Nestled in the heart of the tiny Caledon village of Alton is a charming building that houses Headwaters Wellness. Owner Natalie Kipling, Osteopathic Manual Therapist, recently reached out to Just Sayin’ Caledon to tell her story.
“Connecting mind, body and spirit is at the core of osteopathy” explains the Alton resident who “opened shop” just over a year ago.
Natalie and her husband Craig moved to Alton from the city over 10 years ago. “We wanted space to raise a family, somewhere we could connect with nature” she smiles.
“Our first child was born with colic and I eventually took her to an Osteopath” she continues, “The treatments helped tremendously and I was very intrigued.”
Although having graduated in 2000 from McMaster University with an Honours Degree in Kinesiology Natalie hadn’t yet found a career path she felt truly passionate about. She had been volunteering at clinics as well as working in marketing roles in the medical device field. But the experience with her daughter gave her just the inspiration she needed. She completed the Osteopathy program in 4 years and opened Headwaters Wellness.
“Osteopathy means looking at the whole body when we treat, and that includes the mind because there is a connection of course. Stress and grief are examples of when the mind can impact the body. So we look to not just free up tissues so they can self-heal and self-regulate but also to balance everything as a whole” she concludes.
Cathy Battah, an Alton resident as well, also works at Headwaters Wellness. Cathy is a Registered Massage Therapist, a Certified Laser Therapist and a Certified Infant and Paediatric Massage Therapist.
“And because women often nurture everyone but themselves we also hold classes in yoga and meditation as well as healing circles” Natalie adds.
Interested in finding out more? Check out HeadwatersWellness.ca or look for them on Facebook or call 226-790-1090