With a mission to support their clients’ health, wellbeing and fulfilment, the team at Evolve Manual Therapy take a holistic approach to health. Founded by Erin Riley in 2008, Evolve offer CranioSacral Therapy – a gentle, non-invasive manual therapy that works holistically on body, mind and spirit – as well as Physiotherapy, Remedial Therapy, Yoga and Functional Movement Rehabilitation at their Rose Park studio in Adelaide.
Lauren Zwaans from KIS Communications chats with Erin to find out more about her business, who can benefit from the therapies offered, travelling extensively, and being an SA Woman.
Thanks for being our October Business Partner! When did you start Evolve Manual Therapy and why?
Erin: I started Evolve in 2008 on somewhat of a whim. I was in a job where I was working long hours, feeling tired, getting regular migraines and losing my inspiration and passion fast. I woke up one day and thought ‘I need to do something different’. That day my boss called me into a meeting and offered me a promotion. I found myself resigning instead! The migraine I’d had constantly for several weeks disappeared within a few hours. A good sign, right!
I started Evolve not knowing where my clients would come from, but in the first week I had enough clients to fill the 1.5 days I had allocated and it has grown from there.
Evolve has been my passion project, my space for both personal and professional growth and is now an evolving platform for practitioners and students to find their passion. Above all, it is a space where everyone who chooses to can start to find their own creative path toward health, wellbeing and fulfilment. This is my sincere hope and wish for every person I meet; whether it be on my treatment table, in my classroom, or on the street somewhere in this big beautiful world.
What services do you offer?
At Evolve we are specialists in Upledger CranioSacral Therapy: a gentle manual therapy that works holisitically on body, mind and spirit. Our practitioners all come from different backgrounds (Physiotherapy, Remedial Therapy, Yoga, Functional Movement Rehabilitation) and, as such, offer a unique blend of skills and experience.
We also offer Visceral Manipulation – a unique manual therapy that specifically works with dysfunctions of the organs in our body and their influence on how our body functions. We also offer specialised services related to Tongue-Tie and other oral restrictions.
Can you tell us more about CranioSacral Therapy? What is it and who can benefit?
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive modality that seeks to find and treat restrictions affecting our nervous system. We use light forces/ palpation so we are able to receive information from the clients’ tissues. This ensures that the treatment is specific to your unique needs. Because the nervous system is the driver of all systems in our body, CranioSacral Therapy can assist with a wide variety of issues affecting our digestion, hormones, immune system, as well as our mental and emotional wellbeing.
We use a series of evaluation tools to understand exactly where the origin of the dysfunction lies. The techniques we use may relieve ‘bony’ or joint compression, soft tissue techniques, or sometimes techniques aimed at moving fluids. But always gently! Because of this, people experience long term and lasting change to their symptoms. Often our clients move from survival mode, where they have experienced long term issues to thriving mode, where they can live their lives the way they want to.
Who is suited to treatment?
CranioSacral Therapy is a wonderful modality for anyone, including infants, children and adults. It’s particularly suited to people who are seeking an alternate treatment option to the medical model. Often our clients have tried many other approaches to achieving health and wellbeing without success, often leading to frustration and despair.
If your values include leading a natural and balanced life, CranioSacral Therapy is a wonderful modality to complement this. If you are frustrated with lack of progress, or seeing multiple different specialists for multiple different problems, CranioSacral Therapy is a wonderful option for understanding how your complex challenges may all be interrelated.
How does CranioSacral Therapy differ from physiotherapy?
CranioSacral Therapy differs from Physiotherapy in a few ways:
- CST has a global approach to evaluation and treatment;
- CST uses a very gentle, listening touch and we do not induce pain during treatment;
- CST looks for the root causes and often works a long way from the site of the symptoms; and
- CST comes from the philosophical approach that our body, mind and spirit are integrated and therefore we need to consider the WHOLE person when we treat.
What kind of change do your patients see as a result of treatment?
Clients experience many things as a result of treatment:
- Reduced pain and other symptoms;
- Calming of the nervous system, resulting in better sleep, less anxiety, a clearer head (where it’s easier to think and remember);
- Ease of movement in their body;
- They report feeling happier and more resilient;
- Improved digestion;
- Improved hormones;
- Improved immune function;
- Less anxiety and depression;
- Understanding of how their body functions;
- Increased mindfulness around what is happening in their body and how to continue to stay well; and
- Recovery from burnout.
It’s clear you take a holistic approach to health at Evolve. What can clients who see you expect?
Clients can expect to be listened to without judgement. We want to understand all of the things that are worrying them about their health and we seek to offer support and expertise to assist them in returning to thriving in their lives.
Clients can expect to have us ask them about ALL of their symptoms and challenges; body, mind and spirit. Clients can expect to feel changes in multiple areas of their health. And they can expect us to help them find their own unique pathway to health and wellbeing. At times this may be suggestions for other therapies, mindfulness practices, movement therapies etc.
You’re also an international lecturer. How much time do you spend on this?
I spend approximately half of the year lecturing domestically and internationally. I love this part of my work as I get to combine my love of travel with my love of meeting people and gaining a deep understanding of their culture and how they live.
My international work has taken me throughout Asia, North America, Central America, South Africa, Scandinavia and the UK. I am looking forward to expanding my work into the Middle East in 2020.
I am probably away at least once, if not twice per month, teaching somewhere. As part of this work, I also consult on complex patient cases.
You’re an active member of the SA Woman community. How long have you been a part of our community and what do you love about it?
I have been a part of SAW for almost a year (I think). I love seeing women support each other and also bring their individual passions to life! I think women have such a wonderful capacity for a creative and compassionate approach to business. One where we can all support each other, rather than be competitive.
If there was one piece of advice you could offer to women in our community to support their health today, what would it be?
Take time out in your life for creative endeavours, whatever that means for you. We can easily become consumed by the fast pace of life and the drive to achieve, achieve, achieve. This results in burnout and a loss of the unique creative spark that makes us women.
If you can find the time to turn your focus inward, create something from your imagination and inner world, you will keep this inner spark burning bright. This is the gift we can bring to the world and to business.
What’s ahead for Evolve in the coming year? Any exciting changes ahead?
Evolve is in a constant state of evolution, something about the name I guess! Over the next year I am looking forward to inviting some new practitioners into the business and creating some new spaces for people to thrive. All in the development stage at the moment, so stay tuned.
I will be continuing to lecture internationally and I’m excited to have some new countries on the horizon, Oman being one of them!
I have also taken on a part of the advanced international curriculum, specifically working with SomatoEmotional Release and finding avenues for our creative expression. I will be continuing to expand into this work over the coming year.