Whitney Laine, M. OMSc
Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, licensed with Osteopathy BC, SPMPO
Movement Lifestyle Coach, Dance Educator and Professional Dancer
Theta Healing Practitioner
I completed the four year program over a course of six years at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in Hamilton, Ontario. I graduated in 2019 with a Masters in Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences. Alongside my Osteopathic training I spent six years deepening my somatic movement practices, the communication with my own subtle body senses. Also working with a wide range of patients from digestive disorders, chronic migraines, back/neck pain, neurological conditions such as MS/Parkinson’s, preventative and rehabilitation of injury with professional athletes.
While developing my practice I worked in a variety of clinical settings as part of an integrated health care network, in a professional Osteopathic clinic, at my private home clinic, as well as teaching Osteopathic movement principles in meditation and dance at various locations including The Hamilton Conservatory For The Arts. These diverse settings allowed me to develop my professional Osteopathic skills and gain experience working with a wide variety of patient types. I provide my clients with individualized alignment practices to complement their osteopathy treatment.
Eight years experience as professional dancer, dance teacher and rehearsal director co-ordinating shows for companies across Mexico; I now offer a contrasting perspective to movement based on principles of osteopathy, subtle body awareness and flow state. I am dedicated to empowering others in sensing their own unique alignment and expressions of movement.
This innovative bodywork and movement education approach is drawn from my journey back to a dance lifestyle through healing after injury. Told by the health care system I was out of options and unsuccessful with many modalities, put me on a path of self-inquiry. I had no choice but to slow down and listen to what my body was trying to tell me. This process putting a halt to my professional dance career of eight years was a wake up call. It wasn’t easy to accept after living and breathing dance since I was five years old. Interesting enough when I did finally accept the way things were, I realized this was a guiding force to what I was dreaming of… And so much more.
I surrendered from my lifetime of identity as a technical dancer, into discovering a new way of being moved. I learned that pain and injury can be transformed through subtle movements that teach the body trust, listening to the way it wants to move. Through this choice to remain curious, observe sensation, accept each moment as it is, soften into fluid movement from this place of trust, infinite possibility exists.
My practice continues to develop through my own experiences of evolving the senses of the subtle body, osteopathic philosophy, injury prevention, precision for high level movement training, meditation, breath work, restorative yoga, Continuum, Authentic Movement, Gaga Movement Language, C.H.E.K. and thirty years dance training.
As a dancer exploring motion mechanics of the moving body, my practice of Osteopathy is linked with my love for the expressive arts. This integrated study of anatomy and physiology brings a holistic approach to helping others understand the human form. I invite my clients to explore how they can create osteopathic alignment in their moment to moment awareness through visualization and intention. A principles-based movement practice that sets the foundation for stability, presence and freedom.
I am currently undertaking a Continuum Apprenticeship with Beth Riley, Board President of International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association. Spending time with members of the Continuum Faculty has enriched me with clarity and reinforced what work is most needed to be shared today.
My experiential research has organically led me into guiding flow state through a ‘subtle movement awareness.’ I have found that development of the senses can become a physical form of manifestation to heal injury and re-train stress patterns. I’m inspired to spread these tools that access the capacity of the self healing body through the felt-sense of inner rhythms, fluid movement explorations and embodied enlightenment.