Whitney Laine, M. OMSc
Osteopathic Manual Practitioner licensed with Osteopathy BC (SPMPO), Theta Healing Practitioner, Movement Healing and Dance Educator.
Growing up, dance was my driving force, my everything. Living & breathing technical dance since the young age of five, and eventually working as a professional dancer, dance teacher and rehearsal director co-ordinating shows for companies across Mexico, meant that when injury hit – I would be devastated. Told by the health care system I was out of options and having been unsuccessful with many techniques, I became determined to find answers. Although it was hard to accept that my dance career had come to an abrupt halt, I had no choice but to slow down, listen to my body and realize that this turning point was actually guiding me towards learning how to be fully present… and so much more.
My love for dance and exploring the mechanics of the moving body, lead me to Osteopathy – an integrated study of anatomy and physiology bringing a holistic approach to helping others understand the human form. I graduated in 2019 with a Masters in Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences, at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in Hamilton, Ontario. Alongside my Osteopathic training I spent time deepening my somatic movement practices (the communication with our own subtle body senses) and had the chance to work with a wide range of patients with conditions from digestive disorders, chronic migraines, back/neck pain, and neurological conditions such as MS/Parkinson’s, to working with athletes on preventative measures and rehabilitation of injury.
While developing my practice I gained experience working in a professional Osteopathic clinic, at my own 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 to now provide my clients with individualized alignment practices, based on principles of osteopathy, subtle body awareness and flow state. Combining my experience in injury prevention, meditation, breath work, restorative yoga, Continuum, Authentic Movement, Gaga Movement Language, C.H.E.K. and thirty years of dance training, I invite my clients to explore how they can create a body alignment from a place of ease, heal injury and re-train stress patterns, ultimately setting the foundation for stability and freedom.