Figure 8 Therapeutics

19 days ago
Cindy Filler

October - Spooky-ween!

All Hallows Eve – another fun holiday that is prominent here in North America. But I’ve heard that its gaining popularity in the UK and Asia. The funniest trend to me is the costumes for dogs and other pets. I’ve gotten lost in the internet checking out the hilarious costumes created for our furry friends. My favorite is the taco! Did you know that Taco Cat is Taco Cat backwards?!

Taco Cats

But seriously here. This 4 video playlist from Buteyko Clinic International with a presentation about the importance of nasal breathing, why nitric oxide is important to the lungs, what happens with obstructive sleep apnea, why we need breathing retraining, and lots of research to support his nasal exercises and why we need to learn to breath through our nose during the day and, very importantly, at night as well. There is an associated reduction with rhinitis, asthma, OSA, apneas, anxiety, and other breathing disorders. Please check them out.

40 days ago
Cindy Filler

September - The F word

August ended with a lot of haze from the fires in BC. I hope your lungs did well despite the air quality! Did you know that air filters sold out in many places on the island? It’s kind of a bummer that some needed to resort to that, but the breath is so important to us all. We still live in a very lovely part of the world and sometimes we just need a little help with our health. There are many reasonably prices home air filtration systems for under $200 that help keep the air inside the home free of dust, mold, and other particulates. You might want to consider a HEPA (High efficiency particulate air) system as well, as its the level of filtration that hospitals use. Some people report sleeping better and breathing better while sleeping with it in their bedroom.

And now comes the “F word”….yep, I’m going to type it: FALL. It used to be my favorite time of year, especially Halloween! But I feel that we were denied a bit more warmth in August because of the smoke in the air. The start of school also signals the beginning of this season, so remember the 30kph is in full effect around schools, but we should be aware of all reduced speed zones in our neighborhood and especially as we commute. There are lots of cyclists around and keep an eye out for the random pedestrian! They come out of nowhere sometimes. Next will be the leaves falling and raking the yard. Gardening is never boring. I’ve found a few random bulbs thoughtfully replanted by our neighborhood squirrels and find a couple of nice surprises in the spring with tulips popping up in places I know we (my husband) didn’t plant.

I like to say that our bodies and minds are high maintenance – there is always something to work on. I introduce to you Logosynthesis. I’ve been working with a Life Coach over the past year and she introduced me to this very simple and easy to use system for getting rid of attachments, that is the simple explanation.
Here is more: “Imagine saying a simple sentence and feeling how fear, anger or shame are being pulled out of your system. Imagine how the causes of pain and sorrow stop hurting you.

Logosynthesis is an amazing new system of healing and guided change. It uses the manifesting power of words and phrases to resolve negative beliefs, to let go of fear and trauma, and to lift the burden of grief or physical pain.

Dutch/Swiss psychologist Dr. Willem Lammers has transformed ancient knowledge and modern theory into an elegant model for guided change, for personal and spiritual development: Logosynthesis.

79 days ago
Cindy Filler

August - More Summer Please

Have you seen the bounty of berries? Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries…yumm! Great time to stash some away in the freezer for fall and winter breakfast oatmeal or pancakes. Berries are full of summer sunshine energy and antioxidants.

And speaking of berries…have you practiced your kegels lately. Do you do them the right way? Do you even need to do them? This channel from Kim Vopni, the Vagina coach, has lots of great tips on keeping your pelvic floor in shape. As well as learning how to contract and relax the pelvic floor. All women need to learn how to do this the right way. Some of you are over contracting, some need to learn where to contract, and some need to learn how to incorporate it into your daily lives so that you dont leak when you sneeze, pick up your kids, or jump on the trampoline! She also talks about diastasis recti – when the linea alba is stretched from pregnancy and how to check yourself for it. Check out her channel here: Vagina Coach Channel .

149 days ago
Cindy Filler

May is not grey!

How do you like all this sunshine here in Victoria this month?! So fabulous to see locals walking, hiking, biking, SUP’ing, kayaking all around our fabulously green island! Great way to start off the summer and shed the spring/winter.

This month I went to a conference on Chronic Pain with Professor Lorimar Mosley from Australia. World renowned Neuroscientist. How’s that for an awesome title! As a very well funded researcher he and his team have come up with some wonderful ways to rethink how we talk about chronic pain. How does saying “your protection system” or your “danger system” sound instead? “Chronic” is very final, as if nothing can change it, its been around so long you don’t know what to do about it, or have done everything you can think of about it. Education about why your body hurts is a key element to understanding how the nervous system is turned on or off and how you can rethink it so that you have the control back. Because you do…its in your head or your brain.

Enjoy this new video and well organized website about rethinking pain.

184 days ago
Cindy Filler

April flowers and showers

Here comes the sunshine! Well, most days…and it is warmer in direct sunshine, but a few windy chills are still keeping the fireplace burning.

For this week, here is a great friend and therapist Katheryn Kuszysyn. She is a fantastic yoga instructor that specializes in Yoga for Scoliosis. She even wrote a book! check her out at:
(Yoga Kat)
(Scoliosis Undone)


215 days ago
Cindy Filler

Spring is here! 2018

Well hello to all the lovely daffodils, cherry and plum blossoms! As well as the longer sunnier days that have arrived and more to come! Info below on upcoming pelvic floor class and a great workout for your spine.

Upcoming class: Bladder Health, Pelvic Floor and Core – Stop Your Bladder From Running Your Life!
Bladder health, pelvic floor and core workshop:

Learn how pelvic floor function and lifestyle habits impact bladder health. Registered Physiotherapist and Pelvic Floor Specialist Jodi Ganton and Certified Yoga Instructor Melissa Krieger will teach you how to use yoga, exercise and lifestyle modifications to help you take back control of your bladder.

Bladder dysfunction, including urinary incontinence, is an extremely common problem and most people can eliminate or significantly reduce their symptoms with some basic pelvic floor exercises, as well as diet and lifestyle modifications.

Do you leak urine when you laugh, cough, sneeze, walk, run or exercise? Do you never pass up an opportunity to use a restroom? We can help! It doesn’t matter how old you are, these are issues that can affect many people.

Please join the next workshop on Saturday April 7th, 2018, 1-3:15pm at Cedar Hill Recreation. Please call Cedar Hill directly to sign-up. 250-475-7121.

Jodi Ganton is a registered physiotherapist who specializes in working with people with pelvic floor dysfunction. For the past thirteen of Jodi’s twenty five years as a clinical physiotherapist she have been assessing and treating clients with urinary incontinence. In this time, she has come to realize that general knowledge about bladder health is quite limited and if many of her clients had had prior access to this knowledge they would not have had to take medication, had surgery or even needed to see her at all.

New Exercise: What is ELDOA?

ELDOA is a revolutionary technique created by renowned French Osteopath Dr. Guy Voyer.

ELDOA is a French acronym which means: Etirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptation OsteoArticulaire. The english translation is Longitudinal Osteo-Articular Decoaptation of the Spine.

Dr Voyer first created ELDOA to address the back pain epidemic. What he also discovered was that patients were experiencing improved visceral function as well as a greater sense of wellbeing.

ELDOA are postural exercises designed to create space between a chosen articulation. There is a specific ELDOA for every level in the spine as well as ELDOA’s for the pelvis, sacrum, shoulders, sternum and ribcage and skull. Seeing as we are all subject to gravity and its effects, this is a wonderful practice to learn. For instance, if you’re suffering from a disc compression at L5-S1, there is a specific posture that addresses that level in the spine. If you did this specific ELDOA every day for 1 minute per day over time and with continued practice you would see the results of improved function at that level. The way this is achieved is by creating fascial tension to fix the vertebra below and contraction in extreme range to normalize the vertebra above the targeted disc.

Some of the specific benefits of ELDOA are:

  • Heal Chronic and Acute Back Pain
  • Relief of Neck and Shoulder Tension
  • Normalize Disc Bulges and Herniations
  • Delayed Disc Degeneration
  • Reduce the effects of Scoliosis, Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis, Arthritis and other conditions
  • Increased Flexibility
  • Improved Muscle Tone
  • Improved Visceral Function
  • Reduce Forward Head Posture
  • Find Relief from Referred Pain in Legs and Arms, Tingling in Hands and Feet
  • Increased Blood Flow
  • Improve Recovery Time from Training and Sports
  • Prevent Future Injuries
  • Improve Posture and Strengthen Your Spine
  • Improved Sense of Well Being and Overall Body Awareness

For more information on ELDOA and how to get started please contact Aliesha Wright by email at or by phone at 250-818-8110