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Doreen Bakstad

Home 2153 Pierpont Road, Coombs 10 V0R 1M0 38 Cell Phone: 250-240-1328


Pioneer. Trail blazer.  Student.  Teacher.

Walking my walk, I have been interested in well-being since my mid-teens when I began the study of yoga.  This lead to wanting to understood more about my mind, and the mind of others, thus a foray into psychology and spiritual practices.  I left my home in the city, at the ripe young age of 21, 1977, wanting to travel the world.  I made it from Calgary to Coombs…  I delved into studies of herbology, massage, tai chi and everything alternative.   I began sewing for a living, upcycling textiles and remodelling clothing, I worked part time in a health store.   I bought a cabin in the woods, had a baby at home with no water nor electricity on site… A teacher showed up, literally in my back yard, and my passion for Bodymind Acupressure awoke.  1986, I opened a “wellness” centre  in this (then) small community, providing a location for practitioners of yoga, massage and counselling, as well as education seminars and courses for the seekers.  I studied new modalities(more than once, in the first Canadian training):  qigong, body-centered psychotherapy, meditation, watsu, sound healing, laughter yoga…  I volunteered in my community: C0-Op Board of Directors,  District 69 stroke group, OWBN, Ravensong children’s swim club, Restorative Justice.   My son grew up and I began to go out, further into the world, teaching acupressure in Norway, Italy, England, USA and Asia.  I have given my time and care to very disadvantaged children and teens in Cambodia and to villagers in India . More recently, I have had contract work as a Visiting Expert Practitioner, with Six Senses, at several of their award winning spas and resorts in Middle East and the Maldives.  I continue to give my attention to my own well-being, and throughout it all, I have maintained a private therapy practice from my rural home in Coombs.

My time with clients and students is about them.  Their wellness. Their self-awareness.  I continue to follow my early teachings from Chinese medicine which is about pro-actively being healthy.  What I can legally say, is that I practice relaxation therapy.  And really, isn’t the ability to relax, the key to everything?

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