Are you struggling with pain, instability, low energy, or a loss of freedom, function or coordination? Do you feel like you are experiencing a full expression of your physical self, or more like a shadow of your former physical self? Did you hit a certain age and find yourself asking “what happened”? I get it. After pushing hard as a young athlete and sustaining a fair amount of damage, lifting and using my body in unsustainable ways as an equestrian, and acknowledging the role of my anxiety on my tension levels over many years, at age 32 I found myself bed-ridden with a bulged disc in my lumbar spine. It took almost a year of rehab to get back to riding, hiking and lifting bales, but I struggled constantly with re-injury.
As an osteopathy student at the Canadian School of Osteopathy (5 year program) in Vancouver, BC, I began receiving regular sessions as a part of my learning process and to support my body, and found myself on a journey of self-discovery. I hadn’t understood the role of my dura mater on my spinal injury and in my history of migraines, the influence of the position of my uterus on my sacrum, the impact of a lifetime of chronic digestive issues on not only my spine, but the function of my whole body, and the lasting effects of multiple falls, concussions and whiplash injuries on vital parts of my autonomic and central nervous system. As each of these tissue levels was addressed in a gentle way, my system began changing in surprising ways – my anxiety levels decreased and my ability to handle stressful scenarios increased, my posture improved noticeably, my body softened in supportive ways, my sleep, cycles and digestion improved, my headaches and migraines decreased substantially in frequency, my energy levels increased and I found joy in movement once again.
I graduated as a DOMP in 2021 from the Canadian School of Osteopathy after an extensive 5.5 year diploma program. I have taken additional training through the CSO in cranial and brain work focused on TBI recovery, as well as autonomic nervous system regulation and supportive treatment for recovery from fatigue, surgery, illness and injury. I also bring my many years of intuitive and trauma-informed work to my sessions, meaning they bring about healing beyond the physical, with many clients reporting greater clarity, ease, peace of mind and a renewed sense of purpose.
It is my passion to support people to restore their full and healthy expression. As a fellow equestrian, I specialize in working with horse people to build confidence, coordination and physical freedom in the saddle. That said, I welcome any and all walks of human.
I hope to work with you soon at my peaceful and accessible home clinic in Duncan, BC. New clients are welcome. All clients will be provided with a billing number on their receipt to submit with their individual insurance provider. If you have any pet allergies or fear of dogs please email Alexa prior to booking your session.
I am so delighted with how I feel after only 3 osteopathy sessions with Alexa. I understand now, that like the work I do, Alexa also focuses on and addresses the underlying causes instead of starting what seems to be the problem.
My experience coming to Alexa for osteopathic treatment has been amazing and I recommend going to anyone who will listen. Alexa has helped me with acute injuries and chronic pain, as well as calming my very amped up nervous system. Most importantly, Alexa has helped me better listen to my body. I’ve seen steady improvement across everything I have struggled with since starting and have found that Alexa’s treatments are longer lasting and more impactful than anything else I’ve tried.
BSc. Kin, DOMP
A life-long learner, Alexa brings her curiosity, kind heart and collaborative nature to her diverse body of work. As an osteopathic practitioner (DOMP), Alexa draws on her 15 years of manual therapy and energy work practice to support her clients to feel their best, working from her home studio in Duncan, BC (with a little help from her two dogs and her cat).
Speaking of animals, they are Alexa’s passion, specifically horses, and a core part of her work in the world and her family. From one-on-one intuitive work, to several long-standing online programs and courses, including the Whole Horse Apprenticeship, and a six-season podcast (The Whole Horse Podcast) that supports horse people around the world with collaborative and heart-centred conversations about equine well-being. She is also the author of Death Sucks: A Straight-up Guide to Navigating Your Pet’s Final Transition (find your copy here), a valued contributor to Community Horse Journals, and co-instructor of a comprehensive Equine Cranial Therapy Certification alongside Elisse Miki.
Alexa lives with her partner Patrick, her two dogs Reilly and Solo and cat Makwa, and her two horses Raven and Diva in the Cowichan Valley, unceded territory of the Cowichan peoples, on Vancouver Island. When not working, she can be found at the barn, in the garden, on a dance floor, or out hiking on the beautiful trails this valley has in plenty. She takes steps daily to continue to de-colonize herself and, by extension, the horse industry.