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Why Osteopathy?




When it began. Why I chose osteopathy. Who I wanted to support. What I wish people knew.


 

Embarking on the journey of becoming an osteopathic manual practitioner wasn't a childhood dream or a meticulously planned path for me. It unfolded unexpectedly, like a well-kept secret revealed at the crossroads of necessity and curiosity.


My fascination with the intricacies of the human body traces back to the days of playing Operation and dismantling my older brother's electronic gadgets—always with the intention of fixing, not breaking. Little did I know, those early experiences laid the groundwork for a profound appreciation of how the body works and the incredible potential it holds for self-healing.


However, the true revelation came a number years into my yoga practice and teaching career. Picture this: a weekend slated for an advanced yoga therapeutics workshop in Cincinnati. My Saturday morning class, a tradition I held dear (Join me - it's still going on 9:30am Grateful Den), took an unexpected turn. A simple hands-on adjustment turned into an unforeseen twist of fate as I felt a distinct "POP" against my hand—my seventh rib yielding to the pressure. The aftermath was a locked diaphragm, erratic breath, and a class taught in agony.


Desperate for relief, I reached out to every Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) available that Saturday, all booked solid. It was a serendipitous suggestion from a friend that led me to an osteopath in the Annex—and little did I know, my life was about to change irrevocably.


What unfolded in that session defied my preconceived notions of bodywork. No linear pain-to-treatment correlation; instead, a holistic approach that addressed my tailbone, fourth toe, and right jaw. As the session progressed, the pain on my left side gradually dissipated, and with it, the shallow, erratic breaths gave way to a newfound sense of ease. I could breathe again, drive to my training, and, most importantly, I learned a fundamental truth: there's no one-size-fits-all recipe for healing.


Osteopathy, to me, is an art form—one that acknowledges the uniqueness of each body and the intricate dance of its parts. It's not about following a predetermined protocol but rather understanding the individual narrative of pain and dysfunction. In that treatment room, I discovered the power of addressing seemingly unrelated areas to unlock the body's inherent capacity for healing.


Choosing osteopathy wasn't just a career move; it was a deep revered calling—a calling to support those seeking relief beyond the confines of conventional therapies. Whether you're grappling with chronic pain, recovering from an injury, or simply striving for optimal well-being, osteopathy offers a personalized, nuanced approach to unlock your body's potential.


What I wish people knew is this: healing is a journey, not a destination. It's a dynamic process where the body, when given the right tools and understanding, can harmonize and find balance. Join me on this journey, and let's explore the transformative power of osteopathy together. Your body has a story to tell, and I'm here to listen and guide you toward a path of holistic well-being.


I invite you to book a 15 min consultation call with me. And let's address some of the ways we can support this incredible embodiment that's YOU!




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Sarah Slywchuk
Sarah Slywchuk
02 mar

I love the Marinella Origin story! This is great!

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