Corrective Movement Therapy & Mobility Training

Frequently Asked Questions

Why would you get me out of pain when others haven’t?

It won’t be “me”, it will be “us”. Movement for Living looks at the whole body, not just the area that hurts, in order to determine where the cause of the problem may be. The area that hurts is frequently the victim of a problem somewhere else. Resolve the cause of the problem, and the pain goes away.

Often people seek pain relief from chiropractors and massage therapists, which helps a great deal. But the pain comes back. The missing link is exercise. You need to learn how to stabilize your own joints against the weight of your own body. That is done through targeted exercise, so you can hold the joints in the right place, and ease the strain on other muscles that are working too hard by learning to share the load with other muscles that may not be doing their job. We teach you how to live in your body in a new way.

You are key to your own improvement. Far more important than what we do when we are together, is what you do between sessions.

How many sessions will it take to get out of pain?

That is a very difficult question to answer as it depends how complex your case is, and how compliant you are in doing what you need to do. Some people will notice changes within a week, and others it may take three months or longer.

What kind of an assessment is it?

A thorough one! All body systems are looked at for stress via a questionnaire, the skeletal system is looked at through posture assessment, and core function is examined, and a movement analysis is completed. This is an orthopaedic assessment, not a fitness assessment.

Before the assessment you will receive the paperwork, which includes a Health Appraisal Questionnaire, which is the first part of the assessment. This looks at all the systems in the body, to explore which systems are stressed and may be playing a role in health or pain issues. This is submitted prior to the initial assessment.

What does the initial assessment consist of?

The initial assessment consists of:

  • Standing Posture Assessment from front, back and sides
  • Lying Down Assessment
    Is there an anatomical (bone) or functional (muscle imbalance) leg-length discrepancy?
    Are some of the pain issues coming from the organs?
  • Cranium Assessment looking at the alignment of the bones in the skull
    Relevant for TMJ issues, headaches, vision problems, ringing in the ears etc.
  • Atlas Assessment – check the position of the top vertebrae
    Atlas malposition can be the root cause of a variety of problems in the body including neck, shoulder, low back, pain, digestive issues, muscle excitability etc. (The atlas surrounds the brainstem, so if out of alignment, the functions of the brainstem may be compromised.)
  • Movement Assessment – primal movement patterns are examined.
    How does your brain choose to do the movement?
  • Local Stabilizer Assessment (core function)
    Key to reducing low back, SI joint and hip pain among others

Do I need to do the initial assessment?

If you have pain, the initial assessment is necessary. Without it, we won’t have a clue how to go about reducing your pain.

If you have no pain, the initial assessment would be helpful to direct an exercise program, but is not required. We can do a “mini” assessment during your first exercise session which can give us enough information to move forward with an exercise program.

Do I need a membership at the gym?


Who will do the sessions?

The orthopedic assessment & the corrective movement sessions will be done by our team of movement specialists. Visit Our Team to read more about them.

Where is the initial assessment done?

The initial assessment is done at 1855 West 4th, just west of Burrard, in the Vital Health building, north side of the street. Free parking at the back, first come first served.

How long will it take to lose the fat?

Another next to impossible question to answer in general, but perhaps easier to answer after the systems questionnaire has been done. If there are no underlying hormone imbalances, and you follow our dietary and exercise recommendations, you should lose a pound or two a week.

If there are underlying hormone imbalances, initially you may see results in terms of better energy, sleep, better skin, alertness first, before the weight starts to come off.

Why do you promote weight training more than cardio for fat loss?

Cardio burns calories during the activity and for one or two hours after only. Furthermore, too much cardio increases the hormone cortisol, which increases fat deposition.

Each pound of muscle burns 50 calories a day while at rest. So, if you put on 10 pounds of muscle, you will burn 500 calories extra calories every day. Muscle is more dense than fat, so 10 pounds of muscle takes up way less space than 10 pounds of fat – you look leaner, more toned, and the extra muscle helps you burn the fat.

What is the difference between the Foundational Nutrition Program and Metabolic Typing?

The Foundational Nutrition Program is the first stage, where you learn the basics of how to eat to gain the most nourishment and health from your food. Only once you have the basics down, you will have a good chance of being successful with the second stage – metabolic typing.

Metabolic Typing is a method used to personalize your nutrition further, where you will learn what foods are ideal for your biochemistry, and in what ratios you should eat your protein, carbs and fat. One kind of diet is not right for everyone. Some need a diet higher in animal foods, lower in plant foods , others need a wide variety of foods with an even mix of animal and plant foods, and others do best on a low fat, mostly plant based diet. Metabolic Typing provides the answer as to which diet is most appropriate for you. Eating the right foods in the right ratios is key to optimal health.

In our experience, people have trouble following through on the metabolic typing guidelines because they are not yet following the nutritional basics, so the jump from how they are currently eating to Metabolic Typing is too great. Most people need to learn to walk before they can run. So, the goal of the Foundational Nutrition Program is to teach the basics first, and if someone then wants to refine their diet further, they will be ready to succeed with Metabolic Typing.

Is the initial assessment necessary if I want nutritional help?

No. You will be given a nutrition assessment instead.

Where are the sessions held?

Visceral manipulation, structural integration (massage), nutrition, orthopaedic assessment, and corrective movement sessions are held at 1855 West 4th, just west of Burrard, in the Vital Health building, north side of the street. Free parking at the back, first come first served.

Will you come to my home?

We will, but we will charge you travel time, which usually winds up being about double the cost – half an hour to your place, the session, half hour back to the gym. If you came to us, we would fit in an extra session in that time, so for that reason we need to charge for the travel time.

Your Investment - How much does it cost?

Fee Schedule

Orthopaedic Assessment and Summary 1.5 hrs $142.50
  • Standing Posture Assessment, 4 views
  • Supine Posture Assessment
  • Core-Stabilizer Function Assessment
  • Movement-Pattern and Gait Analysis
  • Summary of key findings
Exercise Program Design 1.5 hours $142.50
  • Assessment and intake-form analysis
  • Exercise-Program Design
Time: 1.5 + hours spent by your corrective exercise specialist
Movement for Living Assessment 1 hour $95
Movement Re-education / exercise training 1 hour $95
Partner-training rates $72 / person
Nutrition and Lifestyle Counseling 1 hour $95
Personalized Nutrition (Metabolic Typing Test) 1 hour $185
Includes the test and 1-hour explanation of results and eating plan
Manual Therapy 1 hour $95
  • Integrated Somatic Therapy (deep tissue)
  • Visceral Manipulation (organ restrictions)
  • Neural Manipulation (central and peripheral nervous system)
Sessions are billed monthly. Session rates exclude GST

When am I billed for my sessions?

Sessions are billed monthly. GST is added to the session rate.

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