I've been a registered massage therapist for over 30 years, having received my 2 year Massage Therapy Diploma from the Massage Therapy College in Winnipeg. I have worked in clinics, out of my own office and also out of my home. My clients range from senior citizens, children, pregnant women and 'regular' people that come with a variety of conditions. Many of my clients have been with me for most of those 30 years of my practice.
In assisting my clients with their conditions, I have always had the question “What do people need in order to heal?” in the back of my mind and heart. Part of that answer is that healing has to occur at the heart, mind, body and soul level simultaneously for a lasting improvement to occur. I have seen this to be true in my clients' lives and in my own. Each part of our being has some percentage of involvement in our physical condition. If one aspect of our self is compromised, it compromises the whole of us, which can lead to the development of disease if not addressed on all levels.
Photography by Pierrette Boiley
My life's experience has lead me to incorporate all the healing tools I have learned in my own 'been there, done that' healing journey. I've been using the healing ceremonies of the Shamanic path for over 15 years and have witnessed the profound changes that people and I have made by involving Spirit in our healing process.
I was a scabee ikwe (helper) for Elder Mae Louise Campbell (Ojibway/Metis) in Manitoba for many years. Through her guidance and teachings I have felt the acceptance and groundedness of the Sacred Red Road. I found the shamanic elements of modern day Ojibway 'doctoring' are mirrored in the shamanic practices of Indigenous cultures all around the world.
I received my shamanic training from Gaye Hanson, a shamanic practitioner of 25 years in Whitehorse, Yukon who honors the legacy left us by Manfred Lukas. Manfred based his Universal Shamanism on the work of Michael Harner, an anthropologist who studied the world's shamanic cultures and combined the essence of each individual culture into one. Thus, this path belongs to no culture and every culture; to no one and to everyone. Manfred, a German Psychologist, reformed these ideas into an accessible and supportive field of study. The Old Buffalo Institute, established to carry on his legacy, also offers workshops by accredited teachers Canada wide. www.oldbuffaloinstitute.com Bison artwork by Arno Lucas