and affect the brain and spinal cord. Unfortunately, this can compromise the function of the central nervous system and nearly every other system in the body.
What to Expect from a BCST Session:
BCST is about restoring the nervous system back into a state of balance. Our body has these subtle rhythms of movement that are natural expressions of health.
As a therapist, we are trained to feel these rhythms with sensitive knowing hands in order to help identify places where the expression of health needs optimizing. Through light touch and a calm centered presence; a resourced nervous system innately guides itself to remember its' inner health and wisdom. Sensing this safety, it begins to unfold and reorganize towards a more communicative and efficient expression of health. Trauma from pre-conditional forces such as accidents, whiplash, illness, birth affects and psycho-emotional or social experiences can disentangle from the body without disrupting these delicate internal environments.
Holistic therapies as this, support and encourages these natural, fluid systems to reestablish a harmonious, whole body flow for improved long term wellness.
Benefits of cumulative Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy:
After moving through a series of treatments which vary for each individuals system, due to their life experiences, clients report coming into more health or a relationship with their own potency.
* BCST clears restrictions or held energy in fascia tissues of the body.
* BCST improves organ function and elasticity to muscles.
* BCST aids in bone marrow, down to the individual cells.
* BCST assists better sleep patterns, mental clarity and personal direction.
* BCST encourages physical longevity, emotional focus and a more energized life.
* BCST offers resilient and functional improvement to whole nervous system health.
How does a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Session feel?
The recipient is fully clothed during the session, generally on a massage table although sometimes seated. In a BCST session you may feel or experience the following response:
*Relax so deeply that you may fall asleep
* Feel as if you are dreaming while awake
* Experience memories or insights while on the table
* Enter a quiet meditation-like state with present awareness
* Enjoy a pleasant sense of warmth, softening, widening or floating
After the session, you may:
* Stand straighter and taller
* Feel relaxed, but also energized
* Feel more comfortable in your body
* Notice an improvement in your sleep patterns
* Find yourself breathing more fully, smoothly and deeply
* Feel a new sense of peace, ease & renewal as you leave or days after
Virginia will check in with you after.
By paying attention to the lasting effects of this work you will be able to gauge what the cumulative progress of this light touch therapy offers your whole body as a system.
Join me, here in Calgary in supporting your nervous system with a few sessions and sense for yourself!
Since CranioSacral Therapy is so gentle, it is safe for virtually anyone, including infants, elderly, chronically ill people, pregnant women, and children. There are a few times, however, where CST is not advisable. Please check with your doctor upon proceeding.
*Any condition where a change of intracranial pressure would be harmful.
*Immediately after a recent stroke or aneurysm.
*A recent unevaluated closed head injury.
Check It Out –
https://youtu.be/V4Z27u609js – BCST; Roger Gilchrist
https://youtu.be/nugMezBkT3I - Inherent Treatment Plan; R. Gilchrist
https://youtu.be/m0NT2tbJx1c - Breath of Life; Micheal Kern
http://www.traumahealing.com - Peter Levine
“When I started working with Virginia, it felt like my life was falling apart. Virginia's Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy sessions really helped me process and work through a lot of stress, mental blocks and panic. Virginia is fantastic, I highly recommend her for self healing, craniosacral treatments.”
– Janis B., 26 years Legal Assistant Calgary
“ Hello there, at 34 years old I was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson's disease after encountering severe stiffness and difficulties using my arm, as well as noticing a change in my otherwise pleasant disposition. Upon diagnosis I was left with a lot of questions, uncertainty and frustration about the news I had received and started looking for options to help me cope and manage the situation. Virginia's name came up via a local support group and the abbreviations BCST. So I looked into this form of treatment called Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and saw her the following week. From the first meeting, I was made comfortable, relaxed and informed about exactly what was going to happen and what exactly to expect.
I was a bit skeptical at first which is my natural tendency but after the first couple of sessions my mind and body were put at ease by her touch and ability to connect and sense how I felt and where I was not well. She helped me gather my thoughts and relax when I would show up stressed out and tense. I would leave feeling like I had the ability to sleep that night, after not sleeping properly for days during my medication trial and error phase. Overall I felt my mood was elevated, my body was more balanced and I was less tense during a difficult time in my life. I would highly recommend her to anybody looking to improve their quality of life, Illness or not. Her multifaceted approach to healing the body and mind are wonderful. Her training and genuine concern for your well-being are immediately apparent from the first session and the benefits follow. With all of that, her flexible scheduling and ease of making appointments added to the list of positive marks. Keep up the good work; you have a great skill set that has to be experienced.
Thank you” - Richard, Former Manager
“Somatics” is the study of the self from the perspective of one’s lived experience,
encompassing the dimensions of body, psyche, and spirit. - Thomas Hanna
Hanna Somatic Education -
Methods of somatic education teach specialized somatic movement techniques in systematized ways.
Well-known methods of somatic education include Clinical Somatic Education (also known as Hanna Somatic Education), Gentle Somatic Yoga ( Thomas Hanna Somatics ) the Feldenkrais Method and the Alexander Technique.
Many methods include the use of both hands-on movements, guided by a certified practitioner and self-care movements, which are practiced by the student on a regular basis at home. One of the tenets of all forms of somatic education is that students should be responsible for their own health, wellness and learning.
Our role is to empower students to take care of themselves by repeating the tools so change is sustained over a long term regime, improving their posture, movement and function cumulatively in their lives.
A somatic movement, generally speaking, is one which is performed consciously with the intention of focusing on the internal experience of the movement rather than the external appearance or result of the movement.
The term somatic education was coined by Thomas Hanna. Hanna used the term somatic education to describe methods of sensory-motor education that use somatic movement to improve motor control and sensation and change learned muscular patterns.
What is Sensory Motor Amnesia?
We experience Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA) when the brain forgets how to relax; tight, contracted muscles that are, in effect, on “cruise control. ”The Sensory and Motor Cortex" are
area of systems in your brain that receive information from the environment and allow us to respond accordingly through movement.
As we age, we experience stress in various forms and we develop habits that result in storing pain and tension subconsciously. In effect, the brain forgets how to move the muscles and also forgets which muscles are contributing to the pain, the muscles stay contracted and you feel muscular pain even when you “think” the body “should” be relaxed.
What to Expect from Somatics:
Somatics is much safer than many other holistic therapies as well with its approach of gentleness, listening to the body’s signals while movement takes place. One important ingredient to the main technique we use,
called “pandiculation” is very slow, controlled voluntary motion.
This slowness is the fastest way to change the signals from brain to muscle and the pace enhances strengthening. Pause and rest after movement flows, encourages the brain to reset and calibrate while repetition solidifies the healthy pattern of movement.
A short set of somatics makes a perfect “pre-warm up” for other physical activities, as it brings the muscles
to optimum resting length and function, increases circulation, enhances awareness & control, therefore serves as a very effective injury preventative method.
Benefits of repetitive GSY and Benefits of Hanna Somatics® include:
Hanna Somatics® is effective at assisting chronic aches and disabilities associated with :
Check It Out!
https://youtu.be/iI2LRBdPvvg - Somatic Definition & Lineage
https://youtu.be/5opnzyQQH24 - James Knight; GSY
https://youtu.be/4Elf6f-r45U - GSY Colleague
https://youtu.be/NTBYjjPEygM - Vagus Nerve; Integrative Brain & Body
https://youtu.be/A96IdubMKGo - Vagus Nerve; Cranial Nerve X -education
I am a horse trainer assistant and am always shoveling and taking care of the horses, noticeably from my right side, as Virginia pointed out after assessing my posture. I showed her that my right thumb couldn't fold into my palm, due to repetitive work patterns.
I was shocked when Virginia educated me on these slow movements and the effects on brain rewiring.
Within 3 minutes of completing a hand exercise with her assistance, she had me rest for a few breathes. I was in complete awe when we retested and that I gained an 80% range of movement of my thumb.
Thank you so much for your knowledge and training in Somatics so I can take home these self-care tools. I promise to remember to do a little each day to reprogram my bad habits.
- Kendra, 28 year old female Victoria, BC
I am a banking executive who had a car accident 18 months ago and I'm in severe pain on my left side. Virginia explained how my nervous system was likely in hyper-arousal and how the calming affects of BCST and Somatics benefited her system after her MVA. She assessed my range of motion in my left hand and shoulder, then applied a few movements while I concentrated on a smooth slowing exhale. She interrupted me with purpose, had me inhale and exhale again until it was smooth. We paused for regular breaths and then retested my range. Much to my surprise I had more ease and flexibility in squeezing my hand and then the tightness at my neck and shoulder had decreased from an 8 to a 5. All of this in a matter of 20 minutes at a trade show!! Thanks Virginia for making me feel safe and giving me hope.
- Vicky, 58 years old
Here is some lineage of the findings of zone therapy technique. Through research, Dr. Ersdal was able to chart the human anatomy as it relates to these “points” on the foot. He charted the entire physiology including the brain, blood and lymph circulation, and musculature. This method utilizes the feet’s natural “signal” system to establish balance, elevate your life energy and renew cells in the body.
Zone Therapy or otherwise known as Reflexology today, is precise, directed pressure to the various “zones” of the feet. When a signal point is triggered within a certain zone, a message goes to the tissue or organ affected, through a reflex arc to the spinal cord and then it is sent to the brain to determine further processing.
Discomfort, tenderness or pain is experienced in the areas of the foot where a relationship of imbalance may be present. This is an area that requires more attention with holistic therapies for support, directed toward self-healing.
Applied Reflexology through the 10 zones on the feet, stimulates every organ and associated region, renewing the cellular system by drawing oxygenated blood to the surrounding tissue in relationship to the organ, it aids in moving energy and waking up tissue, tone or elasticity.
Vita Flex technique was developed by the Tibetans thousands of years before acupuncture. Its literally meaning is "vitality through the reflexes". The premise is that slight pressure applied to the body creates an electric charge that is therapeutic to the body is transferred to the nerve pathways, is how Vita Flex works. . This is known as piezoelectric.
The use of essential oils for wellness, enhances the process as they also contain electromagnetic properties. Therefore, the combined application ensures the process that much more and drives the oils into the corresponding reflex points.
ESSENTIAL OIL INFORMATION:
If you are thinking about creating a habit that includes the use of essential oils, keep in mind that you take all measures to assess your needs, to make informed decisions about essential oils, aromatherapy and what benefits essential oils may support you. Ask and be advised by your medical doctor for your personal health assurances.
What Is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic essential oils derived from plants for the purpose of enhancing the well-being of one's physical or psychological health.
To create essential oils, the natural oils in certain plants are extracted and distilled, resulting in an extremely concentrated product packed with healing benefits.
Essential oils engage a response in the brain that sends messages to the body. By inhaling essential oils, nerves in the nose, trigger powerful brain responses. Similarly, topical application (with a carrier oil) allows these essential oils to quickly enter the bloodstream by being absorbed through skin tissue. These oils can support hormone levels, heal digestive disorders, and dramatically reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.
DoTerra has very specific quality reassurance process from start to finish, to ensure their products. These may be offered in a Therapeutic Yoga session also.
What to Expect from a Uniq Aromatherapy Session:
The recipient may choose to be clothed at their waste with the back and feet exposed in order to apply the essential oils, lying face down on a massage table. An alternative position is to be seated and fully clothed where the application is on the recipients feet/lower legs, hand/lower arms and head/neck.
As an old holistic system of health, known for its light tough techniques & clinical approach, it enhances health to the recipients’ central nervous system, optimal immune system & organ function related to spinal connectivity, whole body renewal & re-balancing, positively supporting the body’s healthy autonomic function.
The progressive absorption of the 8 specific oils, along the spine & feet, harmonize the body's system & provides you with a luxurious essential oil experience, giving your system the opportunity to unwind and let go of residual patterns of held health, possibly toxic build up that the body was unable to release fully on its'own.
Benefits of cumulative Uniq Aromatherapy:
Within a UA session, applied reflexology and or zone therapy techniques are used on the feet to encourage the body’s natural healing capability by stimulating and supporting the following below:
* rejuvenating life force / energy potency
* digestion / elimination / lymph flow
* assimilation / blood circulation
* cell renewal and regeneration
* improving harmony within the body
* function of autonomic nervous system
After a session from Virginia, you may experience signs which include a release of chronic muscle tension, lowered mental & physical stress or a feeling of euphoria. We advise you drink plenty of water after, to continue flushing toxins & clearing the sensation of stagnant energy.
It is advised to check in with your doctor and perhaps a Registered Aromatherapist for further precautions in your individual situation of concern and possible allergic response.
Check It Out!
https://youtu.be/p56w-NoI4hg - Vita Flex
“I must say I really do think your Uniq Raindrop Therapy session made a difference. Whenever I go away, especially to a festival, I ALWAYS get sick. The last weekend in June, right after my session with Virginia, I was at a little festival, camped for 4 nights and I came back with only a little scratch in my throat, which, after getting some rest in my own bed, went away after one night! So I definitely think it helped my Immune system.
My wrist also, as mysteriously as it came, has stopped hurting. I’m not too sure if that has anything to do with our session, but I won't leave out the possibility as some of the oils used are beneficial for joints.
But right away, when I left, I really did notice the effects; which I believe also had to do with spending some time with such an amazing person like you! I felt a bounce in my step; I walked taller, had such energy & confidence the whole day.
It truly was a wonderful experience and I thank you! I hope to be able to book another session with you soon!”
-Katie M., the Apothecary in Inglewood
“I have a high stress job and I am never really able to relax, let alone feel rested. I didn’t know what to expect, but Virginia explained what a session will look like and how I might feel afterward too. To my amazement, I felt a little dizzy after lying face down for 75 mins.
Hhhm she mentioned that. Then when I walked out of her room I felt kinda floaty and my wife asked what she had done to me because she’d never seen me so relaxed in our 10 yrs of marriage.
Virginia suggested that I take up to 30 minutes to sit, drink water and allow my system to settle. It was awesome to know that my body could actually feel this great. Thanks Virginia!“
- John B., 43 years male
Thai Yoga Bodywork:
In a unique way, Thai yoga massage blends elemental techniques of acupressure, therapeutic yoga, reflexology, shiatsu, physiotherapy, meditation, energy healing and Ayurveda as holistic therapies for wellness.
You lye on a covered mat on the floor or a massage table, fully clothed except for shoes and socks. Sometimes with the use of aromatherapy, although it is less traditional, manual therapeutic yoga stretching feels amazing.
'Thais believe that good health and freedom from pain result from the unhindered flow of vital
energies through the body's connective tissues and with regular, cumulative Thai yoga massage
sessions, muscles resume their normal resting length, which deceives the brain into 'thinking'
that all is well and it reduces chronic tightness, increases circulation and for joint mobility
Its mechanics and foundation show a strong Indian, Ayurveda and Yogic influence, but a very
disciplined emphasis on energy channels bridges a link with Traditional Chinese Medicine and
techniques of acupressure as a form of holistic health.
The main 'channels' for distributing these energies are called 'Sen'. Varying Sen channels are
pressed repeatedly from every direction, with the relative positions of the limbs and trunk
being constantly changed. Again the process is quite thorough, to release blockages or
stagnation which result in pain and tightness.
Thai Traditional medicine has existed for over 1000 years, in pretty much the same form that is
used today. Its recent world-wide spread has been quite phenomenal for whole body health .
What to Expect from a Uniq Thai Yoga Bodywork Session?
Fully clothed, your Thai Practitioner Virginia, may use her thumbs, palms, forearms, elbows, feet, knees and even shins to press and stretch your body and connective tissue. The Thai people believe resolution from the unhindered flow of vital energies through the body's tissues is said to free the trapped energy vortexes or holding patterns where tension and pain reside.
When your Thai Practitioner is satisfied that the soft tissues have been adequately pressed, stretching begins. This may be the active participation of yogic nature that influences the Thai Practitioners training and skill.
This will be subtle at first but gradually progresses to the elegant, large scale stretches.
Benefits of Cumulative Uniq Thai Yoga Bodywork:
* prepare muscles for stretching by increasing their permeability to the flow of Sen Energies
* fluid tissue gains more elasticity from the pressing and palming
* the manipulations are designed to stretch the muscles a little more through assisted method
* regular sessions offers opportunity for muscles to regain their normal resting length
* deceives the brain into 'thinking' that all is well and it stops inhibiting the antagonists
* tension disappears, joint mobility is restored and gives access to a healthy life with freedom
* muscles are the ultimate target, but fibrotic connective tissue/fascia health is key to vitality
* improved blood flow, circulation and a relaxed nervous system function
How does a Uniq Thai Yoga Bodywork session feel?
Different from other forms of bodywork - smoothness, rhythm and flow are three words that
come to mind when Virginia supports your body's needs preceding a mini consultation before each session, to uniquely devise a Thai session for your individual, holistic health needs.
Virginia is well known for her light touch and her sessions host a slow fluid rhythm or flow, so as to allow your natural system to adapt to self activating one's Relaxation Response. Your breathing is monitored and guided at times as an important health aspect, so each technique melts into the next with total economy of motion.
First time recipients of a Uniq Thai Yoga Bodywork sessions may respond differently; some find the pressing techniques, a little uncomfortable while others are elated at the degree of flexibility and movement their stiff body can achieve in a short duration of time.
Recipients who commit to regular Uniq Thai Yoga Bodywork ( 2x per month ) are amazed at results and show excitement to the health of their new found body.
* Visible or obvious conditions -
Examples include open wounds, broken bones, skin conditions, open sores, burns, sprains and other injuries, and advanced pregnancy (visible big belly).
* Not visible or less obvious conditions (to you as the therapist) -
Examples are cancer, MS or Parkinson's in early stages, high blood pressure, nerve pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoporosis, blood clots, first trimester pregnancy, heart problems, implants, joint replacements and others.
* Any diseases, operations, implants, breaks, injuries, any medications you are taking, any issues that you are consulting a doctor for, or any other conditions that might be affected by my massage work
Check It Out!
"When I was introduced to Virginia, I explained that I hadn't slept through the night in over 10 years. She listened to my words of desperation, thus educating me about the many layers of the body in terms I understood. She talked about a system of pulleys in relationship with my whole body.
I realized that my whole career was working with my body bent forward and that due to 30 years of repetition my front and backside were locked or stuck in chronic tightness.
I do yoga 3 days per week, which does help keep me limber, but I still don't sleep through the night.
She offered me a 75 minute session late in the afternoon so I could continue to relax after. I was amazed that I slept through the night. I actually had to think if I had gotten up, nope!
I wish Virginia lived closer to me, so I could commit to more of her style of Thai Massage. I'm glad it wasn't painful, 'cuase I probably woulda snapped in half. Thanks again.
- 65 year old Residential Foreman, Vancouver Island, BC
Virginia's private, holistic therapies / wellness classes here in Calgary, are approached with a "personalized" touch, with a knowing of how your body speaks via physical expression. Virginia takes pleasure in accommodating and meeting your needs, understanding and ability of inner connection, rather than outer physical form of a posture. As therapeutic yoga and movement is open to exploring ones edge, they are therefore suitable for all recipients. Virginia is highly trained with almost a decade of experience and is sensitive to students health concerns. She adapted many postures around her body's needs during her 7 years of managing chronic pain from a car accident.
Her teaching style offers students to move slowly while developing, connecting concepts and layering forms toward the encompassing postures with attention to breath, for a whole body experience each session.
She encourages students of all ages and ability, to be intuitive within their body's; exploring, expressing and experiencing all the senses dynamically. In her eyes there is always a way to make adjustments to participate in yoga and movement.
Virginia is known for her laid back personality, light atmosphere and fresh ways of incorporating yoga into a lifestyle choice that is accepting, informative and fun. Whether it be on a mat, in a chair or standing, she is committed to possibilities. Her Uniq wellness classes support a maximum of 8 students, giving each student great attention.
If you have questions or concerns about private or semi-private classes please contact her for a conversation at 403.918.8474 or email Virginia@uniqcreations.ca .
Uniq Therapeutic Yoga:
The nurturing, supportive practice offers a refuge from the daily accumulation of stress. Based on the Iyengar tradition, postures are held with the use of props to allow you to hold the postures for an extended period of time. The long holds are between 5 - 20 minutes and they give the body's nervous system an opportunity of letting go. A cumulative practice will show signs of a calmer system.
This is a great compliment to other forms of activity and excellent for recuperation, hypersensitivities, sleep deprivation, whiplash, muscle stiffness and forms of arthritis and pain concerns.
Sessions will range from 75 - 90 minutes as time is needed to set up each posture and for the body to let go gradually.
Benefits of Uniq Therapeutic Yoga:
* release and lengthen without straining your body or tissues
* freeing up chronic tension
* free ones' mind from its’ conditioned restraints
* feeling restored and refreshed
* a partnership with your bodily response mechanism
* reduce stress
* improved sleep patterns
* increased energy for everyday life
Uniq Yin Yoga:
Yin is a rich complement to the more muscular forms of activity. It emphasizes the deep release of connective tissues, primarily through the hips, thighs, pelvis and lower spine. Dynamic movement provides the body's system the opportunity to expand and regain its' fluid elasticity.
Postures are held for longer periods of time after the dynamic movement, anywhere between 3-10 minutes.
This can be quite challenging for students of any age and physical health. Using the breath to focus the mind so it becomes centered and calm as stillness prevails.
Once the mind is calm, observation can be present. Mindfulness is good for your body and your mind as it aids in increasing grey matter density. What this means for you is the increased ability to tune out distractions, improve memory, attention and skills, regulate emotions and while drawing awareness to signals of the onset of anxiety and depression.
Benefits of Uniq Yin Yoga:
* improved range of motion
* more fluid and elasticity of tissues
* increased flexibility
* create a sense of space in vertebrae and length of spine
* promotes stress reduction
* balance within SNS and PNS
* centering and grounding the body, mind, spirit through breath and stillness
Sessions will range from 75 - 90 minutes as time is needed to set up each posture and for the body to let go gradually.
* High blood pressure; probably the most important yoga poses to avoid are inversions. This is because when the head is below the heart, there's an increased risk of stroke.
* Imbalance of ear fluid
* Fractures, unsteady blood sugars, glaucoma, infectious disease, possible acute injury recovery
Check It Out!
https://youtu.be/RrFwBAwpF9E - Bernie Clark; Intro to Yin Yoga
https://youtu.be/-fLBPmquFU4 - Bernie Clark; How to Practice Yin Yo
"It was so nice to have been introduced to yoga with Virginia. I have rheumatoid arthritis and didn't ever think I could go to yoga. She has knowledge in many areas of health and the body's anatomy which gave me a sense of confidence to work with her. I tried a 6 week series with her, did my bits of homework and she noticed a big difference after session 2, that I had more movement in my pelvis. I agreed and thought earlier in the week 'there's no way, it can't be from this!' But it's all that I had done so ... I never could get up from the floor easily at all since my RA diagnosis and symptoms.
Virginia makes my private sessions enjoyable to attend, she cares and offers safe adjustments geared for me."
- Melanie, 46 year old Mother of two teens
"I am a bit clumsy as I age and don't have much muscle tone, strength or stability. Virginia educated me on stability/strength and then mobility/flexibility. We began weekly sessions in a small group of four friends, then I broke off and had privates as I liked the advantage of the individual attention.
I noticed her compassion in supporting me in doing my homework in between 'cause she could tell when I didn't do it and we shared conversation about self commitment.
Within weeks I felt more confidence, stable to walk in my heels of all things, I gained more strength and the flexibility took some time, but I eventually saw the difference.
This a gave me courage to go to a gym again at 55 years young!! You are a blessing Virginia.
- L.G. female Author
Our boutique Calgary studio for Holistic Therapies, Wellness practices & Therapeutic Yoga; features 200 sqft of open space, groups up to 15 seated, 6-8 standing/mat use or semi-privates. Chairs, mats & a mobile trolley are available + mini kitchenette & private bath. Inquire about fees & booking schedule - 403.918.9874