Friday, June 30, 2017

Alina from Romania Writes to Dr P

OMG, Dr. Pourgol. I've watched your lecture about the power of self suggestion. I learned new things about the functioning of conscious and subconscious minds, but also laughed so hard tears ran down my face. I enjoy studying so much. I can't wait to wake up every morning and turn on my laptop.

You already inspire me on so many levels I look forward to getting to know you better and starting the program. If I thought I was excited to study osteopathy before, now I am 100% convinced that this is what I would like to do for the rest of my life.

I look forward to starting the class in September. I wish you a pleasant evening!

The above post was from NAO student Alina Turturica, a massage therapist from Romania who is attending the National Academy of Osteopathy campus based osteopathy program this coming September 2017. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Osteopathic Technique Practice in Montreal

Thank you Frederic, one more time!

We wish to thank Brazilian Jujitsu coach & manual osteopath, Frederic Koomsatira for allowing Sonia Zaki, another of our students to practice in his clinic/gym in Montreal.

Master Koomsatira has done this for a number of our students in Quebec and we are much grateful to him for so generously giving his time to the future osteopaths. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

One of Top 50 Outstanding Canadians

Our Student Chosen as One of 50 Outstanding Canadians!

National Academy of Osteopathy alumnus, manual osteopath & Jujitsu master Raz Chan, DOMP (from Vancouver, British Columbia) has been officially chosen today as one of Canada's 50 outstanding Canadians for his charitable work with disadvantage youth; helping build confident kids through sport and after school programs. In the past 3 years he has brought thousands of dollars worth of food for breakfast programs for kids.

We have such great students! They make me so proud! Thank you Raz for being such a great human being. You made us so happy! 

Do Osteopaths Charge HST?

Congratulations manual osteopaths!

Manual osteopaths in Canada do not need to charge HST (harmonized sales tax) anymore, as per Canada Revenue Agency policy. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

A Post by a Canadian Fitness Champion

A post by our student Jodi, who is a Canadian Fitness Champion:

When I started this program (diploma in osteopathic manual practice) I wasn't sure if I could do it, but honestly my school is the best and the amount of knowledge I have gained is immeasurable!
National Academy of Osteopathy has the best profs, staff and alumni that are always available to answer questions.
Osteopathy is such an amazing profession!! I am so excited to embark on this next chapter and coincide it with Lean Aesthetics.

Jodi Livingston
5X Canadian Bodybuilding Federation National Competitor

Best Education I have Received!

If you are thinking of getting into manual therapy, I highly suggest checking out the National Academy of Osteopathy, the best education I have received thus far in my life! I am so glad I chose this school to further my education.

Samer Naoum
National Academy of Osteopathy student – Kuwait

Thank you Samer for the wonderful post. We are grateful to you all for choosing NAO for your osteopathic education. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

NAO Student From Mexico

A letter from one of our students in Mexico:

Dear Dr. Pourgol
I first want to thank you for the great lectures the school has. I've passed through other Osteopathy schools and none of them have taught me how to become a real osteopath as this school does.
I live in México City, single mom of two boys, and osteopathy has become very important to me, a way of life.
I'm very proud to be part of the best osteopaths in the world.
Astrid Klee

Monday, June 12, 2017

Group Photos with Professors

National Academy of Osteopathy students with professors Pamela Crosson-Fournier​ and Darren Wigginton.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

NAO Alumna in Texas (USA)

A post by American athlete, personal trainer and osteopathic manual practitioner, Chaynade Knowles (from Texas), an alumna of National Academy of Osteopathy:

“So it has been a long road. I graduated with my diploma from NAO in 2015 . ……….. Manual osteopathy is my field and it is what I love to do…………………..I chose NAO and I do not regret a thing. The school while young is growing like wild fire and I am so excited to have been there for the beginning years. If you are looking for a school of well rounded students, with people that want to learn and teachers that have a passion for teaching then check them out.
So I say goodbye to Chaynade Knowles and say hello to Chaynade Knowles Osteopathic Manual Practitioner.”

Cranial Osteopathy vs Craniosacral Therapy

These are similar yet a bit different systems. Both techniques originated from the works of Dr. William Garner Sutherland, DO, who introduced his cranial concept in 1929. It was originally called osteopathy in the cranial field which later was known as cranial osteopathy.

Craniosacral therapy was formed by Dr John Upledger, an osteopath from Michigan.

The main difference between the two techniques are that cranial osteopathy is taught only to osteopaths & manual osteopaths, while craniosacral therapy is taught to everyone else.

Dr Sutherland had been struck by an idea as a student that the bones of the head were beveled as if to indicate motion. He spent the next 20 years or so trying to prove himself wrong. Through a detailed examination of the anatomy of the skull, followed by a series of experiments on his own head and on his patients, he became convinced that there was a subtle motion of the head which could be palpated with experience; and that distortions of the joints between the bones of the skull would create problems in the machine of the body just as distortions of the joints of the body create problems. His treatments were gentle, almost imperceptible movements aimed at restoring free motion of the skull.

Dr. John Upledger was a practicing Osteopath in Michigan when he attended his first cranial osteopathy course. He began practicing, and researching, the motion of the cranial bones. He later decided to rename his technique Craniosacral therapy and begin to teach it in 1983. 
Cranial osteopathy is taught by four teachers at the National Academy of Osteopathy. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

One of Our Most Popular Professors

Manual osteopath, registered massage therapist and cranial sacral therapist, Professor Pamela Crosson-Fournier (a graduate of National Academy of Osteopathy) is one of our most popular teachers.

She teaches cranial osteopathy to our students. We are proud to have her as a member of our faculty. 


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Our New Faculty Members

NAO students, Shannon Uppington and Jackelyn Hurtado have joined our faculty as teaching assistants to help us supervise the next practical technique classes of NAO being held in August (in Toronto).

The next practical technique class will be our largest ever. We will have 5 instructors (and 5 assistants) available to our online students during the practical classes.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Two New Faculty Members

NAO students, registered massage therapist Rachel Orr, and physiotherapist Elias A. Ahad have joined our faculty as teaching assistants to help us supervise the next practical technique classes of NAO being held in August.

The next practical technique class will be our largest ever. We will have 4 instructors available to our online students during the practical class. 


President of British Columbia Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners writes about NAO:

Business Lectures at NAO are the BEST!

Hi all,

While studying Manual Osteopathy at The National Academy of Osteopathy, in Toronto, ON, I was fortunate to get online access to the Manual Osteopathy Practice: Business, law, Jurisprudence lectures by Dr. Pourgol. While NAO has a number of great teachers from diverse backgrounds, Dr. Pourgol’s Business and Ethics Lectures are the most interesting and directly applicable lectures I’ve ever seen.

These lectures provide a wealth of information on every aspect of running a health industry business, from how to structure the business to how to deal with common, or potentially difficult, situations. The many lectures on marketing and advertising makes finding clients easy, so filling my practice only took a few months (rather than a few years).

Mark MacKenzie, DOMP (Graduated 2015)
Golden, BC

Sunday, June 4, 2017

A Post from an NAO Student in Toronto

The National Academy of Osteopathy is one of the best schools in Canada if not the world which teaches the techniques of Manual Osteopathy.

I attended the school via on-line courses and graduated in September 2016. I did get a real feeling for all of the professors who were always available to answer questions. Their expertise was evident in the preparation of their lectures and the practical aspects of the courses. For me the program was difficult, challenging, inspiring and eye-opening.

One of my favorite teachers although I was impressed with all of them, was Dr. Ari Chow. Her command of her subject: Anatomy was inspiring and she was so enthusiastic that she made the topic so interesting. It turned out to be my most difficult subject and one that will always interest me.

I really enjoyed the Director- Dr. Shahin Pourgol and was always telling my friends about his business ideas and his adventures. His lectures and demonstrations were comprehensive and challenging and his school requires a real commitment from the students but in the end it is so rewarding.

Frances Galszechy, DOMP
Toronto, ON, Canada