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.
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..
Yoga - Trained by Trinity Yoga & Gaiatri Yoga 2002-2010 - Hatha, Ashtanga, Anusara,
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.
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.