About Karen

About Karen 2019-06-02T18:13:13-07:00

My Story

I moved back to Canada in 2014 after spending most of my life in The Bahamas, where I practiced for 25 years as an Upledger Certified Craniosacral Therapist and a Licensed Massage Therapist.

My Own Health Crisis

When I was in my early twenties, working as a travel agent and fitness instructor / personal trainer, I began to experience severe, debilitating headaches. For three years, I pursued every conventional medical avenue with no success. My life basically crashed. My work began to suffer. I had to stop teaching aerobics because I couldn’t jump anymore.

The pain got worse and worse, to the point where I could not even stand up without holding onto my head. Going over a bump in a car caused excruciating pain. Searching desperately for a diagnosis, I tried everything—CAT scans, MRIs, encephalograms, orthodontics, chiropractic. I was relieved when tests revealed that the pain was not caused by a tumor or aneurysm, but I was still suffering horribly. Near the end of these three years, a neurologist suggested that perhaps I should see a psychiatrist, saying, “There is nothing wrong with you.”

Finding a Solution

Finally, when I was nearly ready to give up, I met Dallas Hancock, a chiropractor who also did Craniosacral Therapy. I had a two-hour Craniosacral session with Dallas, during which he asked me, “What happened to the left side of your face?” I considered the question, and remembered that when I was 13 years old, I had sustained an injury while horseback riding—the horse I was riding at the time reared back, and his head struck mine full force. Though I had not thought about the incident for years, I remembered that it was the left side of my face that had been struck, because my left front tooth was knocked out. “Yup,” replied Dallas. “That’ll do it.”
Dallas explained that several of my cranial bones were compacted, and my maxilla was jammed up into my sphenoid bone. When he released these bones and made several other adjustments, my pain disappeared entirely.

The Journey

This was the beginning of my enthusiastic journey into bodywork. I was so intrigued and impressed by what had happened to me in that single two-hour session that it changed the course of my life. Delving more deeply into my work as a personal trainer, I began to learn more about stretching and fascia. This in turn inspired me to become a Massage Therapist, and to study Rolfing, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy.

Today, I work with a wide range of clients—from seniors, to young adults, to high-level athletes. I see people who face challenges related to chronic or acute pain, dysfunction, post-concussion symptoms, trauma and injuries. I also work with people who have issues around athletic performance, aging, immunity and wellness.

My passion is helping people move out of pain and dysfunction.

My Passion

I am passionately optimistic and enthusiastic about this work, based on my own personal experience and the joy of witnessing positive transformations in so many others.

I love meeting people and listening to their stories. I am excited by the opportunity to help them solve their own mysteries, just as Dallas once helped me solve mine.

Witnessing Change

It is a profound privilege to be able to touch another person, to connect with the restrictions in their fascia and witness the changes that occur under my hands. This process never ceases to amaze me. It is always a humbling experience to listen to the body’s guidance, and follow as the tissue releases its tension and stress.

It is hugely rewarding to see hips come back into alignment, to witness legs, knees, neck and spine becoming more neutral and less torqued. Witnessing the changes that can occur over just a few sessions constantly reminds me how fortunate I am to be a facilitator of this work.

My Offering To You

Very often, people will begin to feel their own fascia releasing, and to notice the effect this has on far-reaching parts of the body. This is typically a new experience for people, and I feel overjoyed to be a part of that experience. For example, I might be working on the membranes around the brain under the cranium and hear things like, “I can feel a sensation in my head, moving down the spine to my hips, like water moving and things opening.” This validates that I am part of something profound and exciting.

When people develop a trust in the work, and in me, the relationship that can develop is one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. I love seeing my clients’ excitement as we start to become a team, sharing the idea that we are part of a powerful exchange that can facilitate more flexibility, better function, less pain and increased wellbeing. During this work, people often discuss their transition from feeling hopeless about their own health to feeling empowered.

It is an honour to be asked to embark on this adventure together and explore the possibilities of change.

My Training

  • Certified Craniosacral Therapist – Upledger Institute
  • Training in Neuromuscular Therapy and Myofascial Release
  • 30+ years of experience working with clients
  • Medallion Member, International Association of Healthcare Practitioners
  • Personal Trainer – YMCA
  • Fitness Instructor – Trained with American College of Sports Medicine

To learn more about my work, click here. To learn more about my qualifications and certifications, check out my professional profile on the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners website.