My Path

My personal experience of chronic pain in varying degrees throughout my lifetime has brought me to the work I do today. Born with necrotic femoral arteries the hip joint was compromised in its development which caused severe osteoarthritis at the young age of 14. It took perseverance and strength of will to find a surgeon who would operate on a 36 year old woman. By this age I was cripple.

In 1996, I was gifted with two hip replacements. Pain free for the first time in my lifetime I was facing a new learning curve.  I had to teach myself how to walk properly and retrain my mind to accept this new reality.

2013, with 9 complicated hip surgeries behind me I feel this chapter of my life is completed. As Dr. Jill BolteTaylor author of “My Stroke of Insight” shares, it too has become my personal passion to inspire others to find within themselves the peace of mind, joy and beauty of who they are.  The choice we have in our minds to live a harmonious life.  I truly felt a component to my brilliant recovery was the immense love of family and friends, and the journey of training my mind to accept, receive and choose to embrace the positive.

Dr. Jill’s personal words of encouragement: “go go go Karen and never give up! hugs, Jill,.” 

Professional History

In 1990, Graduate in Advanced Remedial Massage Therapy from the Northern Institute of Massage.

In 1991, I integrated the work of Dr. John Upledger’s, Craniosacral therapy.  I was inspired by the work and research of Dr. Jean Pierre Barral of the Barral Institute, who initiated and created the Visceral Manipulation. These two men are explorer’s in the osteopathic world. Please see CV under Intergrated Therapies of post graduate and TA classes.  I invite you to read about these manual therapies in the articles: What is Visceral Manipulation? What is CranialSacral therapy? Under Integrated Therapies.

From 1995-98 I studied Chinese Traditional Medicine with Dr. Yu Jing Qiu, from Beijing.

Reiki Master including Distance Healing….”I appreciate you so much doing your distance healing with my son.  He did initially sleep longer and more peaceful. Today he was swallowing more rather than vomiting. Definitely a difference since yesterday.” 

I completed Level two Qi Gong with Dr. Stephen Aung.  I hosted a Chi Gong practice group in Canmore from 2000-2011.  I have discovered that the breath and its physical dynamic within the body serves a profound purpose not only for our need of oxygen but from an internal perspective regarding all internal functions,the movement of fluids. I encourage breathing techniques with my clients so that they are empowered to focus on their healing journey with this simple tool which yields profound results.

Office Locations

In Canmore… Wednesday to Saturday …..Please book via this website or phone (403) 609-7020.

A new wonderful Youtube demo by Dr. Jean Pierre Barral on what you can expect in a treatment.  First treatment is $150, an hour, including G.S.T.  1/2 hour sessions are $75. Payable in cash, cheque or email money transfer..If you are paying by money transfer,I request payment prior to treatment…I have a sliding scale as well as a pro bono client base which includes babies, children, young athletes and the elderly. .  Please know, I am open to discuss your financial limitations.  “I never refuse someone who asks for my help.”  

Another inspiring video from “Breath of Life” 2009 Conference, Dr. Barral speaks about the energies of the Organs specifying the Liver.  He discusses related symptoms physiologically and emotionally.

In Calgary on Mondays from 1-5 pm and Tuesday 10:00 – 5 pm.  I am located at Full Circle Collaborative Health Centre, #102, 506-71 Ave SW
Calgary, please call; 587-352-9199 
See their website for more info.  Click here for a short Practitioner Profile. 

I offer phone/online consultations at a starting fee of $50.  Please contact me.

My books “Universal Stretches”, “Spiritual Stretches”, “Wave of Change, 2012” and “The Joy of Being” are available for purchase on or

Joining the Barral Institute team

I have begun my teacher assisting,TA role, with the Barral Institute. I have been studying personally with Dr. Jean Pierre Barral since 1997.  Please see CV under Integrated Therapies.

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