The past few weeks have been very educational for me in defining my life’s work.On the surface I am a mother, a wife, a chiropractor, a teacher, a dancer and the list goes on. But this list is driven by something deeper. My intention is driven by our inherent right to be free to move.

If you’ve met me, you’ll know that I speak with analogy, I take my time to make sure that you understand what’s going on with your body and that you feel connected with the healing process.  It is this patient-centred approach that creates results. In treatment, patients speak to me about personal things that they may feel are unrelated to their injury. They have emotional releases when muscle tension is effectively loosened. From there they depart from their muscular holding patterns (ie. grinding teeth, clenching hands, gripping hips) and move forward to better alignment and improved quality of life.

Teaching and healing others to be free to move is my life’s work.

This is why being a dancer and a healer go hand in hand. I move when I work. There is a rhythmic movement that I do when I treat each patient. I am basically “dancing” and breathing as I heal others. The meticulous body awareness that I developed as a dancer was an important milestone for teaching others to reconnect with their bodies and to understand the importance to get return them to freedom of movement.

ImageIf you don’t know what I’m talking about with regards to freedom and movement, observe a horse running freely with no rider. The horse’s hair falls gracefully to rhythm of its bounding legs. The horse’s speed is exhilarating to watch and I am reminded of the wind that hits its face and a child running barefoot outdoors.

As humans, it is our inherent right to be free to move.  As we get older, we get stuck behind computers, become sedentary and frown upon running in the rain.  Our inner child is repressed and that is a shame. This inherent desire to move knows no socioeconomic class which is why children all over the world do not need expensive toys to be happy. They find ways to use their bodies and find that freedom.

It is very powerful to know your life’s purpose. It is when you discover that your ability to reach out is enhanced.

I am very grateful to have known my intention at a young age and through my journey I’ve met many passionate and talented people who inspire me and help me to navigate the path that I design on my own.

 I hope this strikes a chord with you.

Be young, Be free. Move.

This red pointe shoe, interrupted my walk on Queen Street West in Toronto. It was a blazing sign that dance was my passion.

Tonight, I watched a childhood friend of mine dance in Geometrix’s show called ” Work Vs. Passion:  The Dynamic Struggle between necessity and desire”. And the theme of the show was loaded with the message: “listen to your heart “. It featured a student and a doctor who repressed their desire to dance because of the practical and necessary pursuit of a career which they believed would help them to survive in this crazy world.

I cried during this show. Firstly, because I was so happy to watch my friend and secondly, because the show represented my life. I started dancing when I was four and met my friend at this age. I am inherently a shy person, but on stage, forget it, I was in my element. But in school, I always excelled and envisioned myself as a speaker, a teacher and a healer and was intrigued with the human body. So the tension between dance and school was very present at an early age.

Yet, despite my efforts to repress my artistic passion, dance always chased me. In university, my childhood dreams of professional dance came true when I got scouted at a dance show. And in my fourth year, my wildest dreams manifested when I auditioned for the musical “The Lion King” after submitting my application to chiropractic college. I was progressing further and further in the audition and I was ready to push back my admission to chiropractic college, but ultimately, it wasn’t meant to be. Heart broken, I left the studio wondering, “what if”.

back in the day…

During chiropractic college, I threw away the dream of dancing again to focus on school, but a friend of mine encouraged me to go to a casting and that spiraled into commercial and television dance gigs which were practical for me because the contracts were short and I didn’t need to take time off school. From that, I became a member of ACTRA and met and worked with talented Toronto dancers who are well established choreographers today.

My last dance contract was back in 2007. I was pregnant with my first child, but I didn’t tell the director. They were all wondering why my wardrobe never fit and my little baby kept dancing in my tummy every time the music played. Today, she’s my little ballerina at 4 years old.

Now, I am a chiropractor, a pilates instructor and a mom. I love my job and am proud to say that I had complete control on how I designed my life to this point.  I still love to dance.

You’ll still see me in the dance studio training in hopes that one day I’ll make it back on the stage. I miss the lights beaming on my face. I miss the feeling of weightlessness in a jump. I miss performing.

Sigh, life goes on. I have no regrets.

Dance always finds me. I have faith.