Movement Therapies N & O

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Movement Therapies N & O


Two movement therapies beginning with N & O are Nia & Osteopathy. My experiences, and/or curiosity with both are listed below.


According to their official website, Nia combines “dance, martial arts and mindfulness, Nia tones your body while transforming your mind. More than just a workout, Nia is a holistic fitness practice addressing each aspect of your life – body, mind and soul.

Nia cardio-dance workouts combine 52 simple moves with dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts to get you fit in 60 minutes – body, mind, emotion, and spirit.

Nia is non-impact, practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities. Nia classes are taught by licensed Nia teachers.”

Nia is another movement practice that I only attended once several winters ago. At that time I was very stiff and sore from fibromyalgia. I was encouraged to go with a friend. I found it way too fast-paced for me, even though it says it’s adaptable to individual needs.


According to their official website, “Osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT, is hands-on care. It involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, your osteopathic physician will move your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.”

I came across osteopathy when reading a book called Touch of Life: the healing power of the natural life force by Dr. Robert Fulford, D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy). Dr. Fulford emphasizes: breath, movement, intention and attention.

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This is a movement modality I am interested in learning more about. I am glad I own Dr. Fulford’s book and have scanned the eight suggested exercises for ease of reference. Now I just have to start doing them on a consistent basis!!

There’s a difference between being an Osteopathic Practitioner and a Doctor of Osteopathy. The first has four years of study whereas the latter is an actual doctor with additional training. In British Columbia, some medical plans, such as PharmaCare will only pay for osteopathic treatments from a doctor of osteopathy while not covering treatments from an Osteopathic practitioner. Where I live, there are a few osteopathic practitioners but no D.O.s within a three to four-hour drive.

I have noticed that as I have made a commitment to be proactive in looking after my health and attempting to get in some form of movement several times a week that my health is slowly but steadily improving. And I’m beginning to actually like and crave movement – who knew?

No matter what form of movement therapy you choose, make it fun, and only do as much as your body, fitness level, and pocketbook dictate.

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