Starting September 18th, we are thrilled to introduce you to two fantastic osteopathic locums who will be holding down the fort at Symmetry BodyMind Wellness.
Ulkar Mammadova, an osteopathic Manual therapist, who will be available to support clients with all insurance providers. Additionally, Ryan Staal, a manual osteopath, will be available to support all clients, except those with coverage from Canada Life, Great West Life, Industrial Alliance, and RWAM.
Ulkar will be working on Mondays from 8am to 12:45pm and Wednesdays from 12:15pm to 5pm. Ryan’s schedule is Tuesdays from 1pm to 6pm and Fridays from 9am to 3pm.
New clients book as a new client initial assessment and treatment, whereas existing clients schedule an appointment with Ulkar or Ryan, book your first session as an existing client for an initial assessment and treatment. This will help us ensure a seamless transition of care.
Massage Therapy has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes general health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systmes. Massage can increase circulation, relax muscles and improve joint movement and flexibility. Along with massage therapy (ART Active Release Techniques) can help correct soft tissue restrictions that cause pain and mobility issues
Osteopathy uses various assessments and manual techniques to identify areas of interest, restriction, constriction and pain; in order to reduce swelling; improve tissue mobility and promote proper function and healing in people of all ages. Osteopaths work to maintain, improve and restore the normal physiological function of interrelated body structures and systems, enhancing the body’s natura...
Osteopathy uses various assessments and manual techniques to identify areas of interest, restriction, constriction and pain; in order to reduce swelling; improve tissue mobility and promote proper function and healing in people of all ages. Osteopaths work to maintain, improve and restore the normal physiological function of interrelated body structures and systems, enhancing the body’s natural ability to heal itself. If you have had pain, discomfort in your joints, and strain in your muscles, or experienced headaches, digestive issues such as bloating, constipation or acid reflux, menstrual pain/irregularities/difficulty getting pregnant, come visit Sophie for an incredible treatment that can help resolve your issues.
The philosophy of Osteopathy is based on four basic principles:
Each structure in the body supports the body’s functions.
The natural flow of the body’s fluids – lymphatic, vascular and neurological – must be preserved and maintained.
The human body is the sum of its parts. Its physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and cognitive systems don’t work independently - they work in harmony.
When the body has no restrictions, it has the inherent ability to heal itself.
Acupuncture is one modality of Chinese Medicine. It is an effective treatment that has been used for over 3000 years to help people become healthy and stay healthy. Acupuncture activates the natural healing system in the body and encourages the body to heal itself. It enhances the immune system, helps with pain management and emotional well being. It is a safe and virtually painless treatment a...
Acupuncture is one modality of Chinese Medicine. It is an effective treatment that has been used for over 3000 years to help people become healthy and stay healthy. Acupuncture activates the natural healing system in the body and encourages the body to heal itself. It enhances the immune system, helps with pain management and emotional well being. It is a safe and virtually painless treatment and it is effective at treating many different health concerns.
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Our bodies are incredible and capable machines hardwired to grow, heal, and thrive - all 37 trillion cells! Of course, life happens and sometimes our body needs a little nudge. That’s where Joseph comes in. Using acupuncture, dietary/lifestyle adjustments, and a number of supporting modalities (e.g. cupping, gua sha, tui na, electrical stimulation, auricular acupuncture, acupressure, etc.), he helps your body to do what it was designed to do.
Joseph’s philosophy is simple: his space is welcome and safe to everyone, he will make sure you feel seen and understood, and he will treat the whole “you” - body, mind & spirit.
He has a general practice where he focuses on digestive health, stress, fatigue, pain, mental and emotional well-being, gynecology, sleep disturbances, ENT conditions, and more. If you are curious if Chinese medicine can be helpful for you, please contact him!
Our bodies are incredible and capable machines hardwired to grow, heal, and thrive - all 37 trill...
Shirley has over 25 years of experience as a registered massage therapist working with a variety of clients ranging from elite athletes to weekend warriors to people struggling with daily stressors at work and home. She has worked in multi-disciplinary clinics corroborating with Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Sports Medicine Doctors, Doctors of Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture, Pilates Therapists, Pedorthists, and other Registered Massage Therapists.
Shirley is a full-body certified provider of Active Release Techniques, A.R.T. Biomechanics, Frequency Specific Microcurrent, and Low Level Laser Therapy. She is continually taking courses that enhance her practice and allow her to provide a more comprehensive and individualized treatment plan that would enable her clients to get back to their active and busy lifestyles.
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Shirley has over 25 years of experience as a registered massage therapist working with a variety ...
Sophie Girdler (Annett)
Osteopathic Manual Therapist
Sophie Girdler (Annett) is an Osteopathic Manual Therapist (OMT) from the reputable Canadian College of Osteopathy. She is passionate about guiding and supporting her clients seeking health and healing. Through investigations of the past, and current medical history, osteopathic assessment of physical wellbeing, and addressing all lifestyle components such as: sleep, stress, and diet, mental health, Sophie focuses on uncovering the root cause of ther pain, or dysfunction. 360-degree approach has a positive mindset in those that come to see her.
Along with her BSc Kinesiology (2010) from McGill University, she provided movement assessment and rehabilitation, personal training and athletic coaching as a practicing registered Kinesiologist over the past 11 years.
Sophie brings incredible enthusiasm, professionalism and a great sense of initiative that enables her to stand out. It is her mission to make a positive impact on all the lives of those who seek health and healing.
Reminder: Please check with your benefits insurance company to ensure you are covered for Osteopathic Manual Therapy.
Sophie Girdler (Annett) is an Osteopathic Manual Therapist (OMT) from the reputable Canadian Coll...
Ulkar Mammadova is an osteopathic therapist. She earned a B.Sc. in Kinesiology from McGill University, where she acquired a love of anatomy, biomechanics, and the complexities of the human body as a whole. This, paired with her passion for sports, led her to work with athletes and those who lead active lifestyles, culminating in the completion of a post-graduate degree in Sports Therapy from Mount Royal University.
Her belief in balancing workout regimens with a healthy lifestyle drove her to become a TRX-certified coach and a certified strength and conditioning coach.
Her interest in sports therapy grew as her career progressed, thanks to fieldwork with a number of sports teams (lacrosse, football, and hockey), as well as clinic work assisting patients on their recovery journeys. Ulkar’s enthusiasm for the field led her to supervise athletic therapy students in clinic and sporting settings.
She believes that movement and the ability to execute a desired physical job without suffering is critical to people’s physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. She is well-positioned to assist her patients in their healing process by relying on the depth of both her personal and professional experiences.
She provides athletic therapy for the following conditions:
• Back and neck pain
• Acute injuries like ligament, muscle, tendon, meniscal or labral tears
• Chronic injuries/conditions like bursitis, tendonitis, shin splints, osteoarthritis
• Ligament, muscle, tendon or bone surgery
• Neuropathies like sciatica or neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome
• Lack of mobility and stiffness
Contact Ulkar Mammadova for excellent athletic therapy and osteopathic therapy treatment in Calgary.
Ulkar Mammadova is an osteopathic therapist. She earned a B.Sc. in Kinesiology from McGill Univer...
R.Ac, Dr. Acupuncture
Christine is an experienced Acupuncturist and a firm believer in taking a holistic approach to healing.
This means to look at the person, in their entirety: their body, mind and spirit.
Through her practice, she strives to promote the well-being of patients, to keep their mind, body,
and spirit healthy.
Christine creates individual treatment plans
based on patient discussions and needs. By providing a safe and nurturing atmosphere for
treatments patients relax, and therefore receive optimum treatments.
Christine has completed her thesis and therefore her certification in Acutonics. The Acutonics certification program dovetails beautifully with my training as an acupuncturist providing an
adjunct therapy that can be integrated with acupuncture treatments or stand on its own.
Christine is registered in the province of Alberta and her treatments are covered under many extended
benefit-plans. Book a treatment today to see how you can be helped.
Christine is an experienced Acupuncturist and a firm believer in taking a holistic approach to he...
Ryan is a dedicated professional with a decade-long journey as a personal trainer, aimed at providing a tailored and transformative journey for each client. His passion lies in empowering and challenging individuals to embrace a more impactful and enriching life. Throughout his career, he’s realized the pivotal role movement mechanics play in overall well-being, and this insight led him to seamlessly integrate exercise into his Osteopathic Treatments. With a distinguished Manual Osteopathic Therapist degree from the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada and an academic background including a Bachelor in Physical Education from the University of Alberta with a focus on Sports Performance, as well as a Diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion from Red Deer College, Ryan brings a holistic approach to health optimization. His dedication, honed skills, and academic achievements are a testament to his commitment to fostering a healthier and more fulfilling life for his clients.
Ryan is a dedicated professional with a decade-long journey as a personal trainer, aimed at provi...
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