Our Board of Directors

Michelle Greenwell
President
Natascha Polomski
Vice-President
Linda Easthouse
Treasurer
Cynthia Aldred
Secretary
Cheryl McNeil
Director
Dana Luebke
Director
Greg Webb
Director
Yolande Kielstra
Director

Mission:  As champions for personal choice in health and wellness, our members work together, encouraging ongoing professional development in the field of BioEnergetic Wellness, to better provide services and education to the public.

Vision: Creating a world where bioenergetic wellness disciplines and methods are recognized, valued, and utilized by people making choices to improve their quality of life.

 Purpose: We are a not-for-profit Association.  Our purpose is to:

  • serve and support our members in pursuit of knowledge and skill development;
  • provide regular networking opportunities for members – sharing information, ideas, resources and inspiration;
  • set Standards of Practice for bioenergetic wellness throughout Canada;
  • promote and inform the public about their opportunities to choose and include bioenergetic wellness in personal quality of life choices.
  • advocate for bioenergetic wellness to ensure choice for all Canadians – at provincial and federal levels of government; and
  • collaborate with other bioenergetic wellness organizations (‘Partner Organization’).

CanBeWell members represent the many bioenergetic wellness disciplines, as well as supplementary modalities and techniques, that support the body’s natural healing processes. Historically, we served ‘the broader muscle testing community’. As we move to a more encompassing future, we are engaging and welcoming membership from a broader bioenergetic wellness community.

In working with clients, family and friends, our members use BioEnergetic Feedback (BEF) to assist in assessing physical, mental, spiritual or emotional imbalances that can result in dis-ease in the body systems. BioEnergetic Wellness techniques provide corrections to bring balance back, thus supporting the innate healing potential that exists in all of us.

Bioenergetic Wellness encompasses a variety of disciplines, as well as supplementary modalities and techniques, which support the innate potential of the body systems to heal. The self-responsibility model of wellness is central to these holistic techniques. The term ‘Bioenergetic Wellness’ recognizes the scope of our practice that is well beyond the limited definition of ‘kinesiology’ as related to muscle and joint movement. The techniques used assist in establishing and maintaining a clear, balanced flow of energy. This energetic ‘balance’ is assessed through hands-on and/or hands-off Bioenergetic Feedback (BEF). BioEnergetic Feedback is the gathering of information about the body systems by assessing the human biofield (Human Energy Field) or the neuroenergetic loop.  The neuroenergetic loop is the pathway that connects the brain and the body via the electrical or energy system. 

Both hands-on and hands-off approaches provide the assessment tool.

  • Hands-on – Muscle Monitoring* (MM) or Bioenergetic Monitoring* (BEM) is utilized. A stress or challenge** is presented to the body systems. When the challenge is presented, the indicator muscle** responds to the ‘challenge’ by either ‘holding’ – where the indicator stays in position, or ‘releasing’ – where the indicator position moves. This is also referred to as “lock” or “unlock” of the indicator muscle.
  • Hands off – the awareness of the biofield (human energy field) through the hands enables the facilitator to assess blocks or imbalance in the energetic system.

Bioenergetic Wellness facilitators utilize a variety of techniques to bring the biofield and body systems back into a state of balance, which in turn supports the individual’s natural potential for healing, and in turn, overall health and wellness.

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*Muscle Monitoring and BioEnergetic Monitoring are differentiated from the physiotherapy application of ‘muscle testing’. ‘Muscle testing’ is a measurement of muscle strength, rather than an assessment of the energetic flow in the body.

** Indicator Muscle: “A muscle which, according to Dr. R Utt, developer of the technique of Applied Physiology, is in perfect balance or homeostasis and neither over- or under-stressed.”

(Source: https://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/indicator+muscle)

 Benefits of Bioenergetic Wellness techniques  

 Bioenergetic wellness is beneficial for everyone, as it assists in reversing the symptoms of dis-ease and stress in our body systems. The applied techniques correct and balance the energy flow, bringing the body systems into their natural state of homeostasis (or balance). This supports the body’s natural healing potential as our body systems correct. This allows for greater overall health and wellness, including relief of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual symptoms of imbalance.

If you have not experienced this holistic wellness option, it is time to explore this for yourself and your family. You will be amazed at your body’s response.

A session is intended to promote and support the body’s natural potential to heal and maintain homeostasis (or balance).  Paramount in all sessions is the assumption of self-responsibility in the wellness model.

During your session, the Bioenergetic Wellness facilitator will:

  • Identify your key goal(s) for optimum health and wellness.
  • Make an Initial assessment provides BioEnergetic Feedback (BEF) based upon the goal or objective for the session, identifying energetic stressors, blocks or imbalances at a physical, mental, emotional or spiritual level. Some examples of energetic stressors could include physical trauma, emotional triggers, or mind/body blocks.
  • Apply techniques to bring systems into balance. Examples of techniques that may be used in a session include: supporting the meridian lines in the body (also known as the Primovascular system, or Bonghan Channels) by holding; massaging or tracing the acupressure points; neurolymphatic massage/trigger points; and neurovascular holding points on the head. These healing techniques are used to bring the flow of energy into and through the organ systems, nervous system, the muscles, tendons, ligaments and facia to better support the person’s overall health, function, structure.  BioEnergetic Feedback (BEF) can be used to determine the most beneficial approach(es) to use during the session, and also to re-assess identified imbalances to ensure the state of flow and homeostasis has been re-established during the course of a session.
  • Follow up with Post-assessment – BEF is used to confirm that the techniques applied have indeed changed the imbalances, and if also if any further corrections are required.

Please Note: Bioenergetic wellness facilitators do not attempt to diagnose or treat specific disease(s).

Bioenergetic Wellness is part of the continuing evolution in research and application in the study of the human energy, the human biofield, and the many body systems.

Bioenergetic Wellness acknowledges the contribution of pioneers in the fields of Applied Physiology, Applied Kinesiology and Specialized Kinesiology, all of which use hands-on biofeedback (MM and BEM). These visionaries include: Dr. George Goodheart, Dr. John Thie (Touch for Health®),  Dr. Bruce Dewe (PKP™), Dr. Sheldon Deal (Applied Kinesiology), Dr. Richard Utt (Applied Physiology), Dr. Ian Stubbing (Stress Indicator Points System – SIPS), Dr. Deitrich Klingheart, Dr. Alan Sales (Cyberkinetics), Dr. Charles Krebs (LEAP Brain Integration), and others. Leaders in the hands-off biofeedback techniques found in Therapeutic Touch are Dr. Delores Krieger and Dora Kunz.  Today, Bioenergetic Wellness provides an encompassing term for the many disciplines, modalities and techniques using biofeedback from the body and biofield for assessment and for supporting holistic corrections resulting in overall well-being.

Professional research and training continue to advance the field of Bioenergetic Wellness. 

Contemporary scientific tools and techniques provide us with ways to more precisely observe and represent the biofield (human energy field), our brain and body systems.

Parallel to professional development and application, Bioenergetic Wellness also carries forward our predecessors work in providing opportunities for lay-persons to learn these techniques, encouraging participation in the self-care model for health and wellness for individuals, their families and community.

Standards of Practice provide a framework of principles that describes the knowledge, skills and abilities inherent in the services provided by the person certified at that Standard. They serve as guide for self-evaluation and for the determine of education and skills needed to advance an individual’s level of practice. Although not regulations, the Standards may be used by regulatory agencies to determine competency.

Standards of Practice describe the competent level of technical training and procedures in each phase of the training and practice development of a service provider in the Wellness industry. They reflect a desired and achievable level of performance against which an individual’s actual performance can be compared. The main purpose of professional standards is to direct and maintain safe and clinically competent Bioenergetic practice. These standards are important to our professional development as they provide an evaluation tool for you and your clients to ensure clinical proficiency and safety. These standards encourage us to persistently enhance our knowledge base through experience, continuing education, and the latest guidelines within each discipline. We must continue to ensure that we, and our peers in the Wellness industry provide clinical practice that meets or exceeds established standards to maintain the trust and respect of our clients and the community.

What is the difference between Licensed or Regulated practices and a voluntary professional organization with a Standard of Practice?

Think of it as a bulls-eye. In the middle is the licensed health practitioner. For a licensed health profession, which in Canada means part of the official health care system, like a licensed nurse or doctor, their ability to work is controlled by maintaining the license required by the government. Outside of that are the Regulated professions such as Massage Therapists, physio therapists, dietitians, and any profession that has Registered as part of the name. These are ones that the government has set standards for and has provided a provincial college that will oversee them. So the Registered Kinesiologists in ON are not licensed but they are Registered. They have a governing board with a scope of practice and a set of standards that the government has approved and given them the right to control. Out side of that are the unlicensed, unregistered and unregulated health care sector that work in a private practice.

In the past the unregulated sector did whatever they wanted and there were no restrictions, scope of practice or standards set. This covers everything from aromatherapy to reflexology, energy workers, angel card readers as well as psychics and anyone else that practices “energy work”. Over the years as the wellness sector has developed, numerous groups have tried to get some level of governmental recognition and regulation. Others felt regulation was unwanted and would limit their freedom.

As the political and social climate has changed, not having a developed set of standards and scope of practice has allowed other organizations to dominate the industry and many healthcare options are being marginalized. The medical industry and other regulated groups have claimed ownership of words and practices which is preventing unregistered groups from using them.

Since the government has not made it possible for us to gain official recognition, then we as Wellness specialists must self-regulate. It is interesting to note that all of the groups who are now regulated, started with a self-regulated college or association that set standards and held their members accountable. When they had proven their profession, had the research behind their practices to validate their results and were large enough to function at a provincial level, then they were able to get the recognition needed to protect their area of practice. In order for us to be a large enough to warrant government attention and gain this sort of recognition, we must work together with other like-minded groups (as seen in CanBeWell). We must agree to standards, set the scope of practice and get professional level training if we are to be seen as true professionals in our field.

To do this we require a Professional Association. The Canadian Association of BioEnergetic Wellness has stepped up and is providing that role for the organization and its members who work in the area of BioEnergetic Wellness. If we want to be recognized as providing at least a better or equivalent services to a client, as say a massage therapist or a sports therapist, or a community or religious counsellor, then we must have at least as much if not more training in a broad range of subjects that support what we do. If we do not want to be squeezed off the map entirely, we have to start working within a framework that is recognized by the government and the general society.

Another significant reason to have Standards of Practice under a professional organization is that if we want liability insurance for our businesses, the insurance companies require a Standard of Practice and an organization that oversees what the individual groups are doing. This is a role that CanBeWell has provided for us.

CanBeWell sets the standards for all Bioenergetic groups within Canada. Each group submits their program and CanBeWell evaluates and if accepted, approves their scope of practice and training as meeting the established Standards. These are then enforced, and members can only gain CanBeWell’s approval to qualify for insurance if they meet the actual standards.

CanBeWell has spent many months researching and balancing the requirements of all the other countries that have similar work and standards and have set the Standards of Practice for Canada. These Standards are in line with the internationally accepted standards for Bioenergetic wellness organizations. We are actually the last of the major English-speaking countries to have voluntary standards. The UK and Germany (much of the EU) have registered standards. The US has had a professional organization and has had voluntary standards for many years. We are now in league with the other countries and will build our Association to be the recognized standard for BioEnergetic Wellness in Canada

CanBeWell offers the exciting potential to serve as the hub bringing bioenergetic wellness to the attention of the public in Canada and beyond. We invite your organization to collaborate with us on this journey as one of our ‘Partner Organizations’. Through cooperation and support we are all energized and stronger. 

For more information, please contact the CanBeWell Office.