Monday, June 25, 2012

... osteopathy in the philippines: presenting the first batch of filipino osteopaths ... (life coach, counselor, psychotherapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, quezon city, manila)

last night was graduation night for the very first batch of osteopaths in the philippines.  from an initial number of 35 enrollees, only 20 made it to the finish line.  

 dr. steve sanet of the osteopathic college of ontario, canada

leomil adriano of somatic therasystem philippines

haihoon choi of osteopathic health and wellness institute, korea

up to now, i find it hard to believe that the program is finally finished.  my deep gratitude goes to our untiring, very patient, and committed professors- steve sanet, leomil adriano, haihoon choi, and robert mcdonald.  you have taught us that osteopathy is both a science and an art which entails life-long learning, dedicated practice, and compassionate service.  

groupmates jeffrey hernandez, dr. ricardo gavino, 
dr. geraldine emperador, kirby del puerto, and joey roxas

the famous dr. alfred wong of urban fitness, hong kong

roselle branzuela, first osteopath in cebu 

 marieviel olegario

 jebsen naredo

ylazl historillo

 and for those of you who still don't know what osteopathy is, it is a body therapy system based on anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. through gentle hands-on techniques, its aim is to bring the body into an optimum condition for healing.  it was founded by Andrew Taylor Still, a physician and surgeon in the 1800s. he believed that given the proper conditions, the body has the capacity to heal itself.

osteopathy is a holistic approach to health care.  osteopaths assess the spine, joints, muscles, and tendons.  osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but use manual techniques such as soft tissue stretching, deep tactile pressure, and mobilisation or manipulation of joints to balance all the systems of the body.  

most problems often require 3-4 treatment sessions.  osteopaths may also advise dietary changes, home exercise programs, and lifestyle adjustments as part of the over-all treatment program.  

my goal for my clients/patients is for them to experience "total person" heath and well-being.  as a psychiatrist, psychologist, and life coach, I focus on mental and emotional health.  as a psycho-spiritual counselor, i focus on spiritual growth.  as an osteopath, I focus on physical alignment, balance, and well-being.  osteopathy therefore makes my practice truly holistic, allowing me to give the best care I can offer to my clients/patients.